practical uses for

hyperbaric Oxygen therapy 

HBOT can be safely and effectively used for the management of a wide range of conditions.
international hyperbaric medical association classifies hyperbaric oxygen therapy under 3 tiers 
tier 1 —mild hyperbaric therapy (up to 1.4 ata)
  • Tier 1 chambers are typically "soft," inflatable chambers or made of aluminium using pressurised air at 21 % with a limited flow of 5-8L of oxygen per minute, with 93% oxygen concentration
tier 2— hard chambers,
non-hospital based free standing clinics
(up to 3.0 ata)
  • Tier 2 chambers are considered mid range and deliver medical grade oxygen at a rate of 20-30L per minute with a 96-100% concentration

  • Protocols require greater than 1.5 ATA

  • There are 70 conditions recognised by the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation requiring higher pressure protocols than Tier 1

  • Conditions are considered investigational and classified as "off label"

  • It is generally understood that HBOT does not directly treat these conditions but may target the physiological processes contributing to them

oxygen4life is a tier 2 clinic 
tier 3 (2.4 ata — 6.0 ATA)
  • Tier 3 covers hospital administered "emergency" and "life threatening" conditions as the pressure is at higher levels.

  • 6 Tier 3 conditions are covered under Medicare

The following is a list of common conditions that may use hyperbaric oxygen as part of adjunctive therapy. 
 
Please peruse the list and the resources on this site. 
We then invite you to make an appointment if you discover hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be an option for you as part of your existing conditions management strategy. 

Conditions Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Supports

Stroke


Since the early 1970s, scientific journals have reported over 1,000 cases demonstrating a 40-100% rate of improvement for stroke patients treated with HBOT. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27867477 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27306921




Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) / Neurological Conditions


After brain trauma from an accident, brain cells die or become dormant from lack of oxygen; it has been shown that any of these cells can be revived through hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). The enormous amount of data supporting HBOT as a viable treatment for brain injury (BI) (including concussions). Below is the SPEC analysis of a patient with TBI.

The blood flow changes to the brain ( SPECT scan) is clearly evident after 40 sessions of HBOT at 1.5 ATM

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26484702 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26306183 https://thejns.org/view/journals/j-neurosurg/76/6/article-p929.xml




Cerebral Palsy (CP)


The term “cerebral palsy” describes children who experience brain trauma at birth. HBO can treat the underlying problem in children with CP (the damaged brain). The main differences between HBO and traditional therapies for CP are the rapid gains over time and the impact on cognitive skill improvements, which, in general, are not improved with only physical, occupational, or speech therapy. Recent studies do present the benefits of 1.3 ATA. For example, at HBOT 2010, Dr. Aran Mukherjee of UDAAN presented a comparison study of 1.3 to 1.5 to 1.75 ATAs (with a control group) and its use for CP. It clearly showed best results in cognitive and neurological development in the 1.3 ATA group that only received ambient air without any extra oxygen.




Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


A debilitating nervous system disease, multiple sclerosis results in localized patches of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, which may eventually scar. There have been hundreds of treatments for MS. In fact, there has never been any disease in which so many treatments have been tried. Unfortunately, some of these treatments produce disastrous results. Of all the treatments ever administered, hyperbaric oxygen is the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective. Currently there are 12,000 MS patients being treated at 110 hyperbaric centers in the United Kingdom.




Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & Fibromyalgia


Approximately 40 one-hour HBO sessions in succession have been shown to counter CFS symptoms in a majority of CFS and fibromyalgia clients-patients. http://news.rice.edu/2015/06/02/hyperbaric-hope-for-fibromyalgia-sufferers-2/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23682549




Sports Injuries


HBO can significantly increase the rate of recovery for sports related injuries such as sprains and torn muscles. The application of HBOT for the treatment of sports injuries has recently been suggested in the scientific literature as a modality of therapy either as a primary or an adjunct treatment. In one study HBOT was used as a recovery method for muscular fatigue during the Nagano Winter Olympics. It was found that all athletes benefited from the HBOT treatment presenting faster recovery rates. To date, numerous professional athletic teams, including hockey (NHL), football (NFL), basketball (NBA) and soccer (MLS), utilize and rely on the use of HBOT as adjuvant therapy for numerous sports-related injuries acquired from playing competitive sports.




Cosmetic and Periodontal Surgery


HBO treatments administered pre- and post-surgery can significantly enhance recovery.




Infectious Diseases such as tick borne diseases


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=lyme+disease+HBOT https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1586/14787210.2014.940900?src=recsys One of the fastest growing infections diseases such as tick bourne dieases. Tick borne disease literate physicians prescribe HBOT as an adjunctive (support) therapy, part of an interdisciplinary approach, which may include antibiotics, nutritional support and complimentary alternative medical detoxifying procedures.

“45 - 70% of patients have mycoplasma fermentens incognitus, 10 - 35% of patients have Erlichia, 25-45% of patients have bartonella, 8-20% of patients have babesia."

“Professor Garth Nicholson, 2007.”

All of these "bugs" (bacteria and parasites) can be transmitted by ticks and other vectors. There is much debate and some confusion because of the incorrect assumption that HBOT will actually enhance some of these infections. For example, because babesia canis (Bc) chooses red-blood cells as a primary transport vehicle to infect the entire body, it is assumed that it does so because "it just loves oxygen." Not so, the trophozoite cannot tolerate high oxygen tensions and HBOT will cause it to perish and will repair the microcirculation that infections destroy.

So too with the other coinfections. HBOT, when administered at the appropriate treatment pressure, exerts a potent bactericidal and fungicidal effect and continues on to repair damaged cells, restoring normal organ function including neuronal circuitry.

There is no doubt that HBOT act synergistically with many of the antibiotics ("ABX") used to combat these co-infections and reduce the time these ABX needed for them to do their job.

One center in USA have reported in their clinical observation, that almost all PLS patients have been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lou Gherig's disease (ALS) because of the symptoms.

Most of the Tick Borne Disease patients have shown to have regained their health and eradicated symptoms with 40 consecutive daily HBOT sessions of 90 minutes. In some instances, dramatically ill patients have shown to recover in as little as 26 HBOT sessions. The recommended ATM is between 2 to 2.7.





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