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Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Magnolia Rehabilitation offers mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy at all three of our locations in Columbus, Starkville, and West Point.
Mild Hyperbaric Therapy, also known as HBT is a safe method of delivering increased oxygen to the body at the cellular level. It provides an optimal environment for the body to carry out vital cell processes thereby increasing the effectiveness of the body to heal itself. HBT utilizes filtered pressurized ambient air to dissolve oxygen directly into the plasma, cerebral and spinal fluids, flooding tissues and vital organs with oxygen. Mild hyperbaric therapy allows for healing at the cellular level, which is critical for changes to occur which in turn allows healthy tissue formation that provides the possibility for healthier organs thus resulting in an overall healthier body.
HBT uses filtered ambient air, so there is no risk of oxygen toxicity to the body even with regular use. The chamber can be depressurized and opened from the inside. Once inside the chamber, both visual and verbal communication is possible with a buzzer for assistance or help. Most people report a comfortable, relaxing experience and emerge from the chamber feeling refreshed. HBT is non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical; therefore there are no dangerous side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions about HBT

How does it work?

The mild hyperbaric chamber is filled with compressed ambient air from 2 to 4.5 pounds per square inch. (1.3 ATA max). This is the equivalent to 11 feet below sea level.

The increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen thus increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain and fluids of the body.  This resulting uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation to areas with inflammation and swelling.

Oxygen is then utilized by the body for vital cell functions and healthier cells equal healthier tissues and organs. The human body can be capable of healing itself when it has what it needs and there is nothing more beneficial to the body than oxygen.

Why does it work?

Henry’s Law of Physics states that: An increase in atmospheric pressure allows for more gas to be dissolved into any liquid.

Oxygen, which is the 8th element on the Periodic Table, exists as a gas at room temperature. 

The Human Body is composed mostly of water. Gas…..under pressure…..dissolves in water.

Are there any side effects?

No dangerous side effects have been reported with Mild Hyperbaric Therapy. However, there are a few things to consider when preparing for your first session in a chamber:

  1. Some people experience a mild discomfort in their ears when pressurizing the chamber, not unlike an experience when ascending in an airplane upon take off.
  2. Some people following their first few sessions experience slight fatigue as the body sweeps itself clear of toxic debris that has built up in the body.  This is completely safe and necessary.
  3. It is advisable to wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. (Pantyhose, spanx, and other tight fitting garments can trigger feelings of claustrophobia.)  Bring something to read, favorite music cd, portable DVD player, portable game, etc., as the sessions last from 30-60 minutes.
  4. Do not drink large amounts of fluids before entering the chamber.
  5. Do not wear perfume or cologne when you are coming for your session.

What can I expect to happen during my session?

The chamber will seem much smaller when it is deflated than when it is fully pressurized.  Within 1 minute, the chamber will inflate completely, allowing enough room for an adult to sit upright or lie down fully extended.

After the chamber inflates, it will begin to pressurize.  This is the time when you may experience pressure in your ears.  The easiest way to relieve any discomfort this may cause is to equalize your ears using one of the following methods:

  1. Close your mouth and firmly clamp your nose shut with your fingers and thumb. Blow as if you were blowing your nose but keep your mouth closed and your nose clamped.  You will feel the air come out through your ears when you have done this correctly, and this should relieve the pressure.
  2. Yawn.  Stretching your mouth as wide as possible, even stretching your tongue out.  This will cause the sinus passages surrounding your ears to drain and relieve the pressure.
  3. If you are a parent of a small child who is having trouble or discomfort with their ears during pressurization, try massaging the area just below the ears and directly behind the jaw.  A baby that is still taking a bottle or pacifier can be given either of these, but please keep in mind the necessity to keep drinks from spilling inside the chamber.
  4. Sit upright.  Turn your head completely to the right, then completely to the left.  Repeat earlier steps until the ears are cleared.

How long does a session last?

The sessions last from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

What can I do during my hyperbaric therapy session?

  1. Listen to music (iPod, mp3 player)
  2. Talk on your cell phone
  3. Play handheld games
  4. Watch movies on portable DVD player
  5. Work on laptop computer
  6. Read books or magazines (Nook, Kindle)

Are there any reasons a person should NOT go into the chamber?

Yes.  You should not go into the chamber if you are inebriated (drunk), if you have ear canal problems or an ear infection or if you are experiencing flu or cold symptoms.  It is also important that you do not enter the chamber if you are wearing perfume or cologne due to people who may enter the chamber after you that may be sensitive to chemicals. 

How frequently should I schedule my sessions?

We will make recommendations for you through your doctor based on your initial evaluation by the physical therapist.

How much do sessions cost?

Sessions will vary in cost depending on the time spent in the chamber.  Please contact the clinic for more specific information.