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Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT)

Oxygen is a vital compound for the function of our bodies; it is also the body’s primary source of energy. Other important roles that oxygen plays are in the support and efficient response of our immune system, the promotion of new cell growth, the elimination of toxic substances, and to act as a natural bactericidal and antifungal agent against invading anaerobic bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Oxygen is a vital component for the proper and efficient operation of all the systems of the body.

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) is a safe and effective method to deliver more oxygen at a cellular level. mHBOT will utilize mild, hepa-filtered pressurized ambient air to dissolve and deliver oxygen directly into the tissues, vital organs, cerebral and synovial fluids, and plasma. This in turn should promote the repair of tissues, organs, and allow more vibrant health. Sessions for mHBOT can be scheduled by calling our clinic.

Conditions that respond well to mHBOT:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Acute Altitude Sickness
  • Acne
  • Brain Injury
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypoxia
  • Anti-Aging
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Joint Pain
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Surgery Pre/Post
  • Diabetic Complications
  • Circulation Problems
  • Candidiasis
  • Immune Deficiencies
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Are there any side effects that go along with HBOT?

Yes, there are a few but the great benefits often outweigh the side effects in most cases.

  • Ear and sinus pain or discomfort from the change of pressure. This can be minimized by ventilating or popping the ears well during pressurization, or by slowing your dive speed/descend a little until you are comfortable. (common)
  • Temporary drowsiness (common)
  • Temporary hyperactivity (common)
  • Temporary dizziness (rare)
  • Temporary vision changes (rare)
  • Temporary headache or nausea – can be caused by die off or enhanced detoxification (rare)
  • Temporary regression – can be caused by die off or enhanced detoxification (rare)

Are there any health problem(s) that would prevent someone from going into the chamber?

Yes, there is a list. If you have any questions, please let us know so that we can obtain medical clearance before you go into the hyperbaric chamber.

  • Acute asthma attack
  • High fever
  • Uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pneumothorax
  • Known ear infection or upper respiratory infection
  • Aneurism * Glaucoma * Pregnancy
  • Severe heart or lung disease
  • Congenital spherocytosis

Benefits of HyperBaric Oxygen Therapy

Humans depend upon the consumption of oxygen all the time.  Most atmospheric air is comprised of roughly 21% oxygen.  Oxygen is necessary for the production of cellular energy in the mitochondria of every cell in the body.  The use of pure 100% oxygen in a high pressure atmosphere has been shown to have extraordinary health benefits.  

The hyperbaric chamber has pure oxygen coming in at pressures 1.5 – 3 times the normal atmospheric pressure.  Treatment times range from 30-90 minutes.  Using oxygen at higher pressures causes up to 20 times more oxygen to be absorbed by the blood and transferred to injured organs and tissues. This speeds healing and recovery time in addition to other benefits.

HBOT and mHBOT:

Breathing in 100% (pure) oxygen under increased pressure, called HBOT, allows extra oxygen to be taken up by the bloodstream and dissolved at a far greater rate. This extra oxygen can help where healing is slowed down by infection or where blood supply is limited by damage to the tissues.

100% oxygen is considered a drug by the FDA and one needs a prescription to use it.  Mild HyperBaric Therapy (mHBOT) has shown significant results and uses around 95% oxygen in a 1.3-1.4 atmospheric pressure.  This is a much lower cost treatment that has little to no risk and great benefit.

HBOT Has Been Shown To:

A mouse study using the ketogenic diet alone significantly decreased blood glucose and slowed tumor progression.  This increased the mean survival time by 56.7% in mice with systemic metastatic cancer.  HBOT therapy with the ketogenic diet increased mean survival time by 77% and showed significant decreases in blood glucose, tumor growth rate and improved ketone body metabolism.

The world’s top researchers (Angela M Poff, Csilla Ari, Thomas N Seyfried and Dr Dominic P D´Agostino)  in ketogenic diet and HBOT agree that HBOT alone has no effect on cancer growth and progression.  However, when it is combined with the ketogenic diet it has a significant complementary effect at inhibiting tumor growth and increasing survival time.

Research has shown that HBO may be helpful when used alongside cancer treatments.  HBO treatment may:

  • Reduce cancer growth.
  • Improve the delivery of chemotherapy drugs to a tumor.

Result in an increase in the body’s own stem cells. These are blood cells at the earliest stage of development in the bone marrow. Because HBO treatment can increase stem cells it may have a role in stem cell transplantation – a treatment sometimes used in haematological (blood) cancers.

Uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What conditions is hyperbaric oxygen therapy used to treat?

The following is a list for all FDA-approved uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

  • Air embolism
  • Gas embolism
  • Acute traumatic ischemia
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Exceptional blood loss
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gas gangrene
  • Necrotizing infections
  • Severe anemia
  • Skin grafts and flaps
  • Wound healing

Hyperbaric therapy is also frequently used for the following off-label uses, which has not been cleared by the FDA:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Asthma
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports Injury
  • Stroke 

What to Expect Your First Time in a Hyperbaric Chamber

How long does an HBOT session last?

Users can expect the entire hyperbaric session to last around 90 minutes, although the first session may take longer.

Pressurizing and depressurizing the chamber takes about 15 minutes, and the chamber is steadily pressurized for approximately one hour during the treatment.

How does air inside the hyperbaric chamber stay fresh?

