What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

HYPER means increased, and BARIC refers to pressure

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also known as HBOT, involves RELAXING in a pressurized chamber which is 1.3 times the normal atmosphere. Under this additional pressure inside the chamber, your lungs can absorb up to 3 times more oxygen. The brain is rejuvenated with the oxygen rich blood flow. The increased oxygen helps the body’s healing process accelerate. HBOT dramatically increases the oxygen in blood plasma, and in the brain, spine, and joint fluid.

What is 1.3 atmospheres? Is the pressure uncomfortable?

Have you ever swam to the bottom of the deep end of a swimming pool. This feeling may be similar to the feeling sometimes experienced in elevators or flying in an airplane. Remember when you felt a little pressure on your ear drums and you had to release the pressure. It's the same feeling.This pressure can be relieved by a simple equalization procedure.

As soon as the chamber reaches 1.3 atmospheres, the pressure stabilizes and you can relax. Read a book. Take a Nap. Use your cell phone to catch up on things.

The Science behind HBOT

While a patient is in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber breathing supplemental oxygen under increased pressure, oxygen saturates their red blood cells. HBOT induces vasoconstriction and hyper oxygenation which simultaneously reduces edema and increases oxygenation. The bodies tissues are hyper-oxygenated by increasing the plasma oxygen concentration 10 – 15 times. The additional pressure causes oxygen molecules to become directly infused into bodily fluids—including plasma, lymph, spinal fluid and interstitial spaces and tissues. This noninvasive therapy is the most trusted way to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body. The treatment creates the ideal conditions for new blood vessels to grow because oxygen encourages collagen to form as the foundation for new blood vessels. Since the fluids and tissues within the body are saturated in oxygen, the body is no longer an ideal environment for anaerobic bacteria to thrive and cause infection.

How long is the session?

A typical session lasts for 60 minutes. The technician will make sure you are settled in and comfortable. After you are zipped up, the chamber will fill with pure oxygen and inflate to maximum pressure in about 5 minutes. During that time, you may need to clear your ear pressure 1 or 2 times. Once the pressure reaches 1.3 atmospheres, you can relax, take a nap, catch up on social media or read a book. At the end of the session, the technician will deflate the chamber and return you to the current atmosphere level. You may need to clear your ear pressure on the way down.  

What do I wear?

It is preferred that your wear lightweight comfortable cotton clothing. Your shoes will be removed. Please wear socks inside the chamber. We do not allow any electronics other than a cell phone or tablet. Please remove any hearing aides.

 

HBOT in the Bloodstream

 

During HBOT, the amount of O2 in the bloodstream significantly increases triggering a wide range of benefits.

 

HBOT helps the brain think more clearly and make better decisions. As an elite athlete, imagine what kind of impact this would have on game day. As a business professional, think of how much more productive you could be with a clearer head.

Benefits of HBOT

Athletes have noticed improved performance. Students have experienced better focus and recall. Patients with chronic conditions often experience a reduction of symptoms. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to greatly reduce healing time for injuries.

People who have had HBOT have marked improvement in blood flow to the brain. Adequate blood flow in the brain is vital for mental health. SPECT scans reveal that low blood flow is commonly linked to mental health/brain health issues, such as ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addictions, and more. The latest scientific evidence has shown that HBOT stimulates blood flow, metabolism, and tissue growth in patients with brain injuries. The treatment reawakens dormant neurons that are alive but not functioning around the injured brain tissue.

  • Increases Oxygenation to the Body’s Tissue
  • Increase Blood Flow and Circulation
  • Boosts White Blood Cell Counts
  • Enhances the Effectiveness of Antibiotics
  • Reduces Swelling and Pain
  • Natural Body Detox
  • Improved Concentration
  • Speeds Wound Healing
  • Reduces Swelling and Edema
  • Reduces Pain & Inflammation
  • Improve Cellular Metabolism & Function

Medical Conditions

 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is safe. However, there are some conditions which we do not allow:

  • Claustrophobia
  • Viral or Upper Respiratory Infection (Congestion)
  • Ear infections
  • Barotrauma to the ear/sinuses
  • High fever
  • Pacemaker
  • Pregnancy
  • Seizure history
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Congenital Spherocytosis
  • Epidural Pain Pump
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Pneumothorax

If you have any concerns or questions, it is recommended that you check with your doctor first. They should be very familiar with HBOT.

 

Changing Altitude:
No flying (commercial nor private airlines) is permitted for 12 hours after a session of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

In addition to restrictions on flying you should not drive or otherwise travel to higher altitudes for a
period of 24 hours.

Any patients treated for Decompression illness/sickness and or Arterial Gas Embolism may not fly or travel to elevated altitudes for 72 hours after their hyperbaric treatment.

Medical Waiver

We require all guests to sign a medical waiver in advance of any treatment to ensure everyone knows the risk. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign additionally on the form. We will provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy services to anyone over the age of 5 with parental consent. For the ages of 5 to 12 years old, the parent may enter the chamber with the child for the entire session. At 78 Cryo, we use the safest and most reputable, mHyperbaric Oxygen Chamber.

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