Side Effects of Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy
Hyperbaric chambers have been linked to the cure of decompression sickness, better known as "the bends" in scuba diving. When you first go scuba diving, whether it is your first time or your hundredth, you are probably told not to dive into the water unless you are absolutely sure that you can handle the decompression environment. Many divers become fearful and possibly injured because they dive into the water without this type of training. If you have gone scuba diving before, and you experienced the bends, you should definitely do your research and consider having yourself fitted for a hyperbaric chamber. The hyperbaric chamber will provide you with an extra cushioning of air in your system that will give you the support and cushioning needed to prevent the bends from occurring.
When you take a dive in a normal pool, the amount of air in the system is very small and does not provide the support and cushioning that you would need to prevent the bends. However, when you dive into the sea water, the amount of air in the system is much larger and provides the needed support. Since the amount of air is greater in the hyperbaric chamber, it also creates more buoyancy force, which helps to keep you down longer in the water. The result is that you spend less time in the water, which cuts down on the chance of being injured. Most divers who have experience with hyperbaric oxygen chambers feel that they are more relaxed when they are underwater, which leads to longer dives, because there is less stress on the body.
A hyperbaric chamber is just like going swimming - you move up and down and don't change the direction you are moving. There is no cap on the pressure inside of the chamber. As long as the person in the chamber is breathing air, then the pressure is the same inside the chamber. There is no need for any of the equipment inside the hyperbaric chamber to be pressurized because there is no atmospheric pressure to contend with.
Since there is no atmospheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber, the divers don't have to worry about the pressure changing at the surface of the ocean, or affecting their body as it moved through the water. There are no changes in body temperature with the hyperbaric oxygen therapy, so divers will not have to worry about overheating or cold symptoms. Divers can stay in a hyperbaric chamber for hours at a time without concern for temperature changes or physical effects caused by elevated sea level pressure.
Wounds heal better with hyperbaric therapy than with traditional wound healing. This is because the chambers increase the circulation of blood. The body's cells are more oxygenated and are able to get rid of waste products more quickly. Hyperbaric chambers also stimulate the immune system by increasing white blood cell activity. This helps fight off infection and help wounds heal faster.
When divers use the hyperbaric chambers, they are more likely to develop thicker and more durable tissues because the walls of the chamber force water molecules to adhere to each other. This is how the chambers increase the production of collagen, which is needed for tissue growth and strength. It also increases the amount of red blood cells in the body, which increases the flow of oxygenated blood. Overall, the body heals faster with hyperbaric Chambers because the vessels are tighter and more resistant to being damaged by atmospheric pressure fluctuations.
Diving in a hyperbaric chamber can also help reduce the healing process after injury. An athletic injury, for example, may require a longer time frame for full healing. After an injury in this particular area, it is important to speed up the healing process by going into the hyperbaric chamber as soon as possible. This can help minimize scarring, pain and other issues that may occur during the wound healing process. Hyperbaric chamber therapy is also beneficial to those who have undergone heart and lung surgery.
These are some of the side effects of using hyperbaric chamber equipment in an acute care setting. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, it is important to go talk to a trained physician so that the condition can be properly diagnosed and treated. Diving can cause some serious injuries, and if a doctor does not recognize the problem, it could lead to further complications. While hyperbaric chamber therapy is generally safe, it is best to discuss all risks and side effects with your physician before undergoing the therapy.