Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Comes to Princeton Integrative Health
This increasingly popular therapy promotes healing and boosts immunity
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ, May 9, 2022 – Take a deep breath of pure, fresh oxygenated air. Princeton Integrative Health now offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at its functional medicine practice. This is a significant addition to holistic health and wellness services in the region.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, is often associated with high-profile professional athletes and celebrities looking to achieve peak performance and look and feel their best. Yet HBOT has actually been around for centuries, and has been used in this country for nearly 100 years to treat such conditions as decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, and diabetic foot ulcers and other wounds by delivering oxygen-rich plasma to our tissues and cells. HBOT works by pumping more oxygen into the body, stimulating the release of substances that promote healing.
“The more oxygen that goes into the body, the more it gets into the tissues and cells, igniting a host of healing,” explains Dr. Vincent Leonti, PIH Medical Director, who is a certified hyperbaric practitioner. “Our bodies really like oxygen. We are thrilled to be able to offer HBOT as an additional option for patients seeking safe, innovative healing modalities.”
In recent years, medical professionals have also been looking at hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for fatigue associated with long COVID, as well as a way to boost immunity to help prevent a host of diseases and improve overall quality of life.
While the FDA has not yet cleared the use of HBOT for the treatment of COVID-19, it has authorized its use for a number of conditions, including air and gas bubbles in blood vessels, severe anemia, severe and large burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, crush injury, decompression sickness, gas gangrene, hearing loss, non-healing wounds and diabetic foot ulcers, severe infection of the skin or bones, and more.
For years, many of these conditions have been treated using HBOT in hospitals. “We are one of the few private practices in the region with an on-site hyperbaric chamber,” says Dr. Leonti. “It’s very exciting and, of course, convenient for our patients.”
Dr. Leonti notes that many NFL players have HBOT chambers in their homes to boost their performance, as well as recover from the normal wear and tear of the game. “For our patients, it’s a great way to prepare your body for surgery and heal your tissues after surgery or injury, reduce chronic inflammation, and so much more,” he says. “HBOT supports the body’s own natural healing process. When you do it over time, amazing things happen.”
While hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been promoted as everything from a blissful spa treatment to a small medical miracle, it’s best to get the facts and find out how its many applications might work for you. PIH offers information sessions and private consultations on the many uses of hyperbaric therapy.
“HBOT is something that can be very powerful, and we are learning more and more how elevated air pressure works to increase oxygen in the blood and what that means to our health,” Dr. Leonti explains.
For more information, visit princetonih.com or call (609) 512-1468.
About Princeton Integrative Health
Princeton Integrative Health is a functional medicine practice, combining conventional medicine with evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle healing therapies. They customize a program for each patient designed to help prevent heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses, as well as manage pre-existing conditions, such as chronic pain, high cholesterol, autoimmune conditions or arthritis. For more information, visit princetonih.com.
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