It's all about the pressure. Oxygen under pressure dissolves into a liquid (your plasma) instead of being reliant on being carried by red blood cells.
Greater levels of oxygen are able to reach deeper into your tissues. Because of injury, inflammation, infection, and trauma, the tiny blood vessels that carry red blood cells are often damaged, creating a broken highway where red blood cells cannot deliver oxygen.
In the same manner, some of your red blood cells themselves may have also sustained damage and may no longer be able to carry oxygen effectively.
You may have a great oxygen concentration level with a pulse oximeter but that doesn't mean you have sufficient levels or amounts of red blood cells to saturate your tissues.
The only treatable condition approved by the FDA for mild HBOT is Altitude Sickness (or Acute Mountain Sickness). We are familiar with this in Colorado Springs living at roughly 6500 feet of elevation. All other uses are categorized as off-label conditions.
With that said, many use mild HBOT in support of:
TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
AutoImmune (like Multiple Sclerosis)
Don't confuse mild with weak. Mild HBOT provides the body with significant additional oxygen. More importantly, the extra oxygen is traveling in the body’s plasma (the liquid portion of our blood) and can get into areas that most other oxygen molecules cannot.
In saying that, there are certain times that higher doses are required (i.e., a life-threatening condition) and in this case, m-HBOT would not be appropriate. This does not mean that it does not work. It just means in certain cases mild is more appropriate and in other cases high pressure 100% oxygen is more appropriate.
ABSOLUTELY. That is why we like to focus on physiological benefits as opposed to medical conditions. To achieve health, you have to provide the body with that is required and keep away what is harmful. In our modern lifestyles of stress, toxicity, and deficiencies, one of the earliest adaptations the body uses to escape those dangers is to shift you into an anaerobic state (a lack of oxygen).
This is great short term to help you sprint away away from danger but long term this will be detrimental. Using HBOT to optimize health expression prior to dis-ease forming is the best time to use it.
Everyone is different. Some see immediate benefits and others may not notice anything in particular until after they've completed their series of hyperbaric sessions. In terms of the “40-hour protocol”, it is not uncommon for many benefits to be reported up to four weeks following completion.
Yes, children can safely undergo hyperbaric therapy. There is no age restriction. The pressure can be altered based on the child's comfort.
Our chambers are also large enough for a parent and child to comfortably be in the chamber together. We encourage the parent to be in the chamber with the child.
Under 20 hours of exposure is geared at supporting the following: increased superoxide dismutase – major antioxidant; increased oxidative phosphorylation – How ATP is formed (universal energy currency); increased oxygen perfusion – oxygen exchange with tissues; increased energy production – ATP again; and decreased inflammation.
Over 20 hours of exposure is geared at supporting the following: immune system regulation, neurotransmitter regulation, hormonal regulation, increased stem cell release, increased mitochondrial size and density, increased wound healing, increased angiogenesis – new blood vessel formation; and fighting anaerobic infection (SIBO, Lyme, etc).
It is not generally advised to undergo hyperbaric therapy if you are pregnant. Some people feel that there is benefit, quoting research done in Russia. However, until further safety studies are performed, it is not advisable to be inside a hyperbaric chamber during pregnancy.
Not for the uses that m-HBOT would cover. You can use your HSA or FSA. Care credit is also available for those who qualify.
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