What is HBOT

About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is defined as the medical use of oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressure. Clinically, HBOT has been demonstrated to have the following effects:

  • Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
  • Normalizes Immune Function
  • Speeds Tissue Healing
  • Increases Neuroplasticity
  • Speeds Brain Repair
  • Anti-Microbial, Anti-Bacterial
  • Heals Radiation Damaged Tissue
  • Increases Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentiation

HBOT creates long-term change by modifying gene expression:

Many conditions that cause long-term disability are the result of unhealed trauma or chronic degenerative and inflammatory processes; this makes HBOT highly effective in addressing a large number of increasingly prevalent health concerns. With long-term exposure, HBOT reduces inflammation in the brain and stimulates the brain to grow new nerve connections, new blood vessels, and to regenerate myelin.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can save lives and restore function for people who are dealing with life-changing health crises and conditions for which there is often little other hope. It is vastly underutilized in the U.S. Where other countries use HBOT to treat between 60 and 120 different medical conditions, in this country the FDA has only approved it for 14. Hence, while there are thousands of research studies demonstrating the effectiveness and safety of HBOT, insurance only covers these 14:

  • Air or Gas Embolism
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Delayed Radiation Injury
  • Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps
  • Thermal Burn Injury
  • Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Crush Injury
  • Decompression Sickness
  • Arterial Insufficiencies
  • Severe Anemia

Research supports the use of HBOT for athletic injuries and performance, antibiotic resistant infections, arthritis, autism, attention deficit disorder, auto-immune disorders, Bell’s Palsy, traumatic brain injuries, cardiovascular disease, cerebral palsy, COPD without air trapping, Crohn’s disease, dementia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis, Lyme disease, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, non-healing wounds, Parkinson’s disease, post-concussion syndrome, PTSD, radiation damaged tissue, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, reconstructive surgery, spinal cord injury, stroke, and many other conditions.

For scientific research regarding HBOT and a wide variety of medical conditions, see Hyperbaric Research