Oxygen plays a crucial role in healing after an injury. The soft tissues throughout your body, including your skin, need oxygen to thrive. If you experience an ulcer, wound, cut, or abrasion, your tissue requires higher levels of oxygen to heal. Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen through the blood.
After an injury, tissues may be deprived of oxygen, leading to further damage or difficulty healing. Without oxygen, the cells are unable to defend themselves from bacteria and cannot regenerate. This can slow down the healing process or even cause it to stop completely. Inhaling oxygen on its own is not enough to jumpstart the process.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers concentrated oxygen that can permeate areas where circulation has become reduced or cut off. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the levels of oxygen in your blood, warding off infection and promoting healing. This prevents the need for more invasive treatments like wound debridement or surgical intervention.