How does HBOT work?
Hyperoxygenation - By increasing the oxygen dissolved in the plasma (the liquid portion of the blood), the lymphatic fluid, and the cerebrospinal fluid, HBOT increases the oxygen available to damaged tissues, stimulating healing.
Neovascularization - HBOT stimulates blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and collagen (connective tissue) formation in areas that were previously resistant due to lack of oxygen.
Hyperoxia enhanced antimicrobial activity - HBOT reduces or eliminates the effects of toxic substances by increasing the tissue oxygen levels.
Hyperoxia enhanced immune response - HBOT activates the white blood cells to fight infection, promoting resistance to infection, as well as wound healing. HBOT also helps to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
What conditions are treated with HBOT?
HBOT is FDA approved to treat air or gas embolism, altitude sickness, carbon monoxide & cyanide poisoning, crush injury & acute traumatic ischemia, decompression sickness, delayed radiation injury, diabetic foot ulcers, enhanced healing of problem wounds, exceptional blood loss, gas gangrene, intracranial abscess, necrotizing soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis (refractory), skin grafts and flaps (compromised), and thermal burns.
All other conditions treated by HBOT are considered off-label uses. These conditions include autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and stroke. HBOT is frequently used for anti-aging, athletic conditioning, recovery from injury, and post surgery healing.
How does HBOT treat so many different conditions?
HBOT treats the underlying disease process that causes and perpetuates a wide variety of chronic conditions. HBOT is used therapeutically to treat conditions in which tissues have been damaged by oxygen deprivation. When the oxygen is restored to these tissues, much of the lost function returns. HBOT also helps to reduce inflammation and promote wound healing throughout the body and the brain.
What is mild HBOT?
Mild HBOT is hyperbaric oxygen therapy at low pressures, typically at 1.5 ATA or below. Mild HBOT is available in portable hyperbaric chambers at 1.3 ATA with room air.
What happens during the treatment?
For many people, a session in a hyperbaric chamber is no different than an airplane flight. You need to able to clear your ears to be comfortable. Once you have descended to pressure and your ears adjust, you will feel completely normal in the chamber.
If you are in a portable chamber with room air, you can bring a portable computer or an ipod into the chamber, along with beverages, blankets, and pillows. If you are in a large enough chamber, you can sit up, exercise, or sleep. If you are in a smaller chamber, you can lie down and read, listen to music, or watch videos.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments expose a person to increased atmospheric pressure inside an inflatable chamber. This increased pressure allows more oxygen to reach the cells of the body, which has many healing and therapeutic properties.
Hyperbaric Chamber with Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)