While hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) seem like a relatively new treatment, celebrities and athletes have been utilizing and promoting HBOT for years. Professional athletes, including former NFL star Terrell Owen and Denver Branco’s Tim Tebow have spoken publicly about using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to expedite sport injury recovery. Michael Jackson was even said to sleep in a hyperbaric chamber every night.
Painless, gentle, and effective, HBOT is FDA-approved for the treatment of thirteen different illnesses, with success stories beyond the boundary of scientific endorsement being reported daily. For individuals living with chronic conditions such as diabetes and anemia, HBOT is capable of restoring life and functionality where past diagnosis would have indicated little to no hope of wellness.
Since the early 30’s, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been utilized by countless men, women and children seeking an alternative or supplementary medical treatment to over-the-counter drugs and invasive medical procedures. Originally developed by the military to treat those in the fields of deep-sea diving and aeronautics, HBOT is a combination of pressurized atmosphere and the inhalation of pure oxygen to promote widespread healing in the body through the oxidation and regeneration of cells.
One versatile element of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is that it is not strictly limited to medical applications. Men and women of all ages use HBOT for cellular regeneration, promotion of blood flow, and to speed up the process of recovering from sports injuries.
Another non-medical condition HBOT is sometimes used for is the treatment of moderate to severe hangovers. Because oxygen is pushed deep into the tissues during hyperbaric treatment, HBOT can alleviate migraines, fatigue, and nausea – symptoms all commonly associated with heavy drinking.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT for short) is also a medical treatment in which pure oxygen is inhaled for a prescribed period in the context of a clinical setting. The oxygen is administered in pressurized chambers where patients breathe an atmospheric pressure up to three times higher than normal, ambient air. During treatment, the amount of oxygen in the patient’s bloodstream increases significantly. In the pressurized atmosphere, oxygen molecules are delivered around the body at a rapid rate, absorbing into plasma, tissue, and major organs. When oxygen reaches damaged tissues or swollen arteries, it stimulates the release of healing chemicals, allowing the body to produce new cells and regenerate itself from the inside out. By enabling the growth of new cells, HBOT has proven effective in treating wounds that normally wouldn’t heal due to poor circulation.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved HBOT treatment for 22 conditions including non-healing wounds, stroke, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, and ischemia, amongst many others. With an increase in medicinal usage, many hospitals are now able to administer HBOT to multiple patients at a time. Medical spas, or individual medical practices, treat patients in single-person hyperbaric chambers that often look like cylindrical tanks. In both hyperbaric environments, air pressure is increased several times higher than normal, and the patient breathes pure, concentrated oxygen.
Air or Gas Embolism
Autism or Neurological Disorders
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Clostridal Myositis & Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene)
Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome, and Other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Enhancement of Healing in Selected Problem Wounds
Exceptional Blood Loss (Anemia)
Lack Of Oxygen
Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections (Necrotizing Fasciitis)
Skin Grafts and Flaps (Compromised)
For decades, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been the primary treatment for air and gas embolism. Air and gas embolism occurs when air bubbles improperly enter arteries or veins. Left untreated, air bubbles can cause extensive internal damage, obstructing blood flow and damaging the heart, brain, and other vital organs. In some cases, this can be fatal. The increased atmospheric pressure inside an HBOT chamber reduces the size of bubbles, allowing them to dissolve into the bloodstream and be removed from the body safely. Beyond this, oxygen-rich blood expels nitrogen bubbles.
Most frequently, gas embolism is caused by events of rapid decompression. This is more often seen in cases of divers who surface too quickly, causing the compressed air in their bodies to expand at a rapid rate. Rapid decompression can also be experienced in other depressurization situations, such as flying in an unpressurized aircraft.. When oxygen reaches damaged tissues or swollen arteries, it stimulates the release of healing chemicals, allowing the body to produce new cells and regenerate itself from the inside out. By enabling the growth of new cells, HBOT has proven effective in treating wounds that normally wouldn’t heal due to poor circulation.
Anoxic Brain Injury
Cancer (Treatment Synergy)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD)
Complications of Scleroderma
Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Spinal Cord Injuries
Surgery Preparation & Accelerated Recovery
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"I have been using this chamber for 8 months. The effects have been dramatic in energy, weight loss, flexibility, stamina, mental acuity, and positive mental outlook. I have found the chamber to be very user-friendly and comfortable. My husband also uses it daily and has significantly helped his aching knees and he’s much calmer and relaxed."
"Tyler is now 21 he did HBOT at age 10 and was able to talk to people. he is high functioning but because of his social disability. With his speech and his anxiety, he can't work in the real world. Being desperate we went back to HBOT and Since starting HBOT a couple of weeks ago he has shown such good improvement that he is now working on the farm here and everyone has noticed the improved socialization. They told me it wouldn’t make a difference after 10 years old. I completely disagree. This will be lifelong for Tyler especially if it keeps him more independent. It was getting so bad that he was hiding in bathrooms afraid to face people because of the anxiety and stress. But he is now working. This is a huge difference. I can’t wait to see what happens with a 1.5 ATA and for 1 hour a day 5 days a week."