L’ Oxygénothérapie Hyperbare
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a mode of therapy in which a person breathes 100% oxygen inside a hyperbaric chamber at a pressure greater than normal.
This allows extra oxygen to be transported via blood fluid (plasma) in addition to that delivered conventionally by hemoglobin, red blood cells.
The therapy is proven effective in a variety of medical conditions, either as a primary health care or in addition to other medical treatments such as antibiotics or surgery.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
The air we breathe contains 21% of oxygen at sea level. When breathing pure oxygen at
pressures higher than normal additional “hyperbaric” oxygen dissolves in the blood plasma greatly increasing the quantity of oxygen transferred to any tissue in the body. This additional oxygen will penetrate into areas otherwise depleted of oxygen or blood supply due to injury or chronic problems.
Entering a Sechrist hyperbaric oxygen chamber At Dr. Knox D.C., hyperbaric oxygen is delivered inside a clear acrylic cylinder – a “hyperbaric chamber”, designed for individual sessions for one person at a time. The chamber is filled with 100% oxygen, circulating at high flow and pressure, providing the full benefit of the therapy in a comfortable environment.
When breathing the oxygen atmosphere inside the chamber there is no need for a mask or a hood. Chambers are certified for operation up to 3 atmospheres for which hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven effective and safe in infection control and wound healing.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy feel?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally painless and without any discomfort. In fact, it is quite enjoyable and relaxing to the point where we might have to wake you up at the end of a session.
At the beginning of the treatment, when the pressure is increased, as well as at the end when the pressure is decreased and brought to normal, you will feel a pressure change in your ears. Prior to treatments we will teach click here you how to equalize the pressure. Fullness and
popping in your ears upon change in pressure might feel similar to driving up a mountain.
During the rest of the treatment, usually 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours long, you can listen to music, watch TV or snooze it off if you wish.
What are the possible benefits of hyperbaric oxygen?
Increased concentration of oxygen combined with increased pressure greatly increases the
amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood and thereby the amount of oxygen delivered to the tissues.
Hyperbaric oxygen offers distinct therapeutic effects:
Increases oxygen delivery to injured tissues
Stops further tissue damage
Prevents and/or reduces infection<
Improves immune system response
Improves blood vessel formation
Promotes wound healing
Increases bone recovery
Improves peripheral nerve regeneration
Eliminates toxic substances
Reduces effects from toxic substances
Increases the effect of some antibiotics
Reduces muscle spasm
Increases muscular force and reduces fatigue
Relieves the pain
How many sessions do I need?
The number of session is individualized to each person. The hyperbaric health care team at
Dr Knox D.C. will discuss a planned course of therapy with you at the initial consultation. The exact number of sessions will depend on your response to hyperbaric oxygen tests and
measurements of microcirculation. You and your referring healthcare provider will continuously be informed on your progress. Sessions may be provided twice a day up to seven days a week.
Are there any side effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
There are very few possible side effects involved with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Occasionally we see a bit of irritation of the middle ear. It can show redness and swelling after a session and be the cause of a slight hissing or ringing sound in the hours after a session.
There are also certain risks involved with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Upon acceptance for hyperbaric therapy you will be well informed of those risks and given material and orientation of our facility. Our establishment and staff is highly trained and your safety and comfort is our