Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been shown the be one of the most effective and safest therapies to saturate the body with life sustaining and rejuvenating oxygen. It helps stimulate your immune system and works to alleviate inflammation and pain, improving healing mechanisms in your body as a result. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is FDA-approved for 14 different conditions and has various applications for off-label conditions.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may help the body...

Accelerate Healing

Decreases inflammation, enhances immune function, blood flow, collagen production, and stem cell migration.

Enhance Brain Function

Improve cerebral blood flow and brain microstructure, leading to improved cognitive functions, sleep, and gait.

Optimize Recovery

Faster removal of lactic acid from muscle tissue, reduces delayed onset muscle soreness, enhances tissue regeneration.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to accelerate healing in the brain and throughout the rest of the body by encouraging blood flow and oxygen circulation in damaged areas. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing higher concentrations of oxygen while pressurizing the body to pressures greater than normal 1 ATA (the pressure at sea level). Instead of using high ATA (3 – 5 ATA), which can potentially have various side effects, it has been shown in past 20 years that using low ATA (1.3 – 1.6 ATA) can produce similar positive health benefits with almost no side effects. Our clinic uses the highest quality 1.6 ATA mild HBOT chamber available.

The process is achieved inside a specialized chamber in which the patient comfortably breathes higher concentrations of oxygen while the pressure inside the chamber is gradually increased.  Based on laws of physics, breathing oxygen under pressure allows oxygen to be dissolved into the plasma portion of the blood.  Under normal conditions, plasma does not carry oxygen, that is left to the red blood cell and hemoglobin.  Dissolving oxygen into plasma allows it to carry oxygen at least four times further into the body’s tissues which results in a much higher concentration of oxygen within the body – as much as 1,200% higher!

But why would you need or want to increase the concentration of oxygen in your body? Under normal conditions, the air we breathe contains a mixture of gases, of which only about 21% is oxygen. This is generally sufficient for the body’s basic functions in those with normal lungs.  However, elevating the oxygen level in the body creates a whole cascade of benefits both in the immediate short term as well as more long term (if done enough times).  It is this cascade of benefits that enhances and accelerates the body’s ability to repair itself, generate energy, and create an environment in which inflammation is suppressed and regenerative healing is promoted.

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Physiologic Benefits

Hyperoxygenation


As discussed above, HBOT increases the amount of oxygen carried into the blood stream, enabling more oxygen to dissolve deep into the body’s tissues, including the lymphatics and the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. This reverses hypoxia (areas of the body that are low in oxygen) helping to oxygenate cells and tissue that are at risk of dying (such as tissue damaged during surgery, or from loss of blood supply) or that are in a quiescent or non-functioning state.

Anti-Inflammation


In the short term HBOT downregulates inflammatory pathways and constricts blood vessels to allow less leakage of fluid thus decreasing swelling. In the long term HBOT has epigenetic effects turning off the genes responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is a key factor in why our body’s degrade with time. Reducing inflammation and swelling, strengthens the immune system and enhances mitochondrial function.

AntiMicrobial Effect


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the immune system by weakening infection-causing bacteria. It also increases the body’s natural antioxidants and free radical scavengers, which increases the ability to fight disease and infection. It can also synergize with certain antibiotics improving their efficacy.

Mitochondrial Support


HBOT allows mitochondria, the batteries of our cells, to generate adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. ATP is the chemical that stores and releases energy necessary for many cellular processes and is the main energy source for our body. When you have experienced cellular damage and oxygen-carrying capacity is threatened, your body is in jeopardy of not creating enough ATP. By providing high levels of oxygen, HBOT helps optimize cellular energy production.

Neovascularization


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the body, which increases circulation, allowing revitalized tissue to thrive even after the treatment protocol has been completed.

Stem Cell Mobilization


During treatment, HBOT has the power to increase stem cells in circulation eight-fold. These stems cells already exist in the body and have the unique ability to differentiate into any type of tissue, making them a valuable tool for regeneration and healing.

What Conditions Will Benefit?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can treat a wide variety of illnesses, injuries, and other conditions. However, there are only 14 indications approved by the FDA. Although the others are not yet approved, there is extensive research citing HBOT’s ability to heal other indications.

FDA Approved Conditions

These conditions, which can be referred to as “on-label”, are approved by the FDA.

  • Air or Gas Embolism
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
  • Crush Injury & Other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
  • Decompression Sickness
  • Diabetic Lower Extremity Wounds
  • Failed Skin Grafts & Flaps
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Radiation Tissue Damage
  • Severe Anemia
  • Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Thermal Burns (severe)
  • Intracranial Abscess

Off-Label Conditions

These conditions, which can be referred to as “off-label”, have not yet been approved by the FDA.

  • Anoxic Brain Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer (Treatment Synergy)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraine/Headache
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Surgery Preparation & Recovery
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Learn More About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What to Expect During Treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is simple – just sit back, relax, and breathe normally.  Prior to your first session you will first have a consultation with one of our doctors. This consult is to evaluate you for HBOT, confirm there are no contraindications, and establish a protocol most appropriate for your condition(s) to meet your health goals.

During this time, your doctor will also explain how the science behind hyperbaric oxygen therapy works to help the body, and receive an orientation on what is needed before you start treatments, as well as the daily process of preparing for each session.

At the beginning of each session, a technician will check your vitals and review a safety checklist, affirming you have removed all jewelry, watches, and electronic devices, and are free of lotions and perfumes. They will also provide you a 100% cotton gown and blanket for a safe and comfortable experience.

During the entire treatment, a technician will be present by the chamber to guide you, particularly while you descend to your prescribed depth, where you may experience an ear-popping sensation (like when flying on any airplane), as well as attend to any needs or questions you have during your session. Finally, at the end of your session, the technician will again take your vitals.

How Many Treatments Are Recommended?

How many sessions a person needs depends on the severity of the health concern. While many people may benefit from a single session, often times more complex conditions may require more frequent treatment.

1-5 Sessions

Improve cellular energy, decrease inflammation, and initiate tissues repair and regeneration.

5-10 Sessions

Typically used for acute injuries with soft tissue damage and pain.

10-20 Sessions

For more serious acute injuries or chronic injuries.

20-40 Sessions

Commonly used for major tissue damage when new tissue is required and for various chronic illnesses and brain conditions.