Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Therapy

Vitality Wellness

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At Vitality Wellness, mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a safe, pleasant, non-invasive, relaxing and comfortable healing procedure using FDA Class II Medical device supervised by a PA State Licensed Healthcare Professional. The treatment procedure takes place inside an air sealed chamber breathing concentrated oxygen in an increased atmospheric pressure. The process aids the body to absorb oxygen in a greater amount and transports it to the blood cells, blood plasma, cerebral spinal fluid and other body fluids. Sufficient oxygen content in the affected tissues promote healing for many conditions and provides relief. Vitality Wellness uses Hyperbaric Chambers from Newtowne Hyperbarics

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used internationally for more than 80 different conditions. Research supports its use for ALS, anemia, athletic injuries and performance, arthritis, autism, attention deficit disorder, auto-immune disorders, Bell’s Palsy, brain and head injuries, cardiovascular disease, cerebral palsy, Crohn’s disease, dermatological conditions, diabetes, dementia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis, Lyme disease, learning disabilities, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, pervasive development disorders, PTSD, Parkinson’s, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, reconstructive surgery, spinal cord injury, stroke, and many more.  Research is showing that it is effective as an anti-aging and cancer prevention strategy.
HBOT is FDA approved to treat air or gas embolism, carbon monoxide & cyanide poisoning, crush injury, acute traumatic ischemia, decompression sickness, delayed radiation injury, diabetic foot ulcers, enhanced healing of problem wounds, exceptional blood loss, gas gangrene, intracranial abscess, necrotizing soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis (refractory), skin grafts and flaps(compromised), and thermal burns.
Portable hyperbaric chambers are cleared by the FDA to treat acute mountain sickness only. All other conditions treated by portable hyperbaric chambers are considered off-label uses. Many of these uses are quite commonplace in countries such as Russia, China, Japan, Italy, and the U.K.  

Whether mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will be beneficial for your personal circumstances is best discussed with your physician. To research the effects of HBOT on a particular condition or disease, you can do a search for “HBOT and [the condition]”.

There are two basic types of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy—high pressure HBOT and mild HBOT.  With high pressure HBOT, treatments are delivered in a hard-sided chamber typically at pressures greater than 1.5 ATA and using 100% oxygen. 100% oxygen is extremely flammable, therefore, high pressure HBOT involves managing the risk of explosion. Another concern with high pressure HBOT is oxygen toxicity.  While high pressure HBOT with 100% oxygen results in greater oxygen saturation in the tissues, many conditions respond better to mild HBOT. In clinical trials to date, there has been virtually no difference in clinical outcome between mild HBOT and high pressure HBOT. Mild HBOT refers to hyperbaric oxygen therapy at lower pressures, typically 1.5 ATA or below, and the use of an oxygen concentrator delivering 90-95% oxygen inside a portable soft-sided chamber.  Mild HBOT has no known safety risks with fire or toxicity, and it is substantially less expensive.  Vitality Wellness provides concentrated oxygen (90-95%) at 1.3 ATA — (Mild HBOT) a highly effective combination clinically and without the risk of oxygen toxicity or explosion since 100% oxygen is avoided. 

You will be seated or lying down inside the chamber, relaxing comfortably in your own clothing, as you breathe concentrated oxygen (90-95% O2) through a nasal cannula.  As the chamber is gradually pressurized to 1.3 ATA you maintain contact with healthcare professional remaining in control at all times.  Some people experience temporary ear discomfort while pressurizing or depressurizing the chamber which typically resolves after the first few sessions. Sometimes ear discomfort is due to congestion, which makes it difficult for the ear to equalize; however, since mild HBOT can be beneficial for congestion, treatment may still be advantageous and pressurizing more slowly may be all that is required. If you are experiencing any parasitic or microbial infections such as Lyme disease or candida, you may experience a temporary exacerbation of symptoms early in the treatment series as those organisms die off and your system detoxifies.  Exercise, saunas, drinking extra water or detoxifying teas, and herbal supplements may be helpful in facilitating the process of detoxifying. While inside the chamber you can rest, read, and use your Smartphone or tablet (free WiFi is available) or take a nap. When your session ends and the chamber is gradually depressurized, you will emerge feeling more oxygenated. Some people report feeling more relaxed after a session.  Others describe feeling a sense of mental clarity since mild HBOT is good for brain fog and is particularly helpful in addressing brain fog related to Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, radiation treatment and chemotherapy.  

In general, people benefit from good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Eating prior to your appointment is helpful in maintaining a stable blood sugar during your treatment. Please note that no food or drinks are allowed in the chamber; however, if you have diabetes, we ask you to bring a snack in case your blood sugar drops in the chamber.  If you smoke, we recommend no nicotine for several hours both before and after your appointment to gain the most benefits from your treatment. If you use a nicotine patch, we recommend that you remove it for several hours before and after your treatment. The longer you avoid nicotine, the more tissue oxygenation will be able to benefit you. We ask that you remove your shoes, wear comfortable clothing, and avoid wearing any scents/perfume/cologne as other people may be sensitive to them. No sharp objects or incendiary devices (matches, lighters) are allowed in the chamber.  It is very important to keep us informed of any changes to medications or your medical status. Inform Vitality Wellness if you have a cold or sinus congestion since this condition may make it more difficult to equalize your ears and require slower pressurization of the chamber.  Finally, we recommend emptying your bladder immediately prior to your session to avoid discomfort while under increased pressure.

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy sessions are generally 1 hour in time and begin when the chamber is fully pressurized. Additional minutes may be requested for additional fees.

Your treatment plan will vary according to the type of health issues you are managing. Generally, the most commonly recommended protocol for acute conditions is 6 to12 one-hour sessions at 3 to 5 times per week. The recommended protocol for chronic conditions is 20 to 40 one-hour sessions at 3 to 5 times per week depending on the extent and severity of the condition and other underlying health issues.
Studies show that frequency of treatment is important in achieving optimal outcomes.

Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is very safe. Otic barotrauma (ear pain) is a risk due to difficulty equalizing ear pressure. It is typically quite temporary and easily controlled. Yawning or swallowing can remedy it - similar to what one would do when taking off and landing in an airplane.  Vitality Wellness provides concentrated oxygen (90-95%) at 1.3 ATA - a highly effective combination clinically without the risk of oxygen toxicity or explosion since 100% oxygen is avoided.

An untreated pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is the only absolute contraindication for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The following are relative contraindications for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

  • Congenital Spherocytosis
  • COPD/ Emphysema with air trapping
  • Untreated pneumothorax or collapsed lung
  • Severe upper respiratory infections
  • High fever
  • Uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Optic neuritis
  • Pacemaker or epidural pain pump
  • Severe heart or lung disease
  • Pregnancy first trimester
  • Glaucoma
  • Aneurysm
  • Existing compressive brain lesions: subdural hematoma, intracranial hematoma
  • Ear infection or blocked ear canals
  • Air cysts in the lungs
  • Acute asthma attack
  • If you are taking the following medications you should speak with your physician about discontinuing them prior to receiving mild HBOT.
    -Cis-Platinum—a chemotherapy agent
    -Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®)—a chemotherapy agent
    -Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon®)—a topical cream used to prevent and treat bacterial or fungal infections
    -Bieomycin
    -Disulfiram  
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