Pressure and Penetration HBOT: (High pressure versus Low Pressure)
It seems that many have an opinion on which is best high pressure of low pressure hyperbaric Low HBOT). I have people close to me that swear by 2.8HBOT.
This seems in large part like a medal of honor some wear about what it takes/took to get them the recovery they need(ed). Problem is I haven’t run in to many people who have tried both high pressure and low pressure and share the difference.
Much of the hype on pressure to me seems to be price. People want to think they are getting more for their money, and more pressure seems to justify their payments. In truth TIME at pressure is what one wishes to achieve. The more TIME the more value.
The dive community from where many would attribute hyperbaric medicine (HBOT Therapy) coming from likely drives some of the “Deeper is better” ideology. Many would say that hyperbaric medicine came from the efforts of some to dive deeper and/or to overcome the “bends”.
This typically entails taking a person back to a level as deep as they were diving when they had their accident. (Got bent)………….Truth be told if you are a diver, it hardly seems like deeper is better. With more depth you lose bottom time and visibility in many situations, so those driving the mindset might not have a clear mind set to begin with.
It is just a thought. Deep depths are not really that good when diving, and deep depth/pressure for HBOT is not so good as well it would appear. It is a bit of an illusion it seems.
Meanwhile, with all these talks of deep depth it has been found by some that great pressure on the TBI (traumatic brain injury) victim causes some problems.
I began looking at the body’s need for oxygen much like a garden needs a rain. It might be that simple. Following a drought the last thing a farmer wants is a ferocious down pour for an hour or two. It will wash away his seed, soil, chemicals and do great damage.
The majority of the water will run off because it hasn’t time to do what it needs………..What the farmer prefers following a drought is a slow, steady rain that lasts a long time. That will allow the water to penetrate deeper and do what it is called to do………….Hyperbarics (HBOT) really seems to work like that rain.
A slow, steady pressure for a long period of time is likely far superior than great pressure for a short period of time. LET THAT SINK IN……..A slow, steady pressure for a long period of time is likely far superior than great pressure for a short period of time.
A problem arises because the majority of deep diving and high pressure equipment is built, maintained, and sold at great expense. No one wants the word to get out that more is not necessarily better. Often a simple soft chamber for mild hyperbaric will provide more for the user than a fancy, sophisticated clinic/facility…………The clinic does not want you to know that.
The components of the human body accept oxygen under pressure at different times. The first is clearly the lungs. The lungs deliver pressure oxygen to the blood. The blood delivers to the muscles, etc. Meanwhile all the body functions and oxygen utilization is underway.
It can take up to 45 minutes for some tissue to become super-oxygenated. Those tissues will have little time to recover in a 60 minute clinic session. Meanwhile, it may take 45 minutes just to get started on tendons, ligaments, and deep brain tissue.
Often sessions in a clinic are limited to 60 minutes or so for scheduling reasons, economic reasons, or to avoid toxicity issues.
If the session remains at low pressure considered “mild hyperbaric” then one removes the theoretical risk of toxicity and can remain under pressure longer.
This allows deep tissue to access more of the benefits of the oxygen, and the longer the tissue is saturated the more it will retain it in theory. It works much like the rain. Slow persistent saturation is far more “healthy” for the soil.
The key to hyperbarics from my perspective is TIME, not pressure.
Figure out how to stay longer and you will likely see a greater degree of change.
We advocate long and steady, rather than deep and quick. Come see. You’ll appreciate the difference.
Have a wonderful day and keep searching for truth. Ask, seek, knock!
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