What is the mHBOT experience like?
mHBOT at Balance Natural Medicine is a peaceful, enjoyable experience. Our state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber is comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate two people. Patients can stretch out in total comfort and read, listen to music or even use a computer while oxygen therapy bestows its benefits. Many people practice breathing, relaxation and even stretching techniques during their sessions. A typical treatment lasts one hour, and patients breathe oxygen-enriched air through a mask or a nasal cannula to maximize the effectiveness of the therapy.
How does it work?
The pressure in the chamber is slowly increased to a pressure of 1.3 atmospheres of pressure, which is equivalent to the pressure felt when diving to the bottom of an 11-foot pool or descending nearly 8,000 vertical feet. The increased pressure in the chamber (hyper=high, baric=pressure) in conjunction with breathing 91 percent oxygen-enriched air through a mask allows the blood, plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen, greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain and fluids of the body.
A gas under pressure is more likely to dissolve into a liquid. In mHBOT, the gas is oxygen and the liquid is blood. However, under pressure, oxygen doesn’t only hook up to red blood cells (the “traditional” way oxygen is delivered to tissues); it also dissolves into the plasma, the liquid portion of the blood. When that oxygen-enriched plasma circulates near dormant or injured tissue such as a bruised muscle, a sprained tendon or ligament, a surgical wound, or an injured brain as a result of head trauma, the oxygen in the plasma can infiltrate more deeply into the damaged area.