HOW HBOT CAN HELP YOU
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the most versatile and powerful treatments available to the modern Medical Professional. The therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure has been used to assist wound healing, chronic illnesses and diseases to name but a few for many years.
Here at the Poseidonia Healthcare in Larnaca, Cyprus, we house two HBOT chambers to support Hospital Emergency Departments in Cyprus. Our chambers are managed by a team of Physicians, Nurses, experienced Technicians and professional therapists to ensure safe and correct administration of your HBOT treatment.
HBOT has improved the quality of life for many people, it improves the bodies natural function and speeds up healing. A series of HBOT treatments can effectively reduce personal and financial time lost resulting from a prolonged treatment of illnesses and disabilities. HBOT can simply accelerate the healing time and reduce the length of a hospital stays and the recovery time required. HBOT is also particularly effective when combined with Ozone Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy. Ozone kills Pathogens, HBOT Regenerates the bodies functions and Stem Cells repair organ damage.
Oxygen therapy is one of the most versatile and powerful treatments available to the modern Medical Professional.
The therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure is known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and has been used to assist wound healing, chronic illnesses and diseases to name but a few.
Your doctor may suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have one of the following conditions:
What Does HBOT Treat
Your Hyperbaric Doctor may suggest Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy if you have one of the following conditions
The earliest descriptions of Decompression Illness (DCI) used the term “bends” for joint and/or skeletal pain, “chokes” for breathing problems and “staggers” for neurological problems. In 1960, Golding introduced the terms Type 1 for symptoms involving the skin, musculoskeletal system and/or lymphatic system. Type 2 was the terminology used for the more serious symptoms where the CNS was involved. However, neurological symptoms may develop after the initial presentation of Type 1 DCS. For this reason, both Type 1 and 2 DCS have the same initial treatment protocols. In fact, symptoms may appear at any time between surfacing and 72 hours after.
Due to the potential severity of DCI, a considerable amount of research has gone into preventing and treating it. Prevention methods include Scuba Divers using Dive Tables and/or Computers to limit their exposure to pressure and to control their ascent speed at the end of a dive.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is helping Lyme and other Tick-Borne Disease Patients. Lyme bacteria, (Borrelia Burgdorferi), are microaerophilic organisms requiring very little free oxygen and are debilitated in high oxygen environments. Placing the Lyme Bacteria into an extreme Oxygen-rich environment whilst also having the ability to reach far into the body, greatly reduces and in time will eliminate the bacteria.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases the amount of oxygen in the body which in turn causes several physiological changes that can result in accelerated healing, reduction of inflammation (particularly of neuroinflammation), and angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is defined as the development of new blood vessels in the body.
This is very important in the treatment of Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases. It is known that Tick-Borne Bacteria effectively evade antibiotics by moving away from normal blood flow into tissues, cartilage, ligatures, organs, bones and into the Brain. HBOT allows Oxygen to access these normally evasive areas that do not have much blood flow, it attacks the bacteria wherever it is hiding.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a relatively new treatment for Fibromyalgia however, initial studies show that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has a positive effect on the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, including muscle pain and tender points.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia are chronic widespread pain and tenderness to the touch, there is also moderate to severe fatigue. Those affected may experience heightened sensitivity of the skin, tingling of the skin (often needle-like), achiness in the muscles, prolonged muscle spasms, weakness in the limbs and nerve pain. Chronic sleep disturbance is also a characteristic of Fibromyalgia.
Studies have shown that many children with Autism have decreased blood flow to certain areas of the brain and more specifically, the sides of the brain. This can be shown on a SPECT scan (a very special CT scan).
Less blood flow through the brain can be equated with decreased oxygen flowing through the brain. One of the major roles of blood flow is to deliver oxygen to tissues, by increasing the amount of oxygen carried by the bloodstream (more specifically, the plasma). The greater the opportunity is for oxygen-deprived tissues to receive the much-awaited and needed oxygen.
Click on the link to see a review article from the World Health Organisation on Therapeutic Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
If you are the parent of a special-needs child and are considering Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, you will be reassured to know that our Hyperbaric Chambers are large and roomy enough to allow you to join your child during Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. You can read to your child, play a game, or watch a video during the treatment.
