Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

We recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy to resolve an ever-expanding number of medical conditions.

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If you’ve taken so much as a single chemistry or environmental science class in your life, you may think you know all there is to know about oxygen. It’s the “good part” of the air any living creature uses for survival, as well as the molecule in the makeup of water which essentially generates life.

Explore the photos above to get an in-depth view inside the hyperbaric chamber.

However, what you may not be that familiar with is its medical use.

Doctors employ it both to treat acute symptoms, as well as in order to deal with chronic illnesses. 

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Imagine lying in a comfortable cocoon as a soft, soothing blanket of life-giving oxygen gradually envelops you. If you’ve never experienced hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, you’re in for a real treat. Oxygen inhaled under pressure is dissolved in all fluids of the body, so it’s more efficiently absorbed into all the body’s cells, including those in the skin. That’s why we recommend it after every laser treatment, to speed healing, regenerate collagen and boost immunity.

Without a proper amount of oxygen, cellular metabolism is slowed down; the tissues aren’t properly oxygenated either and physiological functions may fail.

Many are familiar with hyperbaric pressurized dive chambers used to save the lives of scuba divers who’ve gotten the “bends” after resurfacing too quickly. The hyperbaric oxygen chamber recreates the underwater pressure so that rapidly depressurized nitrogen in the diver’s blood will not cause life threatening and painful embolisms. For most of us, this is the extent of our knowledge.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an amazing holistic modality that has been bringing a plethora of benefits to our patients for years.

What is Hyperbaric?

Hyperbaric means increased atmospheric pressure. At sea level, with the entire earth’s atmosphere of air above our heads, we live at an average pressure of 14.7psi (pounds per square inch) or 1 atmosphere.

By breathing pure oxygen in a moderately pressurized hyperbaric chamber, dramatically increased amounts of oxygen are safely delivered to all tissues in the body – even to places that have restricted blood flow or blockages.

History of HBOT

Although the history of hyperbaric oxygen therapy goes back to 1662, it wasn’t until the 21st century that HBOT finally began to emerge as a major medical therapy, both curative and preventative, producing considerable overall health improvements.

The history of hyperbaric oxygen therapy over the centuries.

The history of hyperbaric oxygen therapy over the centuries.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used worldwide for over fifty years in the prevention and improvement of debilitating conditions, and in the enhancement of overall health.

In a vast number of documented cases, HBOT has produced remarkable benefits for a wide variety of serious medical conditions. HBOT has also been clinically proven to produce a more efficient immune system, rapid regeneration of cells, and works as a potent anti-aging therapy.

Treatment in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

You may experience a temporary popping in your ears as a result of the changing pressure identical to the experience of flying. HBOT sessions are comfortable and typically leave one with a sweet lingering sense of well-being. Most therapies will include a modestly increased pressurization to approximately 1.5 atmospheres. Pressurization is gradual and relaxed, allowing plenty of time to equalize your ears.

Inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber

Inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. We have 3 Sechrist monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chambers at our Orange County clinic.

The hyperbaric chamber is a clear acrylic cylinder in which air can be compressed to a pressure that is greater than sea level. It is cozy, has lights, pillows and intercom communication with the staff. You will lie down on a stretcher which slides into the chamber.

In the chamber you will be breathing through a mask that is supplying you with pure oxygen. By breathing pure oxygen while pressurized in the chamber, the oxygen saturates every tissue, organ and cell in your body – even places that have restricted blood flow or blockages.

Most people have a deliciously nourishing nap. Others read or meditate.

Why Oxygen is Essential to Life

Oxygen, the key to life itself. We need it to breathe and we just plain need it to live. Each day and night we take in what we need to keep all of our internal organs working, but our largest external organ needs much more to function properly.

As we age, oxygen is not able reach our cells as rapidly or efficiently as it did when we were younger – which in turn contributes to the signs of aging. If our skin doesn’t receive the adequate oxygen it needs, it can be more prone to blemishes, redness and irritation, appear thin and sallow, and have more noticeable wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.

Treatments like hyperbaric oxygen supply the skin with much-needed oxygen to get it to a more optimal state and give it unparalleled luminosity. Fabulous for circulation, and responsible for giving your skin that gorgeous glow – oxygen truly is essential in order to have beautiful skin.

The Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Watch the video : Long Covid Patient’s Life Changed by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The oxygen you breathe at increased atmospheric pressure allows every bodily fluid, including the fluid in tissues, blood, lymph and even cerebrospinal fluid (surrounding your spine and brain) to absorb the oxygen, which dissolves in the same way CO2 dissolves into liquid to make soda. Once these fluids are “supercharged” with oxygen, there is an increased oxygen supply to all the body’s systems and organs.

You’ll witness peak wellness, peak energy and peak mental acuity. Healing from surgeries will occur faster and more extensively. You’ll discover amazing, restful, rejuvenating sleep and, with continued treatments, you’ll experience the anti-aging benefits of this certified and proven longevity therapy.

