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 oxygen treatments stimulate angiogenesis, growing new blood vessels and tissue. In 2007 hyperbaric therapy was shown to cause stem cell release from our bone marrow into our circulation. HBOT has been also shown to have detoxification effects and to suppresses inflammation. Most of our chronic diseases are now recognized to result from chronic inflammation. When you add up all of these beneficial effects of hyperbaric oxygen and combine them with the many other documented effects of HBOT on disease processes that are catalogued in the book “The Oxygen Revolution,” it is apparent that hyperbaric oxygen may in fact have anti-aging effects.
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.
Whether you are a professional athlete or just somebody who enjoys challenging your body, if you participate in sports or other taxing physical activities, mild hyperbaric therapy can give you the edge you need to perform at your personal best every time. Mild hyperbaric therapy speeds recovery from sports injuries, gives the athlete faster recovery from workout, increases energy and mental clarity on and off the field. By providing more oxygen at the cellular level, healing is rapid, energy levels are high and the athlete is able to focus and perform at peak levels. Many athletes report much less lactic acid buildup with hyperbaric therapy, greater endurance and less muscle fatigue.
Studies have shown that children with Autism may have decreased blood flow through the brain, and more specifically, the sides of the brain. This can be shown on a SPECT scan (a very special CT scan). Less blood flow through the brain can be equated with decreased oxygen flowing through the brain as well, since one of the major roles of blood flow is to deliver oxygen to tissues. By increasing the amount of oxygen carried by the blood stream (more specifically, the plasma), the greater opportunity for oxygen deprived tissue to receive more oxygen.
Serious burns caused by chemicals or electricity, as well as by fire, can be among the most painful of injuries, and among the most difficult to treat. Long-term physical and emotional disabilities can occur in burn victims as a result of tissue scarring. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help burn patients heal faster with fewer complications and less scarring.
“I utilize mild Hyperbaric Therapy (mHBT) in all stages of cancer; upon detection, as well as pre and post surgery, pre, post and during chemo and radiation. In fact if chemotherapy is used in conjunction with mHBT, the chemotherapy dose must be reduced. The mHBT will potentate any primary cancer treatment. mHBT is the best cancer prevention and cancer remission therapy out there, bar none.” Bergeron, Rhett, MD
Oxygen therapy exponentially increases the amount of available free oxygen in the blood. Increased oxygen to the brain may “jump start” oxygen-starved cells and help to return motor control to the patient.Furthermore, hyperbaric therapy has been proven effective in the treatment of Bell’s palsy, and when used in conjunction with other treatments, helps to prevent permanent facial disfigurement.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at 1.3 atmospheres produces an increased elasticity in the erythrocytes (RBC’s) while also seeming to reduce the pressure variant between their contents and the surrounding medium (SPECT scan data). Also, the dissolved oxygen in the plasma may oxidize any substance responsible for the decrease in RBC cell wall permeability. The immediate effect of HBOT is to relieve the cellular hypoxia that is a feature of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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.
When cells in the brain die, either from trauma or lack of oxygen, blood plasma leaks out into surrounding brain tissue causing swelling and reducing blood flow. These otherwise normal cells go dormant because they can’t function without the appropriate amount of oxygen. Hyperbaric therapy dramatically increases the oxygen carried in the blood plasma, making oxygen available to heal damaged capillary walls, preventing plasma leakage and reducing swelling. As the swelling decreases, blood flow can be restored to the dormant tissue (neovascularization) and these cells then have the potential to function again.
In TBI patients, some of the injured brain tissues may be “dormant” and non-functioning. Hyperbarics can stimulate these “dormant” tissues and return them to more normal function. In young children, especially, cognitive function and spasticity can be greatly improved. The Defense Department hopes to find a better treatment for the 100,000 troops who have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury since 2003, and it’s looking at hyperbaric chambers — often used in cases of carbon monoxide poisoning — for the answer.
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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