Preparing for Your Hyperbaric Oxygen

Therapy Session

We ask that you remove your shoes, wear comfortable clothing, and avoid wearing any scents, perfume, or cologne as other people may be sensitive to them.

 

No sharp objects or incendiary devices (matches, lighters) are allowed in the chamber. Eating prior to your appointment is helpful in maintaining a stable blood sugar during your treatment.

 

Please note that no food or drinks are allowed in the chamber; however, if you have diabetes, we ask you to bring a snack in case your blood sugar drops in the hyperbaric chamber. 

What to Expect While in the Hyperbaric Chamber

You will be lying down inside the chamber, relaxing comfortably in your own clothing, as you breathe concentrated oxygen (90-95% O2) through a face mask.

 

While inside the chamber you can rest, read, and use your Smartphone or tablet—free WiFi is available—or take a nap. As the chamber is gradually pressurized to 1.3 ATA you maintain contact with our trained staff person, remaining in control at all times.

 

Some people experience temporary ear discomfort while pressurizing or depressurizing the chamber, but it typically resolves after the first few sessions. 

When your session ends and the chamber is gradually depressurized, you will emerge feeling more oxygenated.

 

Some people report feeling more relaxed after a session. Others describe feeling a sense of mental clarity, as HBOT is good for brain fog and is particularly helpful in addressing brain fog related to Lyme, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy.

Using a Hyperbaric Chamber for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Commonly referred to as HBOT, hyperbaric oxygen therapy enhances the body’s natural healing process by delivering oxygen under pressure, which increases the oxygen content in the blood, plasma, cerebral spinal fluid, and other body tissues. We help Chamblee and metro Atlanta area patients recognize these benefits. 

Hyperbaric Chamber Pricing

Initial Consult: $45*

30 mins: $50

45 mins: $60

60 mins: $70

90 mins: $85

We offer discounted packages.

Contact us to learn more.

*A consultation is required for all

new patients. 

Benefits of a Hyperbaric Chamber & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

If you're near Chamblee, you may benefit from HBOT to address or help with: inflammation, neurological issues, sports and athletic needs, cancer, stroke,traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, issues caused by aging, diabetes, and autism.

Hyperbaric Chamber FAQs 

 

What are the different types of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

There are two basic types of HBOT—hard HBOT and mild HBOT. With hard HBOT, treatments are delivered in a hard-sided chamber typically at pressures greater than 1.5 ATA and using 100% oxygen. Mild HBOT refers to hyperbaric oxygen therapy at lower pressures, typically 1.5 ATA or below, and the use of an oxygen concentrator delivering 90-95% oxygen inside a portable soft-sided chamber.

 

While hard HBOT with 100% oxygen results in greater oxygen saturation in the tissues, many conditions respond better to mild HBOT. In clinical trials to date, there has been virtually no difference in clinical outcomes between mild HBOT and hard HBOT. In addition, 100% oxygen is extremely flammable; therefore, hard HBOT involves managing the risk of explosion. Another concern with hard HBOT is oxygen toxicity. In contrast, mild HBOT has no known safety risks with fire or toxicity, and it is substantially less expensive. Our facility provides concentrated oxygen (90-95%) at 1.3 ATA—a highly effective combination clinically, and without the risk of oxygen toxicity or explosion, as 100% oxygen is avoided.

 

How will I likely feel after a hyperbaric chamber session?

When your session ends and the chamber is gradually depressurized, you will emerge feeling more oxygenated. Some people report feeling more relaxed after a session. Others describe feeling a sense of mental clarity, as HBOT is good for brain fog and is particularly helpful in addressing brain fog related to Lyme, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy.

 

How often should I get hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments?

A physician's (DC, ND, DO, or MD) referral is required to receive mild HBOT treatments or to purchase a portable hyperbaric chamber. Your treatment plan will vary according to the type of health issues you are managing. Treatment plans for optimizing surgical outcomes, joint replacement, or enhancing athletic performance may consist of 10-20 sessions; 5-10 prior to the surgery, and 5-10 post-surgery.

 

If you are dealing with underlying issues such as diabetes or heart disease, or you are a smoker, 20-30 sessions may be more appropriate. Interstitial cystitis generally requires 30 sessions. Patients dealing with surgery or wound healing following cancer treatment will likely require 40 sessions. For patients addressing chronic and neurological issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, autism, traumatic brain injury, or stroke, repeated series of 40 sessions may be required, depending on the extent and severity of the condition and other underlying health issues.

 

Many physicians recommend an initial group of 40 sessions, 60-90 minutes in duration, 5-6 days per week. Our staff is available to work with your physician to determine what frequency and duration would be appropriate for you, based on your particular condition/disease and current health status.

 

Are there risks with hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments?

Generally, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is very safe. Otic barotrauma (ear pain) is a risk due to difficulty equalizing ear pressure. It is typically quite temporary and easily controlled. Yawning or swallowing can remedy it—similar to what one would do when taking off and landing in an airplane. Our facility provides concentrated oxygen (90-95%) at 1.3 ATA—a highly effective combination clinically, and without the risk of oxygen toxicity or explosion, as 100% oxygen is avoided.

 

Who should NOT go into a hyperbaric chamber?

The only absolute contraindications to mild HBOT are pneumothorax and air-trapping emphysema. Other issues such as seizures, myopia (nearsightedness), cataracts, and oxygen toxicity do not relate to mild HBOT therapy in a soft chamber and are unheard of at pressures below 1.5 ATA.

 

If you are taking the following medications you should speak with your provider about discontinuing them prior to receiving mild HBOT. • Cis-Platinum—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 

3652 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Suite 1

Atlanta, GA 30341

770.452.2955  

Info@howchiropractic.com

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