Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment that promotes healing by immersing the body in a chamber of nearly 100% oxygen with increased and controlled atmospheric pressure (2-4 psi). Under this pressure, oxygen's uptake in the body increases, and oxygen dissolves into all of the body’s fluids, including the plasma, the lymph and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord. These fluids can carry extra oxygen even to areas where circulation is poor or blocked. HBOT is an appropriate therapy for all conditions that benefit from increased tissue oxygen-availability, from post-surgical or -injury recovery to conditions ranging from chronic fatigue syndrome, concussion, stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, MS, and infections.
How Does A Chamber Work?
A special oil free air compressor pumps condensed air (92%-95 % oxygen) through a highly efficient filter (purification down to .01 microns) and pressurizes the chamber. Valves attached to the chamber are specifically designed to guarantee permanent fresh air flow into the chamber, avoiding the build up of carbon dioxide. The chamber itself is made of highly pressure-resistant, urethane coated nylon for the body and durable urethane construction around the zippers and the windows.
Patients should not use HBOT if they have:
Blocked ear canals
Upper respiratory infections
Head colds or flu symptoms
Any condition that would prevent them from equilibrating the pressure across the tympanic membrane
If alcohol has been consumed
After a large meal
How to prepare for treatment
1. Before entering the chamber use the restroom and drink a small amount of water.
2. Clothing- Wear loose clothing i.e. Shorts and a tee shirt and socks
- no nylon stockings, no shoes.
3. Patients may take reading material and music player inside the chamber.
What to expect
The use of the chamber is not painful. In fact, the only inconvenience may be a slight “popping” sensation in the ears while the chamber inflates of deflates-similar to the sensation one feels while ascending or descending in an airplane.
Treatments last for one hour, during which time you will be monitored by an attendant, usually a nurse. The attendant will explain the process to you, help you in the chamber, and continue to check in on you and your ear pressurization as they pressurize the chamber, making sure you are comfortable. When the chamber has reached 4psi (full pressurization), the attendant will leave to give you privacy, but will return if you press the chime button. They will check on you half way through the treatment, and then return at the end to gradually depressurize the chamber and help you out.
After treatments you may feel that your energy level has increased and you have greater endurance during exercise. Also you may be able to breathe more deeply from your lungs and notice improved eyesight. Generally, it can be said that hyperbaric oxygen therapy will help to detoxify your body. Since fighting-off bacteria and chemical toxins consumes oxygen resources in your body, vital oxygen will be replenished by using the chamber. Many patients with sleep disorders have reported their night rest has significantly improved.
$99 per 90 minute treatment, or $1080 for 12 ($108 savings!).