What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric oxygen means "high pressure oxygen," which drives oxygen deep into all tissues in the body. As oxygen is essential for healing, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is being used for all kinds of medical conditions. A major obstacle to healing is the availability of oxygen, and HBOT literally forces oxygen into all the tissues in the body - all the way down to the bones.
Here is a quick overview video of HBOT
Conditions and Symptoms that May be Improved:
Damaged tissues of all kinds, including nerve, skin, and bone injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), aka "concussions"
- Stroke - enhances blood flow and oxygen delivery, and reduces reperfusion injury
- Wounds, burns, and frostbite
- Sports injuries
- Failed surgical syndrome
- Avascular necrosis (AVN)
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
Inflamed tissue of all kinds:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Cardiovascular disease
- Vascular skin ulcers and dermal necrosis
- Intervertebral disc issues
- Lyme disease and co-infections
- Parasitic infections
- Cerebral palsy
- Sudden sensorineural hearing loss
- Acute neurological injuries
- Seizures and neuroinflammation
Symptoms of aging
- Enhances blood vessel flow to improve mental performance
- Supports stem cell function in regenerating tissues of all kinds
- Can improve some types of vision and hearing loss
What is the therapy like?
Each session (in total) lasts about 90 mins, with about 60 mins spent in the HBOT chamber. During this time you can read, watch movies, or even get computer work done (on your phone or tablet device).
Expect to be laying down for the session on comfortable pillows, but the option of sitting upright is available to you as well. You may fall asleep during the session, though that is not part of the therapy.
Most patients find the therapy very relaxing and refreshing, with increased energy during the rest of the day. It makes a great treatment any time of day, with hours available for scheduling M-F 8am-5pm.
Call our office to schedule a visit of brief consultation to see how the therapy can help you:
How does HBOT work?
Hyperbaric oxygen drives tissue repair:
- High pressure environment pushes oxygen into all tissues for repair and rehabilitation - even into the bones and eyes
- Mobilizes stem cells from marrow to injured/inflamed tissue
- Enhances the immune system's ability to fight infection
- Creates new blood vessels in oxygen starved tissues
- Activates nitric oxide synthase and endothelial growth factors
- Promotes neurogenesis
Reduces inflammation and swelling (edema):
- Improves small blood vessel function and hypercoagulability
- Prevents white blood cell overactivation - reduces leukocyte adherence and rolling, reduces neutrophil (PMN) dysfunction helping to address autoimmune diseases
- Prevents burn sepsis by reducing microbial transplantation to mesentery
- Relieves compartment syndrome, aka complex regional pain syndrome
How long will it take to complete a course of treatments?
Therapy for chronic (long lasting) illness typically lasts 30-40 treatments, to be completed once per day for 5 days each week. This is expected to take about 2 months for chronic illnesses.
For more acute conditions (short term), results can be achieved much sooner.
HBOT supports other therapies and can be used in a more limited manner for short term support alongside other therapies, such as prolotherapy, IV vitamin C, and wound care.
HBOT Scientific Evidence Examples:
(Click on the article name to download the .pdf)
- HBOT in wound healing (2012) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3495382/
- HBOT in traumatic brain injury (2013) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3829860/
- HBOT in adjunctive cancer treatment (2016) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3829860/
- HBOT in cancer, a systematic review (2012) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3510426/
- HBOT in stroke recovery, improving neuroplasticity (2012) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3546039/
Video for healthcare providers:
For more detailed scientific information, please check out this 40min medical presentation (click link below).
For more information go to:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy - http://www.hbot.com
- World wide wounds - http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2001/april/Wright/HyperbaricOxygen.html
- Tucson Medical Center - http://www.tmcaz.com/hyperbaric-chambers