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Hyperbaric Oxygen

Read below for frequently asked questions regarding our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; what a typical session is like, and how to set up a booking. Email us if you would like to schedule something outside of regular business hours or if you have any questions.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

HBT is a method of delivering extra oxygen into the body by increasing the pressure it's normally under. At Solstice Wellness, the pressure is regulated to 1.4 ATA, equivalent to being 12 feet below sea level, while administering 100% oxygen for 60 minutes per session, typically repeated daily for chronic wounds.

What is HBOT used for?

The American FDA approves hyperbaric treatments for specific conditions like decompression sickness, gas embolism, and wound care. Altitude sickness also benefits from mild hyperbaric therapy (m-HBT) at 1.3 ATA. Off-label uses prescribed by doctors and for general health and wellness are subject to individual assessment and lower pressure ranges.

As Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) continues to grow in popularity and utilization, clinical studies exploring its potential benefits for various conditions are still ongoing and have yet to meet FDA standards. However, this does not discount the efficacy of HBOT in treating these conditions. While promising results and benefits have been observed in numerous studies, further research is needed to establish conclusive evidence. Some conditions showing promise include Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS), Lyme Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Macular Degeneration, among others.

Do I have to breathe 100% oxygen?

Traditional HBT involves breathing 100% oxygen, but ambient air, containing 21% oxygen, under pressure can also facilitate oxygen transfer into the body, providing greater levels of oxygen without the associated risks of high-oxygen environments.

What is the recommended schedule?

Typically, we recommend one session per day for five days in a row, with a 2-day interval before another five sessions, with a minimum of 20 to 40 sessions initially. Session duration is 60 minutes.

How does it feel?

As the chamber pressurizes, air pressure may cause discomfort in the ears, similar to flying in an airplane. Most adjust easily by swallowing or lightly pinching your nose and then swallowing. Those experiencing discomfort should signal the attendant immediately for adjustments.

What is my role in ensuring safety?

Your role is to communicate any health changes to staff, as ongoing assessments are crucial for safety. It's essential to complete a checklist before each session to ensure proper monitoring and mitigate potential risks.
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