Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized therapy that uses an increase in atmospheric pressure to allow the body to absorb more oxygen into the body fluids including blood plasma, cerebrospinal fluid (which surrounds the brain and spinal cord), lymph, and intercellular fluids. The chambers used are termed mild because the atmospheric pressure in them is raised only slightly too approximately 4.5 PSI or 1.3 ATA times surrounding pressure. An oxygen concentrator is used to increase or enrich the percentage of oxygen inside the chamber. The greater pressure allows the lungs and blood plasma to absorb oxygen at a greater volume.
The increased oxygenation of the fluids and tissues can improve healing of injuries, increase the effectiveness of treatments, increase energy levels, stamina and endurance, relieve stress and anxiety, improve the assimilation of nutritional supplements to revitalize health and fitness, help reverse the effects of oxygen deprivation from air pollution and aging by helping eliminate damaging toxins and renew healthy cellular function.
Hyperbaric used in Athletes
One of the most widespread applications of these mild hyperbaric chambers is in athletes for both speeding recovery from injury and to reduce fatigue and improve endurance. The elevated oxygen levels under pressure increases oxygen saturation of the fluids and tissues helping athletes improve performance and recover more quickly after a workout. In addition, increased oxygen delivery to the brain, facilitates brain function and enhances the athlete’s ability to make split second decisions that can make the difference in the outcome.
This is of particular importance to our practice as we treat many high-level amateur and professional boxers including numerous world champions. We encourage all our professional boxers to utilize the hyperbaric chamber. They have reported improved stamina and endurance during training and during their fights and we have seen faster recovery from injuries sustained. Additionally, boxing is a brutal sport involving many head injuries including Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and serious concussions. We use the mild hyperbaric chambers to help improve recovery and hopefully minimize the long term effects of these serious brain injuries.
It is the success we've had with our professional boxers, which made us decide to offer this service to our other patients.
What is a typical session?
A typical session in the hyperbaric chamber lasts approximately 45 min. to one hour. During the session, you can listen to music on your portable player, talk on your cell phone or simply rest or take a nap, which is common for our professional boxers.
Is it safe, are there side effects?
Mild chambers are extremely safe and can be used with no particular concerns by just about everybody. The doctor will perform an examination prior to his recommendation. You should not go into the chamber, if you are inebriated (drunk), you have ear canal problems or an ear infection, or you are experiencing flu or cold symptoms. Also, discuss with your doctor if you have been previously treated for a collapsed lung, asthma, or in some cases, seizure, which may warrant further investigation before beginning.
Some people may experience mild discomfort in the ears when pressurizing the chamber, not unlike the ascending part of an airplane ride. You will be taught techniques to equalize the pressure to avoid any unnecessary discomfort during your session. Once inside the chamber, both visual and verbal communication is possible with the outside. This therapy is noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical, and there are no dangerous side effects.
Frequency is the key
Current research suggests the frequency of treatment is the most important aspect for benefit. We schedule our patients between two and five times per week. Consistent use between 30 and 50 visits has shown to have the best results.
Hyperbaric chamber cost
Current patients who wish to book sessions need a follow-up appointment to rule out any contraindications. This service is provided free for our patients. Those who are not current patients of Anderson chiropractic would need a brief new patient evaluation (cost $70).
The first session can be scheduled with the evaluation appointment at no charge (existing patients would be charged $30 for their hyperbaric session).
Individual sessions: $50 each
Prepaid package of 10 sessions: $450
Prepaid package of 30 sessions: $1000
Prepaid package of 50 sessions: $1250
All prepaid packages are refundable, however, each completed session will be prorated to the “individual session “rate of $50 per session.
Treat yourself, your fatigue and those aching muscles to an abundance of vital oxygen that our mild hyperbaric chambers provide. Feel better and live better!!