Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy-HBOT
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment, at a level higher than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA). Increased pressure allows for oxygen to dissolve and saturate the blood plasma (independent of hemoglobin/red blood cells), which yields a broad variety of positive physiological, biochemical and cellular effects. This noninvasive therapy is the most trusted way to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body. The typical treatment lasts for 60-90 minutes, during which the patient lies down and breathes normally.
HBOT is based on the fact that at higher altitudes air is “thinner,” meaning there is less available oxygen for the body to absorb. At lower altitudes the opposite is true. At a lower altitude the pressure is greater and the body can more easily absorb oxygen. Being in the pressurized HBOT chamber is like being at a lower altitude where the body begins to absorb a healing dose of oxygen which is infused into every cell of the body. This increase oxygen exposure is critical for the improved healing response of our cells and nervous system.
HBOT has been demonstrated in several clinical studies to enhance the body’s innate ability to repair and regenerate. It is used as an adjunct therapy to complement and enhance the healing process in both chronic and acute conditions.
Treatment is not new and dates back 350 years. It wasn’t until the 1960s that we began seeing studies that showed many benefits to this therapy and today we have over 150 indications HBOT may be beneficial for.
Traditionally HBOT has been used for diabetic foot wounds, air and gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation, gas gangrene, thermal burns, decompression sickness (The Bends) and acute mountain sickness.
Today, we are seeing incredible improvements in everything from diabetes, Lyme disease, cerebral palsy, head injuries (TBI & concussions), PTSD, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, ALS, anemia, wound and scar healing, post stroke care, post surgical care and healing, improved performance, autism, dementia and Bell's palsy just to name a few.
New patients need a consult with Dr. Schindler.
Existing patients will be prescribed a treatment protocol based on their health history
Hyperbaric Sessions will be administered at our new location: 12 Main St, Ste 7, Ellington, CT 06029
Best results are seen after a minimum of 10 sessions
10 sessions-$1,000 ($150 savings)
20 sessions-$1,900 ($400 savings)
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HBOT & Lyme
Tick-borne bacteria is protected by biofilms and can lie dormant for years. Oxygen is essential for killing bacteria and breaking up biofilms—the combination of hyperbaric and Lyme can advance the treatment as well as tremendously help patients who are not improving with treatment i.e. Herxing or have plateaued.
HBOT has been shown to:
Reduce chronic fatigue
Ameliorate chronic headaches
Diminish inflammation-related arthritic pain
Lessen muscle discomfort
Improved energy levels
Induces angiogenesis to mobilize blood flow to affected tissue and bone
Augments antibiotic intervention by driving spirochete out of biofilms
Improves antibiotic cell wall penetration
Increases free radicals to combat the Lyme bacteria
Huang CY, Chen YW, Kao TH, Kao HK, Lee YC, Cheng JC, Wang JH. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an effective adjunctive treatment for chronic Lyme disease. J Chin Med Assoc. 2014 May;77(5):269-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jcma.2014.02.001. Epub 2014 Apr 13. PMID: 24726678.
HBOT & Fertility
Recent studies show the potential of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in improving fertility.
In a three-year study on the effects of HBOT and infertility, 32 women who were previously diagnosed with unexplained infertility underwent a course of seven consecutive days of hyperbaric oxygen therapy beginning on day five of their cycles. Trans-vaginal ultrasound was utilized in order to measure endometrial thickness and
perfusion pre and post treatment. The results of the study indicate an excellent response of endometrium to hyper-oxia and significant result in view of achieving an optimal quality in pre-ovulatory and ovulatory period in 80-85% of the participants.
This and other studies indicate that the problem of micro-circulation at the uterine level may be a frequent cause of infertility. Endometrial imaging can be used to predict the occurrence of pregnancy in natural or stimulated cycles. In order for successful implantation to occur, the endometrium must reach a certain stage of vascularization and development.
It has been shown that HBOT:
Creates new blood vessels
Enhances arterial and venous blood flow
Provides adequate vascularization of the endometrium
Stimulates cell division of basal endometrium
Thickens the endometrium
HBOT & Athletes
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps athletes at all skill levels heal quickly and get back ”in the game.” Many sports injuries involve strains and sprains, which naturally cause swelling and edema (accumulation of excess fluid in connective tissue). These natural reactions to injury compress blood vessels and restrict the vital flow of oxygen-carrying plasma and red blood cells to the injury site. Cells and tissues surrounding the injury site become starved for oxygen, which impedes healing. In extreme cases, cell and tissue death can occur.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy saturates the blood plasma and hemoglobin with oxygen. The red blood cells become more malleable as well, increasing their ability to penetrate restricted blood vessels. Life-giving oxygen is therefore able to reach the injury site so that cells can heal and the immune system can fully defend the body against harmful agents. Healing time is reduced significantly, and athletes get back into play faster.