What is HBOT?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a specialized oxygen treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process just by breathing in a total body chamber, where increased atmospheric pressure is controlled. It can help a wide variety of symptoms and could be used as an additive to your existing health plan.
How does it work?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works by triggering the body's internal healing mechanisms. Our bodies are responsive to pressure and oxygen. Manipulating the amounts of these variables can trigger the body to activate healing mechanisms like increased blood supply, stem cell, and calming inflammatory reactions. HBOT treats the whole body, and oxygen is perfused more greatly to every cell in the body. This can have specific and systemic positive effects on the body. The hyperbaric chamber at Lakeview Chiropractic can exhibit a maximum of 1.3 atm(atmospheres) of pressure. This is the equivalent pressure of diving down 44 feet in water. While under pressure oxygen continues to account for 21% of the air you breathe however, the increased pressure has allowed for more oxygen molecules to occupy the same space. In this way, your body will diffuse more oxygen molecules into your body. Oxygen helps the body fight infection and also stimulates the release of growth factors and stem cells to support healing. Tissue that is injured requires a higher level of oxygen to survive and heal. In this way, extra oxygen can reach the damaged tissues helping the body to support its own healing process. Typically, sessions are administered daily for the course of treatment.
HBOT is an effective means of promoting angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels. This has a positive effect on tissue repair.
A typical course of hyperbaric oxygen treatment can increase the number of stem cells circulating in a patient’s body by eight-fold.
Increasing oxygenation using HBOT can significantly enhance both cognitive and motor performance.
PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury & Post Concussive Syndrome
HBOT was found to be safe and significantly effective for veterans with mild to moderate TBI PPCS with PTSD in all four outcome domains: clinical medicine, neuropsychology, psychology, and SPECT imaging. Veterans also experienced a significant reduction in suicidal ideation and reduction in psychoactive medication use.
Fibromyalgia & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
There was a significant reduction in tender points and VAS scores and a significant increase in pain threshold of the HBO group after the first and fifteenth therapy sessions. There was also a significant difference between the HBO and control groups for all parameters except the VAS scores after the first session. We conclude that HBO therapy has an important role in managing FMS.
In conclusion, HBO is an effective and well-tolerated method for decreasing pain and edema and increasing the ROM in patients with CRPS.
Migraine & Cluster Headache
HBOT was effective in relieving an acute migraine and seemed to be sufficient in the treatment of an acute cluster attack. NBOT was effective in terminating acute cluster headache compared to sham treatment, but not in comparison to sublingual ergotamine. There was no evidence for any prophylactic effects. Serious adverse effects were not noted in the trials investigated.
Nerve Injury/ Bell's Palsy
A single HBO treatment caused a short-acting antinociceptive response phase. Repetitive HBO treatment led to a long-acting antinociceptive (anti-pain) response phase and inhibited astrocyte activation. These results indicated that HBO treatment played a dual role in the aggravation and alleviation of neuropathic pain, though the aggravated pain effect (transient allodynia) was far less pronounced than the antinociceptive phase.
Facial function recovered in more participants treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy than with prednisone (hyperbaric oxygen therapy, 40/42 (95%); prednisone, 28/37 (76%); risk ratio 1.26, 95% CI 1.04 to 1.53). There were no reported major complications and all participants completed the trial.
IBS, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease
In all studies, participants had severe disease refractory (poor response) to standard medical treatments, including corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and anti-inflammatory medications. In patients with Crohn's disease, 31/40 (78%) had clinical improvements with HBOT, while all 39 (100%) patients with ulcerative colitis improved.
Erectile function improved by 88% (p < 0.0001) and 80% of the patients reported positive outcomes. HBOT reverses the basic common pathophysiology, atherosclerosis, and decreased penile perfusion, responsible for most cases of ED.
Consult and Walkthrough
30 Minutes. This is your initial appointment. We will review your complaints and determine if hyperbaric could be a helpful therapy. The chamber inflation will be demonstrated. We will agree on a course of therapy and schedule your visits.
10 Treatment Package
Entitles you to 10, 60-minute hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Dr. Nick will be monitoring the sessions to ensure optimal comfort and safety
Currently, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not covered by any major insurer. The FDA has approved HBOT in the following conditions and they are generally covered by insurance.
These conditions are usually reimbursable by insurance and their care is handled in a hospital setting using a hard chamber that can operate at 100% oxygen with much more pressure. These hospital chambers carry more risk due to increased pressures and the chamber being filled with pure oxygen.