Healing with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive treatment that uses 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber to increase the amount of oxygen delivered to bones and soft tissues. The FDA, Medicare and numerous private insurance companies approve it for numerous medical conditions.


Healing with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive treatment that uses 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber to increase the amount of oxygen delivered to bones and soft tissues. The FDA, Medicare and numerous private insurance companies approve it for numerous medical conditions.

How does HBOT work?

HBOT works by increasing the amount of oxygen in the body. This increased oxygen level helps the body heal itself by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and new tissue.

When cells get damaged

Oxygen, which heals cells, is normally transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. However, when the body’s cells are damaged, this may not be sufficient to heal them.

You need more oxygen

With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids - the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone, and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked.

HBOT increases oxygen

Increased oxygen enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and viruses, reduces inflammation, and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and new tissue.

What is the Chamber Like?

We have two types of chambers, to support your preferences:

Clear chambers

Where you lay on a gurney and we roll you into the chamber. You can see through the chamber and can watch a movie or listen to a podcast.

Metal chambers

Where you climb in and lay down. There is more room in these chambers, and you can move around a bit and stretch if you want to. Metal chambers have solid metal walls with small porthole windows that allow light to enter. You can cover these and sleep, or you can watch a movie through one of the windows, or listen to a podcast.

What does it feel like?

Patients tell us hyperbaric oxygen therapy is like flying in the business class on an airplane: you get in the chamber and lay down and watch a movie as the pressure changes, which requires you to clear your ears. You lie in the chamber for about the length of a movie. Many patients tell us their ears are completely clear when they exit the chamber. Other patients say it can take up to 20 minutes to clear their ears after a treatment. There are very seldom other side effects.

How do I prepare for my HBOT sessions?

Before your first treatment, you come into the clinic, and we talk with you to answer any question you might have about your treatments. We make sure your healthcare provider and our medical staff review your condition and your medical history.

We always recommend you eat before your treatment, and depending on your condition, we may need to require that you eat before your session, but we will discuss this with you.

We provide you with a set of pajamas to change into before getting into the chamber in our changing room, and then when you’re ready, you get into the chamber, we start your session.

What can I expect?

We're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help you.
  • What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treats medical conditions with 100% oxygen in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. The patient lies or sits in the chamber. The oxygen then saturates the plasma in the blood, allowing oxygen to easily flow throughout the body and reach even areas that are injured or diseased, which typically receive less oxygen. The mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen therapy include stimulating and mobilizing stem cells, down-regulating inflammatory genes, up-regulating reproductive cells and stimulating DNA. HBOT also regrows tiny blood vessels, and stimulates the growth of new healthy cells in the brain, bones, skin, organs, and tissues. People seek hyperbaric oxygen therapy to heal physical damage in their bodies and to promoting health and anti-aging.
  • What does HBOT feel like?
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a painless, noninvasive therapy. Our patients often tell us they don't notice the pressure change, except for a bit in their ears. Specifically, some feel a bit of pressure in their ears, like when they take off in an airplane. It feels like their ears are 'popping'. After a treatment, some patients say they can think more clearly and that they have more energy. If there has been pain from swelling or impinged nerves, patients often comment on the pain relief, plus increased strength and range of motion after their treatments.
  • Is HBOT safe?
    Overall, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe. However, as with any medical therapy, there can be risks. Any risks should be reviewed with you prior to your treatment, at the time your provider goes over your health history with you, and during your intake at the clinic. All clinics are constructed with approval of the local fire marshal and building inspectors to ensure that they comply with all relevant safety codes. Bay Area Hyperbarics has an outstanding safety record for our 21 years serving our community.
  • How do I prepare for HBOT?
    We make preparing for a hyperbaric oxygen therapy easy. Before the first treatment, we take the time to answer all of your questions in detail. The patient’s healthcare provider reviews their history and condition. For example, depending on your condition, you may be asked to eat before your treatment. Preparing for HBOT is just as individualized as the therapy. In most cases, it’s as easy as changing into the clothing we provide you. Call us with any questions you have. We are more than happy to answer all of your questions, even if you are not a current patient.
  • Will my insurance cover HBOT?
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven to help with numerous medical conditions. Each insurance company decides what’s covered and what's not. That said, HBOT is covered by Medicare, Kaiser, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, United Health Care and many other insurances. Coverage is based on the diagnosis. We also take people with conditions that are not covered by their insurance, but whose problem can greatly improve with HBOT. Call us! We are more than happy to look at your personal situation and do the insurance work for you.

Patients: Start with Hyperbarics

It's easy to start with Hyperbarics. Just follow these simple steps

Give Us A Call

Did a physician refer you? If so, they can download and fax us back a patient referral form. If not, our medical staff will discuss whether hyperbaric suits you.

We Talk With Your Insurance

Our medical staff contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization and create a plan with you.

You Get On the Road to Recovery

We do a medical intake, explain everything you need to know, and get started on your hyperbaric oxygen anti-aging therapy sessions.

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