Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) 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 more easily into the surrounding liquid, such as blood plasma (independent of hemoglobin/red blood cells) and cerebrospinal fluids, which yields a broad variety of positive physiological, biochemical and cellular effects. The increased oxygenation allows for many health benefits, such as cell growth and regeneration, detoxification, immune support, new capillary growth, and improved neurological functioning. 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.
When patients first enter our clinic they will be informed on how the hyperbaric treatment works, what to expect, and how it will benefit their bodies before entering the chamber. When entering the chamber it typically takes about five minutes to increase the atmospheric pressure. As the chamber is pressurized, the patient must equalize the pressure in their ears to acclimatize the pressure changes. This is done by “popping” their ears, either by yawing, swallowing, or other method. When the pressure in the chamber has stabilized we encourage the patient to lay back, relax breathing normally, and enjoy the experience. After treatment is over, it will take another five minutes to depressurize the chamber during which time the patient will experience the same “popping” of the ears as durning pressurization. Patients typically emerge relaxed and energized.
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