The clinicians who founded and operate the Bethesda Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center have high level qualifications in Translational Medicine – the science and art of advancing new technologies in medicine. The brain trust available to this center are leading researchers and clinicians seeking the optimum role for HBOT in a patient’s care.
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About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The range of clinical conditions responding favorably to HBOT is growing rapidly. Many individuals have shown vast improvements with HBOT and the results are generally based on patient treatment outcomes as well as scientific studies. Often times these chronic medical conditions languish in an individual’s life unless the individual requests that HBOT be added to their overall health care program and included in their treatment protocols.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the use of intermittent, high-dose, oxygen as a drug. By giving pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, HBOT delivers a massive influx of oxygen — even to areas of poor blood flow — and results in remarkable benefits that cannot be achieved with any other therapy.
Think Oxygen, Think Healing
The use of HBOT is becoming increasingly common as a growing body of research and evidence shows it to be beneficial in a wide range of clinical conditions and Care Pathways (TM). We encourage you to read about some of these conditions on our website, or call to schedule a medical evaluation with one of our practitioners
Hyperbaric Oxygen in the News
New Research Reveals Readily Available Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a Safe, Effective Treatment for PTSD/TBI/Concussion
According to the TreatNOW Coalition, data from over 1,900 subjects and published government and worldwide studies of treatment for PTSD/TBI/Concussion reveal that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy offers statistical and clinically significant improvement in patients suffering...read more
HBOT has a long tradition of wound healing, especially difficult to heal diabetic wounds and delayed radiation injury. But the mechanisms by which it stimulates healing are common to a far larger range of conditions than those for which it has been approved by the FDA...read more
Another cause of PTSD may be related to TBI. New research reveals that damage to the pituitary gland may lead to the symptoms of PTSD. This, along with other new discoveries of the link between blast injury and PTSD underscore the critical need for further research...read more
Uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is effective at healing wounds and, in turn, reducing the risk for amputation, particularly for those who have diabetes. Wounds need oxygen toheal properly, and exposing a wound to 100 percent oxygen can, in many cases, speed the healing process.
Skin grafts take time to heal — this applies to both the donor site and the graft area. And unfortunately, grafts don’t always work the first time. Skin cannot survive without oxygen. The best way to infuse skin cells with oxygen and other nutrients is through the blood
Hyperbaric Oxygen helps wounds heal more quickly. How quickly depends on several factors; overall health, depth and size of the wound, and whether or not the wound is infected. As the wound heals it becomes pinker in color, less painful and smaller in size.
When cells in the brain die, blood plasma leaks out into surrounding brain tissue causing swelling and reducing blood flow. These otherwise normal cells go dormant because they can’t function without enough oxygen. HBOT dramatically increases the oxygen carried in the blood plasma, making oxygen available to heal damaged capillary walls, reduce swelling, and aid in new blood vessel formation.
Extensive animal research has demonstrated a non-specific chronic inflammatory condition in the substantia nigra of the brain. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory drug in many conditions. Anecdotal evidence of many patients with well established PD have been treated with HBOT for other conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers.
Hyperbaric oxygenation decreases inflammation and edema while increasing blood flow to the starved limbs and nerves that are damaged by the course of the disease. This in turn reduces fibrous tissue formation. Dr. Ken Stoller states, ?HBOT seems to break the vicious self sustaining cycle of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, because normalization of local tissue oxygen tension, pH and water interstitial content stops abnormal sensory nerve stimulation and efferent vasomotor activity.?
The rationale behind using HBOT for Autism is that the treatments increase cerebral blood flow, therby delivering oxygen to areas of the brain which are thought to be hypoxic. Greater amounts of blood and oxygen stimulate cerebral tissues and aid in recovery of idling neurons. HBOT also reduces swelling of brain tissues which aid in neurological function.
The rationale behind using HBOT for migraines and chronic headaches is that the treatments increase cerebral blood flow, thereby delivering oxygen to areas of the brain which are thought to be hypoxic. Greater amounts of blood and oxygen stimulate cerebral tissues and aid in recovery of idling neurons. HBOT also reduces swelling of brain tissues which aid in neurological function.
When the blood flow to the brain tissue is interrupted due to either an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke the oxygen supply to the neurons in the brain is cut-off. The brain represents only 3% of the body weight but uses 20% of the oxygen pumped to the body from the heart. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) provides the oxygen necessary to keep the neurons alive and functioning. In addition, HBOT significantly increases the stem cells in the blood that are mobilized from the bone marrow by 800%. These new cells move to the brain and contribute to the growth of new neurons and recovery from the stroke.
The rationale behind using HBOT for Cerebral Palsy is that the treatments increase cerebral blood flow, thereby delivering oxygen to areas of the brain which are thought to be hypoxic. Greater amounts of blood and oxygen stimulate cerebral tissues and aid in recovery damaged neurons. HBOT also reduces swelling of brain tissues which aid in neurological function.
The seizure focus may be identified with Magnetic Source Imaging (MSI). On SPECT scan there is reduced blood flow to the area. PET scanning clearly demonstrates a reduced metabolic rate in the same area. Neurologists agree that the seizure focus is hypoxic (low oxygen). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) grows new blood vessels (angiogenesis) into the seizure focus thereby treating the basic underlying problem.