Hyperbaric Chamber

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

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What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.

What are the benefits of HBOT?

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

What Conditions does HBOT Treat?

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

Some common conditions that could benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy are:
Air or Gas Embolism
Anemia
Autism
Cancer
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Cerebral Palsy
Compartment Syndrome/Crush Injury/Other Traumatic Ischemias
Decompression Sickness (Bends)
Depression
Diabetic and Selected Wounds
Fibromyalgia
Gas Gangrene
Intracranial Abscess
Lyme Disease
Migraine
Multiple Sclerosis
Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
Near Drowning
Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
Recovery from Plastic Surgery
Skin Grafts and (Compromised) Flaps
Sports Injuries
Stroke
Thermal Burns
Traumatic Brain Injury

Who Should Not Use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Certain medical conditions and medications are not compatible with hyperbaric therapy. These conditions are: congenital spherocytosis, current upper respiratory infection, chronic sinusitis, history or middle ear surgery or problems, patients with severe emphysema, COPD, history of seizures, pheumothorax, collapsed lung, and those currently pregnant. The medications are Cisplatin, Disulphiram (Antabuse), Doxorubicin (Adriamycin), and Bleomycin.

How should patients prepare for treatment?

It is best to wear clothing that is comfortable. Due to patient sensitivities we ask that you do not wear perfumes, hair preparations, or deodorants in the chamber as these scents will linger in the chamber. The technician needs to know if any medications, including non-prescription drugs, are being taken by the patient, and patients are advised not to take alcohol or carbonated drinks for four hours prior to treatment. In most cases, patients should give up smoking and any other tobacco products during their treatment period, as they interfere with the body’s ability to transport oxygen.

About the Hyperbaric Session Experience

Our goal is for your hyperbaric experience to be as comfortable as possible. It is ok to take items such as: cell phones, IPods, tablets, hand held gaming devices, etc. into the chamber. Other items suggested, especially for children, are comfort items such as: blankets, stuffed animals, etc. or books and other items to do while in the chamber. You are able to watch a movie, listen to music or just rest during your session. If you are claustrophobic, please discuss this with an attendant.

You will step into the hyperbaric chamber and lie or sit down. A parent may accompany their child into the hyperbaric chamber if desired. You will be given an oxygen delivery device such as a mask or nasal cannula to use once the pressure level is obtained. The mask or cannula supplies oxygen-enriched air. Once you are comfortable inside the chamber, the attendant will close the chamber. The attendant will then turn on the generator and condenser. These machines create a constant “white” noise you will hear for the duration of the session. The chamber will then begin to pressurize. You may feel a slight increase in pressure in your ears similar to taking off and landing on an airplane. At this time, chewing gum, yawning or swallowing will help clear your ears. You can also try plugging your nose and blowing gently. Once the chamber begins to fill and pressurize, you will then place the oxygen delivery device on your face. Your session will last one hour. At the end of your session the chamber will need to depressurize. At this time, the attendant will begin to slowly deflate the chamber. This process will be done slowly for your comfort. You may feel an increase in ear pressure and it is advisable to clear your ears. It is important to breath regularly during decompression. DO NOT hold your breath. Once the chamber is deflated, the attendant will unzip the chamber and you will be able to exit the chamber.

Common Questions

Is HBOT safe?
Although there are minor risks like all medical treatments, overall hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe. The risks will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.

What information does the technician need to know from the patient prior to HBOT?
• If you have any cold or flu symptoms, fever, sinus or nasal congestion, or chest congestion.
• If there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.
• If there has been a change in any of your medications.
• If you have skipped a meal prior to your HBOT treatment.
• If you are diabetic and did not take your insulin prior to your treatment.
• If you have any concerns or anxiety.

How does hyperbaric oxygen help brain injury or stroke?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process. When cells in the brain die, either from trauma or lack of oxygen, blood plasma leaks out into surrounding brain tissue causing swelling and reducing blood flow. These otherwise normal cells go dormant because they can’t function without the appropriate amount of oxygen. HBOT dramatically increases the oxygen carried in the blood plasma, making oxygen available to heal damaged capillary walls, preventing plasma leakage and reducing swelling. As the swelling decreases, blood flow can be restored to the dormant tissue (neovascularization) and these cells then have the potential to function again.

How does hyperbaric oxygen help a child with cerebral palsy (CP) or traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
In CP and TBI patients, some of the injured brain tissues may be “dormant” and non-functioning. HBOT can stimulate these “dormant” tissues and return them to more normal function. In young children, cognitive function and spasticity can be improved. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, used in conjunction with other therapies, ensures the best recovery possible for children with cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury.

How are patients referred for treatment?
Patients are accepted either by self-referral or by physician referral. Patients are evaluated by our staff and treated based on their specific needs. To schedule an evaluation, please call us at (480)786-8169.

Contact Us

480-786-8169

1257 W Warner Rd, Ste A4
Chandler, Arizona 85224-2717

info@lovemybodymedspa.com

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