Life is brought into sharp relief when you or a loved one suffers from an injury that will take longer than usual to heal. These chronic wounds include ulcers and diabetic wounds, which are all extremely difficult to get rid of and frustrating to live with for a long time. However, more people have been finding that hyperbaric chambers are a healing relief for wounds.
Studies have shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers work wonders on those with developmental illnesses such as cerebral palsy and autism, as well as other afflictions like Lyme disease and diabetes. And now, anyone with any sort of wound is using them. Athletes like football player Darren Sharper and cyclist Lance Armstrong have used the chamber to achieve an ideal level of fitness as well as to heal sports injuries. Sharper first was introduced to the chamber for healing a knee injury; the hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) was successful in healing the injury, and Sharper has used it ever since.
The chamber's HBOT works internally by supplying more oxygen to the body's plasma and blood, so that they are carrying more oxygen to the tissue and muscle. Oxygen is what helps heal torn or ruptured tissue, so when there is an abundance of it, the body can use more of it to heal more quickly. Also, oxygen in the cells is usually used to help fight bad bacteria, which means that when there is more of it, injuries and wounds are less likely to develop an infection. People with diabetes are sometimes likely to have poor circulation, so the added oxygen manufactures adequate levels for healing wounds, especially those that are a side effect of diabetes, such as foot wounds.
If the wound is such that it bleeds and causes excess blood loss, it can it turn cause hemorrhage. When the body looses too much blood, it can result in seizures, unconsciousness, and even brain damage. Just as it is used for autism and cerebral palsy, hyperbaric chambers can be used for brain damage caused by hemorrhaging. However, with any wound, especially chronic wounds, action should be taken as soon as possible to prevent such events.
Some chambers are perfect for targeting specific wound areas, such as on a particular limb. These chambers are smaller and can enclose only that limit. They are easier to travel with and use and home, though there are full-size chambers that are available for home use. Others at hospitals or clinics may be large enough to hold up to four people at a time. Wherever you decide to begin treatments with a hyperbaric chamber for wounds, please consult a doctor first to make sure this method will be the best solution for you.