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What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Amen Clinics uses the power of oxygen to create a healing environment for your body. HBOT benefits a variety of conditions by speeding up the healing process, reducing inflammation and killing bacteria, among other benefits.

What is Involved in HBOT Therapy?

During HBOT, the patient lies down in a soft chamber where the air pressure is 1.3 times greater than normal air pressure. This pressurization allows the lungs to gather more oxygen because of increased pressure in the blood vessels, allowing oxygen to be pushed deeper into the tissues throughout the body. This can increase production of growth factors and stem cells, which promotes healing.

HBOT supports the white blood cells’ ability to fight infection, helps the body build new connective tissue, and may kill certain types of harmful bacteria.

While HBOT is often used for healing the body, it can also be effective in helping the brain:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injuries caused by physical trauma and sports-related activities are a major concern for your brain health. HBOT has been shown to reduce inflammation and the effects of hypoxia (lack of oxygen). HBOT may also increase blood circulation to underactive portions of the brain – this enhances recovery, accelerates healing, and improves SPECT brain imaging results. Dr. Amen published a study on soldiers returning from war who had TBI where HBOT was shown to be significantly helpful in improving brain blood flow and memory scores.

For TBI patients, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help by:

  • Supporting the growth of new neurons
  • Stimulating neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to change, adapt, and grow
  • Improving cognitive function

Support Your Memory

 There is evidence that HBOT may slow the progression of serious memory problems by increasing blood flow to the brain.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

HBOT treatments have had success in improving cognitive and behavioral functions in autistic spectrum patients by compensating for decreased blood flow in affected areas of the brain, as well as reducing inflammation.

For autistic spectrum patients, HBOT has been shown to:

  • Improve cognitive awareness
  • Improve sensory awareness
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce aggression
  • Advance interpersonal interactions

Additional Uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

  • Treatment for sports injuries
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness (“the bends”)
  • Diabetic ulcers and complications
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-surgical healing
  • Stroke

 

Please note that HBOT is most helpful when used in combination with other therapies. Contact Amen Clinics today online or call (888) 288-9834 to schedule an appointment to learn if HBOT may be the alternative treatment for you.

19 thoughts on “What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?”

  1. rlbeckman says:

    TreatNOW: Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for TBI/PTSD/PCS/Concussion:
    The essential elements of the argument

    1. In addition to the millions of citizens who are told there is no effective treatment for brain injury, we face an epidemic of suicide, and brain-related wounds afflicting service members’ mental and physical health
    2. Billions of $$$ are being spent on research and unproven even hurtful drugs and devices that exacerbate the problems in too many cases.
    3. DOD/VA/Army conducted HBOT studies that queered the outcomes with their faulty scientific methods, but their DATA show HBOT works.
    4. Business as usual affects over 800,000 wounded and their families while BILLIONS of $$$ are expended on drugs and fruitless psychological and other unproven interventions.
    5. The reasons for their “HBOT does not work” position are many but reduce to flawed conclusions about cost, danger, size of problem, closed minds, and entrenched interests, especially default to drug interventions.
    6. The cost to the nation: 20 suicides a day, hollowing out of Special Operations forces, $60,000 cost/per year for each untreated brain injury, and corrosive effects of wounded who are told: “There is no treatment to help you.”
    7. The Treatment does exist: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy when used by the TreatNOW Coalition and multiple clinics across the US and world have positive scientific and clinical evidence in over 2,300 cases that HBOT helps heal wounded brains and returns patients to a life denied them by DOD/VA/Army that will not use or pay for HBOT treatment for TBI/PTSD/PCS/Concussion.
    8. The solution is hiding in plain sight: allow the use of TRICARE/Choice cards by brain-wounded to go on civilian/private market to obtain pre-approved treatment.

    So much is left out; there is so much more to say. An essential component of our sports culture is the Concussion Protocol as practiced by the DOD/VA/Army, the NFL, the NCAA, the overwhelming number of ERs and high schools around the world. It is the equivalent of negligence to not treat the wound to the brain. If you refuse to recognize and treat the wound to the brain, it isn’t going to Heal. Symptoms will abate and the wounded may feel better, but beware the long-term effects, particularly when the insults to the head continue. And this factoid: Since the Army now recognizes that BLAST injury is the likely CAUSE of the sequelae diagnosed as “only PTSD” we are confronted with an additional 325,000 likely misdiagnosed TBIs.

    These videos give more insight into successes and science:
    MSGT Scott Roessler http://tinyurl.com/ztxearp
    GnySgt Rotenberry & wife http://tinyurl.com/gpzpxgy
    MAJ Ben Richards http://tinyurl.com/jts2jy3
    CAPT Smotherman/Rep John Bennett http://tinyurl.com/lvcf22r
    Joe Namath, football http://tinyurl.com/kflu9up
    The Honorable Patt Maney (BG, USA) http://tinyurl.com/m97x4jp
    Brian Fleury – Hockey Player http://tinyurl.com/hefs478
    Robin Read, Stroke Patient http://tinyurl.com/gv2zpkl
    Latest Ben Richards video http://tinyurl.com/hd9ahcd

    Much more is available at: http://www.treatnow.org

  2. Marta Escobar says:

    What is the fee for this treatment?

    1. Renee Randle Baranek says:

      Yes, what is the fee? Our son had the costly scans, consultation, etc. For his autism spectrum disorders. The prescribed treatment was diet, exercise and the pre-packaged Amen vitamins costing $90.00 per month. The books by Dr. Amen l’ve read, the DVD series l purchased were filled with brain transformations. The HBOT was never mentioned. I am hoping it just slipped through the cracks as an option because Dr. Amen sounds very hopeful when writing about or talking about the success of his program. I don’t know about the availability or fees for the treatments, but if it would.have helped, it wasn’t discussed with us.

      1. Hi Renee – I am the clinic director at Amen Clinics Northwest and would be very open to discussing our new HBOT chamber with you. The chamber is a new addition to the clinic in Bellevue as of last week, which may be why it was not mentioned as an internal option or treatment for your son.

        Please feel free to call us at 425-455-7517 and anyone answering the phone can help or let me know if you’d like me to reach out to you.

        1. Renee Randle Baranek says:

          Thank you Tzachi for your reply. As interested and hopeful l am for healing of my son’s brain, l’m wondering if it’s.possible using the HBOT therapy. It wasn’t mentioned as a possibility so it may be a dead end. My son’s name is Paul Baranek and his scans are in your office if you’d like to see if there’s a chance it will help. Additionally, l hity head on Christmas day which resulted in a laberinthine concussion, rendering the opposite ear almost deaf. Have you heard of this helping? Thanks for your response.
          All the best,
          Renee Baranek

          1. Renee – I will check in with Dr. Chapek and run this all by him and get back to you with a response. May I reply to you directly at the email we have on file for you? It’s seems Hobbit related? = )

          2. Renee Randle Baranek says:

            Please do. I thought l had been directed to your personal messages. I wasn’t aware our conversation was in the public forum. Absolutely Hobbit-esque.

          3. SecretMe2016 says:

            Renee, the word around me in Michigan is that it can help with autism quit a bit. One lady asked all her sons doctors about it and they all told her not to waste he time. She did it anyway and got great results.

          4. Mary Beth Underwood says:

            Check out HBOT.com too for info on using HBOT for autism. Dr Paul Harch is my treating physician for multiple chronic brain injuries. It works.

    2. Amen Clinics says:

      Hi Marta, thank you for your interest! The fee can vary depending upon your circumstances – please contact our call center at 866-260-8227 to discuss your specific situation so they can give you accurate information.

    3. Mooret says:

      Most charge any where from $50–$95 per treatment 1hr long for the soft chambers. Hard chambers are much more expensive and are best for acute conditions rather than chronic.

      1. Mary Beth Underwood says:

        Actually mine is chronic by 12 years with six brain injuries and I had some objectively verified healing. Each block I’ve had improvements. I’ve seen $0-$200 per dive. Also soft chambers may only go up to 1.3ATA when a patient may need 1.35 or higher up to 2.0 for brain injuries.

  3. SecretMe2016 says:

    What about ADULT ADD. IS THERE RESEARCH DONE TO HELP WITH THIS?

    1. SecretMe2016 says:

      I could use a good ant killing in my Add brain.

  4. Lill Hockema says:

    If a child has had multiple brain shunt revisions and currently has a brain shunt is HBOT an option?

    1. Mooret says:

      I don’t believe so. He would need to get Neuro to sign off on it.

    2. Lill Hockema says:

      Has there been any studies with persons with brain shunts doing HBOT with results?

  5. Cee Cee Coan says:

    Have there been any studies done with people who have COPD?

  6. Mary Beth Underwood says:

    What I would like to know is if you have any charitable funds to help pay for these treatments for those of us without the funds to do so. I’ve had some healing with HBOT already and need more. But have no funds to do so now to continue my progress.

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