what is a Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric, “hyper” meaning high, “baric” meaning pressure, Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an form of medicine that delivers high-pressure oxygen to individuals enclosed in a hyperbaric chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has many benefits and is well-established for treating decompression sickness and other serious ailments.

At a hyperbaric oxygen treatment center, the air pressure is increased two to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these circumstances, your lungs can collect much more oxygen than would be possible by breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. The pure oxygen in your body can help combat bacteria and stimulate healing. During treatment, the patient lies within a hyperbaric chamber, anywhere between 60 to 120 minutes. Many patients begin with more than one treatment, as the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen increase over time. The hyperbaric chamber is pressurized with 100% oxygen to allow your lungs to absorb roughly 200-240% more oxygen.

Benefits of Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy

Stimulates Healing

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps patients find relief and/or resolution from ailments that cannot be treated effectively through traditional methods or medication. Through exposure to 100% pure oxygen in a high-pressure environment, hyperbaric oxygen stimulates the body’s natural healing process. By saturating the blood and tissues with high oxygen concentrations, harmful molecules and/or bacteria will be displaced. Therefore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can deliver the high oxygen levels your body may need to recover from conditions that may not otherwise heal due to insufficient oxygen.

Treats Infections

Infections typically house themselves in areas where anaerobic (low oxygen) bacteria are thriving. When a high concentration of oxygen is introduced into the blood, anaerobic bacteria begin to die off. Additionally, the excess oxygen stimulates the growth of more white blood cells, which aid in the digestion of bacteria and fungi. Therefore, HBOT is a natural and effective method to fight off infections.

Treats Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Hemoglobin is the molecule in the blood responsible for transporting oxygen through the bloodstream and throughout the body. Hemoglobin has a high affinity for oxygen; however, its affinity for carbon monoxide is much greater. Therefore, when oxygen and carbon monoxide are present in the room, carbon monoxide will bind to the hemoglobin, halting oxygen delivery and ultimately causes suffocation. The only way to outcompete carbon monoxide for hemoglobin binding spots is to oversaturate the body with oxygen. When exposed to an environment filled with 100% oxygen, carbon monoxide and other harmful gases will literally be forced out of the body and remove the chance for consequent damage.

 FDA-Approved HBOT Uses

Among the other benefits to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, there are currently 14 conditions that the FDA has approved treatment through the use of HBOT:

  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning 
  • Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias 
  • Decompression sickness
  • Enhancement of healing in selected wound problems, such as diabetically derived illness, such as diabetic foot ulcers, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic nephropathy. 
  • Exceptional blood loss (anemia) 
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections (necrotizing fasciitis) 
  • Osteomyelitis (refractory)
  • Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis) 
  • Skin grafts and flaps (compromised) 
  • Thermal burns
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hyperbaric chamber?

HBOT uses a hyperbaric chamber to enclose individuals in a manipulated environment composed of 100% pure oxygen, at pressures greater than sea level. This manipulated environment can deliver as much as three times the concentration of oxygen than normally available at atmospheric pressure.

What should I expect during Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) at Aalto Hyperbaric?

At Aalto Hyperbaric, we ensure our treatments are safe, painless, and non-invasive. Since you are exposed to increased pressure, you may feel slight fullness in your ears, similar to what you feel when an airplane takes off. Nevertheless, our technicians are by your side throughout the treatment and will offer you a variety of techniques to eliminate any possible discomfort.

What are the side effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is extremely safe. Like many medical procedures, there are minor risks associated with HBOT. Our technicians will cover all the possible risks before your treatment. The most common side effect associated with the hyperbaric chambers, is pressure felt within the ears. However, once the treatment is over, the pressure in the ears will equalize again and any discomfort will subside.

Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is safe?

While you are receiving HBOT, you will be supervised by one of our medical staff throughout the duration of the treatment. In order to ensure safety at Aalto Hyperbaric, we make sure all of our chambers meet or exceed the FDA guidelines governing hyperbaric chamber manufacturing and installation.

How are patients referred to receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

Patients can be referred by a physician or refer themselves. If you choose to receive HBOT at Aalto Hyperbaric, our medical director will evaluate your needs and create a personalized treatment plan for you.

How long does a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatment last?

A single treatment session will usually last anywhere from 60-90 minutes. Treatment times depend on a variety of factors, including: your condition(s), your prescription(s), and our recommendations.

How many HBOT treatments will I need?

The number and duration of treatments depend on your indications and personal health goals. For acute conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, we recommend 1-2 sessions. Chronic conditions, on the other hand, may require anywhere from 30 to 90 sessions.

World-Class HBOT in Century City, Margate, and Woodland Hills

At Aalto Hyperbaric, we have three state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen treatment centers in Century City, Margate, and Woodland Hills.  Our treatments are safe, painless, and non-invasive. They are scientifically proven to treat a number of temporary and chronic conditions that traditional medicine may not address. Schedule an appointment with us today at 1-888-303-HBOT, or email us anytime at info@aaltohyperbaric.com.


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