At Halo Hyperbaric & Healing, we use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat both chronic and acute conditions. This therapy has been used to treat a variety of health issues involving damaged or compromised tissue. We use an FDA-approved soft chamber capable of treating at pressures at 1.3 for a variety of conditions.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment uses varying atmospheric pressure levels to help the body absorb more oxygen. You may have heard of hyperbaric treatment if you have ever been SCUBA diving. It’s used to treat decompression sickness, a hazard for deep-sea divers. However, helping the body absorb more oxygen has many more applications.
Over 10,000 clinical trials and case studies have been completed to test other health-related applications of hyperbaric treatment. The vast majority of results have reported overwhelming success. You can take a look at some of these studies in the related resources list at the bottom of the page.
Our experienced practitioners can help you decide if hyperbaric oxygen treatment is right for you.
Hyperbaric therapy — also known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, HBO, or HBOT — is a medical treatment that uses an increase in atmospheric pressure to help the body absorb more oxygen.
At sea level atmospheric pressure, the lungs can absorb a normal amount of oxygen from the air. However, at an increased level of atmospheric pressure, the body can gather a much greater volume of oxygen and absorb it more easily. At Halo Hyperbaric & Healing we have 5 hyperbaric chambers that increase pressure to 1.3 ATA which is the equivalent of the pressure felt when diving 13ft under water. Similar to diving down in a pool, the patient will be instructed to equalize pressure through pinching and blowing through the nose.
HBOT allows oxygen to infuse with many types of liquids in the body including blood, plasma, and cerebral fluids. Healing begins when damaged tissue receives much-needed oxygen and circulation returns to the area.
If you have a foot ulcer, for example, the effected tissue in your foot, and your entire body, could use even more oxygen. The white blood cells that fight infection in an ulcer use twenty times more oxygen when they’re killing bacteria. Also, the more oxygen your body has to work with, the more efficiently it lays down wound-repairing connective tissue.
Yet, just when you need more oxygen, you may have less. If you have neuropathy (diabetic nerve damage), that may cause changes in blood flow, resulting in islands of low oxygen levels in your foot. Less oxygen means slower healing, and an ulcer that doesn’t heal could eventually lead to an amputation. So, you should try to get extra oxygen in your blood when you have a foot ulcer. You need to bring the oxygen levels in the tissues around the ulcer up to normal, or even higher.
To receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the patient lies down in a pressurized chamber and breathes normally. The patient will then breathe pure oxygen through a mask or canula while inside the chamber. The use of an oxygen concentrator will dramatically compound the effectiveness of the treatment. Within the chamber, the air pressure is carefully controlled and monitored to allow for greater absorption of oxygen.
The true benefit of HBOT is the ability of a compromised tissue to receive oxygen. Essentially, oxygen is given a boost to reach areas of the body where it’s needed most. It’s used to help the body heal itself.
The treatment typically lasts for 60-90 minutes. It’s simple, non-invasive, and effective.
Hyperbaric is best known for its’ wound healing capabilities; the question we pose to patients is whether their ailments qualify as a wound, Oftentimes, patients realize their health problems can be solved by healing a wound(s).
Here at H3 our goal is to help you feel comfortable from the moment you walk through the door. We’ve created a calming, healing environment to reduce any stress and anxiety. When you’re at ease, you can focus on the goal of your visit: feeling better.
A relaxed environment – Our clinic doesn’t feel like a traditional doctor’s office. You can relax surrounded by a calm and welcoming environment decorated with comfortable furniture, natural wood accents, and soothing colours.
Time is on your side – There’s no need to rush, and we strive for minimal wait times! Walk right in to your appointment and spend as much time as we need to for your visit.
Complimentary beverages – Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or water before your appointment while you peruse through our waiting room library.
When you call us, we’ll always do our best to get your appointment scheduled as soon as possible. We value and respect your time, comfort, and health.