It is a medical treatment in which the patient is entirely enclosed in a chamber and breathes 100% oxygen while the chamber pressure is increased to a pressure greater than one atmosphere (1ATA). In HBOT the patient inhales oxygen at high pressure inside a chamber. In the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is raised up to 1.3 to 3 ATA which is higher than the normal atmospheric pressure 1ATA. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than normal conditions which dissolves in the blood plasma.
It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body's natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects. .
While there are countless benefits to to the many conditions and symptoms that HBOT can treat, the FDA has approved 14 indications for its use. These applications are covered by most insurance companies.
How Long is a Session?
Each session, depending on the condition being treated, at full pressure lasts 60-120 minutes, not including the time it takes to ascend and descend.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
Again, this depends on the condition being treated. Generally, 10-30 sessions are initially prescribed by Dr. Ginnan, and progress is re-assessed every 5-10 treatments.
What Do I Do While I am in the Hyperbaric?
During your session you may have a book, paper and colored pencils. However, don’t be surprised if you choose to enjoy a pleasant nap instead of using it, because the therapy is so relaxing.
Is It Safe?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a low-risk medical treatment, and it is important to discuss your medical history and current health situation with our doctors to be certain that you are 100% cleared for this type of treatment.