What is Hyperbaric Therapy?

Hyperbaric Therapy, also known as mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, (HBOT or HBO or mHBOT or HBT), is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment, at a level higher than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA). Increased pressure allows for oxygen to dissolve and saturate the blood plasma (independent of hemoglobin/red blood cells), blood cells, cerebral-spinal fluid, and other body fluids which yields a broad variety of positive physiological, biochemical and cellular effects. This noninvasive therapy is the most trusted way to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body. The typical treatment lasts for 60-90 minutes, during which the patient lies down and breathes normally.

HBOT has been demonstrated in several clinical studies to enhance the body’s innate ability to repair and regenerate. It is used as an adjunct therapy to complement and enhance the healing process in both chronic and acute conditions.

How does Hyperbaric work?

At sea level the atmospheric pressure is 1ATA (14.7 psi or pounds per square inch), which allows the lungs to absorb a normal amount of oxygen from the air. At higher altitudes, the pressure drops and the lungs are not able to absorb as much oxygen from the air. This is why oxygen masks drop in an airplane at high altitudes – to increase the oxygen content due to the lack of pressure. The exact opposite happens at lower altitudes (below sea level). There, the pressure is greater (above 1ATA) and now the lungs can more easily absorb the oxygen, and at a greater volume.

Hyperbaria is based on the concept of the relationship of gas pressure and uptake in liquids (blood, plasma and tissues).  Henry’s Law states that “a gas is dissolved by a liquid in direct proportion to its partial pressure.”  For example, at sea level, atmospheric pressure is 760 mm Hg, the oxygen concentration is 21% and the body’s oxygen content or partial pressure, pO2, in blood and plasma is ~ 40 mm Hg.

Red blood cells have a limitation as to how much oxygen can bind with hemoglobin.  The plasma portion of the blood typically has about a 3% oxygen concentration.

By placing someone in a in a 3 psi pressure hyperbaric environment, the increase in atmospheric pressure at sea level goes from 760 mm Hg to 915 mm Hg.  This increase in gas pressure, increases the partial pressure of the oxygen gas and thus forces more oxygen to be dissolved in the plasma.  This saturation of oxygen in the blood, due to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment or HBOT, allows the extra oxygen to be diffused or transported to the surrounding body tissues.  Thus, oxygen transport by plasma is significantly increased under HBOT.  At three atmospheres pressure, enough oxygen can be dissolved in the plasma to support the oxygen demands of the body at rest in the absence of hemoglobin!

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is designed to boost the supply of oxygen to ischemic tissue or to diseased tissues that respond to increased oxygen levels.  Increasing the volume of oxygen dissolved in the blood plasma produces five basic effects:

  • Reduction of volume of gas bubbles in the blood
  • Vasoconstriction, which reduces edema and secondary hypoxia
  • Restoration of aerobic metabolism to ischemic tissue
  • Detoxification of poisoned tissues
  • Enhanced phagocytosis

Henry’s Law- Henry’s law states that for a gas-liquid interface the amount of the gas that dissolves in the liquid is proportional to its partial pressure.  So Henry’s law helps to predict how much gas will be dissolved in the liquid.  The actual amount also depends on the solubility of the gas as well as its partial pressure.

Dalton’s Law-John Dalton observed that the total pressure of a gas mixture was the sum of the pressures of each of the gases if they were to exist on their own.

Without HyperbaricsWith Hyperbarics

Before and After Hyperbaric Treatment

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Uses of mHBOT
  • Injury-Trauma/Rapid Recovery
  • Pre-Post Medical or Dental Surgery/Procedures
  • Athletes desiring peak performance and/or faster recovery
  • Assists chronic and serious conditions (Autism, Lupus, MS, Lymes, and more)
Conditions which may benefit from mHBOT
  • Acid Stomach
  • Acne
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Allergies
  • Anti-Aging
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Body Detoxification
  • Brain Injury
  • Candidiasis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Circulation Problems
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Hang Over
  • Headaches
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Joint Pain
  • Loss of Limb
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sleeping Disorders
  • Sports Injury
  • Stroke
  • Surgery: Pre/Post
  • Wound Healing
Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe?

YES! The hyperbaric chamber uses filtered ambient air, so there is no risk of oxygen toxicity to the body even with regular use. Once inside the chamber, both visual and verbal communication is possible with the outside. Most people report a comfortable, relaxing experience and emerge from the chamber feeling refreshed. This therapy is non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and there are no dangerous side effects.

Do children go in alone?

NO! An adult must accompany a child. Great bonding time!

How long does a session last?

A session is usually 60-minutes or 90-minutes.

How frequently should I schedule my sessions?

We will make a recommendation for you based on your needs after an initial evaluation.

What can I do during my hyperbaric session?

  • Listen to music or watch a DVD. (We provide DVD players and headphones.)
  • Talk on your cell phone.
  • Play handheld games.
  • Read books or magazines.

What can I expect to happen during my session?

The chamber will seem smaller when deflated than it is when fully pressurized. Within one minute the chamber will inflate completely, allowing enough room for an adult to sit upright or lie fully extended. After the chamber inflates, it will begin to pressurize. This is the time when you may experience pressure in your ears. The easiest way to relieve any pain your ears using one or more of the following methods:

  • Close your mouth and firmly clamp your nose shut with your fingers and thumb. Blow, as if you were blowing your nose, but keep nose and mouth closed. You will feel the air come out through your ears when you have done this procedure correctly, and this should relieve the pressure.
  • Stretching your mouth as wide as possible, even stretching your tongue out. This will cause the sinus passages surrounding your ears to drain and relieve the pressure.
  • If you are the parent of a small child who is having trouble with their ears during pressurization, try massaging the area just below the ears and right behind the jaw. A baby still on the bottle or pacifier should be given either of these, but if your child is likely to spill drinks in the chamber please try to monitor them with liquids.
  • Sit upright. Turn your head completely to the right, then completely to the left. Repeat earlier steps until the ears are cleared.

Are there any side effects?

No dangerous side effects have been reported with Mild Hyperbaric Therapy. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for your first session in a chamber:

  • Some people experience a mild discomfort to the ears when pressurizing the chamber, not unlike during the ascending part of an airplane ride.
  • Some people experience slight fatigue following their first few sessions as the body sweeps itself clear of toxic debris that has built up in the body. This is safe and necessary.
  • It is advisable that you wear comfortable, loose clothing. (Pantyhose and other tight garments may contribute to feelings of claustrophobia.)
  • Bring something to read, as the sessions last about 60 minutes. You may want to bring a favorite cd, dvd player, portable game, etc.
  • Do not drink large amounts of fluids before entering the chamber.
  • Do not wear perfume or cologne when you are coming for your session.

Are there any reasons a person should not go into the chamber?

Yes. You should not go into the chamber if you are inebriated (drunk), if you have ear canal problems or an ear infection, if you are experiencing flu or cold symptoms, or if you are wearing perfume or cologne.

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Clinical Study: Mild Hyperbarics and Improvement in Brain Function