Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, HBOT, is a treatment that utilizes oxygen to enhance the healing throughout the body.
By definition, Hyperbaric means: more (hyper), pressure (baric). Therefore, HBOT is a therapy that utilizes oxygen under pressure. This is accomplished by placing the patient in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, such as the one from our clinic pictured above.
“I have personally witnessed startling, unexpected recoveries. Florence, an eighty-year-old woman, was brought to our center by her son after suffering a traumatic brain injury. She was in a semi-vegetative state and on a feeding tube. Her neurologists said her condition was irreversible. After only 15 treatments, her mental capacity began to return, and, her feeding tube removed. Despite this achievement, her doctors then proclaimed that she would never walk again. Once again, their prognosis proved wrong; after thirty HBOT sessions, Florence began to walk with the aid of a cane.”
While we normally breathe oxygen at a concentration of 21%, a patient in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber breaths 100% pure oxygen under pressure. This pressure allows for oxygen to dissolve in the bloodstream, and diffuse into tissues such as lymph, and cerebrospinal fluids at concentrations not allowed under normal atmospheric conditions. The body’s blood and tissue oxygen concentrations may increase up to 20 times the normal level. For this reason, some hospitals use HBOT to aid in the healing of burn victims, people with slow-healing wounds, and reestablish oxygen to those who underwent severe carbon monoxide poisoning.
However, today the most profound use for hyperbaric oxygen is for the treatment of neurological disorders. With the use of hyperbaric oxygen, brain damage believed to be irreversible may reverse.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy could mean new hope to those suffering from a range of neurological illnesses.
It was once thought that when a low oxygen state (ischemia) occurred to the brain, such as in a stroke, for any more than a few minutes, the brain cells die, leaving irreversible damage and possibly even brain death. However, recent evidence has proved that not all the cells die, but some live on in a state of low activity, just idling.
These idling neurons are what make up what is called the ‘recoverable brain.’
Using a sophisticated brain imaging technique called a SPECT Scan, doctors have been able to show that after hyperbaric oxygen therapy, these areas of recoverable brain wake up and start functioning again. This therapy has been a miracle for many patients and loved ones afflicted with a host of neurological conditions ranging from Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, and even Lyme Disease.
Through the use of hyperbaric oxygen, oxygen concentrations are increased to the point above what the blood could normally deliver to the brain, and the ‘recoverable brain’ cells are jump-started back to life!