The FDA has cleared the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of the following conditions: 

  • Air and gas bubbles in blood vessels
  • Anemia (severe anemia when blood transfusions cannot be used)
  • Burns (severe and large burns treated at a specialized burn center)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Crush injury
  • Decompression sickness (diving risk)
  • Gas gangrene
  • Hearing loss (complete hearing loss that occurs suddenly and without any known cause)
  • Infection of the skin and bone (severe)
  • Radiation injury
  • Skin graft flap at risk of tissue death
  • Vision loss (when sudden and painless in one eye due to blockage of blood flow)
  • Wounds (non-healing, diabetic foot ulcers)

There are many other “off label” uses for hyperbaric oxygen therapy that are not cleared by the FDA. Some of conditions that HBOT can also help with include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Near Drowning
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Recovery after Surgery
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Addiction
  • Autism
  • Anoxic Brain Injury
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Circulation conditions
  • Concussion
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Post-COVID-19 condition (Long COVID)

The website, clinicaltrials.gov, has more information on HBOT clinical trials for other conditions.

Not a Temporary Fix

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not a temporary fix. Case histories demonstrate that the process is cumulative, producing progressively more dramatic results with continued use. 

Watch the video : Joe Namath discusses his experience with HBOT for traumatic brain injury

Increased Brain Activity

 Brain scans show marked improvement in functional cellular activity

Brain scans show marked improvement in functional cellular activity after hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Traumatic brain injuries are as serious as serious medical issues come, which makes the figure of over 2 million (the number of people in the U.S. who suffer such injuries each year) daunting to say the least. Such injuries are the main cause behind brain damage, which, in turn, can cause a host of issues, including motor dysfunctions, psychological disorders, memory loss, and the like.

Brain scans show marked improvement in functional cellular activity in areas of trauma that were previously non-functional. The increased atmospheric pressure while breathing pure oxygen allows the oxygen to reach affected cells.

Recent research from Tel Aviv University has shed light on the benefits that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can bring to brain injury trauma survivors. The researchers conducted their study on 56 patients, divided between a control group and a group on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Those that did receive the therapy showed substantial improvement in neural activity after two months of exposure to such treatment.

Diminishing the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

A new study from UCLA indicates that HBOT treatments are extremely effective in diminishing the side effects of radiology and chemotherapy in cancer patients. The data reveals that, “HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in the body by exposing patients to pure oxygen within a sealed chamber set at pressures greater than the ambient atmosphere.”

UCLA experts believe the treatment helps cancer patients, “by stimulating growth of new blood vessels following radiation-induced damage”, which is a major physiological factor in healing damaged tissue and regenerating new healthy and young tissue.

Major university studies around the globe show that HBOT treatments cause organs tissues to go through a three-phase process of: detoxification, healing and regeneration of healthy tissue. 

Detoxifying the Body

In the chamber you will be breathing through a mask that is supplying you with pure oxygen.

In the hyperbaric chamber you will be breathing through a mask that is supplying you with pure oxygen.

One of the more spectacular uses of HBOT, recognized even by conventional American medicine, is its powerful detoxification benefit.

Given that your skin is not only your single largest organ but also plays a major role in detoxification, and given that toxins in your body definitely show up as skin blemishes and discolorations, imagine the aesthetic benefits to your skin when your body has been detoxified.

Improving the Skin

One of the main effects of aging is the depletion of oxygen from facial skin tissues, which, in turn, renders the skin dull, wrinkled, and old.

Because oxygen inhaled under pressure is dissolved in all fluids of the body, it’s more efficiently absorbed into all the body’s cells, including the various tissues that make up skin. Accordingly, HBOT promotes the growth of collagen (the foundation of firm new skin) and encourages the accelerated turnover of epithelial cells. 

Now, of course, you could try dermal fillers to get rid of said issues, but hyperbaric oxygen therapy addresses the cause, not only the effects. It has been shown to successfully improve the quality of collagen and elastin in the patients’ skin, increase blood cell count, and repair capillary damage. 

Lengthening the Life Span of Former Smokers 

The decision to quit smoking may be difficult, but it’s a welcome one, which stands to highly improve the former smokers’ quality of life.

That being said, many long-term smokers come to grapple with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Essentially, patients require additional oxygen in order to breathe properly – some only require it during seizures, while others need it throughout the day, as well as the night.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, used in COPD sufferers whose PaO2 is equal to or lower than 55mmHg, or SaO2 is lower than or equal to 88 per cent have lengthened their lifespan, as an effect of oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – The Final Analysis

We have two new Sechrist Hyperbaric Chambers at our Orange County location.

We have 3 Sechrist monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chambers at our Orange County location.

The history and documented cases of successfully treated conditions with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are compelling. The list will continue to grow as more centers open in this country and as medical doctors become familiar with its merits. 

Bottom line, from skin to bone and from infections to relatively healthy tissue, healing takes place three times faster with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. While HBOT isn’t a miracle cure, it’s noninvasive, safe, works well with other treatments and has a growing body of documented studies that prove it helps people achieve better health and live longer with more comfortable and productive lives. It just makes you feel better!

At AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare we encourage all of our patients to take advantage of our hyperbaric chambers after every laser treatment, as this therapy results in speedy healing, the regeneration of collagen, and an overall boost of immunity. Our patients rave about their experience as well as the positive effect the HBOT has had on their skin, energy levels, general performance as well as their speedy recovery.

Authored by Dr. Asher Milgrom | Reviewed by Dr. Alice Pien | Last updated:  

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