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Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases oxygen intake. On average a person's oxygen intake is 21%. Once entered into a hyperbaric chamber, pressurization and 100% oxygen is administered at prescribed rates. In doing so, the body and particularly the brain, has the opportunity to heal because the oxygen has fully saturating the body (Oxygen is known for it’s natural healing effects). An injured brain that is damaged is saturated with oxygen, or HBOT and the non-functioning cells often begin to heal. The cells continue the healing process and help to improve the overall function of the patient’s brain. The affects are often long lasting and the function of the cells can increase over time. 

 The standard protocol is two times per day for 20 days for a total of 40 treatments. HBOT is used for several reasons including cerebral palsy, autism, general brain injuries, strokes, wound care, gangrene, bone infections, burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, near drowning victims and for diabetics at risk for amputations.

"Hyper" means increased and "baric" relates to pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) refers to intermittent treatment of the entire body with 100-percent oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressures. The earth's atmosphere normally exerts 14.7 pounds per square inch of pressure at sea level. That pressure is defined as one atmosphere absolute (abbreviated as 1 ATA). In the ambient atmosphere we normally breathe approximately 20 percent oxygen and 80 percent nitrogen. While undergoing HBOT, pressure is increased up to two times (2 ATA) in 100% oxygen using monoplace chambers and multi place chambers utilized at our facilitie. This increased pressure, combined with an increase in oxygen to 100 percent, dissolves oxygen in to the blood and in all body tissues and fluids at up to 20 times normal concentration—high enough to sustain life with no blood at all. 

While some of the mechanisms of action of HBOT, as they apply to healing and reversal of symptoms, are yet to be discovered, it is known that HBOT:

Greatly increases oxygen concentration in all body tissues, even with reduced or blocked blood flow;

Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels to locations with reduced circulation, improving blood flow to areas with arterial blockage; 

Causes a rebound arterial dilation after HBOT, resulting in an increased blood vessel diameter greater than when therapy began, improving blood flow to compromised organs;

Stimulates an adaptive increase in superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of the body's principal, internally produced antioxidants and free radical scavengers; and  greatly aids the treatment of infection by enhancing white blood cell action and potentiating germ-killing antibiotics.While not new, HBOT has only lately begun to gain recognition for treatment of chronic degenerative health problems related to atherosclerosis, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, diabetic ulcers, wound healing, cerebral palsy, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration, and many other disorders (see conditions treated). Wherever blood flow and oxygen delivery to vital organs is reduced, function and healing can potentially be aided with HBOT. Page Up