About Hyperbarics

Traditionally the use of these chambers has been restricted to large hospitals for specific treatment and at substantial cost. However, with the recent advent of portable chambers, like our Vitaeris 320, we are able to offer reduced session pricing that is both affordable and convenient.
 
The chamber provides up to 300% more oxygen saturation, allowing wounds to heal faster, swelling to be reduced much more quickly, restoration or increased blood flow to injured areas therefore hastening healing, aiding in detoxification and promoting general wellness. Furthermore, bacteria, viruses and yeast cannot survive in an oxygen enriched environment and the pressurized environment of the mild hyperbaric chamber allows many to recover much quicker from surgery or injury.
Reasons to use hyperbaric chambers vary. We treat many individuals with a wide range of symptoms as well as those suffering from chronic diseases and debilitating conditions such as ASD, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Lyme Disease, Parkinson, Fibromyalgia, MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, allergies, gut issues, sleep problems, just to scratch the surface. Currently, there are over 66 conditions being treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Thousands of people have had dramatic and in many instances life changing improvements in their conditions as a result of mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Proponents for hyperbaric therapy include numerous doctors and health care providers. For example, Gunner Heuser, MD of NeuroMed Hyperbaric Center of Agoura Hills, California, Defeat Autism Now! doctors Julie Buckley, MD and Jerry Kartzinel, MD and the International Child Development Research Center (ICDRC), headed by Dr. Jeff Bradstreet.  

Furthermore, the use of hyperbaric chambers has not been restricted to medical doctors, health care providers and advisors. Other advocates of hyperbaric therapy include amateur, college and professional athletes in the NCAA, NFL, NBA, ABA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, NHRA, as well as Olympians past, present and future who use hyperbaric oxygen therapy for accelerated recuperation and to increase their endurance and athletic performance. Many of these athletes own a chamber and travel with them. Athletes such as Terrell Owens, John Smoltz, Jeremy Shockey, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Brian Dawkins and Zack Thomas to name just a few. In the NFL alone over 160 players now own and use hyperbaric oxygen chambers as part of their conditioning programs.

What is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? (mHBOT)

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) is a form of therapy that safely increases the body’s oxygen uptake by raising the barometric pressure. Mild hyperbaric chambers are simple enclosures which can be pressurized to allow the person inside to experience greater than normal (1 ATA) atmospheric pressures of 1.3-1.5 ATA (similar to swimming in 11 to 15 feet of water). The pressure, combined with ambient air purified to 89-93% oxygen and delivered through a simple oxygen mask, forces the oxygen to dissolve into the body’s fluids and travel to areas of the body otherwise difficult to reach.  The dissolved oxygen saturates the plasma, the lymph, the synovial (joint) fluid and the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) is a safe, drug-free therapy that can be used regularly without any danger of oxygen toxicity in the body.

What Does Oxygen Do for Us?

Oxygen is Our Greatest Energy Source

Oxygen Increases Stamina and Endurance

A vital ingredient to health, vitality, physical stamina, and endurance is maintaining proper oxygen levels in the body. Oxygen is our primary source of energy. It is the fuel required for the proper operation of all body systems. Oxygen is our Life Force. We can only live a few precious moments without oxygen. Ninety percent of our energy is produced using oxygen… only 10% comes from food alone.

What benefits may I receive from oxygen?

Oxygen deficiency is easy to see and feel and so are the benefits. When the body is not struggling to receive what it needs, the benefits are many. Some of the benefits of oxygen have been reported to be:

·  Peak training output

·  Increase energy

·  Increase endurance

·  Shortened repair time

·  Improved concentration

·  Decrease in further injury

·  Improved detoxification

·  Decrease in lactic acid

·  Increase in ATP

·  Maximized organ function

Additionally:

Oxygen Gives the Body the Ability to Rebuild Itself,

Detoxifies the Blood, and Strengthens the Immune System

Oxygen displaces deadly, harmful free radicals, neutralizes environmental toxins, and destroys anaerobic (the ability to live with little oxygen) infectious bacteria, parasites, microbes, and viruses. Oxygen greatly enhances the body’s absorption of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and other important nutrients.

