Many of our patients who struggle with ADD and ADHD have found great results from using mild hyperbaric therapy. After just a few treatments, children and adults alike feel more able to focus, more able to communicate clearly and more at peace overall. College students have come in for treatments prior to a big exam, sometimes even to study inside the chamber! If you are the parent of a special-needs child and are considering mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you will be reassured to know that our hyperbaric chambers are large and roomy enough to allow you to join your child during oxygen therapy. You can read to your child, play a game, or watch a video with your child on one of our portable DVD players during the treatment.
Inflammation is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s and Dementia (AD) and plays an important role in the damage caused by this disease. For three decades, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs: aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen) have been known to reduce the severity of AD. Research studies of brain trauma have found that inflammation can be further reduced and controlled by use of HBOT. The hyperbaric oxygen effect on inflammation could help reduce and reverse the damage seen in AD. “You know, people get frustrated because their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s, oh, he doesn’t recognize me anymore, how can I recognize this person, if they don’t recognize me? They’re not the same person.” “Well, they are the same person, but they’ve got a brain disease. And it’s not their fault they’ve got this disease.”
Hyperbaric therapy has been shown to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other chronic pain disorders. Some physicians may prescribe hyperbaric therapy off-label as an adjunct or alternative to drug treatments and other common arthritis therapies. In the patients with rheumatoid arthritis under HBOT therapy the SOD activity was increased, whereas lipoperoxide values were decreased. Furthermore, ESR and Lansbury’s index showed a remarkable recovery.These results suggest that HBOT therapy may be an effective treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
A coma often occurs just before death from cancer or other terminal disease. It may also be the result of a head injury, an infection or other medical problem, an overdose of sedative or hypnotic drugs, or carbon monoxide poisoning. Hyperbaric Therapy can be beneficial in the healing process from damage occurring from the insult/trauma, and has even been accredited with “waking up” some patients who are in a comatose state.
Foot ulcers are a significant source of morbidity, mortality, and diminished quality of life for patients with diabetes. Ulcer development is often due to a combination of diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, which decreases the supply of oxygen to the affected extremity. Hypoxia can cause otherwise trivial lesions to progress rapidly to infection, gangrene, and limb amputation. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen dissolved in the plasma, allowing tissues to achieve levels of oxygenation that would otherwise be impossible.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a relatively new treatment for fibromyalgia. However, initial studies seem to illustrate that hyperbaric oxygen therapy has a positive effect on the symptoms of fibromyalgia, including muscle pain and tender points. Symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic, widespread pain and tenderness to the touch. Typically there is also moderate to severe fatigue. Those affected may also experience heightened sensitivity of the skin, tingling of the skin (often needle-like), achiness in the muscles, prolonged muscle spasms, weakness in the limbs, and nerve pain. Chronic sleep disturbances are also characteristic of fibromyalgia.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) infuses the body with oxygen, increasing levels by up to 1000% in body tissues, depending upon the chamber settings. The increased oxygen levels in blood and plasma oxygenate tissues that have been starved of oxygen, inducing such healing processes as the proliferation of fibroblasts and increased angiogenesis. Fibroblasts are progenitor cells that promote connective tissue growth, and angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels. This method of improving oxygenation and healing processes supports a reduction in the damage suffered in heart disease and possible healing of damaged tissues.
Hyperbaric therapy shows promise in helping Lyme patients because Lyme bacteria are microaerophilic organisms, requiring very little free oxygen, and are debilitated in high oxygen environments. Hyperbaric therapy increases the amount of oxygen in the body, which in turn causes several physiological changes that can result in accelerated healing, reduction of inflammation (particularly of neuroinflammation), and angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is defined as the development of blood vessels in the body. This may become important in the treatment of Lyme disease as it is believed that Lyme bacteria effectively evade antibiotics by moving away from normal blood flow into tissue, organs, and bone.
There’s little question hyperbaric therapy may provide quick relief from severe headache pain, or even stop a migraine in its tracks. The problem is getting into a chamber fast enough to get ahead of the attack. Still, for patients who experience warning signs hours beforehand, hyperbaric oxygen might offer a reasonable and non-pharmaceutical alternative.As time passes, and hyperbaric clinics become more accessible, many people who suffer from migraine headaches will have an alternative option that avoids the myriad of possible side-effects of pharmaceuticals.
Multiple sclerosis is an enigmatic disease that is thought to have immunologic origins with resultant breakdown of the blood brain barrier. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy effects on MS have been published in a variety of studies. While the data is confusing and conflicting, the fact remains that the most rigorous study on this subject matter showed an unequivocal beneficial effect of hyperbaric therapy.
Reconstruction Surgery and Plastic Surgery in a healthy person may heal up to 75% faster using HBOT before and after surgery. Less pain, less scarring, and less recovery time for the patient, as well as less infections have been reported. Patients can return to work faster, with less bruising and/or swelling. A Study done at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Castle Hill Hospital in the UK has just been released and the results are extremely encouraging.
More than 11 million people living in the U.S. today have been diagnosed with cancer, and about half of them have received radiation therapy (radiotherapy). While improved radiotherapy techniques have increased treatment precision and reduced side effects caused by radiotherapy, the high doses of radiation used to kill cancer cells may still cause long-term damage to nearby healthy cells in some patients. By helping the blood carry more oxygen to affected areas, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been proven effective for these patients.
Oxygen is one of the most versatile and powerful agents available to the modern medical practitioner. The therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO2) and has been used to assist wound healing for almost 40 years. Hyperbaric therapy has several specific biological actions which can enhance wound healing processes.
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No medical claims are being made by New Leaf Hyperbarics, their Subsidiaries and Franchisees beyond the hyperbaric chambers intended use. The FDA 510(k) approved intended use is, “to provide mild hyperbaria for the treatment of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and its associated mild symptoms”.