Two of the most popular and effective therapies at the Whitaker Wellness Institute are enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Used alone or in tandem, these therapies have far-reaching benefits for a wide variety of health concerns.
EECP, the “Natural Bypass”
EECP is a mechanical therapy that rhythmically squeezes the lower extremities, forcing blood up through the legs and dramatically enhancing circulation. Often referred to as a “natural bypass,” EECP works on multiple levels to heal diseased blood vessels. It reduces stiffness of the arteries and makes them more flexible and responsive, boosts the release of nitric oxide (a potent vasodilator), and stimulates the growth of new vessels around blocked arteries. Consequently, this therapy produces improvements in angina (chest pain) and leg pain, increases in exercise capacity, and often results in reduction of heart medications. And although EECP has been studied primarily as a treatment for coronary artery disease, it benefits the entire vascular system.
HBOT, Oxygen-Rich Healing
HBOT, which involves breathing concentrated oxygen in a pressurized chamber, saturates every single tissue in the body with oxygen and “wakes up” damaged nerves. This influx of pure oxygen is a boon for conditions such as diabetic neuropathy and neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease. And because many bacteria cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment, HBOT also facilitates the healing of diabetic ulcers and non-healing wounds.
A Dynamic Duo for Healing
We often use EECP in conjunction with HBOT because they complement one another so well. In fact, we call this treatment combination the “dynamic duo.” Both of these healing therapies increase oxygen delivery throughout the body and offer patients safe, noninvasive treatments for a wide range of health conditions. To learn more about undergoing HBOT or EECP treatment at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, call 866-611-3720.