You might have heard me talk about hyperbaric therapy and have probably thought, “Sure Doc. How is something that simple going to change my life?” My answer is simple in return…In more ways that you can imagine! Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can radically improve your current health status at the same time as being all-natural, gentle, relaxing and effective. Patients suffering from cancer, post stroke, sports injuries, concussion, autism, inflammation, diabetes and much more have experienced dramatic improvement in their symptoms following hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
How does it work?
Around for decades and in wide use by veterinarians, HBOT is a medical treatment program that delivers oxygen to a patient through increased atmospheric pressure. With this increased pressure, the body is able to assimilate more oxygen into the blood plasma, blood cells, cerebral-spinal fluid and other bodily fluids. The increased oxygen cellular intake significantly increases the body’s ability to assist in its own healing process.
Why does it work?
The transmission of increased oxygen absorption during HBOT means more energy for cells. More cellular energy results in an abundance of oxygen being delivered into cells, specifically benefiting the mitochondria. When oxygen enters the mitochondria, it becomes the agent that converts the energy in food into cellular energy as Adenosine TriPhosphate (ATP). The biggest mitochondrial rich organs in the body are first, the brain followed by the liver and the heart.
It’s simple enough to be simply genius.
The more oxygen, the greater the amount of energy available to the cells. When given this boost in mitochondrial energy, the body has the ability to restore itself. Innately, the body knows how best to utilize the surplus energy to repair the body where it needs it. The decision to undergo HBOT should, in the best of circumstances, also incorporate rest, fluids, nutrition including vitamin, nutrient and mineral optimization.
Who does it help?
Because the oxygen energized powerhouse mitochondria are everywhere in your body, HBOT has the potential to help almost any condition to some extent, with some showing incredible results. Some conditions have been further studied and are now widely accept HBOT as an accepted treatment method.
Neurological conditions of all kinds have shown marked improvement with HBOT. Concussion, post stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, autism and more have all been studied and HBOT was found to be effective in improving the quality of the patient’s life.
Another condition I use HBOT for is inflammation reduction. Inflammation is insidious and requires a multi pronged approach with hyperbaric being a very strong tool. Lyme disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, certain heart conditions, injury healing and anti-aging are just a few of the illnesses that HBOT has been widely utilized to treat in my practice.
Some of the conditions that have been treated with HBOT:
“Off Label” Internationally Accepted Conditions:
Cerebral Palsy / C.P.
Closed Head Injury
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / R.S.D. / C.R.P.S
Multiple Sclerosis / M.S.
Traumatic Brain Injury / T.B.I.
Spinal injury and sports injury / Conditioning Therapy
Migraine / Headaches
Auto Immune Diseases
*HBOT is considered investigational for the above listed disorders
Other categories are constantly being added for experimental “off label” Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
FDA Approved Conditions:
Air or Gas Embolism
Exceptional Blood Loss/Anemia
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Inhalation
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Complicated By Cyanide Poisoning
Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
Clostridal Myositis and Myonecrosis / Gas Gangrene
Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
Intracranial Abscess / Osteomyelitis
Complications of Radiation Therapy / Radiation Tissue Damage
Skin Grafts and Flaps
Sudden Hearing Loss / Tinnitus