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.
The New England Journal of Medicine has thoroughly documented the many uses of hyperbaric therapy, including for the treatment of:
There are many “off-label” uses for hyperbaric treatment as well. HBOT has also been used to treat the following conditions:
According to an article published in Targeted Oncology, researchers found “there is evidence that implies that HBO might have tumor-inhibitory effects in certain cancer subtypes.”
In a study published in BMC Pediatrics, children with autism treated with HBOT showed improvements in terms of overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, and eye contact compared to a control group.
Post-stroke patients treated with HBOT showed improvements in neurological functions and quality of life, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. The study showed that HBOT can lead to significant neurological improvements in post stroke patients even at chronic late stages.
HBOT has been used to treat sports injuries to help athletes return to competition faster than typical rehabilitation treatments. In an article in Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease, researchers report that “results have proven to be promising.” There is evidence that Hyperbaric oxygen can increase endurance performance, decrease post-workout fatigue, and HBOT can also aid in recovery from muscular injury as seen in a study published in BioMed Research International
HBOT has been used to treat all kinds of inflammation. In a study published in BMC Pediatric, HBOT “significantly decreased inflammation” in patients as measured by CRP levels.
Perhaps the most promising application of HBOT is in the treatment of neurological conditions. As noted in an article published by Medical Gas Research, “There is more evidence for using HBOT for neurological acute… with better clinical outcomes than any other single or combined treatment.”
This list only scratches the surfaces of the many ways hyperbaric treatment is used. Talk with our practitioners to learn if hyperbaric therapy can help with your health concerns.
Neuropathy, including pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling in the extremities is a common side effect of Diabetes, HIV, Sciatica and other conditions. Research shows the oxygen-rich environment of HBOT can reduce nerve pain, regenerate lost nerve endings, improve circulation, reduce infection, and promote healing in the body.
A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can result from auto accidents, sports injuries, or even a simple slip-and-fall. The effects of a TBI can be long-lasting and life-altering. Fortunately, HBOT has been show by recent studies to be effective in treating the effects of concussions and TBIs.
For additional studies, please view the related resources listed at the end of the page.
Hyperbaric treatment at Halo Hyperbaric & Healing is a healing and re-energizing experience. Our practitioners have been trained to administer hyperbaric treatment safely and effectively.
Before any treatment begins, we want you to understand the procedure as much as possible. Our staff will take all the time you need to discuss and prepare you for hyperbaric therapy. We’ll cover evidence and rationale for the treatment so you can make an informed decision about your health.
The hyperbaric chamber itself is spacious and roomy. It allows plenty of room for movement, as well as a clear window to illuminate the interior. Hyperbaric treatment is administered using medical-grade technology. The treatment will be monitored. During the pressure changes, your ears will pop, as they do when you fly in an airplane or drive in the mountains. If there is any discomfort during treatment it is easy to contact the support staff and get questions answered or modify treatment as necessary.
During a standard 60- to 120-minute therapy session, you'll relax on a memory foam mattress inside a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. When you're in the chamber, you can read, listen to music, or work on your laptop or Ipad while you breathe oxygen through a mask or canula. While you're meditating, relaxing, or working, oxygen will saturate your blood plasma and spread throughout your body, targeting key areas.
While there are minor risks as with any medical treatment, low pressure hyperbaric therapy is extremely safe. All minor risks and any other concerns you may have will be discussed before treatment begins.
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If you'd like to learn more about how hyperbaric treatment can help you, call H3 today to make an appointment or simply click on the link to schedule.
No referral is needed to make an appointment for hyperbaric treatment. However, you will need to fill out our online patient intake form that will be reviewed by Dr. Ratansi who will then let us know if HBOT is an option for you. This can normally take up to 24 hours.
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.