Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can help alleviate the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Whether you are a veteran, active servicemember, first responder, or someone else who is suffering from PTSD, you are welcome at NeuraPerformance Brain Center in Denver. According to NHS Choices, one in three people who experience severe trauma develop PTSD. While it’s not totally clear why people develop PTSD, the good news is there are therapies that ease the symptoms and even treat it fully in some cases.
HBOT is a unique form of such type of treatment. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy takes place inside an enclosed chamber; don’t worry – it is very spacious and does not cause claustrophobia for most people. It looks like a really large duffel bag, but it holds more healing powers than a traditional bag.
How HBOT Works
A patient climbs inside the HBOT chamber, lies down, and relaxes. Feel free to bring any entertainment for your hour-long session, such as a smart phone, book, magazine, or pillow and blankets to take a nap.
The chamber is completely sealed, and then oxygen is pumped into the chamber. The chamber holds more pressurized oxygen than to what a person would typically be exposed. This increased amount of oxygen helps the body heal faster on its own. The body relies on oxygen to repair damaged cells and restore necessary functions.
How HBOT Helps Those With PTSD
With nearly three times as much oxygen infused into the HBOT chamber as a person would be exposed to typically, HBOT helps decrease stress by helping the brain focus on healing. It also alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety.
People with PTSD benefit the most with repeated treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Like conditioning in the gym, it takes some repetition upfront to see initial improvement.
Schedule an appointment today to see if HBOT therapy is a good solution for your PTSD.