Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Are you looking to heal from a traumatic brain injury or stroke? Are you looking to recover quicker, improve your physical performance and take your athletic training to the next level? Are you suffering from a chronic health condition or autoimmune disease, like chronic fatigue syndrome or Lyme disease? If you answered yes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may be for YOU! Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been around for centuries, but has gained popularity recently for its amazing healing, anti-inflammatory health benefits. It has also been shown to improve energy, brain power and to optimize the aging process too.

What is HBOT and how does it work? Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses pressure to force oxygen into your lungs, bloodstream and into your cells where it can be utilized more rapidly and efficiently. For instance, when we breathe regular ambient air, our cells only absorb about 20% of the oxygen. Inside an inflatable hyperbaric oxygen chamber, our cells are able to absorb 40% or more of the oxygen we breathe in. The pressure inside the chamber is what makes this happen. Oxygen is crucial for living. Virtually every human physiological and biological process relies on oxygen. Furthermore, oxygen is vital for brain health and necessary to generate energy from organelles within our cells called mitochondria. Pound for pound the heart contains the most mitochondria, needing the greatest amount of energy to pump every second of every day you are in this world. Mitochondrial dysfunction is now recognized as a leading cause of many chronic, degenerative processes and diseases. Aging, poor diet, lifestyle factors, like drinking alcohol and smoking, environmental factors and medications all may lead to a lack of oxygen in the body and mitochondrial dysfunction. By flooding the bloodstream and our cells with oxygen using HBOT, we can reverse chronic, systemic oxygen depletion, especially in the brain and improve energy production throughout the body. HBOT has also been shown to reverse inflammation, often at the root of many chronic health conditions. Multiple studies have shown reductions in inflammatory biomarkers and researchers have shown that hyperbaric oxygen treatments are equatable or even superior to taking anti-inflammatory medications used to treat chronic health conditions.

What can you expect during your HBOT treatment? You will meet with the doctors at Conscious Human Medicine to determine if you are a good candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. You will not need to disrobe for the treatment and you will lay down inside an inflatable hyperbaric oxygen chamber. There is a pillow and mattress inside the chamber for your comfort and you may bring any device inside the chamber with you, including your cell phone, tablet or computer. You may experience some pressure in your ears throughout the treatment when the chamber is inflating and deflating. We will discuss this with you and give you strategies to minimize any discomfort you may feel during the treatment. We will supervise you during your treatment and you will be able to communicate with us during your treatment should you need to. A typical treatment lasts approximately 60 minutes and a minimum of 20 treatments is often recommended for maximal efficacy. You may notice many positive effects following the treatment including better cognition, increased energy, improvement in physical performance or stamina and better sleep, just to name a few. While side effects are not typical, some people may experience headaches or a sense they are getting sick. This is normal, is usually due to detoxification, and typically dissipates in 24-48 hours.

There a myriad of conditions or reasons you should consider using hyperbaric oxygen therapy: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, traumatic brain injury (TBI), autoimmune disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke, autism, Parkinson's disease, Lyme disease, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, wound healing (including diabetic ulcers), pain syndromes, athletic performance, recovery from surgery (including plastic surgery).

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