HBOT – Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

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Discover the Magic of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber (HBOT) at Rejuvo Life, Canggu, Bali

Introduction

HBOT, or hyperbaric oxygen therapy, is a treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. It is used to treat a variety of medical conditions and to promote overall health and wellbeing.

In recent years, HBOT has gained popularity as an effective therapy for recovery, anti-aging, and enhanced athletic performance. It works by increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood, which promotes healing and regeneration.

Read on to learn all about what HBOT is, its many benefits, what to expect from treatment, where it is offered, and the future of this innovative therapy.

What is HBOT?

Definition

HBOT stands for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It involves breathing 90-100% pure oxygen in a specially designed chamber or room with increased atmospheric pressure.

Patients sit or lie down in a clear acrylic or metal chamber that is tightly sealed. The air pressure inside the chamber is then raised up to 3 times higher than normal air pressure. This allows the lungs to take in more oxygen than would be possible breathing normal air.

Oxygen dissolves into all of the body’s fluids under this increased pressure. This results in extra oxygen being delivered to organs and tissues throughout the body.

How it works

The increased oxygen saturation at the cellular level stimulates growth of new blood vessels, kills bacteria, reduces swelling, and allows new skin tissue to grow. It also promotes release of growth factors and stem cells.

The extra oxygen carried in the blood promotes healing in areas with poor circulation or wounds. The oxygen also reduces inflammation and edema, constricting blood vessels.

The effects last for a short period after treatment as the extra oxygen is metabolized and used by the body. However, the benefits become longer-lasting with multiple treatments over time.

Conditions treated

HBOT has been used to treat the following conditions:

  • Difficult to heal wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, radiation tissue damage, burns, skin grafts, frostbite
  • Crush injuries and compartment syndrome
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Decompression sickness (“the bends”)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Near-drowning or smoke inhalation injuries
  • Radiation necrosis
  • Loss of blood flow due to lack of oxygen
  • Bone infections such as osteomyelitis
  • Acute traumatic ischemia injury from blood loss
  • Anaerobic bacterial infections
  • Skin grafts and flaps at risk of tissue loss
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Thermal burns
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Brain abscess
  • Meningitis
  • Loss of limb or digits
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss

Benefits of HBOT

Wound healing

One of the most well-researched uses of HBOT is accelerating healing in difficult wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers. The increased oxygen delivery promotes growth of new blood vessels and healing factors.

For wounds that are infected, the oxygen helps kill bacteria. HBOT allows antibiotics to act more effectively in eliminating stubborn infections.

The therapy reduces swelling and constricts blood vessels, improving circulation to enable wound healing. Overall, HBOT speeds up the healing process in wounds that have been slow to heal or unresponsive to other treatments.

Recovery from injuries/trauma

By allowing the body to generate new blood vessels and deliver more oxygen to damaged tissues, HBOT can aid recovery from crush injuries, burns, smoke inhalation, near drowning, frostbite, and limb reattachment.

It helps revive tissues that have been without oxygen due to blood loss or decreased blood flow. The regenerative effects help the body heal from trauma faster and more completely.

HBOT has been used to treat sports injuries such as sprains, fractures, and damaged muscles/tendons. It is also beneficial after surgeries and transplants to improve blood flow and oxygenation, reducing the risk of tissue death.

Anti-aging effects

The increased oxygen delivery promotes regeneration at the cellular level. HBOT has been shown to help regenerate nerve tissue, brain cells, blood vessels, and bone.

This rejuvenating effect has appealing anti-aging applications. HBOT therapy may be able to help treat dementia by improving circulation and oxygen delivery to the brain.

Some studies have found improved appearance in skin elasticity, tone, and texture after HBOT sessions. By stimulating collagen production, it can reduce wrinkles and smooth the skin.

Mental health benefits

In addition to physical recovery and rejuvenation, HBOT can also benefit mental health. Increased oxygen delivery stimulates growth of new neurons and brain cell connections.

There is evidence that HBOT may be helpful in treating symptoms of dementia, depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries. The oxygen encourages healing and growth in areas of the brain impacted by these conditions.

HBOT is calming and soothing for many people, with almost meditative effects from sitting quietly in the chamber. It can reduce anxiety, boost mood, and relieve stress.

 

HBOT for Athletic Performance

The unique benefits of extra oxygen delivery from HBOT have appealing applications for sports training, competition, and recovery.

