What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment administered by delivering 95-100 % oxygen at pressures greater than atmospheric (sea level) pressure to a patient in a specially designed acrylic chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen has powerful medicinal properties and has been proven effective as therapy for a range of conditions.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
Specifically, hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
- Dissolves increased amounts of oxygen in to the blood plasma
- Increases oxygen tension in hypoxic tissues
- Enhances white blood cell activity at the wound site
- Reduces edema by vasoconstriction
- Blocks cytotoxic effects of carbon monoxide and hypoxia associated with cyanide poisoning
- Accelerates formation of blood vessels (Angiogenesis) and nerve endings in wounded tissue
How will the treatment feel?
At the beginning of treatment (commonly referred to as a dive) you will feel the change in pressure in your ears. This sensation is similar to the feeling you have while in an airplane. By holding your nose and attempting to blow through it, or simply swallowing, air can be allowed to enter the middle ear cavity via the Eustachian tube. It is only necessary to do this during the first few minutes of the treatment. The remainder of your treatment should be a time for you to sleep, read a book or just relax. Please note that we do not allow mobile phones or any other electrical devices inside our Hyperbaric Chamber.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by pressure changes. To minimize this risk, patients learn techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during compression. Other side effects are rarer, but may include oxygen toxicity, claustrophobia, and among diabetic patients, a drop in blood glucose. Occasionally some patients experience minor visual changes after several treatments, which is rare and self-correcting after the treatment ends. Other side effects are extremely rare.
1 hour session – $65