HBOT – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Overview

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is medicine’s most efficient way of transporting oxygen throughout the body. HBOT not only delivers oxygen through hemoglobin, but due to the increased pressure, the oxygen dissolves in the plasma, cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and spinal cord, lymph and other body fluids. This results in increased delivery of oxygen to the tissues, and the additional oxygen is important in supplying the much needed oxygen to areas with limited blood flow.

Hyperbaric oxygen has a multitude of other benefits that include: curbing infection through its boosting the immune system, flooding harmful anaerobic organisms with unfriendly oxygen, promoting the growth of new capillaries and blood vessels, especially in areas with poor circulation, and boosting collagen formation for faster wound healing. Stem cells are mobilized and rejuvenated. A full course of HBOT may increase stem cells by 800%.

You will have the benefit of a large chamber that can fit up to two people. A typical session lasts 60-90 minutes. You will be breathing 96% – 97% oxygen at 10 liters per minute versus 6 liters at normal atmospheric pressure. The increased flow rate is to overcome the resistance to oxygen flow secondary to the 1.3 atmospheric pressure within the chamber. As the pressure is gradually increased you may notice increased pressure in your ears, similar to that of a flight landing. This is usually the only discomfort. If you are severely claustrophobic, you may wish for someone to drive you to the facility, as the administration of valium will ease your anxiety. However, this is very unusual as the chamber is large enough to accept at least two people. You will be in constant touch and communication with at least one technician on the outside. You may wish to listen to music during the management, and you are encouraged to move around within the chamber during the procedure. The increase and decrease in pressure is carefully monitored and controlled by the staff. In a small percentage of cases ear pressure correction is delayed. If this happens, we stop the increase in pressure with an escape valve until you are ready for another increase.

Wound Healing

HBOT can assist in healing a wide variety of physical wounds and other internal damage including sports injuries, edema, neuropathic pain and even liver damage.

HBOT reverses hypoxia by increasing the flow of oxygen and promoting the growth of new blood vessels. As a result, your body’s natural collagen production increases allowing for faster wound healing.

  • Basic Wound Healing: HBOT relieves hypoxia, a deficiency of oxygen reaching your body’s tissues. In doing so, your body’s ability to produce collagen and mobilize stem cells is increased for faster healing. Levels of cytokines such as TNF alpha, IL-1 beta and IL-6 are also reduced, decreasing painful inflammation.
  • Brain Injury Protection: HBOT increases the amount of the anti-inflammatory Cytokine IL-10 produced by your body, thereby enhancing your brain’s ability to protect itself against traumatic injuries.
  • Reducing Liver Damage: HBOT promotes an increase in the detoxifying agent, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and in the enzyme catalase which catalyzes the reduction of hydrogen peroxide. It also decreases malondialdehyde and myelopreroxidase levels which decreases oxidative damage. Partial liver regeneration has been seen in as few as 24-48 hours following HBOT.
  • Reduces Neuropathic Pain: In as few as four 60-minute treatments, HBOT has been shown to reduce inflammation and Neuropathic pain by stimulating opioid receptors and reducing endoneuronal TNF-a production.
  • General Bodily Recovery: HBOT has also been shown to accelerate healing in sports injuries, reduces edema and improves recovery from fatigue.

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Conditions HBOT Improves

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Pricing Options

FDA APPROVED CONDITIONS

FDA approved are covered by most insurance companies.

  • Air or gas embolism
  • Acute traumatic injury / Compartment Syndrome
  • Burns
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning / Smoke Inhalation
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Exceptional blood loss
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gas gangrene
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Necrotizing infections
  • Osteomyelitis (refractory)
  • Radiation necrosis
  • Severe anemia
  • Skin grafts / Skin Flaps (compromised)
  • Wound Healing

OFF-LABEL CONDITIONS

Off-label uses cost an average of $100-125.00/ 60 minute session.

  • ADD/ADHD
  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Autism
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic inflammatory disease
  • Crohn’s disease, & Other Auto-immune disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Disease and Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Cognitive impairment / Development delay from
  • Birth Trauma / Annoxia /Hemorrhage
  • Infections
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lyme disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Mold Exposure
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Migraines
  • Mitochondrial disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Near drowning
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • RSD ( Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy )
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Severed limbs
  • Sickle cell crisis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports injuries
  • Stroke
  • Sudden deafness and sudden loss of vision.
  • Surgery recovery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular disease
  • Visual impairments

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