Foot ulcers are a significant source of morbidity, mortality, and diminished quality of life for patients with diabetes. Ulcer development is often due to a combination of diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease. This decreases the supply of oxygen to the affected extremity known as Hypoxia. Hypoxia can cause otherwise trivial lesions to progress rapidly into infection, gangrene, and in many cases can lead to limb amputations.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases the amount of oxygen dissolved in the plasma thereby allowing ischemic tissues to achieve levels of oxygenation that would otherwise be impossible.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy stimulates angiogenesis which means growing new blood vessels and improvement to tissues. In 2007 HBOT was shown to cause an increase in new Stem Cell release from our bone marrow into our circulation, thus repairing natural damage with the normal ageing process. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been also shown to have huge detoxification effects and suppresses inflammation. Most of our chronic diseases are now recognised to result from chronic inflammation.
When you add up all of these beneficial effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and then combine them with the many other documented effects of HBOT on ailments and diseases, the facts are irrefutable and equate to having great anti-ageing effects.
Whether you are a professional athlete or just somebody who enjoys challenging your body, your participation in sports or other taxing physical activities. The utilisation of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy sessions can give you the edge you need to perform at your personal best, every time.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy speeds recovery from sports injuries, even those old residual ones you picked up years before. It gives the athlete a faster recovery from workouts and increases energy and mental clarity levels both on and off the field by providing more oxygen at the cellular level. This equates to rapid healing, the energy levels are high, and the athlete is able to focus and perform at peak levels. Many athletes report much lower lactic acid build-up with HBOT therapy, also greater endurance and less muscle fatigue.
HBOT exponentially increases the amount of available free oxygen in the blood. Increased oxygen to the brain may “jump-start” oxygen-starved cells and help to return motor control factors to patients suffering from Cerebral Palsy.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been proven effective in the treatment of Bell’s palsy when used in conjunction with other treatments can help to prevent permanent facial disfigurement.
Many of our patients who struggle with ADD (Attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have found great results from using HBOT. After just a few treatments, Children and Adults alike, state that they feel more able to focus, are more able to communicate clearly and are more at peace overall.
College students often have treatments prior to a big exam, sometimes they even bring their textbooks to study inside the chamber. Government Officials, Executive Directors and Business Magnates very often have HBOT to allow them to destress, increase their focal clarity and overall renew their energy levels. You do not need to have anything serious to make a strong benefit utilising HBOT.
Inflammation is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s and Dementia (AD) and plays an important role in the damage caused by this disease. For three decades, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs: aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen) have been known to reduce the severity of AD.
Research studies of brain trauma have found that inflammation can be further reduced and controlled by the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy effect on inflammation could help reduce and reverse the damage seen in AD.
Multiple sclerosis is an enigmatic disease that is thought to have immunologic origins with a resultant breakdown of the blood-brain barrier. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy effects on MS have been published in a variety of studies, while the data is often confusing and conflicting, the fact remains that the most rigorous study on this subject matter showed an unequivocally beneficial effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Reconstruction Surgery and Plastic Surgery in a healthy person may heal up to 75% faster using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy before and after surgery. Less pain, less scarring, and less recovery time for the patient as well as fewer infections have been reported.
Other benefits include patients returning to work faster and with less bruising or swelling.
More than 14 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with cancer, and approximately half have received Radiation Therapy (Radiotherapy).
While improved Radiotherapy techniques have increased treatment precision and reduced side effects normally caused by traditionally understood Radiotherapy. The high doses of radiation used to kill cancer cells still cause long-term damage to nearby healthy cells in many Patients. By helping the blood to carry more oxygen to affected areas, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been proven effective for these Patients.
A Stroke is 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 become dormant as they can’t function without the correct and appropriate amount of oxygen.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy dramatically increases the oxygen carried in the blood’s 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.
Idiopathic sudden sensor neural hearing loss (ISSHL) is very common and can often result in permanent hearing loss. It, therefore, has a high impact on the well-being of those affected. Tinnitus (abnormal persistent noises or ringing in the ear) is similarly common and often accompanies the hearing loss. Although the cause of these complaints is not clear, they may be related to a lack of oxygen.
HBOT is used as a treatment to increase the supply of oxygen to the ear and brain to reduce the severity of hearing loss and tinnitus. Although ISSHL became an internationally approved treatment protocol only in the last decade, it has been treated very successfully for over 30 years throughout Europe and the Western World.
HBOT increases oxygen pressure in the inner ear. Oxygen flows from areas of higher pressure to those of lower pressure. There is a marked decrease in oxygenation of the cochlea during and after acoustic stress and in acute hearing loss. During HBOT the oxygenation in the cochlea increases up to 460% and is still 60% above normal levels one hour after the session is completed.
The cells of the inner ear have no direct vascular supply and depend on oxygen supplied by diffusion. With an increase of oxygen pressure in the cochlea, it is possible to affect the sensory cells of hearing. An increase in oxygen pressure can help compensate for oxygen deficiency caused by trauma and encourages healing leading to functional recovery.
The hair cells in the inner ear react to damage caused by noise, viruses, ototoxic (toxic to the ear) substances or hypoxia (oxygen deficiency). The hair cells first swell and then start to lose function.
This effect is reversible in cases of minor damage. In cases of severe damage, or if the swelling persists for more than one year, the hair cells are completely destroyed and are replaced by non-functioning cells.
Most studies show that HBOT is most effective in reducing hearing loss and tinnitus in the first three months following the hearing loss and/or acoustic trauma. An overview of clinical studies from Germany shows HBOT as effective for hearing loss in about 50% of the cases in reducing hearing loss by 20dB (decibels) or more. About 11% have a full recovery of hearing.
In the case of tinnitus, evaluations of 7,766 Patients in the same overview showed a reduction of the intensity by 50% in approximately 70% of the cases that were treated within three months. About 30% of the patients had their condition completely resolved. In 30% of patients with tinnitus lasting more than three months before treatment was initiated, a 50% improvement in the intensity of the tinnitus was shown. No improvement was seen after 12 months of chronic tinnitus.
Another study followed 50 patients that were admitted for treatment within 48 hours of sudden hearing loss. This study did not rate the severity of tinnitus but the degree of hearing loss. Thirty Patients had HBOT, and twenty were given vasodilators. Of the 30 Patients that received HBOT, 25 (83.3%) experienced either a very good (50% or more) or a significant (25-50%) improvement.
Many people in Germany and Europe with chronic tinnitus and hearing loss are treated with HBOT. In Germany, there are approximately 80 multi-person chambers and 80% of the treatments are for inner ear dysfunction. The German Society for ENT (ear, nose, and throat) Diseases includes HBOT as one, among other, accepted treatments for symptoms of hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, head injury and trauma. German health insurance covers the cost of treatment in most cases.
In the U.S., Medicare, as well as other health insurance providers, covers cases of sudden deafness or noise-induced hearing loss provided that treatment is started within three months of onset. However, no coverage for tinnitus, recent onset or not, is provided.
Also to be noted is that the compression and decompression phases of HBOT can have risks for barotrauma of the inner ear. This is especially of concern in those patients treated for an acute traumatic inner ear injury to the cochlea (the hearing organ) or the semi-circular canals (the balance organs). This situation calls for the slow and carefully monitored compression and decompression phases.
Tinnitus is the most common symptom associated with inner ear damage. Much of the research on this subject comes from the Federal Republic of Germany. It is estimated that more than 1% of that population, about 800,000 cases, suffers from disabling tinnitus and hearing impairment. The yearly incidence of new cases is about 15,000.
Chronic tinnitus is often part of a triad of hearing loss, vertigo and tinnitus because of the involvement of the cochlea and the vestibular apparatus. There are various causes of tinnitus including barotrauma, hypotension, ototoxic drugs, stress, vasculopathies of the inner ear, vasomotor disorders and viral infection of the inner ear.
There is just not a particularly good medical therapy for tinnitus and HBOT has given mixed results. A study from Germany has reported an improvement rate of 60-65% with HBOT. However, a minority of the cases worsened.61
Sudden deafness develops over a period of a few hours to a few days. The incidence has been estimated to range from 5-20 per 100,000 persons per year. The most common causes of sudden deafness are injury or acoustic trauma. Conventional treatment for sudden deafness involves infusions to improve microcirculation and vasodilators. Their effectiveness is unproven, and some researchers think these therapies are more harmful than helpful. Some of the pioneering work on sudden deafness has been done by Pilgramm in Germany.
Causes of sudden deafness include thromboembolic disease, labile hyper/hypotension, microcirculatory disturbances, viral infections and auto immunological disorders, metabolic disorders such as hyperlipidaemia and diabetes, exposure to ototoxic drugs, carbon monoxide poisoning, diving injuries such as barotrauma and decompression sickness, and miscellaneous other causes including stress.
The therapeutic usefulness of HBOT in sudden deafness has been confirmed by several researchers/clinicians, but most of the studies have lacked controls. And the spontaneous recovery rate, which is as high as 90%, makes both the selection of Patients and the evaluation of results very difficult.
Acute acoustic trauma is an acute impairment of hearing caused by loud, sharp sounds like that of an explosion going off nearby. Trauma involves first the outside hearing hairs and then the inside ones, possibly the rupture of cell membranes and decreased cochlear blood flow and decrease of hearing corresponding to decreased oxygen tension in the inner ear. Damaged sensory cells can maintain themselves in a transitional phase between regeneration and cell death, a sort of stunned state. In this transitional phase, HBOT may help the cells suffering from hypoxia to survive.
