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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Also known as: HBOT

Summary
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurised room. Oxygen has natural healing properties, and increasing the amount that is circulating throughout the body, stimulates the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.
Description
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurised room. At sea level, a person is exposed to normal atmospheric pressure (or 1 ATM) and breathes approximately 21% oxygen. In a hyperbaric chamber, this is increased to 100% oxygen and 1.5 to 3 times the normal atmospheric pressure. This allows the blood to carry more oxygen and deliver 15-25 times more oxygen to the tissues and organs of the body. Oxygen has natural healing properties, and increasing the amount that is circulating throughout the body, stimulates the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. HBO therapy is done by sitting in a chamber known as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and using a mask or hood. In a HBOT therapy room, the air pressure is raised up to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, the lungs can gather up to three times more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. This extra oxygen can help where healing is slowed down by infection or where blood supply is limited by damage to the tissues. It encourages new blood vessels to grow and carry additional blood and increases the ability of the body’s defence mechanisms to fight infection and kill bacteria. HBO can be used to treat severe side effects of cancer treatment and may be helpful when used alongside cancer treatments. HBOT treatment may:

  • Reduce cancer growth
  • Improve the delivery of chemotherapy drugs to a tumour
  • Increase stem cells

History
The use of HBOT dates back nearly 350 years. The first hyperbaric chamber was created in 1662 by British physician Henshaw who named it a domicilium. The clinical use of HBOT started in the mid-1800s. In the early 1930s, the military developed and tested HBO for purposes specifically in the area of deep sea diving and aeronautics. During the 1960s, studies began on a wide variety of indications for HBOT. In 1955, physician Churchill Davis studied the use of hyperoxia (an excess of oxygen in the system) to increase the effectiveness of radiation used for cancer patients.
 
Notes
HBOT is commonly used as treatment support for Multiple Sclerosis. The following website provides a search facility for MS Therapy Centres around the UK, almost all of which offer HBOT: http://www.msntc.org.uk/centresearch.php
 
Typical Therapy Costs
British Pound 25-300. Fees range from £25 to £300 per treatment. A treatment course can be from 5 to 40 sessions. Private, NHS or Self Funding
 

Providers

Chemothermia was founded in 2010 by Prof. Bulent Berkada and Asst. Prof. Mehmet Salih İyikesici Read More
Dr. Harch is a hyperbaric medicine, diving, and emergency medicine physician and a Diplomat of the American Board of Hyperbaric Medicine and the Read More
Run by Dr Arturo, this clinic uses alternative and allopathic therapies Read More
Centro De Rejuvenecimiento Celular Por Oxigenoterapia Hiperbarica uses adjuvant hyperbaric oxygen Read More
Founded by Dr Paul Harch who is a hyperbaric medicine, diving, and emergency medicine physician and a Diplomat of the American Board of Hyperbaric Read More
Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia. HBO therapy is available at the specialised Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Unit Read More
The Oxygen Therapy Centre is a non-profit-making association, which raises finances through subscriptions, donations and fund-raising. The Oxygen Read More
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Trust (HBOTT) is non-profit organisation that provides information and advice to the public and healthcare Read More
DDRC Healthcare is a UK registered charity, established in 1980 as the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC). DDRC has a purpose built Hyperbaric Read More
The Suffolk Oxygen Therapy Centre, formerly known as the Suffolk MS Therapy Centre, has been operating for 31 years and was one of the first of its Read More
The Diving Chamber, a Hyperbaric decompression chamber offering NHS funded recompression to divers with Decompression Sickness (DCS) together with Read More
The National Hyperbaric Centre is an independent company providing expertise and services to the Subsea industry and pressure-related industries. The Read More
The Diver Clinic provides a recompression service for divers with decompression illness, and is registered with the Healthcare Commission as a Read More
A hyperbaric facility for all emergency and elective Hyperbaric Oxygen services in London and southeast England. Incorporating Divers Emergency Read More
The regional hyperbaric unit is situated at the SPIRE Murrayfield hospital, Thingwall, Wirral. Patients receive Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment to help Read More
Impian Emas Medical Centre was incorporated in 2003 and is the first of its kind in the region. The practitioners have over 15 years experience in Read More
OZONE DIALYSIS is a whole-body blood oxygenation therapy and is an efficient oxidative therapy Read More
Integrated Health Clinic is a Naturopathic Health and Cancer Care Centre which was founded in 2000 by husband and wife team Dr's. Karen and Gurdev Read More
Hertfordshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (HMSTC) came into existence because of one man's experience of Oxygen Treatment: Tom Mills, who was Read More
The Oxygen Clinic offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), which enables patients to inhale 100% oxygen in a pressurised chamber, under the Read More
GlosO2Therapy is a Gloucestershire based clinic offering Hyperbaric Oxygen Therpay, acupuncture, massage, reflexology and physiotherapy. The clinic Read More
Clear Health Inn is founded on the principles of best health care centered on the physical, psychological, and spiritual qualities and needs that Read More
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre was built in collaboration between hyperbaric expert Rob Pender and former patient, Tim Gray, to deliver Read More
MS Action is a charitable therapy centre, which has been providing complementary therapies for people with Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy for Read More
The Wellness Lab is a clinic in the heart of London's medical district, providing oxygen therapy in a state of the art personal Hyperbaric Oxygen Read More
The London Diving Chamber, a Hyperbaric decompression chamber offering NHS funded recompression to divers with Decompression Sickness (DCS) together Read More
Integrative Whole Health Clinic (IWHC) is under the direction of Jose A. Henriquez MD. The clinic combines traditional protocols with complementary Read More