Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy-A Brief History

Hyperbaric therapy is not new. The oldest known hyperbaric chamber dates back to the late 1600s and was redeveloped in the 1800s. In the early 1930s, the U.S. military began using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for divers and pilots suffering from cramps and altitude sickness. Today, the FDA recognizes HBOT as an effective therapy for several conditions, including severe anemia, osteomyelitis, arterial insufficiencies and more. Hyperbaric clients themselves have found relief for a range of conditions, including chronic migraines, PTSD, post-surgery recovery and post-sport healing.

Athletic associations like the NFL employ hyperbaric oxygen therapy as part of the recovery regime for athletes. Players like Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb are such fans that they own their own machines. Joe Namath experienced remarkable recovery from head injuries sustained during his career, leading him to be part of an FDA-approved study at the Joe Namath Neurological Center, of the Jupiter Medical Center, in Florida. Many NBA and MLB players have also touted the benefits of HBOT, along with professional boxers like Evander Holyfield.

The Purpose of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

When bodily tissue is injured, the body will respond by increasing the amount of oxygen sent to that tissue, helping with healing. While this is a natural and effective way for the body to heal itself, HBOT makes the process more efficient by supplying the body with temporary extra oxygen levels. Depending on the severity of the injured tissue, we may recommend repeat treatments to maximize the speed of recovery and encourage normal tissue oxygen levels to remain the same following therapy.

Comprehensive Care for a Variety of Ailments

We are proud to offer an effective cure to a host of maladies that people experience. Some of the ailments our hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps heal are:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Crush injuries
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute or traumatic reduced blood flow in the arteries
  • Infection in bone (osteomyelitis)
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Flesh-eating disease
  • Air or gas bubbles that are trapped in a blood vessel (air or gas embolism)
  • Diabetic wounds that are not healing adequately
  • Decompression sickness
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Chronic infection labeled actinomycosis
  • Losing a large amount of blood
  • Injuries from breathing in smoke, or other harmful chemicals