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Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Cedar Wood Natural Health Center Hyperbaric Chamber

Seated style Hyperbaric chamber

Cedar Wood Natural Health Center is now offering Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) — is a powerful tool that can be used therapeutically for a wide range of conditions where tissues have been damaged or have experienced oxygen deprivation.

Dr. Paul Harch’s research and clinical data has shown this noninvasive and painless treatment can be helpful for brain injury, stroke recovery, MS, autism, conditions involving inflammation, tough to resolve immune issues such as Lyme, autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and can speed up the process of tissue healing in many injuries.

What to expect at your appointment:

Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers offer large, comfortable, bright spaces to relax in during treatment. Inside the chamber you sit in a lounge chair, in your own clothing—cotton is preferable. Bring a book to read, an iPod to listen to music, or a laptop. Session length lasts from about one hour to ninety minutes. Treatment plans addressing chronic and neurological issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, or traumatic brain injury may require 30-40 sessions. Treatment plans for optimizing surgical outcomes or enhancing athletic performance may consist of 10-20 sessions.

As oxygen is delivered through a face mask, the atmospheric pressure inside the chamber is gradually increased to 1.3 ATA. You and a trained staff member remain in control of the process at all times.

Please be aware that your scheduled session of 1 hour or 90 minutes does not include the time required for compression and decompression of the chamber. Therefore please allow for an additional 15 minutes with each appointment. In addition, if you arrive late for an appointment, your session will be shortened to ensure that others can be treated as scheduled.

Intake and consent

A physician’s (ND, DC, DO, or MD) referral is required for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Your physician will determine a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. Our staff is available to work with your physician to determine what treatment frequency and amount of time is optimal for your situation—usually an hour to ninety minutes per session.

Please contact our office at 802-863-5828 and someone will guide you through the initial intake forms to prepare you for your first appointment.

Please note the following:

Wear comfortable cotton clothing.
Sign in at the front desk.
Inform us of changes in your medications and medical status.
Empty your bladder immediately prior to your session to avoid discomfort.
No food or drinks allowed. However, if you have diabetes, we ask you to bring a snack in case your blood sugar drops in the chamber.
No flammables allowed inside the chamber.
Schedule your next appointment prior to leaving.

Cedar Wood Natural Health Center Hyperbaric Chamber

Lying down style Hyperbaric chamber

Contraindications and side effects

Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is painless and non-invasive, with possible minor, mild side effects. Please be aware that one possible side effect that may occur at the beginning and/or end of treatment (during compression and decompression) is a sensation of fullness in your ears, which can be alleviated by yawning. The sensation is very similar to taking-off and landing in an airplane. For those who may be claustrophobic, we suggest bringing an iPod/iPad to provide a distraction.

While high-pressure oxygen therapy entails managing the safety risk of using 100% oxygen and the possibility of oxygen toxicity, mild HBOT offers the same physiological benefits with only minor, temporary potential side effects, which may include barotrauma (temporary ear pain), mild sinus discomfort, and temporary myopia (nearsightedness) rarely. In addition, the risk of seizure from oxygen toxicity is a risk related to pressures typically greater than 2.0 ATA and is unheard of below 1.5 ATA.

Please note the following contraindications and drug interactions to mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

Congenital Spherocytosis
COPD/Emphysema with air trapping
Untreated Pneumothorax
Upper Respiratory Infections—URIs can make it difficult for the patient to clear his/her ears, which can result in inflammation of sinuses, or sinus squeeze.

If you are currently taking any of the following medications, then hyperbaric oxygen therapy should be avoided:

Cisplatin—a chemotherapy agent
Disulfiram (Antabuse®)—an oral tablet used to treat chronic alcoholism
Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®)—a chemotherapy agent
Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon®)—a topical cream used to prevent and treat bacterial or fungal infections

Considering oxygen therapy? Request an appointment or give us a call at 802-863-5828 today.