Hyperbaric Therapy

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a therapeutic technique that increases oxygen and air pressure to the patient. This increased oxygen and air pressure put more oxygen molecules into red blood cells as well as the plasma – the liquid that contains red blood cells. HBOT’s ability to increase oxygen helps the patient’s cells improve the healing process – killing bacteria, reducing swelling and inflammation and repairing damaged tissues. Plasma oxygenation carries oxygen molecules even deeper into tissues, areas that often are too small for the oxygen in red blood cells to be effective. HBOT is non-invasive, natural, painless and has minimal risk of side effects.

Family Wellness Center HBOT

Family Wellness Center offers mild hyperbaric therapy. Mild hyperbarics use soft-sided oxygen chambers that increase the oxygen and atmospheric pressure from sea level atmosphere (1.0 ATA) to 1.3 (ATA) atmospheres, approximately the amount of pressure a person receives in 11 feet of water. At 1.3 atmospheres, the soft chamber increases oxygen via a relatively small amount of pressure (in comparison to hard chambers) yet has efficacy for a variety of conditions.

The patient enters the chamber and the attendant gradually raises the pressure until it is fully pressurized (5 to 10 minutes, depending on the patient’s comfort level). Each chamber treatment is one hour once full pressure is achieved, and patients can sleep, read or use electronic portable devices. Patients are continually monitored and can call an attendant or de-pressurize the chamber from within. The chamber is large enough to let a parent to “dive” with their child.

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Using the HBOT Chamber

All HBOT patients have an initial consultation with a Family Wellness doctor to make sure the treatment is appropriate and the patient does not have any condition that will have an adverse reaction. These conditions include emphysema, previous spontaneous pneumonia, acute sinusitis. fevers, breathing problems or low seizure thresholds. HBOT is appropriate for a variety of conditions and when standard medications are not working. Often HBOT is used in addition to conventional medical treatments.

Before entering the chamber, patients change into clean, white cotton scrubs. Cleaned, white cotton linen covers the comfortable chamber mat and pillows. The patient lies in the chamber and it is slowly pressurized. Patients will feel some pressure on their ears, similar to airplane travel. Chewing gum, swallowing while holding the nose shut, and other techniques equalize the pressure. Once equalized, there is no further discomfort for the duration of the “dive”. During decompression, patients will feel their ears “pop” as the additional oxygenated air pressure is reduced. The attendant paces the speed of compression and decompression to the preference and comfort level of the patient.

Patients should avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks 4 hours before their treatment because it interferes with oxygen absorption. Smoking also lowers the impact of HBOT.

Approved (on label) HBOT Conditions

HBOT has been an acceptable therapy used by hospitals to treat the variety of conditions. In certain cases, insurance covers these approved conditions:

  • Diabetic foot wounds
  • Air and gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Acute traumatic ischemia (a type of stroke)
  • Extreme blood loss
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Gas gangrene
  • Necrotizing (cell death) infections
  • Radiation effects
  • Skin flaps
  • Burns

Beneficial (off-label) HBOT Conditions

Family Wellness offers HBOT for a variety of non-traditional conditions. For example, HBOT shows great promise for children with autistic spectrum disorders, neurological disorders, brain injuries as well as to facilitate healing in sports injuries or to counteract signs of aging. A growing amount of scientific evidence, testimonials and studies (identified in the Links section of the Family Wellness website) suggest that HBOT is appropriate to improve or facilitate the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Autism
  • Lyme’s Disease and other infections
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Migraine headaches
  • Head injuries and concussion
  • Sports injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Vascular disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Pre-/Post-surgery
  • General wellness and prevention

HBOT Side Effects

HBOT has minimal side effects. While most patients can easily get accustomed to pressurization/depressurization, there is a risk of ear and sinus trauma. Ear pain is usually temporary and ceases after the dive is complete. Family Wellness attendants help patients avoid ear/sinus pain by carefully regulating the speed of compression/decompression to the needs of each patient. In rare cases, patients that continue to have ear pain can use special ear plugs or ear tubes in order to continue treatment.

Other side effects include:

  • Claustrophobia
  • Temporary changes in near-sighted eyesight. This usually occurs with large numbers of treatments and returns to normal after treatments have ended.
  • Seizures, in patients with a history of seizures
  • Accelerated cataract development (very rarely)

Visit the Family Wellness HBOT Treatment Room

The Family Wellness Center combines conventional medicine with appropriate alternative therapies to get the best results with the safest, least-invasive methods. Family Wellness offers traditional medicine, spinal manipulation and other musculoskeletal treatments, similar to chiropractic care. Family Wellness treats conditions with oral or intravenous vitamin and herbal supplementation, chelation therapy and HBOT. Interested parties are welcome to schedule a consultation, see the HBOT chambers and discuss a treatment approach. The physicians at the Family Wellness Center have completed advanced training and are certified by the International Hyperbaric Association.

Disclaimer

The Family Wellness Center is providing HBOT information and links to reputable clinics, associations and reference resources after an extensive review of HBOT publications and studies. This information is intended to be educational in nature and is not a substitute for competent, medical advice. HBOT therapy should be conducted in conjunction with a qualified physician and facility. The Family Wellness Center specifically disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from information contained on these web pages and web links. In evaluating HBOT, patients should be aware of and consider the conflicting views of HBOT therapy within the medical profession.