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Oxygen: The Powerful Ingredient Being Used to Heal and Repair

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment administered by delivering 95% oxygen at pressures greater than two to three times the normal atmospheric (sea level) pressure to a patient in an enclosed chamber. During a treatment, oxygen under pressure fills the hyperbaric chamber, increasing the oxygen concentration within a person’s body 15 to 20 times normal at the cellular level. Increased oxygen tension accelerates the healing process and aids in recovery from certain conditions.

Oxygen + Pressure + Breathe = Breathing Your Way to Wellness


Oxygen makes up 21% of the air we breathe. While in a Hyperbaric Chamber 95% oxygen is delivered down to the cellular level for optimal healing Pressure

“Hyperbaric” means using a gas at above normal pressure. Breathing oxygen rich air drives oxygen deep into the tissue to heal. Breathe

Sit back and just breathe normally for the 60 to 90 minutes.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is being used for a variety of conditions including:


Sports Injuries



Want to know more about how this therapy is being used to help with these conditions? Read on for more details!


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are diagnosed today more than ever before: Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys (Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism)

The cause of ASD is unknown. Most recent evidence suggests some combination of mitochondrial dysfunction, dysregulation of the immune system, inflammation, oxidative stress and inability to detoxify chemicals and contaminants in our environment are mechanisms at work in Autism. Some research supports the theory that the metabolic dysfunction in the autistic brain renders it starved for oxygen. Brain cells with low oxygen do not function optimally.

HBOT significantly increases oxygen in brain tissue, resulting in these effects:

  • Cells absorb needed oxygen, inflammation is reduced and poorly functioning brain cells function better.

  • Improved blood flow and oxygen delivery to all tissues of the body promoting new tissue growth and more normal cell metabolism. This may be particularly helpful in promoting brain development and improving immune response in the child with ASD.

A controlled study using HBOT in children 2-7 years of age diagnosed with ASD demonstrated significant improvements in:

  • Overall functioning

  • Receptive language

  • Social interaction

  • Eye contact

  • Sensory/cognitive awareness

Sports Injuries

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help athletes at all skill levels heal more quickly and get back to their favorite pursuit. Many sports injuries involve strains and sprains, which naturally cause swelling and edema (accumulation of excess fluid in connective tissue). These natural reactions to injury compress blood vessels and restrict the vital flow of oxygen-carrying plasma and red blood cells to the injury site. Cells and tissues surrounding the injury site become starved for oxygen, which impedes healing. In extreme cases, cell and tissue death can occur.

HBOT may promote faster healing in common sports injuries such as:

  • High Ankle Sprains

  • Fractures

  • Pulled Muscles

  • Achilles Tendinitis

HBOT is being studied in the treatment of concussion and post-concussion syndrome with promising results. Concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury, is a common sports injury. In concussion, the brain tissue is bruised when it impacts the inflexible skull due to a blow or jolt to the head causing an inflammatory response and swelling of the tissue as the brain responds to injury. The rationale for the use HBOT is based on its ability to dramatically increase, by 2-3 times, the delivery of oxygen to injured brain tissues to promote healing, and reduce swelling, inflammation and increased pressure in the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

More than 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries every year. They happen on our roadways, on the battle field, on the playground and on the football field. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption of normal brain function caused by a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating wound to the head caused by an external force.

TBI causes primary injury to brain tissue which may cause damage to the axons or “wires” that connect brain structures as well as bleeding or bruising of brain tissue. This leads to an inflammatory response, as the brain responds to injury, producing swelling and increased pressure within the brain. This increased pressure can impede blood flow and cause varying levels of oxygen deprivation in brain tissue, a potential cause of brain dysfunction or cell death.

Most TBIs that occur are mild and are called “concussions”. A concussion may or may not render the victim unconscious.

In a 2013 Report to Congress on Traumatic Brain Injury specifically focused on the public health impact of returning military, it was found that from 2000 -2011, over 235,000 service members or 4.2% of the total of 5.6MM who served in all branches of the military, were diagnosed with a TBI. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of those were diagnosed with mild TBI. The report estimated that 33% of those with mild TBI may develop “post-concussion syndrome”, a syndrome characterized by headaches, depression, irritability, sleep disorders, poor concentration and fatigue.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is being studied in the treatment of mild TBI, Post-Concussion Syndrome and PTSD. The rationale for the use HBOT is based on its ability to dramatically increase, by 2-3 times, the delivery of oxygen to brain tissues to help them function more optimally, and to reduce inflammation in the brain.

Are There Side Effects to Expect from HBOT?

HBOT has few side effects, most of which are transient or manageable and has been clearly demonstrated to foster new blood vessel formation and to increase immune capabilities, assisting patients with problems ranging from chronic wounds to radiation injury, severe bone infections and neurological impairments. With the addition of HBOT, all body fluids (plasma, lymph, cerebrospinal, interstitial fluids) become capable of oxygen delivery thereby facilitating the healing process.


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