Steelers linebacker James Harrison uses hyperbaric chamber to rejuvenate himself.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison also joins the league of professional sports men who use Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers to enhance athletic performance. At a recent ESPN – Sunday NFL Countdown, James Harrison started off by saying “My body makes me money”.  The narrator then said “With a meticulous weekly routine that repairs his body between games, Harrison has built himself an impenetrable suit of amour” just as he zips himself in a Vitaeris 320.  “I have a hyperbaric chamber that I use to rejuvenate myself… The days that I don’t…

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Acute & Chronic Conditions treated by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) applications can be broadly divided into two categories, emergency conditions (acute) and chronic conditions. The emergency applications take advantage of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy’s (HBOT’s) ability to stop inflammation, infection, and tissue destruction and oxygenate tissues that are starved for oxygen. Acute Conditions These acute conditions include decompression sickness (“the bends”), air embolism (air in the arteries of the body due to a rupture of the lungs in diving or accidental injection of air during medical procedures), carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, the flesh-eating bacteria, gas gangrene (occurs…

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Advantages Of Taking HBOT Treatment in hyperbaric chambers

Following are the various advantages of  hyperbaric chamber therapy or HBOT. Biochemical Improvement HBOT helps to reduce excess concentrations of lactate, pyruvate, and ammonia, particularly in older people, which are detrimental to fitness and contribute to fatigue. Exercise typically causes significant increase in these substances. Increase of capacity for strenuous exercise HBOT allows for this ability during rehab, this is of great importance in the rehabilitation heart disease patients, for the treatment of mild hypertension and for lowering blood lipids. HBOT’s role in Stroke Rehabilitation Activates dormant neurons in the…

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Types of Hyperbaric Chambers and HBOT Therapies

What do Hyperbaric Chambers and Therapies involve? HBOT can be done in single-person chambers or chambers that can hold more than a dozen people at a time. A single-person chamber, or monoplace, consists of a clear plastic tube about seven feet long. The patient lies on a padded table that slides into the tube. The hyperbaric chamber is gradually pressurized with pure oxygen. Patients are asked to relax and breathe normally during treatment. Chamber pressures typically rise to 2.5 times the normal atmospheric pressure. Patients may experience ear popping or…

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) – A Brief Introduction.

Let us first begin by knowing what exactly is hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves inhaling 100% oxygen at greater than one atmosphere absolute (ATA) in a pressurized chamber. The air we breathe at sea level is defined as 1 ATA. Many of the clinical uses of hyperbaric treatments conducted in fixed or portable hyperbaric chambers have been at pressures above 1.5 ATA. However, recently, some researchers have been using lower pressures of hyperbaric oxygen therapy with good results in some conditions. The abbreviation conventionally used for hyperbaric oxygen…

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Types of Portable Hyperbaric Chambers used for HBOT Treatment

For the purpose of providing an overview to parents considering this treatment for their child – there are two types of HBOT equipment ie. portable or rental hyperbaric chamber : Hard hyperbaric chambers with 100% oxygen (typically provided in an outpatient facility.) Soft hyperbaric chambers with “concentrated” oxygen (provided by certain Defeat Autism Now!(DAN!) doctors and other providers such as chiropractors and other professionals.) Many of the DAN! providers are looking to recommend mild hyperbarics at 1.3 to 1.5 atmospheres. The hard hyperbaric chamber providers can provide this low level…

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Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) an effective treatment for autism?

A hyperbaric chamber is a pressurized, oxygen-filled chamber or tube. It’s an effective tool for treating the “bends” (a disorder among SCUBA divers who surface too quickly, causing oxygen bubbles in the bloodstream). Over the years, medical researchers found a number of additional therapeutic uses for the chambers, which force large quantities of oxygen into the body very quickly. For example, hyperbaric therapy (HBOT) can speed the development of blood vessels, thus improving outcomes for certain types of wounds, gangrene, cardiac illnesses, and other conditions. Typically, HBOT is conducted in…

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What are the side fffects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

As with any treatment, side effects are possible. They are, however, minimal. HBOT therapy has been proven to be extremely safe, and the actual number of side effects is very small. The most common problem is trauma to the ears and sinuses caused by pressure changes. Usually the hyperbaric therapy providers  teach you auto inflationary techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during treatment. Decongestants may be helpful. This problem is temporary and resolves when HBO treatment is completed. If you have ear pain or are unable to clear…

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