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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a type of treatment used to speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has a role in modern medical practice. In most cases, it is safe and severe side effects are rare. There are many indications for HBO treatment. The results suggest that HBOT has been shown to be an effective method for treating complex wounds.

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Brain Injury

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is clinically proven to help individuals with brain injuries including concussion, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and stroke.


Wound Healing

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is clinically proven to help individuals with wound healing including wounds that won't heal and diabetic foot ulcers.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is clinically proven to help individuals with migraine head aches and pressure related head aches.


Muscle Injury

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is clinically proven to help individuals with sports injuries including muscle and tissue damage.


Crohn's Disease

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is clinically proven to help individuals with Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy Benefits

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 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.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that can be traced back to the 1600’s. In 1662, the first renowned chamber was built and operated by a British clergyman named Henshaw. He erected a structure titled, the Domicilium, that was used to treat a variety of conditions. In 1878, Paul Bert, a French physiologist, discovered the link between decompression sickness and nitrogen bubbles. Bert later identified that the pain could be ameliorated with recompression. The concept of treating patients under pressurized conditions was continued by the French surgeon Fontaine, who later built a pressurized mobile operating room in 1879. Fontaine found that inhaled nitrous oxide had a greater potency under pressure, in addition to his patients having improved oxygenation.

In the early 1900’s Dr. Orville Cunningham, a professor of anesthesia, observed that people with particular heart diseases improved better when they lived closer to sea level than those living at higher altitudes. He treated a colleague who was suffering from influenza and was near death due to lung restriction. His resounding success led him to develop what was known as the “Steel Ball Hospital” located along the shore of Lake Erie. The six story structure was erected in 1928 and was 64 feet in diameter. The hospital could reach 3 atmospheres absolute. Unfortunately, due to the depressed financial status of the economy, it was deconstructed during in 1942 for scrap.

Subsequently, hyperbaric chambers were later developed by the military in the 1940’s to treat deep-sea divers who suffered from decompression sickness. In the 1950’s, physicians first employed HBOT during heart and lung surgery, which led to its use for carbon monoxide poisoning in the 1960’s. Since then, over 10,000 clinical trials and case studies have been completed for numerous other health-related applications with the vast majority of results reporting resounding success.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a potential risk of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that may not heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased two to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather much more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

When your blood carries this extra oxygen throughout your body, this helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.

Why it's done

Your body's tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. With repeated scheduled treatments, the temporary extra high oxygen levels encourage normal tissue oxygen levels, even after the therapy is completed.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions. And medical institutions use it in different ways. Your doctor may suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have one of the following conditions:

Severe anemia

Brain abscess

Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)


Carbon monoxide poisoning

Crushing injury

Deafness, sudden

Decompression sickness


Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death

Nonhealing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer

Radiation injury

Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death

Traumatic brain injury

Vision loss, sudden and painless

The Science

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Crohn’s disease complications: What do we know?

We read with great interest the article by Lansdorp et al.1 The authors report a high rate of metastatic Crohn’s disease (CD) in patients with ongoing wound-healing problems after proctectomy after hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO).

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in fibromyalgia and the diseases involving the central nervous system

Objective. This paper briefly describes the therapeutic mechanisms underlying hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), and reviews data concerning its effects and efficacy in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and fibromyalgia (FM)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves neurocognitive functions of post-stroke patients – a retrospective analysis

The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of HBOT on overall cognitive functions of post-stroke patients in the chronic stage. The nature, type and location of the stroke were investigated as possible modifiers.

COVID-19, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS),and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): what is the link?

The current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemichas become an unprecedented challenge for the healthcaresystem worldwide, with an overwhelming number of patientsrequiring clinical attention and an unacceptably high mortalityrate within critical care facilities

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