Enhanced recovery for athletes

The pressurized oxygen environment helps athletes return to peak performance after an injury. Whether recovering from a sprain, fracture, torn ligament, or post-surgical, HBOT speeds up healing.

It reduces pain and inflammation in injuries, allowing athletes to regain range of motion and weight-bear faster. The oxygen energizes tissues and cells, supporting a faster return to training.

HBOT also aids mental recovery by reducing effects of brain injuries commonly sustained in contact sports. It can help alleviate post-concussion syndrome symptoms.

Treatment of sports injuries

HBOT is often used to treat and heal sports-related injuries:

  • Tendon/ligament injuries – reduces swelling, repairs fibers
  • Broken bones/stress fractures – improves bone healing
  • Sprains – decreases inflammation, regenerates tissue
  • Workout overuse injuries – repairs strained muscles
  • Chronic pain – increases circulation, reduces inflammation
  • Brain injuries/PTSD from trauma

By speeding oxygen and nutrients to affected areas, it shortens recovery time compared to rest alone. HBOT supports regenerating damaged tissues from athletic injuries.

Improved muscle growth

The increased oxygen saturation and circulation boosts energy production in muscles. HBOT helps clear lactic acid, allowing muscles to work harder and recover faster.

For strength athletes and bodybuilders, HBOT enhances muscle growth and repair from weight training. Extra oxygen and nutrients are delivered to muscle tissues, aiding hypertrophy.

Combined with training, HBOT may help increase power output and endurance. The oxygen boost supercharges muscle performance.

Brain health for athletes

The brain is crucial for optimal athletic performance. Reaction time, hand-eye coordination, decision making, and other cognitive skills impact an athlete’s abilities.

HBOT helps deliver extra oxygen to the brain, enhancing neurological functioning. Treatments help improve mental focus, information processing, and attention span.

The therapy also aids recovery after traumatic brain injuries from contact sports. It activates neuron growth and repairs damage to restore normal brain function.

HBOT supports overall brain health and cognitive performance essential for athletic excellence. The increased oxygen circulation sharpens mental acuity and focus.

The HBOT Experience

Undergoing HBOT therapy provides unique experiences for patients inside the oxygen chambers.

What to expect

HBOT takes place in a pressurized chamber or room, with the following typical procedure:

  • Patient lies down on a table and is covered with blankets
  • Clear acrylic or metal lid/door is closed and sealed shut
  • Pressure is slowly increased using purified oxygen
  • Pressure reaches 1.4 to 3 times normal air pressure
  • Patient breathes regularly or through an oxygen mask/hood
  • Pressure maintained at level for 60-90 minutes
  • Pressure is slowly decreased back to normal over 10-15 minutes
  • Patient may remain at rest for a short period before leaving

During treatment, patients can read, nap, or watch TV. Some chambers have windows to prevent feelings of claustrophobia. Communication with technicians is possible using an intercom.

The sessions last 60-120 minutes once or twice daily, with approximately 10-40 treatments needed for optimal results depending on the condition.

Safety and side effects

HBOT is extremely safe overall when administered by trained personnel in a clinical setting. Side effects are rare at the pressures used for most medical treatments. They include:

  • Pressure in ears or sinuses
  • Claustrophobia
  • Temporary nearsightedness
  • Oxygen toxicity at high pressures
  • Confinement anxiety
  • Pulmonary oxygen toxicity
  • Decompression sickness

Technicians continually monitor the patients and pressure/oxygen levels. Treatments can be adjusted as needed to maximize results while minimizing adverse effects.

Cost and insurance coverage

The cost for HBOT ranges from $200-$1,000 per session, averaging $300-$600 in the U.S.

Many insurance plans cover all or part of the cost when medically necessary. HBOT for general wellness or anti-aging is usually not covered by insurance and must be paid out of pocket.

Treatment packages and memberships are available at some centers to reduce per-session costs for self-pay patients using HBOT proactively for overall health. Financing options may also be available.

Locations Offering HBOT in Bali

There are a few different types of facilities where you can access HBOT in Bali:

Rejuvo Life – Offers 3x 1.6 – 2.0 ATA HBOT’s chambers in Canggu, Bali (599k / session)

Udara Bali – Offers 2x 1.5 ATA HBOT’s Seseh, Bali (1,2m IDR / session)

The Istana – Offers 1x 1.5 ATA HBOTin Uluwatu, Bali (2m IDR / session)

Kasih Ibu Hospital – has a multi person chamber in Gianyar, Bali, Hyperbaric & Diving Medicine Centre Kasih Ibu Hospital Saba 

Hospitals and wound care centers

Many hospitals have hyperbaric oxygen chambers, usually in their wound care departments. These focus on treating specific health conditions with doctor referrals.

