Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen is the administration of 100% oxygen in a controlled environment that exerts up to three times normal atmospheric pressure. Under these conditions, larger amounts of oxygen are dissolved into the plasma and tissue, typically 10 to 15 times the usual amount. This dissolved oxygen can penetrate areas of the body which may have been receiving poor or restricted blood flow. The increased oxygen levels in the tissue stimulate healing processes including the growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis), the migration of white blood cells and the proliferation of fibroblasts, allowing the body to change the disease processes.
HBOT has been shown to improve oxygenation, new blood cell formation (angiogenesis) and new nerve growth (neurogenesis) in the brain .
This mechanism explains why HBOT therapy has had such great results at restoring function in individuals with traumatic brain injuries, strokes and neurodegenerative conditions like dementia.
How do I get a referred?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a referral only service. After a consultation, our team works in concert with other clinicians caring for the patient so that hyperbaric treatments are coordinated with other therapies. Throughout the course of treatment, progress reports are sent to the patient’s team, documenting the patient’s progress.
What does HBOT feel like?
During the HBOT pressurisation phase, patients experience pressure changes similar to being in an a plane. These periods of pressurising last for five to ten minutes to allow for a safe, comfortable transition. Our trained operators are present at all times to coach and assist patients in equalising middle ear pressure.
Are there any side effects?
Generally, patients do not experience side effects from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. However, as with all medical treatments, some side effects may occur. These side effects are rare, but are discussed with patients prior to treatment. Some conditions require special precautions and a few conditions preclude treatment.