Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT is used in conventional treatment for decompression sickness; severe carbon monoxide poisoning; certain kinds of wounds, injuries, and skin infections; delayed radiation injury; and certain bone or brain infections. Decompression sickness, commonly known as “the bends,” is an extremely painful and potentially dangerous condition that strikes deep sea divers who surface too quickly and, occasionally, miners and tunnel builders who come up too rapidly. It can also affect fighter pilots who climb very quickly.

Claims about alternative uses of HBOT include that it destroys disease-causing microorganisms, cures cancer, relieves chronic fatigue syndrome, and decreases allergy symptoms. A few supporters also claim that HBOT helps patients with AIDS, arthritis, sports injuries, multiple sclerosis, autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, senility, cirrhosis, Lyme disease, and gastrointestinal ulcers. Available scientific evidence does not support these claims.

What does it involve?

Panama Wellness Group HBOT is done in single-person. Panama Wellness Group’s HBOT chamber, consists of a clear plastic pyramid about Allowing our clients to sit comfortably. The chamber is gradually pressurized with pure oxygen. Panama Wellness Group HBOT clients are asked to relax and breathe normally during treatment. Chamber pressures typically rise to 2.5 times the normal atmospheric pressure. Panama Wellness Group sessions, which can last from thirty minutes to two hours, end as our technicians slowly depressurize the chamber.

After an HBOT session, our clients may feel lightheaded or tired some may experience ear popping, which usually fades if the pressure is lowered a bit

What is the evidence?

There is scientific evidence showing HBOT works to treat a number of conditions. The Committee on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine recommends it for treatment of:

  • Decompression sickness
  • Arterial gas embolism (bubbles of air in the blood vessels)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning (with or without cyanide poisoning)
  • Delayed radiation injury of the soft tissue or bones, including osteoradionecrosis
  • Gas gangrene (a serious infection)
  • Skin grafts and flaps that are not healing well with standard treatment
  • Soft tissue infections in which tissues are dying (necrotic)
  • Anemia due to severe blood loss (when transfusions are not an option)
  • Crushing injuries in which there is not enough oxygen to the tissues
  • Certain wounds that are not healing with standard treatment
  • Thermal (heat) burns
  • Abscess in the brain or head
  • Osteomyelitis (chronic bone inflammation) that does not respond to standard treatment
  • Blockage of the retinal artery (blood vessel in the back of the eyeball)

 

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