Wound care centers connected to hospitals also utilize HBOT to treat stubborn wounds that have not healed with other therapies. Patients are referred by their primary doctors or specialists.

Medical spas and wellness centers

There has been growing availability of HBOT in recent years at medical spas and wellness centers around the world.

These facilities focus on overall rejuvenation, anti-aging, athletic performance, and general health – not just acute medical issues. The environment is more spa-like than clinical.

Wellness-focused centers allow patients to self-refer for proactive HBOT treatments. Rejuvo Life offers additional treatments and packages with massage, cryotherapy, infrared saunas, IV drips, and other services in Canggu, Bali.

Home hyperbaric chambers

Portable home hyperbaric chambers have been growing in popularity for convenience and privacy. The compact chambers are pressurized using an external oxygen concentrator.

Home models are typically lower pressure than institutional chambers. They are intended for general wellness, not acute medical treatments.

Home HBOT allows DIY daily sessions. However, these chambers have higher risks than medically supervised treatments. Patients must be properly trained on protocols for maximum safety and benefits.

Future of HBOT

As HBOT becomes more mainstream, ongoing research and technological advances will help uncover its full potential.

Ongoing research

While HBOT has been studied extensively over the past few decades, research is still uncovering new applications. Areas currently under study include:

  • Enhancing stem cell therapy
  • Improving effectiveness of chemotherapy
  • Supporting organ transplant success
  • Aiding recovery from cosmetic surgery
  • Reducing side effects of radiation therapy
  • Helping regain neurological function after injury/stroke
  • Mitigating effects of aging and dementia
  • Assisting fertility and in vitro fertilization
  • Fighting Lyme disease and chronic infections

As research continues, HBOT will likely become an accepted therapy for many more health conditions.

Potential new applications

Exciting potential emerging applications of HBOT being explored include:

  • Enhancing gene and cell therapies
  • Longevity and radical life extension
  • Boosting energy and physical performance
  • Recovery from substance abuse
  • Reversing cognitive decline
  • Psychedelic and consciousness therapies
  • Slowing biological aging processes
  • Raising athletes’ pain thresholds
  • Enhancing campus brain power and learning

HBOT’s unique effects on oxygen delivery make it ripe for innovation as researchers uncover new ways it may enhance healing, performance, and human potential.

Conclusion

HBOT utilizies an increase of oxygen in the bloodstream under pressure to stimulate healing and recovery throughout the body and mind. While traditionally used for stubborn wounds, it has expanded as an exciting therapy for regeneration, longevity, beauty, and performance optimization.

Ongoing research continues to uncover new applications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an invaluable asset for health. Advancements in technology are making HBOT more accessible and effective.

Given its excellent safety profile and multitude of benefits, HBOT is deserving of its growing popularity. With clinics expanding across the globe, HBOT is now an option for many people to benefit from pressurized oxygen’s amazing rejuvenating effects.

Whether recovering from an injury more quickly, improving mental acuity, or simply enhancing wellbeing, HBOT is a cutting-edge therapy to try.

FAQs

What are the main benefits of HBOT?

The main benefits of HBOT are enhancing recovery from injuries, speeding wound healing, fighting infections, reducing inflammation, stimulating regeneration of nerves/blood vessels/tissues, anti-aging effects, and delivering more oxygen to enhance athletic performance.

Is HBOT painful?

No, HBOT treatments should never be painful. There may be brief mild discomfort equalizing pressure in the ears, sinuses, or teeth, but this is alleviated as the pressure rises. Patients breathe normally and can relax or even nap during the session.

How much does a session of HBOT cost?

The cost for a single HBOT session ranges from $30-$250, with an average of $70-$120. The total number of treatments needed vary based on the condition, from 10-40 sessions usually. Insurance may cover some of the cost when medically necessary.

How safe is HBOT?

HBOT is extremely safe, especially when administered by trained professionals in a clinical setting. Side effects are very rare at the oxygen pressures used for most medical treatments and self-administered for general wellness.

Can I buy a home hyperbaric chamber?

Yes, home hyperbaric chambers are available for purchase starting under $3,000. Home models reach lower pressures than medical chambers, so are suitable for general wellness, not acute treatment. Proper training is vital for safe home use.