Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment performed by placing the patient in a full body, 100% pure oxygen-filled chamber in which atmospheric pressure is controlled and increased. It enhances the body’s natural processes by greatly increase oxygen uptake to the brain, nervous system, skeletal muscle, and all body tissues. The oxygen pressures achieved under HBOT are much higher than those gotten by simply breathing pure oxygen.
Hyperbaric oxygen has been used for more than 25 years with a rich history of safety and efficacy. For many conditions, the therapeutic use of HBOT results in a drastically increased partial pressure of oxygen in the tissues of the body.
A related effect is the increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. Under normal atmospheric pressure very little oxygen is transported by blood plasma. However, oxygen transport by plasma is significantly increased under HBOT.
A study published in the Lancet (2001), The Collet (Quebec) trial, was the largest randomized trial of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for children with cerebral palsy. The study found that children treated with hyperbaric treatment dosages improved significantly. The motor improvements that were seen and measured were obtained in a shorter period of time than most of the changes found in any other studies. The children improved an average of ten times more during the two months of HBOT than during three months of medication and ancillary treatments. This impressive change in the rate of improvements clearly indicates the probable effectiveness of hyperbaric treatment.
What conditions is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) prescribed for?
HBOT is prescribed for conditions such as cancer, Lyme disease, ADD/ADHD, stroke, migraines, autism, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, Bell’s palsy, carbon monoxide poisoning, excessive blood loss, gangrene, radiation necrosis, diabetic foot ulcers, severe anemia and much more. It is also useful for postsurgical and wound healing as well as broken or damaged bone and muscle tissue. Many professional athletes use HBO for sports injuries. Also, we find that it helps our patients with concussions, post-concussion syndrome, traumatic brain injury (TBI), head injuries and Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome.