Anecdotal evidence is based on personal observation and case studies, rather than on the results of double blind clinical trials. When someone undergoes HBOT and their condition improves, this is referred to as anecdotal evidence.
Angiogenesisis the formation and development of new blood vessels. HBOT stimulates blood vessel growth throughout the body and the brain.
ATA refers to atmospheres of pressure. At sea level, or 1.0 ATA, atmospheric pressure is 14.7 pounds per square inch. Portable chambers typically go to 1.3 ATA, which is approximately 11 feet below sea level, or 4 psi.
A session in a hyperbaric chamber is referred to as a dive.
Your dose of HBOT will depend on the total number of dives, the frequency of the dives, the depth of the dives, and whether you dive with or without supplemental oxygen.
Double Blind Studies
In double blind studies, neither the subjects nor the researchers know who is receiving the actual treatment and who is undergoing sham treatment. Some double blind studies of HBOT have shown similar improvements in patients undergoing mild HBOT in a portable chamber with room air vs. hard HBOT with supplemental oxygen.
High pressure chambers in hospitals and clinics are typically referred to as hard chambers. These chambers go to 3 ATA and 100% oxygen. There is a fire hazard associated with 100% oxygen under pressure, so precautions are necessary to reduce risks.
HBOT is an abbreviation for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. HBOT is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by delivering oxygen under pressure, increasing the oxygen content in the blood and in the cerebral spinal fluid. HBOT floods the body with oxygen, saturating tissue that was previously oxgyen deprived.
Hypoxia refers to a decrease in blood flow that results in a lack of oxygen to parts of the body. Cerebral hypoxia refers to a decrease in blood flow to the brain, which typically occurs during heart attacks, stroke, and head trauma. HBOT helps to restore blood flow to damaged tissues.
In a hypoxic brain injury, whether the injury is traumatic, toxic, stroke, cerebral palsy, near drowning, etc., oxygen fails to reach parts of the brain. As a result, some injured neurons die, and some injured neurons remain alive but dormant. It is these injured neurons, or idling neurons, that can be reactivated by HBOT. These neurons can survive for years or decades after the original injury. The greater the number of idling neurons, the better one’s response will be to HBOT.
HBOT is frequently prescribed off-label to treat many non-FDA approved conditions. These conditions include autism, cerebral palsy, lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, sports injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and toxic brain injury.
Oxygen concentrators turn room air into 95% oxygen. Oxygen concentrators are typically used with portable hyperbaric chambers. Patients breathe oxygen through a mask or let the oxygen flow into the chamber.
Monoplace chambers are high pressure chambers that hold one person. The chambers are pressurized with 100% oxygen. These chambers are typically found in HBOT clinics.
Mild HBOT refers to low pressure HBOT, typically 1.3 ATA to 1.5 ATA. Brain injuries and neurological disorders are typically treated at low pressures. Most conditions respond well to mild HBOT.
Multiplace chambers are high pressure chambers that hold two or more people. The chambers are pressurized with compressed rroom air, and patients breathe oxygen through a mask or hood. These chambers are typically found in hospitals.
A neuron is a brain cell. The adult human brain is comprised of approximately 100 billion neurons.
The brain has the ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections in response to injury or disease. The neurons are able to generate new nerve endings to connect neurons whose links were injured or severed, forming new neural pathways in the brain. HBOT helps to accelerate neuroregeneration.
Portable, or soft chambers, are low pressure chambers that hold 1-3 people. Most people with home chambers own portable chambers. These chambers use compressed room air and pressurize to 1.3 ATA - 1.5 ATA.
Portable chambers typically pressurize to 4 psi - 7 psi, or pounds per square inch. Hard chambers typically pressurize to 35 psi.
Regression can result from too few consecutive HBOT treatments. Most doctors recommend an initial set of 40 dives, with a 2-4 week break, followed by a second set of 40 dives. Following this protocol helps to avoid regression. Many conditions require ongoing HBOT to avoid regression.
Room air is 21% oxygen at sea level, or 1 ATA. Room air pressurized to 1.3 ATA is 26% oxygen. Portable chambers using rcompressed oom air deliver 26% oxygen to the patient. Even small increases in plasma oxygen levels can have a beneficial effect on your health.
A SPECT scan, or Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography scan, is a brain scan that measures brain function by showing blood flow in the brain. A before and after SPECT scan can be used to measure HBOT’s effects on blood flow in the brain. SPECT scans are typically used in clinical trials of HBOT.
Most doctors recommend an initial group of 40 dives, one - two per day, for 60 - 90 minutes each, 5-6 days per week. After a 2-4 week break, a second round of 40 dives is usually recommended. Depending on their progress, some patients do hundreds of dives over a period of years. Speak to your doctor to determine which treatment protocol is best for your condition.