Pressure is constantly exerted on our bodies by Earth’s atmosphere. Increasing this pressure has been shown to dissolve oxygen in blood and body tissues at much higher levels than under normal conditions.
Our Hyperbaric Chambers exert 2-3 times higher pressure than normal conditions and are paired with increased oxygen intake. The resulting increased oxygen absorption has been shown to help treat a variety of chronic and emergency disorders.
The Hyperbaric Centers of Chicago, an affiliate clinic of The Neuroscience Center, offers this therapy in a safe and friendly environment with cutting-edge medical equipment and licensed, experienced staff.
The following Indications are approved for treatment by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the US:
Outcomes of Hyperbaric medicine include reduced swelling, super-oxygenation, and detoxification. The therapy naturally kills bacteria, and it can even wake up idling neurons in the brain allowing them to process information.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be ordered by a physician for the following "off-label" indications:
(We make no claims as to the efficacy for any indications other than the fourteen approved by FDA)
There has been a major concern for years about providing HBOT to patients presenting with cancer.
Cancers thrive in blood rich environments but may be suppressed by high oxygen levels. HBOT treatment of individuals who have cancer presents a problem, since HBOT both increases blood flow via angiogenesis and also raises oxygen levels. Taking an anti-angiogenic supplement may provide a solution.
A study by Feldemier, et al. and recent NIH funded study on Stem Cells by Thom, et al., indicate that HBOT is actually beneficial in producing stem/progenitor cells and the malignant process is not accelerated.
Conditions that harm the brain have a wide reach. Whether from a stroke (vascular accident) or a traumatic brain injury, the results impair the whole family.
Even though science now knows better, the “old-school” idea still often remains: that once an area of the brain has been damaged by a stroke, TBI (traumatic brain injury), or near drowning, that nothing or very little can be done to restore the function of that area.
Recent scientific research has demonstrated that while the core-area of the damaged brain tissue may be irreversibly damaged, there is an area surrounding this tissue that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can restore and these neurons (brain/nerve cells) can re-establish their function. Click here for more info.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments infuse the body with oxygen, increasing O2 levels by 15-20 times normobaric levels in body tissues through the increased pressure. The bacterium that causes Lyme are considered microaerophilic, needing small amounts of oxygen to survive, but dies in the presence of abundant oxygen. Because the chambers pressurize the atmosphere, hyperbaric acts as a detoxifier as well. By forcing oxygen into the tissues through the pressure, toxins, chemicals and other impurities are forced out. Patients may experience a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction after initial hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Click here for more info.
Recent studies have been conducted that may show an increase in the functioning ability of Cerebral Palsy patients who take part in Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT). People troubled with Cerebral Palsy typically have lower blood flow and metabolism in the brain. With HBOT, more oxygen is being pumped into the blood.
Typically 20 times more oxygen is being dissolved into the body through the practice of HBOT. The increased oxygen being pumped into the body also increases the blood flow to the brain. HBOT can serve as a neutralizer of toxins in the brain, and over time, promote new blood vessel growth. There is evidence that demonstrates HBOT can reduce pressure in the brain linked to swelling, which can aid in the reparation of the blood-brain barrier and cell membrane. It is thought that HBOT can actually give the brain a jump-start in supplying the situation to increase new brain tissue. This process can also act as a sort of cleaner. It searches for free radicals to clean out of the blood.
In addition to all the many positive affects HBOT can have on the body it also makes oxygen available for metabolic use without consuming energy because the body is not working to absorb the oxygen on its own.
Hyperbaric oxygenation decreases inflammation and edema while increasing blood flow to the starved limbs and nerves that are damaged by the course of the disease. This in turn reduces fibrous tissue formation. HBOT seems to break the vicious self sustaining cycle of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, because normalization of local tissue oxygen tension, pH and water interstitial content stops abnormal sensory nerve stimulation and efferent vasomotor activity.
Most RSD sufferers report a full night’s sleep after a few treatments of HBOT along with a decreased need for narcotics. After a series of treatments, there is a reported noticeable improvement in thinking and diminished depression. The swelling of the effected arm or leg associated with RSD diminishes, and they are able to start physical therapy with marked improvement in muscle strength. Many people afflicted with RSD have then been able to return to a happier and more productive life, frequently returning to their prior occupation.
Since every patient is different it is hard to predict the result in each individual case. However, we know from 50 years of experience that HBOT is safe and will not make the patient worse. If a significant response is noted after 40 HBOT treatments, then additional treatments may be helpful.
Why would hyperbaric oxygen therapy be helpful? First of all, hyperbaric oxygen treatment boosts white blood cell activity in damaged parts of the body, controlling infections. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy also tends to constrict blood vessels and decrease the amount of blood pumped by the heart. Although this sounds like a negative effect, it actually diminishes blood flow to an injured region, helping to reduce pressure and swelling. Even though blood supply is curtailed, the amount of oxygen actually reaching damaged tissues rises with hyperbaric oxygen treatment because of the surplus oxygen inhaled. Click here for more info.
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