Air is filtered and ventilated continuously to minimize any “stuffiness” during the session.

Are hyperbaric chambers comfortable?

Quite. Hyperbaric chambers are well ventilated, and users are allowed to wrap themselves in a blanket if they become cold.

Most treatment centers will request that patients avoid wearing scented perfumes or deodorants prior to treatment, in addition to abstaining from smoking prior to the procedure. This is out of consideration for fellow clients, and to ensure the most comfortable experience for the patient.

What can I do to prepare for my first hyperbaric therapy session?

It is advisable to wear comfortable, loose clothing, as tight garments may contribute to a claustrophobic feeling.

Patients may also wish to bring some form of entertainment. Depending on the hospital or clinic, you may be allowed to bring a book, movie or portable game into the chamber with you, as sessions typically last beyond 60 minutes.

If bringing outside material into the chamber is not allowed, patients may have the option to watch some form of television on a device located just beyond the hyperbaric chamber.

Keep in mind that patients may experience mild discomfort in their ears, as one would during the ascending part of a commercial flight. Fatigue after your first few sessions is not uncommon, and should be temporary.

Ways to Prepare for your First Hyperbaric Therapy Session

Are hyperbaric chambers soundproof?

Most are not; however, the sound made by air compressors may help mask outside noise and translate as soothing white noise. 

Is Hyperbaric Therapy Right for You?

Do I need a prescription for mHBOT or HBOT?

In order to experience a hyperbaric treatment in a clinical setting with medical-grade equipment, a prescription is necessary.

mHBOT therapy is typically done in-home, where the user administers treatment to themselves. Because hyperbaric oxygen chambers are a Class II medical device, they are moderated regulated by the FDA and require a prescription from a medical specialist for purchase.

While you should inform your doctor if you’re considering mHBOT as a treatment option for your child or loved one, many doctors not familiar with the therapy may initially express resistance to the program. However, this trend is falling by the wayside as positive results continued to be reported.

Can mHBOT cure autism, cerebral palsy or other conditions?

As of January 2017, HBOT is not FDA-approved for treatment in cases of autism or cerebral palsy.

However, this doesn’t make HBOT unsafe, or unbeneficial. While results depend greatly on the individual case, in most reported instances, children with developmental disabilities undergoing mHBOT have developed skills and abilities previously considered beyond the scope of possibility.

Can mHBOT cure autism, cerebral palsy or other conditions?

As of January 2017, HBOT is not FDA-approved for treatment in cases of autism or cerebral palsy.

However, this doesn’t make HBOT unsafe, or unbeneficial. While results depend greatly on the individual case, in most reported instances, children with developmental disabilities undergoing mHBOT have developed skills and abilities previously considered beyond the scope of possibility.

At RehabMart, we see frequent cases in which the child’s and his/her caregiver’s lives are improved after undergoing mHBOT.

Why would a doctor prescribe an oxygen concentrator?

Research has shown positive results using mHBOT for many conditions when the individual is treated with additional oxygen delivered via an oxygen concentrator.

However, evidence suggests different protocols are necessary, depending on the psi and the model of oxygen concentrator.

I don’t need to use HBOT for treatment of any FDA-approved purposes. Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy help me with personal fitness and wellness goals?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used by people from all walks of life, including professional athletes and mountain climbers, who find hyperbaric oxygenation helps with sports recovery, prevents muscle fatigue, and decreases the buildup of lactic acid.

Because the exposure to pure oxygen is widely beneficial in ways not limited to the treatment of sickness or injury, many people chose to purchase hyperbaric therapy chambers simply to add to their quality of life.

What are the most common uses for mild hyperbaric chambers (mHBOT)?

In children, the most common mHBOT uses include the following: developmental disorders (autism, cerebral palsy), anoxic brain injury, traumatic brain injury, and general autoimmune disorders.

mHBOT chambers are desirable for small children especially due to the flexibility it affords both the patient and the parent/caregiver. By having a mHBOT unit for in-home use, the family is able to ultilize treatment at their discretion, rather than schedule a session at a clinic or hospital.

Especially for families in which a child is living with a disability, this can greatly increase convenience and the amount of time the child is able to spend in the chamber environment overall. 

In adults, the most common mHBOT uses include oxidative stress, treatment of sports injuries, assistance in sports recovery (muscular fatigue and soreness), autoimmune disorders, stroke, nonhealing diabetic wounds, and peripheral vascular disease.

Safety, Side Effects and Risks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy safe?

Yes! Very few safety complications have ever been reported.

Many visitors to hyperbaric centers report only mild topical discomfort, similar to the ear pressure you feel in an ascending or descending airplane. This kind of inner ear/sinus pressure can be minimized by altering the atmospheric pressure inside the chamber at a slower rate.

Discuss any concerns you might have with your treating physician or a hyperbaric technician.

Are there any long-term side effects of HBOT?

After long-term treatments, some patients report vision changes, but this is temporary. Visual acuity returns to normal within three to four months after ending HBOT treatment.

Is there any reason someone should not use a hyperbaric chamber?

Do not enter a hyperbaric chamber if you are under the influence of intoxicants, if you have ear canal problems or an ear infection, or if you are experiencing symptoms of a cold/influenza.

It is also a good idea to refrain from wearing strongly scented perfumes or other products, out of consideration for the next user and to maintain a neutral sensory environment. 

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