August 2014

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment in which the entire body is placed under increased atmospheric pressure and the patient breathes 100% oxygen. This treatment is administered in a pressurized chamber which causes a 10 fold increase in plasma oxygen concentration with a resulting increase in oxygenation of the cells, organs and tissue of the body.

Typical capillary oxygen measurements in skin tissue is between 70-80 mm of Hg. In hyperbaric therapy oxygen measurements will rise to 1400 mm Hg under two atmospheres of pressure while breathing 100% oxygen. This hyperoxygenation allows tissues throughout the body, especially those tissues that might not heal at all, to heal rapidly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a diverse group of conditions. It may be the primary treatment for some conditions, or it may be used as part of a combined program involving antibiotics, other therapies and/or surgery.

The concept hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is simple. The air that we breathe contains 21% oxygen. Breathing 100% oxygen while an individual is at normal barometric pressure has limited benefits. However, by breathing pure oxygen in an increased pressure environment, we are able to deliver 3-4 times the amount of oxygen to those tissues with good blood circulation and as much as 100 times more to tissues with poor circulation (such as brain tissue damaged by stroke or head injury). This hyperbaric (above normal pressure) delivery of oxygen offers many unique therapeutic benefits that cannot be achieved by any other method.

In order to provide individuals with HBOT, a pressurized environment is required. The patient is placed within a spacious chamber, which is then pressurized to the level ordered by their physician. Each treatment takes approximately one hour and is closely supervised by our highly trained and experienced Hyperbaric Technologists.


What Conditions Are Effectively Treated With Hyperbaric Oxygen?

There are one hundred and ninety conditions that are effectively treated with HBOT. We have seen remarkable results in patients with the following health concerns:

●    Stroke and complications of stroke
●    Head and spinal cord injuries
●    Crush injuries
●    Poor circulation and vascular problems (often eliminating the need for amputation)
●    Diabetic wounds and peripheral vascular disease
●    Slow-healing wounds (noninfectious)
●    Multiple sclerosis
●    Chronic fatigue syndrome
●    Wound and skin infections including flesh eating bacterial infections and gangrene
●    Burns and complications of burns
●    Blood poisoning
●    Acute rheumatoid arthritis
●    Carbon monoxide poisoning
●    Lymes disease
●    Radiation necrosis and radiation cystitis and intestinal problems
●    Macular degeneration
●    Brown-recluse spider bites
●    Silicone implant rejection
●    Recovery from plastic surgery and skin grafts
●    Many other health concerns


What Are The Benefits Of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Oxygen, when delivered to a patient in a hyperbaric chamber, greatly increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to the body. All of the benefits provided by this therapy are the result of this extra oxygen being carried within the bloodstream and diffusing into the tissues and fluids of the body. Under the increased oxygen pressure of HBOT, sufficient oxygen can be dissolved in plasma to meet all tissue oxygen requirements. This effect allows oxygen to be delivered to tissues that red blood cells can't reach and maintains tissue viability in compromised circulation conditions.
HBOT provides many health benefits including:

●    Increased oxygen delivery to