Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is defined as a treatment mode in which the patient is entirely enclosed in a pressure chamber breathing oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere.

Benefits of HBO

  • Saturates body fluids with oxygen, up to six times normal. Increases available oxygen supply to cells, which allows them to function beyond a "maintenance" status, or to be "jump-started" and into a functioning state. Hyper-oxygenated cells perform at an optimal level with less energy expended
  • Allows oxygen to cross the blood brain barrier effortlessly, providing a source of readily available molecular oxygen for immediate use by the brain tissue. Allows cells metabolize vital glucose, which is necessary for the production of neurotransmitters essential in brain function, without expending extra energy which would use vital nutrients. (Glucose is metabolized throughout the body for energy on a daily basis)
  • Increases the availability of neurotransmitters.
  • Increases the amount of stem cells circulating in the body. (University of Pennsylvania Study)
  • Stimulates the growth of new capillaries (tiny blood vessels) which allows circulation to be restored or improved, and this reduces or eliminates hypoxia in affected areas. An increased network of blood vessels promotes deeper circulation of oxygen and nutrients under normal conditions. Normal circulation allows certain medicines and antibiotics to penetrate farther into muscles and tissues which also help to combat micro-organism growth.
  • Stimulates connective tissue cells, which are rich in collagen, and promotes the growth of new skin.
  • Stimulates molecular and enzymatic changes, and increases the ability of white blood cells to remove foreign bodies from the bloodstream including bacteria, fungi, dead cells and waste by-products.
  • Stimulates the process involved in the normal remodelling of bone.
  • Stimulates the immune response.
  • Has a potent anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Increases the production of glutathione by 15 %.
  • Reduces swelling and mitigates damage to the surrounding cells, tissues and blood vessels (the cascade effect), which is particularly important to brain injuries.
  • Reducing swelling (edema) in the brain lowers intracranial pressure. Is also a useful adjunct in treating trauma to the body, and certain sports injuries.
  • Reduces the effect of radiation-induced injury to bone, soft tissue and organs by triggering the healing response to these areas.
  • Inhibits the growth of some bacteria and kills anaerobic organisms (non-oxygen tolerant) such as those found in gas gangrene and certain Lyme spirochetes. Improves performance of some antibiotics and medications.
  • Reduces or eliminates the clotting effect that results from the return of blood flow to constricted areas (reperfusion injury) and helps disaggregate platelets.
  • Mitigates the damaging effects of carbon monoxide on the body and brain.
  • Removes from the bloodstream the gas bubbles that cause "the bends".