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What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Vitaeris hyperbaric 2 1Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a noninvasive therapy method that has users lie in comfortable pressurized chamber while breathing pure oxygen. The excess pressure causes the blood plasma, all of your cells, tissues and fluids to hold up to 10 times more oxygen than normal concentration. With more oxygen all of your cells can produce energy more effectively, and your body can heal itself in profound ways.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been show to heal tissue that is generally slow to recover. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a relaxing way to ensure wellness, longevity, and recover from serious conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly referred to as MHBOT, hyperbaric oxygen therapy enhances the body’s natural healing process by delivering oxygen under pressure, which increases the oxygen content in the blood, plasma, cerebral spinal fluid, and other body tissues. Mild HBOT refers to hyperbaric oxygen therapy at 1.5 ATA or below, and the use of an oxygen concentrator delivering 90-95% oxygen inside a portable soft-sided chamber. Mild HBOT has no known safety risks with oxygen toxicity. Our facility provides concentrated oxygen (90-95%) at 1.3 ATA—(Mild HBOT)a highly effective.
You will be lying down inside the chamber, relaxing comfortably in your own clothing, as you breathe concentrated oxygen (90-95% O2). As the chamber is gradually pressurized to 1.3 ATA you will have access with our staff person, remaining in control at all times. Some people experience temporary ear discomfort while pressurizing or depressurizing the chamber, but it typically resolves after a few minutes. Sometimes ear discomfort is due to congestion, which makes it difficult for the ear to equalize; however, since mild HBOT can be beneficial for congestion, treatment may still be advantageous, and pressurizing more slowly may be all that is required. If you are experiencing any parasitic or microbial infections such as Lyme disease or candida, you may experience a temporary exacerbation of symptoms early in treatment as those organisms die off and your system detoxifies. Exercise, saunas, drinking extra water or detoxifying teas, and herbal supplements may be helpful in facilitating the process of detoxifying. While inside the chamber you can rest, read, and use your Smartphone or tablet—free WiFi is available—or take a nap. When your session ends and the chamber is gradually depressurized, you will emerge feeling more oxygenated. Some people report feeling more relaxed after a session. Others describe feeling a sense of mental clarity, as mild HBOT is good for brain fog and is particularly helpful in addressing brain fog related to Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy.
Eating prior to your appointment is helpful in maintaining stable blood sugar during your treatment. Please note that no food or drinks are allowed in the chamber; however, if you have diabetes, we ask you to bring a snack in case your blood sugar drops in the chamber. If you smoke, we recommend no nicotine for several hours both before and after your appointment to gain the most benefits from your treatment. If you use a nicotine patch, we recommend that you remove it for several hours before and after your treatment. The longer you avoid nicotine, the more tissue oxygenation will be able to benefit you. We ask that you remove your shoes, wear comfortable clothing, avoid wearing any scents/perfume/cologne as other people may be sensitive to them, and be freshly bathed. No sharp objects or incendiary devices (matches, lighters) are allowed in the chamber. Let our staff know if you have a cold or sinus congestion, as this condition may make it more difficult to equalize your ears and require slower pressurization of the chamber. Finally, we recommend emptying your bladder immediately prior to your session to avoid discomfort while under increased pressure – this will also eliminate having to get out early.
Your plan will vary according to the type of health issues you are managing. Treatment plans for optimizing surgical outcomes, joint replacement, or enhancing athletic performance may consist of 10-20 sessions; 5-10 prior to the surgery, and 5-10 post-surgery.

If you are dealing with underlying issues such as diabetes or heart disease, or you are a smoker, 20-30 sessions may be more appropriate. Interstitial cystitis generally requires 30 sessions. Patients dealing with surgery or wound healing following cancer treatment will likely require 40 sessions.

For patients addressing chronic and neurological issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, autism, traumatic brain injury, or stroke, repeated series of 40 sessions may be required, depending on the extent and severity of the condition and other underlying health issues.

An initial group of 40 sessions, 60 minutes in duration, 5-6 days per week. Studies show that frequency of treatment is important in achieving optimal outcomes.

Generally, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is very safe. Otic barotrauma (ear pain) is a risk due to difficulty equalizing ear pressure. It is typically quite temporary and easily controlled. Yawning or swallowing can remedy it—similar to what one would do when taking off and landing in an airplane. Our facility provides concentrated oxygen (90-95%) at 1.3 ATA—a highly effective combination clinically, and without the risk of oxygen toxicity or explosion, as 100% oxygen is avoided.

The only absolute contraindications to mild HBOT are pneumothorax and air-trapping emphysema. Other issues such as seizures, myopia (nearsightedness), cataracts, and oxygen toxicity do not relate to mild HBOT therapy in a soft chamber and are unheard of at pressures below 1.5 ATA. If you are taking the following medications you should speak with your provider about discontinuing them prior to receiving mild HBOT.

  • Cis-Platinum—a chemotherapy agent
  • Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®)—a chemotherapy agent
  • Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon®)—a topical cream used to prevent and treat bacterial or fungal infections.
Benefits provided by mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy are the result of extra oxygen being carried to the tissues and organs of your body, providing you with one or more of the following effects:

  • Improved oxygen delivery to injured tissue
  • Increased healing rates of overuse and traumatized tissue
  • Increased blood vessel formation
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory effect
  • Advanced wound healing
  • Improved infection control, as higher levels of oxygen have a natural antibiotic effect
  • Preservation of damaged tissues
  • Elimination and reduction of effects from toxic substances
  • Reduction or elimination of tissue obstruction by gas bubbles
  • Stem cell proliferation and mitochondrial switching
  • Immune system normalization

Mild HBOT is widely promoted and utilized as a preventative, recuperative, and restorative therapy for a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It is also used by athletes to enhance performance and speed healing time; it is good for you

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used internationally for more than 80 different conditions. Research supports its use for athletic injuries and performance, arthritis, autism, attention deficit disorder, auto-immune disorders, Bell’s Palsy, brain and head injuries, cardiovascular disease, cerebral palsy, Crohn’s disease, dermatological conditions, diabetes, dementia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis, Lyme disease, learning disabilities, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, pervasive development disorders, PTSD, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, reconstructive surgery, spinal cord injury, stroke, and more. Research is showing that it may be effective as an anti-aging and cancer prevention strategy.

HBOT is FDA approved to treat air or gas embolism, carbon monoxide & cyanide poisoning, crush injury, acute traumatic ischemia, decompression sickness, delayed radiation injury, diabetic foot ulcers, enhanced healing of problem wounds, exceptional blood loss, gas gangrene, intracranial abscess, necrotizing soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis (refractory), skin grafts and flaps(compromised), and thermal burns.

Portable hyperbaric chambers are cleared by the FDA to treat acute mountain sickness only. All other conditions treated by portable hyperbaric chambers are considered off-label uses. Many of these uses are quite commonplace in countries such as Russia, China, Japan, Italy, and the U.K.

In the US, insurance does not cover mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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