Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Our practice has a high quality hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber providing a powerful therapeutic modality.
In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a patient breathes a higher concentration of oxygen in a pressurized chamber. By bringing more oxygen into the bloodstream, the treatment has been shown to enhance healing in a range of diseases.
The therapeutic principle of HBOT lies in its ability to significantly increase oxygen concentration in body tissues. This is above and beyond what is achievable while breathing oxygen at normal atmospheric pressure. A related effect is the increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. Under normal atmospheric pressure, oxygen transport is limited by the oxygen carrying capacity of haemoglobin in red blood cells because very little oxygen is transported by blood plasma. Because the haemoglobin of the red blood cells is almost saturated with oxygen under atmospheric pressure, this route of transport cannot be exploited any further. However, oxygen transport by plasma is markedly increased using HBOT as the stimulus. Recent evidence suggests that exposure to hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) mobilizes stem/progenitor cells from the bone marrow by a nitric oxide (NO) -dependent mechanism. This mechanism may account for the patients who show healing and recovery of damaged organs and tissues with HBOT.
HBOT has been shown to benefit wound healing, chronic inflammatory disorders; soft tissue sports injuries, auto-immune disease, recurring migraine and severe anxiety disorder.
Dr Frank Lawlis, an international expert in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, has shown that HBOT, in conjunction with appropriate nutritional therapy, has resulted in significant healing in a condition where medications and psychotherapy have very limited benefit.
Other studies showed significant healing effect of hyperbaric therapy in patients with chemical brain damage who are significantly affected by toxins such as mould, or children who developed an adverse reaction to mercury-based preservatives.