Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a natural treatment for migraine headaches and other types of headaches, including cluster headaches. Migraines painfully cripple millions of people, preventing them from working, caring for their families, cooking, driving and engaging in vital parts of their lives. Migraines are thought to be a neurological condition that can cause pain, not just in the head, but also other areas of the body, such as the intestines. Migraines often come with debilitating symptoms, including severe headache pain, vision disturbances, sensitivity to light, stomach pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, chills, sweating, fatigue, cognitive difficulties, facial pain, difficulty speaking and weakness. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy relieves symptoms and helps decrease the intensity and frequency of headaches.
Normal room air has 21% oxygen. At Bay Area Hyperbarics, we give patients 100% oxygen while they are under pressure in a hyperbaric chamber. This combination of high oxygen concentrations and pressure from the hyperbaric chamber causes oxygen to dissolve into the patient's plasma, where it then migrates to areas of the brain and body that are deprived of life-giving and necessary oxygen. In our experience, patients with an acute migraine typically resolve within one treatment. However, there are patients who have additional intervening neurological problems sometimes need additional interventions to treat stubborn migraines.
Studies have shown that hyperbaric oxygen proves useful in relieving active headaches, where oxygen by itself tends to not provide relief.
HBOT is approved and used by providers throughout California to heal many conditions naturally and painlessly, including migraines. If you are interested in using HBOT, or know of someone we might be able to help, please call us to discuss whether HBOT might be a possible solution to the pain.
Lisa St John MS, Clinic Director; Dr Jeffrey Kaplan, Medical Director; Laura Jean RN, Director of Patient Care