Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is medicine’s most efficient method of transporting oxygen to cells throughout the body. When you breathe oxygen at normal atmospheric pressure, it is transported on the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. Under pressure, however, oxygen dissolves in the plasma, cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and spinal cord, lymph, and other body fluids. It is therefore easily delivered to all tissues, and even areas with limited blood flow are afforded the tremendous healing benefits of oxygen.

HBOT also curbs infection by providing a hostile environment to anaerobic bacteria, which thrive in the absence of oxygen. It promotes the growth of new capillaries and blood vessels to areas with poor circulation for cardiovascular support and boosts collagen formation for faster wound healing. It also mobilizes rejuvenating stem cells. Studies show that after just one HBOT treatment, concentrations of circulating stem cells doubled, and after a full course, there was an eight-fold increase. The end result is dramatic benefits for stroke, head and spinal cord injuries, diabetic ulcers, slow-healing wounds, burns, autism, and a broad range of other conditions.

A typical HBOT session lasts 45 minutes to two hours. During this time, you sit or recline comfortably in a pressurized chamber while breathing 100 percent oxygen through a mask. You can listen to music, read, watch a movie, or simply relax. As the chamber is pressurized, you may notice increased pressure in your ears—a feeling similar to that of a flight landing—but there is no other discomfort. When the session ends, the pressure is slowly returned to normal. Hyperbaric treatments are repeated, depending on the condition, anywhere from five to 40 times. Therefore, we encourage patients interested in HBOT to enroll in our Back to Health Program.

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps

In conventional medicine, HBOT is primarily used to treat decompression illness (the bends), carbon monoxide poisoning, necrotizing wounds, and other acute conditions. At Whitaker Wellness, we use this invaluable therapy for a far broader range of health challenges.

HBOT, combined with physical rehabilitation, is the best therapy available for patients who have suffered a stroke. When the body and brain are infused with massive amounts of oxygen during hyperbaric treatment, damaged cells literally wake up. This, plus the HBOT-stimulates growth of new blood vessels and the increase in circulating stem cells, provides tremendous benefits for our patients. Stroke patients once given little hope are mobile and active again.

Thanks to HBOT treatment, individuals scheduled for limb amputation due to gangrenous diabetic ulcers have canceled surgeries and are walking around on their own two feet. Patients with Parkinson’s disease and autism make dramatic strides. And people with serious burns, head or spinal cord trauma, and other injuries—as well as those who have had plastic surgery or other interventions—heal much more rapidly and get back on the road to normal function much earlier than anticipated.

The beauty of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is that it works synergistically with the other innovative therapies and nutritional supplement protocols your Whitaker Wellness physician will prescribe for you. The end result is often reduction or elimination of prescription drugs and enduring improvements in overall health.

What Conditions Benefit From HBOT?

Conditions that may benefit from the multiple healing mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:

  • Autism
  • Bacterial infections of the skin
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness (“the bends”)
  • Diabetic ulcers and other complications
  • Head and spinal cord injuries
  • Infections
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-surgical healing
  • Spider bites
  • Stroke

One-Stop Shop for Wellness

Renowned physician, author, and speaker, Julian Whitaker, MD, opened the doors of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. Since then, our clinic has helped more than 45,000 patients overcome serious health challenges and get back on the road to healthy living. We’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”

To get started and find out how receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Whitaker Wellness Institute can provide dramatic benefits for stroke, head and spinal cord injuries, diabetic ulcers, slow-healing wounds, burns, autism, and a broad range of other conditions, click on the buttons below to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more. You can also schedule your complimentary consultation or obtain more information by calling our Patient Services Representatives at (866) 944-8253.


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