Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What is Mild Hyperbaric Therapy (mHBT)?

Mild Hyperbaric Therapy (mHBT) is a medical treatment which involves being exposed to an increased atmospheric pressure while inside an inflatable chamber. The purpose of this increased pressure is to provide more available oxygen to a person for improved healing and overall therapeutic benefits. A person can get into the chamber to receive oxygen therapy for 45- to 60-minute treatments up to three times a week for a period of 4-6 weeks for maximum benefit.

How Does It Work?

Henry’s Law of Physics explains that an increase in pressure allows more gas to be dissolved into a liquid. This principle can be applied to the human body. When the atmospheric pressure is increased around the body, liquids in the body, including plasma in the blood, cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord, and synovial fluid in the joints will be able to dissolve more oxygen, making it more available to areas that may otherwise be more complicated to reach.

The Effects of Increased Pressure

As previously mentioned, more gas can be dissolved into a liquid when there is an increase in atmospheric pressure (Henry’s Law). Boyle’s Law explains how volume increases as pressure decreases and vice versa. As pressure is increased, potentially harmful gases in the body will be decreased and can be eliminated (carbon monoxide, etc.) Other effects from increased oxygen through mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBO) include the promotion of osteoblastic/osteoclastic activity for proper bone health, collagen matrix formation, toxin breakdown, and improved oxygenation to ischemic tissue so that increased metabolic needs can be met for greater healing. Oxygen saturation can be increased up to 400% times normal breathing conditions with mHBO.

Major Effects of mHBT

Greater oxygen carrying capacity
Increased oxygen diffusion in plasma
Decreased edema
Increase oxygen flow between wound and surrounding areas
Fibroblast Proliferation
Production of fibroblasts is oxygen dependent
Leukocyte Oxidative Killing
Increased oxygen free radicals
Toxin Inhibitation
Decreases toxins responsible for infections
Antibiotic Synergy
Uses oxygen to transport across cell membranes for greater healing

Immune System Function

During surgery, skin and other connective tissues are cut and possibly repositioned, which compromises crucial blood flow needed for healing. Cells that lack oxygen for a prolonged period of time can become dormant and die. By forcing oxygen to dissolve into the plasma through increased pressure, these cells can receive adequate oxygenation which can decrease healing time and result in less scar tissue formation. In addition to tissue damage, surgeries also depress the immune system and can increase the likelihood of an infection occurring. Many of the body’s natural defenses against bacteria are dependent upon oxygen. Moreover, it is difficult for bacteria to protect itself against hyper oxygenation.

Conditions Treated with mHBT
Altitude Sickness
Autoimmune Disease
Bacterial Infections
Brain Injury
Circulation Issues
Diabetic Complications
Digestive Disorders
Disc Herniation
Lyme Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscle/Tendon Pain
Non-Healing Wounds
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sports Injuries
Surgical Recovery
Viral Infections

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