Oxygen is a vital element to sustain human life. Each body cell needs it to complete the metabolic processes that give life and energy to the body. Many years ago, studying this natural element, the principle of HYPERBARIC OXYGEN was developed, modeled after Henry’s Law: “The volume of a gas that dissolves in a liquid is proportional to the partial pressure of such gas.”
In 1662 the British Doctor Henshaw stated that the elevated amount of air pressure could alleviate some serious injuries and improve chronic conditions. The European doctors, Junod in 1834 and Pravaz in 1837, marked milestones in hyperbaric chambers with the first baths with compressed air that were extended to all Europe with great success.
The first Hyperbaric Chamber was built in Canada in 1860 and years later was used in the US to treat nervous disorders.
In the middle of last century, Oxygen studies in the fields of aviation and marine diving were accelerated, especially by NASA.
Once the scientific community became aware of these investigations, its applications were increased in the different specialties that modern medicine offer throughout the world.
With the new technologies and materials available today, hyperbaric treatments are offered with medium pressure (1.45 ATM) equipment allowing the patient to benefit from the increase of Oxygen levels in the tissues while avoiding risks.