Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process. This is achieved by the inhalation of air that is enhanced with oxygen within a chamber where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments, usually as a part of an overall care plan.
HBOT allows oxygen to be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. Oxygen is normally transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone. HBOT allows extra oxygen to reach all of the damaged tissues and enables the body to support its own healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow. HBOT is an effective, non-invasive and painless treatment.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Painless, Non-Invasive: treatment consists of 60-90 minutes sessions. Patient simply lies in the chamber and breathes normally.
Effective Treatment for Many Conditions: including inflammation, sports injuries, cancer, diabetes, stroke, neurological conditions, anti-aging, traumatic brain injuries, autism, cerebral palsy and more.
Minimal Side Effects: most patients experience no side effects. Very few side effects occur, such as minor pressure on the ears and sinuses, and usually resolve shortly after treatment.
Physician owned and operated. Always qualified personnel present.
The Science Behind Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment, at a level higher than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA). Increased pressure allows for oxygen to dissolve and saturate the blood plasma (independent of hemoglobin/red blood cells), which yields a broad variety of positive physiological, biochemical and cellular effects. This noninvasive therapy is one of the most trusted ways to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body. The typical treatment lasts for 60-90 minutes, during which the patient lies down and breathes normally.
What to Expect During a Treatment
Our practitioners have been trained to administer hyperbaric treatment safely and effectively.
Before any treatment begins, we want you to understand the procedure as much as possible. Our team will take all the time you need to discuss and prepare you for hyperbaric therapy.
The hyperbaric chamber itself is spacious and roomy. It allows plenty of room for movement, as well as a clear window to illuminate the interior. Hyperbaric treatment is administered using medical-grade technology. The treatment will be monitored. If there is any discomfort during treatment it is easy to contact the support team and get questions answered or modify treatment as necessary.
While there are minor risks as with any medical treatment, low pressure hyperbaric therapy is extremely safe. All minor risks and any other concerns you may have will be discussed before treatment begins.
HBOT has been demonstrated in several clinical studies to enhance the body’s innate ability to repair and regenerate. It is used as an adjunct therapy to complement and enhance the healing process in both chronic and acute conditions.
In a study published in BMC Pediatrics, children with autism treated with HBOT showed improvements in terms of overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, and eye contact compared to a control group.
Post-stroke patients treated with HBOT showed improvements in neurological functions and quality of life, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. The study showed that HBOT can lead to significant neurological improvements in post stroke patients even at chronic late stages.
Perhaps the most promising application of HBOT is in the treatment of neurological conditions. As noted in an article published by Medical Gas Research, “There is more evidence for using HBOT for neurological acute… with better clinical outcomes than any other single or combined treatment.”
Neuropathy & Nerve Pain
Neuropathy, including pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling in the extremities is a common side effect of Diabetes, HIV, Sciatica and other conditions. Research shows the oxygen-rich environment of HBOT can reduce nerve pain, regenerate lost nerve endings, improve circulation, reduce infection, and promote healing in the body.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can result from auto accidents, sports injuries, or even a simple slip-and-fall. The effects of a TBI can be long-lasting and life-altering. Fortunately HBOT has been show by recent studies to be effective in treating the effects of concussions and TBIs.
To learn more about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, contact us today.