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  • Writer's pictureDr. Cedrick Noel

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) (soft chamber)



What is it?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive medical treatment that increases the delivery of oxygen to your cells. It works by creating an environment with a higher air pressure than normal. Increased pressure allows your lungs to gather more oxygen, which will be dissolved and become saturated more effectively in the blood system (plasma).


What are the benefits?

  • Accelerated healing

  • Improved organ function

  • Reduced inflammation

  • Anti-aging

  • Boosted immune system


What conditions can it help with?

Hyperbaric therapy can help with the following conditions:

  • Addiction recovery

  • Autism

  • Alzheimer’s/dementia

  • Cancer

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Covid-19

  • Diabetes

  • Inflammation

  • Lyme disease

  • Neurology

  • Pre/post-surgery

  • Sports injuries

  • Stroke

  • Stem cells

  • Traumatic brain injury


If you would like more information on HBOT regarding one of these conditions, please contact us.

 

What will the step-by-step treatment process look like?

The operator will first ask about the presence of any relevant conditions or symptoms that would disqualify you from getting treatment. If you are determined to be suitable for treatment, the operator will continue. You will be asked to remove your shoes before stepping into the chamber. You will be helped into the chamber and lay face-up inside on a comfortable, padded cushion. On the top of the chamber, there is a clear section of lining that will allow you to see and communicate with your operator. Inside the chamber, there will be sanitary paper to lay your head on, as well as a bell that you can ring, should you need to get someone’s attention while inside. Next, the operator will zip up the 2 layers of zippers that allow the pressure to build. Two pumps will be turned on, which will inflate the chamber and increase the pressure. The pressure will build until a psi of 4 is achieved. Treatments last anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes. After the desired treatment duration is met, the operator will turn off the pumps and slowly release air from the chamber. The pressure inside will drop. When a psi of 0 is attained, the zippers will be opened for you to exit the chamber.


What will it feel like?

Inside the chamber, it will feel slightly warm. You will likely feel pressure in your ears due to the change in pressure within the chamber. This is similar to the feeling you may get in your ears while flying or driving to a higher altitude. You can clear your ears of this pressure through different methods, such as:

  • swallowing

  • yawing

  • opening and closing your mouth

  • holding your nose while trying to blow out of it

The chamber operator can also release air from the chamber by opening the valve. The valve has a knob that can be controlled on the inside, too, so if needed, you can turn it to release air. This will bring the pressure inside the chamber down, helping relieve some of the pressure within your ears. After your ears adjust, the operator will slowly close the valve, allowing the pressure to increase again.


Can I bring anything inside?

You can bring your phone and/or a water bottle inside.


Who shouldn’t undergo HBOT?

Anyone with the following conditions should NOT receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

  • cold-like symptoms or fever

  • recent ear surgery or injury

  • sinus damage

  • lung conditions

  • claustrophobia

  • pregnant (consult your doctor)

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