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When is a good time for Hyperbaric Treatment?

Hyperbaric Therapy has been shown to benefit in the following areas among others:

    Detoxification
    Increased Stamina
    Anti-Aging
    Increased Alertness
    Strengthens Immune System
    Improves Circulation
    Reduces Inflammation
    Repairs and Rejuvenates Damaged Cells
    Builds New Blood Vessels
    Increases Production & Circulation of Stem Cells

Studies suggest that patients of hyperbaric therapy have a reduced risk of Stroke, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s as well as some cancers.

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When is a good time to try Hyperbaric Therapy?

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What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment involving the use of oxygen under increased atmospheric pressures. The therapeutic principle of HBOT lies in a drastically increased partial pressure of oxygen in the tissues and fluids of the body. This increase in pressure relates to an increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. Under normal atmospheric pressure, oxygen transport is limited by the oxygen binding capacity of hemoglobin in red blood cells while very little oxygen is transported by blood plasma. With HBOT, oxygen transport by plasma is significantly increased, supplying the body with an increased oxygenation, promoting healing on a cellular level.

What is the benefit of mild Hyperbaric Therapy (mHBT)?

~ Traditionally the use of hyperbaric chambers has been restricted to large hospitals for very specific treatments and at substantial cost. Our local hospital charges over $2,000 for a treatment. Fortunately, with the recent advent of portable mild chambers, we are able to offer more affordable session prices, as well as rentals and home units that are now within financial reach of a wider group of people.
~ Hyperbaric chambers provide up to 300% more oxygen saturation, allowing wounds to heal faster, swelling to be reduced much more quickly, restoration or increased blood flow to injured areas therefore hastening healing, aiding in detoxification and promoting general wellness. Furthermore, bacteria, viruses and yeast cannot survive in an oxygen enriched environment and the pressurized environment of the mild hyperbaric chamber allows many to recover much quicker from surgery or injury.

Who needs Hyperbaric Therapy and what can be treated with it?

~ Thousands of people have had dramatic and, in many instances, life changing improvements in their conditions as a result of mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Reasons to use hyperbaric chambers vary. We treat people with all sorts of conditions and issues, as well as semi and professional athletes. People suffering from chronic and/or debilitating diseases such as ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Lyme Disease, Cancer, Parkinsons, Fibromyalgia, MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, allergies, gut issues, sleep problems, as well as many others have experienced benefits in utilizing hyperbaric therapy. Currently there are over 80 conditions successfully treated with this therapy world-wide.

Do doctors use and believe in the benefits of Hyperbaric Therapy?

~Proponents for hyperbaric therapy include numerous doctors (MD’s, ND’s, and other healthcare providers). For example, Gunner Heuser, MD of NeuroMed Hyperbaric Center of Agoura Hills, California, and “Defeat Autism Now!” doctors’ Julie Buckley, MD and Jerry Kartzinel, MD as well as the International Child Development Research Center (ICDRC), headed by Dr. Jeff Bradstreet.

Do you need a medical condition to benefit from Hyperbaric Therapy?

~No! The use of hyperbaric chambers has not been restricted to medical doctors, health care providers and advisors. Other advocates of hyperbaric therapy include amateur, college and professional athletes in the NCAA, NFL, NBA, ABA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, NHRA, as well as Olympians past, present and future who use hyperbaric oxygen therapy for accelerated recuperation and to increase their endurance and athletic performance. Many of these athletes own a chamber and travel with them. Athletes such as Terrell Owens, John Smoltz, Jeremy Shockey, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Brian Dawkins and Zack Thomas to name just a few. In the NFL alone over 300 players now own and use hyperbaric oxygen chambers as part of their conditioning programs.
Furthermore, many people utilize hyperbaric therapy for detox, anti-aging, post-cosmetic surgery, to boost their energy, increase stamina, and to improve their mood. Some use hyperbaric therapy as a preventative measure against cancer, wrinkles, Alzheimer’s, etc.

Are there any Contraindications (reasons not to use hyperbaric therapy)?

~ There are only a few contraindications for hyperbaric therapy. In fact, the medical textbook “Hyperbaric Medicine Practice” states, “Of all the medical treatments carried out in hospitals, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the most benign (non-threatening) when it comes to side effects. The contraindications are relatively few.” Nevertheless, the use of oxygen under hyperbaric conditions is a medical therapy and as such does have some conditions which make this treatment inadvisable for some patients. The following is a list of our relative contraindications:
Upper respiratory infections: these conditions can make it difficult for the patient to clear their ears, which can be uncomfortable.
History of thoracic surgery: we require written permission from a patient’s doctor prior to treatment.
History of spontaneous pneumotherax (collapsed lung).
Severe COPD or bullous emphesema.
Severe cardiomyopathy or decompensated congestive heart failure (CHF).
Also, patients who are taking the following medications:
Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) – a chemotherapeutic drug
Disulfiram (Antabuse) – Used in the treatment of alcoholism
Cis-Platinum – a cancer-related drug
Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon) – Suppresses bacterial infections in burn wounds.
Finally, in regards to pregnancy: to err on the side of caution, we will not administer hyperbaric treatments during the first trimester. After this time it may be beneficial to both mother and child. Please contact our offices for additional information.

Is mild Hyperbaric Therapy safe?

~Yes. Mild chambers are filled with filtered ambient air, so there is no risk of oxygen toxicity even with regular use. Our chambers can be depressurized and opened from both outside and inside the chambers. Visual and verbal communication is possible with the technician, and we have a bell for questions and emergencies.
Most people feel very comfortable and relaxed in the chamber, and leave our clinics with a smile on their faces. This therapy is non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and there are no dangerous side effects reported with mild hyperbaric therapy.

How does mild Hyperbaric Therapy work?

~ Our hyperbaric chamber is filled with compressed ambient air at approximately 4.2 pounds per square inch. (1.3 ATA max) This is the equivalent of 11 feet below sea level. This increased pressure allows the blood, plasma, and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen thus greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and fluids of the body.
The resulting uptake of oxygen allows for improved circulation for areas with swelling or inflammation. Oxygen is then utilized by the body for vital cell functions. Healthier cells create healthier tissues and organs.
The human body is capable of healing itself when it has what it needs. There is NOTHING the human body needs more than OXYGEN!

Are there any negative side-effects from mHBT?

~ No dangerous side effects have been reported with Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for your first session in a chamber:
-Some people experience a mild discomfort to the ears when pressurizing the chamber, not unlike during the descending part of an airplane ride. Usually, this goes away after a few treatments as the ears grow accustomed to the experience. Our technicians are specifically trained to make our patients as comfortable as possible.
-Some people following their first few sessions experience slight fatigue as the body sweeps itself clear of toxic debris that has built up in the body. This is safe and necessary. We highly recommend that patients consume a greater amount of water than normal post-treatment to help with the flushing of toxins from their body, and to stay hydrated during their treatments.
-It is advisable that you wear comfortable, loose clothing. (Pantyhose and other tight garments may contribute to feelings of claustrophobia.) Bring something to read, as the sessions last about 60 minutes. You may want to bring a favorite cd, dvd player, portable game, etc.
-Do not drink large amounts of fluids just prior to entering the chamber. While you may exit the chamber mid-treatment to use the restroom, this will cut down on your treatment time available.
-Please do not wear heavy perfumes or colognes when you are coming for your session.

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