Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a natural therapy in which a person is exposed to a slightly increased atmospheric pressure inside an inflatable chamber. The typical pressure for HBOT reaches between 1.2 and 1.3 atmospheres, which is like being about 10 feet under water. The increase in pressure allows more oxygen to reach the cells of the body which provides many healing and therapeutic benefits.
HBOT safely increases the oxygen uptake within the body by raising the barometric pressure within an enclosure. HBOT is based on physics which states that more gas can be dissolved in a liquid by increasing the pressure of the gas. In HBOT the liquid is the blood and plasma of the body and the gas is oxygen.
So in essence we are putting more oxygen into the body for healing, restorative and regenerative powers.
The body normally actively transports oxygen via the hemoglobin of the red blood cells. Oxygen is brought everywhere the blood can go. By increasing the air pressure, oxygen is then infused into all the body's fluids, allowing a super-saturation of tissues and organs with oxygen. Oxygen and glucose are fuels for your brain and nervous system. You get the glucose from the food you eat BUT as you age, your ability to utilize oxygen decreases. This can be caused by decreased lung function and vascular insufficiency. Basically, if you have tissue that has a poor blood supply, like ligaments and spinal discs or tissue that has been scarred from injuries and surgery or areas damaged by diabetes, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy the blood will not be able to bring oxygen to these areas. We use HBOT here to help you heal as quickly as possible.
The cerebellum (in the back of the brain) is the most DEPENDENT part of the body when it comes to oxygen. The cerebellum controls all of your spinal musculature as well as your balance and coordinated movement. When the cerebellum is firing correctly, spinal muscles will no longer spasm, vertebrae will move better and your discs will
re-generate. If your cerebellum works better, you can get better and feel better faster!
HBOT increases oxygen to all your tissues passively, even tissue with a poor blood supply. Cancer cells, bacteria and viruses hate oxygen and HBOT can help people’s bodies heal from all sorts of maladies. Many people come to use HBOT suffering with effects of Neuropathies, Long Haul Syndrome from COVID, Cancer, Pain, Arthritis and for general wellness and in an attempt to slow the process of aging.
Additionally, Studies have shown that oxygen helps Chiropractors treat:
Chiropractic HBOT can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies. Chiropractic HBOT does not work like an anti-histamine which gives only short term relief from allergies. Chiropractic HBOT allows your body to be better equipped to fight against allergies by reducing inflammation and calming the over-reacting immune system.
Allergies are an over-reaction by your immune system to an allergen (substances that normally have no effect on people) resulting in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, rashes, and in severe cases, seizure and anaphylactic shock. These symptoms are caused by the histamines your immune system creates in an attempt to protect your body against the allergen.
When your spine is misaligned it can impinge on the nervous system in your body. Studies have shown that the nervous system influences the functionality of your immune system. When your nervous system is under stress and not functioning properly, your immune system cannot work at an optimal level. Chiropractors work with the nervous system by aligning the spine to relieve any stress on nerves. This allows the immune system to work at a higher level, making it easier to fight off infections while recognizing allergens. When your immune system recognizes allergens, it will not overreact to them, or at least not react as severely to them.
Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made of a tough fibrous tissue and in the center is a jelly like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniate, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. Trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause, however. As we get older, the discs can begin to dehydrate, shrink and weaken. These conditions can allow disc damage to put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.
If you suffer from one of these injuries you should see a chiropractor. Surgery is risky, expensive, and requires recovery time. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic treatment, including non-surgical spinal decompression combined with HBOT. By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle.
Whiplash, Sports & other Injuries
Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in collisions or falls. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth violently. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and tears. This is referred to as soft tissue damage and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as misaligned vertebrae, herniated, bulging or ruptured discs, or nerve damage due to nerve over-stretching from the violent movement.
Chiropractic HBOT can help with these types of injuries. Adjustments and alignments can be performed specifically for those who have been in accidents and suffered from whiplash. The pressure on the discs and nerves is released when the spine is returned to its proper alignment. Chiropractic adjustments and special corrective rehab can be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries and help the spine heal well and minimize scar tissue and adhesions that can permanently alter motion.
Pain along the spinal column in your neck or back is usually caused by subluxations, or misalignments of your vertebrae. A small misalignment can cause pain by causing pressure on nerves. Left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine so that pressure on joints and nerves is released. HBOT combined with adjustments allows for the healing process to be expeditious. It is a direct treatment for the cause of the pain, not a temporary relief like pain relievers or massage.
Many people believe that headaches are caused by loud noise, being tired, or being stressed. While these are all factors that can lead to headaches, the direct cause is tightness in the muscles of the head, face, neck and shoulders. The tightness can cause misalignments in the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain. 80% of all headaches originate from the neck. With a typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyes and forehead.
Massage of the neck and shoulder muscles can release tension, and a chiropractic adjustment can realign the vertebrae in your neck. Chiropractic HBOT can help eliminate the cause of your headaches rather than just offering a temporary relief from the symptoms.
The following conditions are also being treated effectively with Chiropractic care combined with HBOT:
- Knee Pain
- Long-Haul COVID
- Pinched Nerve