There are many different protocols with different pressures and durations of exposure in the clinical literature. The following protocol is recommended in the Textbook, K.K. Jain, 2004:
Begin treatment within the first three days after the episode, use ten exposures on ten consecutive days using 2.5 ATA and 10% oxygen for one hour. Published clinical data on this subject have been reviewed by Lamm (1998) and reported by Jain.
Information on spontaneous remission rates differs greatly in the references—between 25-68% for spontaneous full remissions and 47-89% for spontaneous partial remissions. Statistically, 35% and 39% of patients experienced no success with non-steroidal drugs and placebo, respectively. These patients can still be helped with HBOT.
If the onset of symptoms is more than two weeks but no longer than 6 weeks, one-half of the cases showed a marked hearing gain (more than 20 dB), one-third showed moderate improvement (10-20 dB), and 13% showed no improvement. Four percent no longer experienced tinnitus, 81.3% showed an intensity decrease, and 1.2% had an increase in intensity. Thirteen and one-half percent remained unchanged. The results go down if therapy is done after 6 weeks but before 3 months but the condition is improved—about 30% improve. About 50% showed an improvement in tinnitus symptoms. If treatment is started after three months up to several years, no hearing improvement can be expected in the majority of patients. However, one-third of those patients reported a decrease in the intensity of tinnitus.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients, the injured brain tissues may be “dormant” and non-functioning. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can stimulate these “dormant” tissues and return them to a normal functioning level. In young children especially, cognitive function and spasticity can be greatly improved.
Oxygen is one of the most versatile and powerful agents available to the modern Medical Practitioner. The therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure is known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and has been used to assist wound healing for almost 40 years. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has several specific biological actions which can enhance wound healing processes.
Your body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase of oxygen in the blood temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions and medical institutions use it in different ways.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
How HBOT Works?
(HBOT) simply involves the administration of 100% Oxygen at controlled pressure within a Hyperbaric Chamber. Patients are comfortably seated in one our state-of-the-art Hyperbaric Chambers for a prescribed amount of time and always will be accompanied by a Qualified In-Chamber Attendant. HBOT is most commonly known as being the treatment for a Scuba Diver suffering from the Bends (Decompression Sickness). In the past few decades HBOT is becoming an extremely common and adjunctive medical treatment for a wide range of traumatic injuries, diseases and conditions.
The process of the treatment starts when the environmental pressure within the chamber is slowly increased, typically by one to nearly two atmospheres (this is equivalent to a 10-15m/33-50ft scuba dive). The patient then breathes 100% oxygen using a comfortable silicone mask which allows the process of HBOT to deliver the increased amount of oxygen to various parts of the body by up to 2000% – 20 times more than normal, depending on the treatment depth. This dramatically increases the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the body at the cellular level, and as oxygen is the prime component for healing, this therefore accelerates all healing processes following operations such as; plastic surgery, non-healing wounds, burns, smoke inhalation, many neuralgic and orthopaedic as well as emergency conditions and degenerative diseases.
During this huge hyperoxygenation of the blood, all body fluids including the lymph and cerebral-spinal fluids are infused with the healing benefits of this increased molecular oxygen. It reaches bones and tissues that are not accessible to red blood cells, which also enhances white blood cell function and promotes the formation of new capillary and peripheral blood vessels.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments typically include three phases:
Compression, Treatment Time and Decompression.
At the beginning of the treatment and after the chamber door is closed, one can hear and feel the compressed air being gently blown into the chamber. The occupants will feel a slight pressure change in their ears, just like when flying in an aeroplane. The medical attendant communicates with the patient and the speed of compression is adjusted to suit everyone’s comfort level.
This is the Prescribed Time at Pressure (the actual treatment). During the time at the prescribed treatment pressure (or depth), the patient will relax and simply breathe 100% oxygen via a face mask or transparent oxygen hood. We also offer an Oxygen delivery option for those patients who are unable to use the mask or hood delivery systems in our private monoplace chamber.
These breathing periods are interrupted by short breaks, where the patient can remove the mask, have a drink of water, chat with the other occupants or simply relax. A medically trained attendant is inside the chamber with the patients at all times. The attendant will do periodic medical assessments and continuously monitor the patient’s progress and wellbeing at all times.
When the treatment time is completed the pressure is slowly reduced back to normal surface level. Occupants may experience a slight drop in temperature, as the expanding air cools down. Patients will either feel nothing or possibly experience a slight sensation in their ears, as one would with the ascending and descending of a normal commercial airliner.
