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HYPERBARIC OXYGEN

THE MEDICINE OF PRESSURE.

HOW IT WORKS.

Hyperbaric oxygen increases the concentration of cellular oxygen into the plasma, decreasing the level of inflammation and swelling of micro-circulation in the body to promote advanced healing.
 
Another influencing mechanism is increasing mitochondrial size and density, furthermore aiding the production of ATP; the primary source of fuel in the body. Increased ATP levels result in boosted immunity, accelerated recovery from illness/injury, and heightened cognition.

WHO IS HYPERBARIC OXYGEN FOR?

As with any therapeutic intervention, the medicine is in the dose. Hyperbaric oxygen has a variety of indications because treatment durations can be manipulated to influence different cellular mechanisms within the cell. For example, shorter durations (30 minutes) have been shown to increase cognition and focus, whereas longer durations (90 minutes) have been shown to promote cellular repair and recovery.

BENEFITS.

SHORT DURATION TREATMENTS

LONG DURATION TREATMENTS

FDA APPROVED TREAMENTS

Enhanced cognition and focus
Jet lag improvement
Exercise recovery
Acute injury repair
Wound healing
Endurance
Radiation therapy
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Diabetic wounds
Decompression sickness
And 9 others...

What conditions does HBOT treat?


Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability, as well as infections where it can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy, or in conjunction with other drugs. Insurance and Medicare consider the following conditions for HBOT to be covered for payment: Air or Gas Embolism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Compartment Syndrome/Crush Injury/Other Traumatic Ischemias
Decompression Sickness (Bends)
Diabetic and Selected Wounds
Exceptional Blood Loss (Anemia)
Gas Gangrene
Intracranial Abscess
Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
Skin Grafts and (Compromised) Flaps
Thermal Burns The following conditions are off-label which may or may not be covered by insurance or Medicare: Alzheimer’s
Autism
Cerebral Palsy
Lyme Disease
Migraine
Multiple Sclerosis
Near Drowning
Recovery from Plastic Surgery
Sports Injuries
Stroke
Traumatic Brain Injury




Are there any side effects to HBOT?


The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure. To minimize this risk, patients learn techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during compression or tubes may be inserted in the ears. Occasionally some patients may experience changes in their vision during their treatment period. These changes are usually minor and temporary. A rare side effect is oxygen toxicity which is caused by administering too much oxygen.




What information does the technician need to know from the patient prior to HBOT?


- If you have any cold or flu symptoms, fever, sinus or nasal congestion, or chest congestion.
- If there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.
- If there has been a change in any of your medications.
- If you have an opened wound.
- If you have skipped a meal prior to your HBOT treatment.
- If you are diabetic and did not take your insulin prior to your treatment.
- If you have any concerns or anxiety.




How does HBOT help with stroke or brain injury?


When cells in the brain die, either from trauma or lack of oxygen, blood plasma leaks out into surrounding brain tissue causing swelling and reducing blood flow. These otherwise normal cells go dormant because they can’t function without the appropriate amount of oxygen. HBOT dramatically increases the oxygen carried in the blood plasma, making oxygen available to heal damaged capillary walls, preventing plasma leakage and reducing swelling. As the swelling decreases, blood flow can be restored to the dormant tissue (neovascularization) and these cells then have the potential to function again.




How are patients referred for treatment?


Patients are accepted either by self referral or by physician referral. Patients are evaluated by our staff and treated based on their specific needs. To schedule an evaluation, please call us at 952-213-6386.




Is HBOT safe?


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is prescribed by a physician and performed under medical supervision. Although there are minor risks like all medical treatments, overall hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe. The risks will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.




How long does it take to experience benefits?


1-5 Sessions: Improve cellular energy and optimizes tissue functioning. Those with residual carbon monoxide (i.e., smokers) or with mild anemia can show immediate benefits with cellular energy. Inflammatory markers can decrease considerably and begin a natural repair process. 5-10 Sessions: Typically used for acute injuries with soft tissue damage, particularly if pain is involved. 10-20 Sessions: Use with more serious acute injuries or chronic injuries. 20-40 Sessions: Commonly used for major tissue damage and when new tissue is required, through HBOT’s regenerative stem cell properties.





Frequently Asked Questions on HBOT

 

RESOURCES.

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