What is HBOT
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is breathing 100% medical grade (MG) oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure while in either a single user (monoplace) or a multiple person (multiplace) chamber. These chambers are used in the SCUBA diving industry for decompressing after a deep dive or when a diver has ecompression sickness (bends). Atmospheres Absolute (ATA in HBOT) refers to a gauge pressure that is true regardless of location.
• 1.0 ATA equals 0 feet below the surface
• 1.5 ATA equals 16 feet below the surface
• 2.0 ATA equals 33 feet below the surface
• 2.2 ATA equals 40 feet below the surface
• 2.5 ATA equals 50 feet below the surface
The above pressures are those that are used to treat Veterans with TBI depending on each Veteran’s needs. The HBOT treatment is known as a “Dive” and will last 60 minutes (not including the time 6-8 minutes to get to the treatment ATA and 5-6 minutes to return to 1 ATA. The protocol for the treatment of TBI is 40 treatments in succession (up to 80 may be needed). Depending on the health of the Veteran they could complete 2 “dives” per day as long as there is a 4 hour gap between each dive.
• HBOT greatly increases oxygen concentration in all body tissues, including blood plasma even with reduced or blocked blood flow including cerebrospinal fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord;
• HBOT stimulates the growth of new blood vessels to locations with reduced circulation, improving blood flow to areas with arterial blockage providing a greater opportunity for healing;
• HBOT causes a rebound arterial dilation, resulting in an increased blood vessel diameter greater than when therapy began, improving blood flow to compromised organs;
• HBOT stimulates an adaptive increase in superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of the body’s principal, internally produced antioxidants and free radical scavengers; and aids the treatment of infection by enhancing white blood cell action;
• HBOT at the 2.0 ATA level mobilizes and stimulates an 800% increase of stem cells within damaged tissue and in the bone marrow, at 2.5 ATA that increase in bone marrow stem cell production is 2,400%
• HBOT treatment costs for hard chamber HBOT w/100% MG oxygen are between $100 to $350 per dive (varies by region and center), currently HBOT treatment for a TBI is a non-insurable condition;
• HBOT can heal the brain and reduces inflammation throughout the body, heal the brain first, then the emotional issues can be treated through many non-drug therapies;
The link below is to a very important short video from Israel, where research has proven that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can help heal a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).