Oxygen Affects the Brain,

Memory and Learning Ability

One of oxygen’s most important functions is that it allows the brain to process billions of pieces of information every second. Even our ability to think, feel, and act are all dependent on oxygen. It also calms the mind and stabilizes the nervous system. Oxygen heightens concentration and alertness. Without oxygen, brain cells die quickly... and unlike our liver cells, brain cells cannot regenerate, which results in memory loss. More severe loss of oxygen in the brain can result in speech impairment and loss of motor skills. As we age, and oxygen deficiency increases, it takes longer to learn, and retention span is decreased.

Are you at risk for oxygen deficiency?

Oxygen is the most abundant and most important nutrient in the body and is the most needed nutrient for cells to function. Oxygen is used by each cell to produce the energy molecule of every cell (ATP), which then drives the normal processes or metabolism of cells. Without oxygen, a cell cannot make energy and will die. Therefore, with decreased levels of oxygen, cells have decreased metabolism and poor function. This decrease in oxygen or oxygen deficiency is a common problem plaguing much of today’s society.  

It has been shown that people living in certain “high risk” environments and/or conditions are at jeopardy for becoming oxygen deficient. These “high risk” environments and conditions include:

·  Participation in regular, heavy exercise

·  Live in cities with high pollution

·  Participate regularly in sports activities

·  Fly in airplanes frequently

·  Work in a sealed building

·  Frequently travel across time zones

·  Work excessive hours

·  Smoking, Smoker

·  Work in a high stress environment

·  Consume alcohol on a regular basis

Oxygen deficiency is often overlooked, and therefore, it is not seen as a cause for many symptoms. Some of the symptoms of oxygen deficiency are listed below but not limited to the following. 

·  Premature aging

·  Excessive colds or infections

·  Depression, anger, or sadness

·  Inflamed, swollen, or aching joints

·  Memory loss and forgetfulness

·  Muscle or tendon aches

·  Sleeping disorders, drowsiness, or exhaustion

·  Headaches

·  Digestive disorders or acid stomach

·  Fatigue

Oxygen deficiency can take many forms. If you believe that you may be suffering from oxygen deficiency or any other disorder, contact a medical professional immediately.          

What Difference Does Extra Pressure Create?

Some diseases and conditions impair oxygen utilization or cut off blood circulation. The pressurized environment of the hyperbaric chamber allows more oxygen to be utilized and it allows deformable red blood cells to travel to areas which would otherwise be inaccessible. For example, a sprained ankle is a condition which causes swelling to the lower leg, ankle, and foot. The swelling causes the loss of blood flow to these areas, cuts off oxygen circulation, destroys tissue, and slows healing. However, the hyperbaric chamber allows the deformable red blood cells and oxygen enriched fluids of the body to penetrate these areas restoring oxygen circulation and promoting a quicker recovery.

Let's review the Top ten questions about mHBOT:

1.  What is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT)?

2.  Is mHBOT a safe process?

3.  How Does mHBOT Work?

4. What makes mHBOT so effective ?

5. Are there any side effects when using mHBOT?

6. What happens during my mHBOT session?

7. How long does an mHBOT session last?

8. Can I read and listen to music during my mHBOT session?

9. Are there reasons why a person should NOT seek out mHBOT?

10. How often can I schedule mHBOT sessions?


1. What is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT)?
* Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) is a safe method of delivering more oxygen to the body at the cellular level.
* mHBOT provides the optimal environment for the body to carry out vital cell processes, thereby increasing the capacity for the body to heal itself.
* mHBOT utilizes filtered pressurized ambient air to dissolve oxygen directly into the plasma, cerebral and spinal fluids, flooding tissues and vital organs with oxygen.
* Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy allows for healing at the cellular level, which is critical for changes to be made which in turn affect healthy tissue formation, making it possible for  healthier organs and ultimately a healthier body overall.


