What is Mild Hyperbaric Therapy?

    Mild Hyperbaric Therapy (mHBT) is a treatment in which a person is exposed
    to increased atmospheric pressure inside an inflatable chamber. The typical
    pressure reaches about 1.3 atmospheres, which can also be expressed as to 4
    pounds per square inch. The increase in pressure allows more oxygen to
    reach the cells of the body which has many healing and therapeutic benefits.

    How does Mild Hyperbaric Therapy Work?

    According to Henry’s Law of Physics, an increase in atmospheric pressure
    allows more gas (including oxygen), to be dissolved into any given liquid.
    Henry’s law is displayed in every can of soda causing it to be carbonated.
    When the can is opened, the pressure is released. Without the pressure to
    keep the gas dissolved, the soda will become flat in a few hours.  This same
    principal applies to oxygen and any of the body’s fluids (the body is 80%
    water).  When the body is under pressure, oxygen will readily dissolve into the
    plasma (the liquid part of the blood), cerebrospinal fluid (around the brain and
    spinal cord), and synovial fluid (in the joints).

    Another relevant law of physics is Boyle’s Law.  Boyle’s Law states that any
    free gas (oxygen included), will compress as pressure is exerted on it.  The
    chamber compresses the oxygen so that more can be absorbed into the body.
    Not only does this increase the amount of available oxygen to the tissues, it
    allows oxygen to reach areas of the body that would normally be difficult to
    reach.  In our body, under normal conditions, oxygen must be transported by
    red blood cells. Think of a highway jammed with cars, where the cars are the
    red blood cells, and the people in the cars are the oxygen molecules. Only so
    many people can fit into each car.  Likewise red blood cells can only carry so
    much oxygen.  And, only so many cars can fit on the road.  With hyperbaric
    therapy, the oxygen can bypass this normal mechanism and dissolve into the
    fluids getting into areas much easier and more efficiently.  Think of our
    example again where the traffic is jamming the highway.  Hyperbaric pressure
    pushes oxygen into the fluids and around the traffic jam as if there were
    thousands of people running between, over and under the cars.  They can
    reach areas much faster then the oxygen riding in the cars.

    Oxygen is a driving force behind the fuel that our cells produce for energy.  
    That energy is produced by tiny little organelles inside of all of our cells called
    mitochondria. Mitochondria require oxygen and specific nutrients to produce
    that energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP.  For a more in-depth
    discussion of just how that process works, ask for the article written by Dr.
    Palmer that describes it.

    Hyperbaric Therapy has shown benefits in the following Musculoskeletal
    conditions:
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle/Tendon pain         
    • Poor Circulation
    • Disc Herniation
    • Wound Healing

    In our office, mHBT is used as an adjunct to chiropractic as a form of
    physiotherapy to facilitate faster recovery from injury, and improvement with
    musculoskeletal conditions.

    Click here for a list of other conditions that can be treated.

    What are the Health Benefits?

    Flooding the body with oxygen forces the rapid elimination of other gases,
    thus reducing damage caused by toxic gases such as carbon monoxide. The
    elevated pressure used during hyperbaric therapy further accelerates the
    elimination process.  Mild hyperbaric Therapy can reduce edema (swelling),
    immediately following burns or injuries.  It also speeds healing after injuries. It
    can be a great adjunct to improve the results from chiropractic care.

    The immune system is boosted by increasing the activity of the white blood
    (infection fighting) cells.  Our white blood cells release powerful chemicals to
    destroy bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi and molds. Many bacteria do not
    contain the natural defenses to protect them from these chemicals
    (superoxides, peroxides and other compounds) formed in the presence of
    enhanced oxygen. More important, the white blood cells are oxygen
    dependent. When tissue oxygen drops too low, effective ingestion and killing
    by our white blood cells is retarded. Re-oxygenation of those tissues
    reinvigorates the white blood cells and our defense mechanisms come back
    into play.

    Some other benefits of this increased oxygenation is increased osteoblastic
    (bone building) activity, collagen matrix formation (tissue healing), and
    breakdown of many toxins.

    On average, the human brain accounts for only 3% of our total body weight,
    yet uses approximately 20% of the oxygen we consume.  Mild Hyperbaric
    Treatments (mHBT) in a portable chamber, at 1.3 Atmospheres and 24%
    oxygen, has been shown to improve brain function as measured by SPECT
    brain scan imaging.  It also has shown to improve attention and reaction time.  
    Patients often report a sense of increased alertness, energy, well-being and
    youthfulness after mHBT therapy.  Brain injury can cause the injured neurons
    (brain cells), to go dormant (to sleep). Research shows that these dormant
    neurons can awaken and function again.

    Mild Hyperbaric Treatments (mHBT) in a portable chamber, at 1.3 Atmospheres
    and 24% oxygen, has been shown to improve brain function as measured by
    SPECT brain scan imaging. It also has shown to improve attention and reaction
    time. Patients often report a sense of increased alertness, energy, well-being
    and youthfulness after mHBT therapy.

    What Is Recommended?

    The frequency and duration can vary greatly depending on the severity of and
    the condition being treated and can range from two to five times per week for
    four to twelve weeks. Each session is just under an hour. Future treatments
    would be as necessary to maintain health, energy and fitness.  We also
    combine the mHBT with products containing specific nutrients that fuel
    mitochondrial function and a special blend of antioxidants that will further
    enhance the benefits of the mHBT.  Ask us for more information.

    Is It Safe?

    Yes! mHBT is safe with relatively few possible complications. Since our
    chamber uses filtered ambient air at 1.3 atm, it can be used regularly without
    danger of oxygen toxicity in the body. The majority of clients report a pleasant,
    comfortable experience. In addition, mHBT can be safe adjunct to most other
    therapies.

    What does it cost?

    Mild Hyperbaric Therapy (mHBT), is distinguished from hyperbaric oxygen
    therapy (HBOT), whereby with HBOT the person breathes concentrated pure
    oxygen while under pressure.  These treatments are done in hard shall
    chambers, whereas mHBT is done in a soft shell chamber.  The difference in
    cost of mild hyperbaric treatment vs. HBOT treatment varies greatly. Mild
    hyperbaric treatment costs from $50 - $80, and treatments in hard shell
    chambers range from $150-$200 (cash price), to over $1000 per session if billed
    to the patient’s insurance company. Yet, mild hyperbaric is proving to be
    beneficial just like the more expensive HBOT. Often insurance does not cover
    HBOT, and even the ones that do will only cover a few conditions (i.e. stroke,
    diabetic ulcers, etc.). Insurance typically will not cover mHBT.
Dr. Tim Morgan, Director of Light of the Soul Center, proudly
displays his new Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber