How Often Should You Do Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

By Lisa St. John, M.S.
How Often Should You Do Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

There are many factors to consider when determining the frequency of your HBOT treatments. Learn more in this blog post from Bay Area Hyperbarics!

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been gaining popularity due to its well-documented benefits. But you might wonder, "How often should I engage in this therapy to get the most out of it?" It's a great question, and the answer depends on your diagnosis and the protocols applicable to your particular situation. The frequency of HBOT treatment can also depend on other factors, including your overall health condition, specific medical needs, and of course your schedule.

Additionally, the response to HBOT can vary from person to person. Some individuals may experience significant improvements in just a few sessions, while others may require more frequent treatments over an extended period to see noticeable benefits. Our healthcare team will closely monitor your progress and adjust the frequency of the treatment schedule.

In this blog, we'll take a deep dive into the recommended schedules for HBOT and provide guidance on establishing a treatment frequency that works best for you. Buckle up as we embark on this oxygen-filled journey together!

Factors Influencing HBOT Frequency

There are several factors that will affect the frequency of your HBOT sessions. Let's take a look at some of the most important ones.

Medical Condition

The medical condition being treated with HBOT plays a pivotal role in deciding the frequency of treatment. It is of utmost importance to differentiate between acute and chronic diseases when determining the duration and frequency of treatment.

Severity of the Condition

The severity of the condition may also influence the frequency of your HBOT treatments. Deeper tissue healing and slow-healing wounds may require more frequent treatments than milder cases.

Treatment Goals

When deciding how often hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) should be administered, it's important to consider the treatment goals. For example, patients with sudden hearing loss require immediate and intensive sessions to prevent long-term complications. On the other hand, chronic conditions, such as radiation damage may necessitate a longer treatment duration that allows for gradual improvement. By tailoring the frequency of HBOT to individual needs, we can ensure you achieve an optimal outcome.

Following Protocols Recommended by Approved Associations

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) defines typical protocols for most medical conditions being treated by hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Our staff at Bay Area Hyperbarics adheres to these protocols, and keeps up to date on the latest research in the industry, to ensure you are receiving the proper pressure, session duration and frequency of sessions.

In addition, our medical staff works closely with your healthcare team. Together, wecarefully evaluate your medical history, treatable diagnosis, and other pertinent factors to develop a personalized treatment plan. This ensures that the treatment aligns precisely with your needs and optimizes your chances of success.

Frequency of Treatment Schedules

There are several common HBOT schedules that can be followed, depending on the patient's needs. These schedules include:

Daily Treatments

Some patients may require daily HBOT sessions, especially when dealing with severe conditions or critical wound care that needs fast healing. Daily treatments are often necessary for the best possible outcome. Most research studies present results based on patients receiving five treatments per week, and this is therefore the most common treatment protocol recommended.

Weekly Treatments

There are certain conditions that limit the number of treatments a patient can receive per week, such as patients receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an adjunct to chemotherapy. We work with you and your healthcare team to make sure you can tolerate hyperbarics and that it is providing the right level of healing.

Certain conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness may require only a couple sessions in total. 

Intermittent Treatments

Intermittent treatments involve sessions spaced out over a more extended period, such as every few weeks or months. This schedule is often used for preventative purposes, such as for anti-aging treatments or for athletic performance.. 

Block Scheduling

We recommend that when you begin hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions, we schedule all of your sessions up front. You can change them if you need, but because we get busy, if you do not schedule all of your sessions ahead of time, you might find yourself unable to receive treatment with the frequence you need for optimal healing. 

How Long Does Each HBOT Session Take?

The duration of an HBOT session can vary depending on the condition, but typically, a session can range from 60 to 120 minutes, which you can easily spend by watching your favorite movie, enjoying a podcast, or getting some rest.

Based on these factors, our healthcare team, working closely with your medical team, will continue to evaluate your condition and determine whether you need more or fewer sessions according to how your body responds to the treatment.

Start Your Recovery Journey With Us!

The frequency of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not one-size-fits-all. It depends on your medical condition, severity, treatment goals, and healthcare provider's recommendations. Whether you require daily treatments for severe disease or intermittent sessions for long-term management, following your healthcare provider's guidance is key.

At Bay Area Hyperbarics, we have helped over 80,000 patient treatments through hyperbaric oxygen therapy. With the help of our knowledgeable and experienced specialist, you can trust that you will receive the best treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Contact us to start your journey toward healing!

Lisa St. John, M.S.
Lisa St. John, M.S.
Clinic Director and Founder

Lisa is our Clinic Director and Founder. She earned her Master’s degree from Harvard University, completed a Fellowship at Stanford University, and has spent the last 30 years working in the healthcare field.

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How Often Should You Do Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

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