2. Is mHBOT a safe process?

* YES! The hyperbaric chamber uses filtered ambient air, so there is no risk of oxygen toxicity to the body even with regular use.
* The chamber can be depressurized and opened from the inside.
* Once inside the chamber, both visual and verbal communication is possible with the outside, and there is also a buzzer for help.
* Most people report a comfortable, relaxing experience and emerge from the chamber feeling refreshed.
* This therapy is non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and there are no dangerous side effectsThis treatment is non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and there are no dangerous side effects reported.


3. How Does mHBOT Work?
* The mild hyperbaric chamber is filled with compressed ambient air from 2 to 4.5 pounds per square inch. (1.3 ATA max) This is the equivalent of 11 feet below sea level.
* The increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen thus greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and fluids of the body.
* The resulting uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation to areas with swelling or inflammation. At the same time, the increased pressure decreases swelling and inflammation.
* Oxygen is then utilized by the body for vital cell functions, healthier cells equals healthier tissues, and organs.
* The human body is capable of healing itself when it has what it needs. There is NOTHING the human body needs more than OXYGEN.


4. What makes mHBOT so effective?

Henry's Law of Physics:
* An increase in atmospheric pressure allows for more gas to be dissolved into any given liquid.
* Oxygen, the 8th element on the Periodic Table, exists as a gas  at room temperature.
* The human body is composed almost completely of water.
Gas … under pressure …    dissolves in water


5. Are there any side effects when using mHBOT?
No dangerous side effects have been reported with Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for your first session in a chamber:

1. Some people experience a mild discomfort to the ears when pressurizing the chamber, not unlike during the ascending part of an airplane ride.
2. Some people following their first few sessions experience slight fatigue as the body sweeps itself clear of toxic debris that has built up in the body. This is safe and necessary.
3. It is advisable that you wear comfortable, loose clothing. (Pantyhose and other tight garments may contribute to feelings of claustrophobia.) Bring something to read, as the sessions last about 60 minutes. You may want to bring a favorite cd, dvd player, portable game, etc.
4. Do not drink large amounts of fluids before entering the chamber.
5. Do not wear perfume or cologne when you are coming for your session.


6. What happens during my mHBOT session?
The chamber will seem smaller when deflated than it is when fully pressurized. Within one minute the chamber will inflate completely, allowing enough room for an adult to sit upright or lie fully extended.

After the chamber inflates, it will begin to pressurize. This is the time when you may experience pressure in your ears. The easiest way to relieve any discomfort this may cause is to equalize your ears using one or more of the following methods:

1. Close your mouth and firmly clamp your nose shut with your fingers and thumb. Blow, as if you were blowing your nose, but keep nose and mouth closed. You will feel the air come out through your ears when you have done this procedure correctly, and this should relieve the pressure.
2. Yawn. Stretching your mouth as wide as possible, even stretching your tongue out. This will cause the sinus passages surrounding your ears to drain and relieve the pressure.
3. If you are the parent of a small child who is having trouble with their ears during pressurization, try massaging the area just below the ears and right behind the jaw. A baby still on the bottle or pacifier should be given either of these, but if your child is likely to spill drinks in the chamber please try to monitor them with liquids.
4. Sit upright. Turn your head completely to the right, then completely to the left. Repeat earlier steps until the ears are cleared.


7. How long does a mHBOT session last?
A session lasts 60 minutes at pressure.  It will takes us a few minutes to get the chamber up to full therapuetic pressure and then a few minutes to depressurize the chamber at the completion of your session. 


8. Can I read and listen to music during my mHBOT session?
1. Listen to music
2. Talk on your cell phone.
3. Play handheld games.
4. Watch movies on portable DVD player.
5. Work on laptop computer.
6. Read books or magazines.


9. Are there reasons why a person should NOT seek out mHBOT?
Yes. You should NOT go into the chamber if you are inebriated (drunk), if you have ear canal problems or an ear infection, or if you are experiencing flu or cold symptoms. Also please do not enter the chamber wearing perfume or cologne. We do have individuals who are sensitive to chemicals that might enter the chamber after you.


10. How often can I schedule mHBOT sessions?
We will make a recommendation for you based on your needs after an initial evaluation. However, there are no issues with taking mHBOT sessions daily.