Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was introduced in the 1950’s and has since grown as a treatment option for patients suffering from a variety of ailments. Hyperbaric actually means ‘extreme under pressure’ and in this case, it means surrounding and flooding the body with pure oxygen, not just through the lungs, but also pushing oxygen through the pores of the skin and into all the cells and tissues of the body.
HBOT originally began as treatment for scuba divers. “The bends” is a condition where the cells of the body don’t receive enough oxygen because the diver ascended to the surface too fast. This can cause brain damage and cell and tissue damage due to lack of oxygen. HBOT chambers were used to quickly flood all the bodies tissues with oxygen faster than just breathing oxygen could do.
How Does it Help in Healing
When oxygen is taken into the lungs and passes into the blood supply, cells are 95-100 percent saturated with oxygen. However, following injury or disease, tissues and cells can be deprived of some, or all, of their required oxygen. When this happens, just breathing oxygen isn’t enough to create healing.
When a client gets treatment with Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen, the blood plasma is also saturated with oxygen providing all cells and tissues healing factors without having to rely on the normal exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide done through the regular breathing process.
Mild HBOT hyper-oxygenates the blood, which science shows stimulates and enhances the body’s immune system’s white blood cells’ ability to kill bacteria and fight infection. Oxygen is also a great anti-inflammatory. Research proves that oxygen kills inflammation the second it comes into contact with it. Therefore, our clients get an enhanced immune benefit as well as amazing regenerative healing for wound repair and anti-inflammation. Oxygen is vital in cellular repair and by increasing the oxygen saturation, cellular repair is increased and healing time is decreased following injury and surgery.
Using the same concept, Milonas Chiropractic Uses mild HBOT Treatment to flood the body's tissues with oxygen at near 100% levels under pressure to help the body heal from a variety of issues as well as for prevention and sports performance.
There are many types of chambers, all at different pressures.
We use a Mild HBOT chamber that is vertical and wide, allowing more than one person to use at the same time. For example, with our autistic clients, mom or dad typically go in the chamber with the child. While we offer the option of multiple people in the chamber at once, we never put strangers together for a session.
The Mild HBOT here at Milonas Chiropractic uses an oxygen condenser to take the room air and compress it to 92% pure oxygen. Once compressed, it is then pumped into the pressurized chamber. Using the condenser instead of oxygen tanks makes it safe (no chance of fire or explosion of the tank) and sustainable as we can always produce the oxygen we need.
The pressure of our chamber here at Milonas Chiropractic is 1.3ATA, or the equivalent of 3 times the normal pressure you feel walking around. To put it in other terms, it is similar to walking around New Orleans which is about 8 feet under sea level.
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is used to treat a wide range of conditions. There are currently fourteen conditions treatable with hyperbaric oxygen therapy that are recognized by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and the FDA. However, there are numerous other conditions that are documented with scientific evidence that are not currently FDA approved.