Other Benefits of HBOT
HBOT has been particularly effective in a range of Cosmetic and Spa Treatments such as skin and tissue rejuvenation, anti-ageing, weight loss, skin toner, cellulite, wrinkle reduction, faster nail growth, stress reduction and stimulation of the immune system among many other benefits.
There are numerous patient reports of increased clarity of thoughts, more vivid dreams, renewed energy and reduced fatigue following the HBOT treatments. Top executives such as board members of leading oil companies and also many Parliament and Government Ministers in prominent daily politics regularly use HBOT to enhance their clarity of thought process and also to reduce their stress levels.
The high concentration of Oxygen used in HBOT treatments accelerates the production of nutrients and amino acids deep inside tissues, thereby repairing damaged skin. HBOT can therefore be used as a very effective adjunctive therapy for rapid recovery after cosmetic related treatments. It is therefore highly recommended after any type of cosmetic, surgical or reconstructive surgery.
Oxygen in the body tissues accelerates the formation of new capillary and peripheral blood vessels. This results in an effective and accelerated post-operative healing with better aesthetic results. It also greatly reduces any Oedema (tissue swelling). Post-operative recovery in conjunction with HBOT can be reached in days instead of weeks and with a lot less tissue trauma. The reduction of swelling and substantial control of possible infections alone is huge. The key to slowing down the ageing process is exfoliation and oxygen.
HBOT Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
(HBOT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a Medical Treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a Hyperbaric Chamber, where the 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 the red blood cells. With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, the 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 the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of the 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 any healing 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.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when standard medicine is not working. Many conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and chronic fatigue have responded favourably to HBOT.
What conditions does HBOT treat?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability, as well as infections where it can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy or in conjunction with other drugs.
Insurance and Medicare consider the following conditions for HBOT to be covered for payment:
Air or Gas Embolism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Compartment Syndrome/Crush Injury/Other Traumatic Ischemias
Decompression Sickness (Bends)
Diabetic and Selected Wounds
Exceptional Blood Loss (Anemia)
Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
Skin Grafts and (Compromised) Flaps
The following conditions are off label which may or may not be covered by insurance or Medicare:
How is hyperbaric oxygen therapy administered?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – (HBOT), is administered in a private setting and in a state-of-the-art, Mono-Place or Multi-Place Chambers, Both Chamber options, depending on the circumstances, allow our trained Technicians and in Chamber Attendants to closely monitor the patient at all times.
Patients are in constant view and communication with the attending Technician via an intercom and CCTV. During your treatment session, you may watch a movie, listen to music, read a book or just rest.
Is HBOT safe?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is prescribed by a Doctor and performed under strictly controlled Medical supervision. Although there can be possible minor risks like all medical treatments, overall Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is extremely safe. The risks, however minimal they will be, will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.
Are there any hyperbaric oxygen therapy side effects?
The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure. To minimise this risk, patients will be taught and will learn equalisation techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during compression. Exactly the same as popping your ears in the mountains or in a plane. Occasionally some patients may experience changes in their vision during their treatment period if the treatment is exceptionally repetitive and long term, regardless these changes are usually very minor and temporary. A very rare side effect is oxygen toxicity which is caused by administering too much oxygen. This is why the treatments are very strictly monitored to remove these possibilities.
Can I use HBOT for general health and wellness?
In short, Yes. This is why we like to focus on “Physiological Benefits” as opposed to medical conditions. It is highly recommended that you speak to us about having a general screening before you use the hyperbaric chamber. (I.E. being fit to use hyperbaric therapy). As low as the risks are, this will help to minimise any potential problems that you may have.
Can children use the chamber?
Children can safely undergo Hyperbaric Therapy. There are no age restrictions. To put children at ease, parents are always welcome and sometimes it is mandatory that they join our tenders when their children are in the chamber.
How long before I see treatment benefits?
Everybody is different, very often people see immediate benefits, whilst others may not notice them until they have completed a series of Hyperbaric sessions. In terms of the treatment duration, this will be discussed and agreed with the doctor, it is not uncommon for many of the benefits to be reported up to four weeks following the treatment completion.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is widely used by athletes in a variety of sports to help boost their endurance, recovery and improve their resilience to injury and exhaustion.
We help athletes from a broad range of sporting backgrounds, from well-known professional footballers to long-distance runners, jockeys and sporting professionals.
Oxygen is essential for our health and wellness, without it we would die.
HBOT is helpful to many clients who are not necessarily suffering from a medical condition. They instead have regular HBOT sessions to boost their oxygen levels. Enjoying better physical health, fitness and wellbeing, along with sharper mental clarity.
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