What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric oxygen means "high pressure oxygen." The patient sits or lies down in a high pressure environment while breathing pure oxygen.
This causes oxygen to saturate through all tissues in the body. As oxygen supports energy production for healing, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is being used for all kinds of medical conditions worldwide.
Conditions and symptoms that we commonly treat:
Damaged tissues of all kinds, including nerve, skin, and bone injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), aka "concussions" and other neurological injuries
- "Stroke" and areas of current/past low blood supply (ischemia)
- Sports injuries and wounds
- Degeneration of joints or intervertebral discs
- Failed surgical syndrome
Disorder of inflammation and toxicity:
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune thyroiditis
- Cancer, especially breast, ovarian, and lymphoma
- Diabetes, Type II
- Heart disease and cardiovascular disease
- Intervertebral disc issues
- Chronic infections such as EBV, Lyme disease, and lyme co-infections
- Mold and heavy metal toxicity
- Osteomyelitis and other very aggressive tissue infections
- Sudden sensorineural hearing loss
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Acute neurological injuries
- Seizures and neuroinflammation
- Chronic pain sensitization disorders such as CRPS and peripheral neuropathy
- 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 is scheduled for 90 minutes, with over 60 minutes spent in the HBOT chamber for treatment. 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 discouraged as it could reduce the benefits of therapy.
Most patients find HBOT very relaxing and refreshing, with increased energy during the rest of the day. Commonly patients leave in a better mood due to increase oxygen in the brain that can support a positive feeling of well-being. It makes a great treatment any time of day, with hours available for scheduling M-F 7:30am-5pm.
Please call our office or email to schedule a session or free consultation with Dr. Vose to see if HBOT could work for you:
How does HBOT work? The scientific basis.
Hyperbaric oxygen drives tissue repair:
- High pressure environment drives oxygen into all tissues for repair and rehabilitation - even into areas of poor blood flow like bones, cartilage, 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 (new nerve growth)
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 (CRPS)
How long will it take to complete a course of treatments?
Therapy for chronic (long lasting) illness may be recommended in conjunction with prolotherapy or IV therapy to enhance and synergize effectiveness. By itself, HBOT is offered on a regular basis of once per day for 1-5 days each week. For some neurological illnesses or chronic injuries up to 40 treatments may be required to achieve significant results, though often patients will notice a considerable beneficial change in symptoms after even 3 treatments.
HBOT Scientific Articles:
(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, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1jc69UCHcM
For more information please check out:
- 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
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