Q. What is HBOT?
A. HBOT, or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to give its full name, is a simple procedure that consists of entering a HBOT chamber and experiencing an increase in pressure to 1.4 ATA.
The increase in oxygen provided by HBOT is enough to help the body’s innate ability to heal and regenerate faster than allowing the process to happen naturally.
HBOT can also help with a wide range of medical conditions, easing or lessening symptoms for patients and sufferers worldwide.
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Q. Why is oxygen so important?
A. Every day an average adult consumes 2kg of food, 1 litre of water and almost 550 litres of oxygen. 90% of our daily energy comes from oxygen and the rest food and water. The human brain uses 25% of the oxygen we breathe alone.
Oxygen is what contracts our muscles, repairs our cells, feeds our brains and even calms our nerves, it is also our chief cleansing tool. Every day our body burns off some seven hundred billion old cells. These old cells are toxic and must be removed from our system, if there is low oxygen in the body it struggles to do so and can lead to disease, infection and tissue destruction.
Q. What sensations might I feel in a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber?
A. When the chamber is pressurised, you may feel pressure changes in your ears, much like when you are on a plane or at a high elevation. You can relieve that feeling by yawning or swallowing. Other than ear pressure you should not experience any other unusual sensations.
Q. How does being inside a pressurised chamber give us more oxygen?
A. The pressure forces oxygen into the plasma fluid and lymph allowing the oxygen to seep easily through any restricted areas caused by swelling, inflammation or injury. Under normal circumstances the red blood cells would block the blood vessel and the area would be starved of oxygen thus causing cell and tissue deterioration.
Q. What improvements can I expect to see?
A. This is one of those questions which has so many variables and answers depending on your lifestyle and what you are hoping to achieve. No two people are the same so invariably their results may differ.
However from experience we know that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy makes many people feel invigorated and improves their general wellbeing, and it can greatly compliment other therapies and treatment regimes.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. Again there are many variables and we would suggest all the time you are seeing improvements it is wise to continue your therapy. As a guide, the ‘gold standard’ is 40 hours of therapy. It is however better for you to judge based on your own results and improvement.
Q. What about oxygen toxicity?
A. Oxygen Toxicity is not a problem at pressures below 1.5 ATA. However if you are sensitive to oxygen then the pressures can be adjusted to suit your own personal needs.