Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing processes by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled.
Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone.
This way, extra oxygen can permeate all damaged tissues and the body can support its own natural healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow rapidly.
"A simple, non-invasive treatment"
Greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria
Reduces swelling and inflammation throughout the entire body
Enhances the bodies natural healing processes
Dissolves into all of the body's fluids, plasma, central nervous system, lympth, and bone
Oxygen is carried to areas where circulation is blocked or diminished
Increases the growth rate of new blood vessels and nerve endings
Middle ear injuries, including leaking fluid and eardrum rupture, due to increased air pressure.
Lung collapse caused by air pressure changes (barotrauma)
Seizures as a result of too much oxygen (oxygen toxicity) in your central nervous system
We are Proud...
that after 11 years operating performing over 40,000 hyperbaric treatments, none of our patients have ever experienced any of the described risks.
Knowledge, experience, and dedicated staff is the perfect recipe for a safe environment at Ontario HBOT.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a very safe procedure. Complications are rare, however there are potential risks.
The air you are breathing right now is 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, and other mixed gases. During HBOT, you are breathing 99.993% pure medical grade oxygen.
Over time, highly oxygenated blood vessels start going through a process called angiogenesis, where new blood vessels begin forming from pre-existing vessels formed in the earlier stage of vasculogenesis.
In addition, HBOT increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. This increase temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.
Hyperbaric oxygen has several specific biological actions which can enhance healing processes. These include:
Hyper-oxygenation of tissue
Down regulation of inflammatory cytokines
Up-regulation of growth factors
HBOT is an excellent adjunct therapy, as part of an overall treatment plan.
We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions garnered by our walk-in, phone, and online inquiries. Of course, any further questions may be answered by a member of our care team.
Why do you go under pressure in the hyperbaric chamber?
Under pressure, oxygen is forced into blood plasma. At 3 ATA of pressure, plasma carries more dissolved oxygen than hemoglobin does. The dissolved oxygen in plasma at this pressure is capable of sustaining life without negative results even in the absence of hemoglobin.
Can anyone go into the Hyperbaric Chamber?
Do I need a referral from a doctor?
What is allowed in the Hyperbaric Chamber?
The following items are allowed in the hyperbaric chanber:
Water bottle (brand new, given prior to first treatment)
Post-sugical apparatus provided by referring physician
Face cloth (100% cotton, provided by hyperbaric staff)
Other items approved by the hyperbaric staff
How does someone with claustrophobia handle the hyperbaric chamber?
Our hyperbaric chambers are the second-largest monoplace chambers on the market. They also feature the highest quality acrylic cylinders, which result in a very open feeling.
How much time should I allow for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Private hyperbaric sessions run 75 minutes in length.
How does scheduling work at Ontario HBOT?
The first treatment commences at 8:00AM, with the last treatment going in around 3:00/3:30PM. All treatments are booked on the hour or half hour.
What pressure do you use during hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
The pressure in the hyperbaric chamber, measured in atmospheres absolute (ATA) in this case, is determined based on your specific condition.