What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)?
Our bodies depend on oxygen for survival. A lack of oxygen can decrease blood flow, damage tissue, cause premature ageing, cause the hair to thin, and even affect the memory. When we age, our cells are starved of nutrients, but supplying oxygen to our cells can provide health, energy, and vitality.
Most illness and injuries occur and linger in the tissue level, within the cells themselves. In cases of non-healing wounds, strokes or problems with circulation, not enough oxygen can reach the affected area and as a result, natural healing does not happen. HBOT solves this problem by providing an increase in oxygen naturally.
By breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, lungs gather up to 3x more oxygen and blood absorbs up to 10x usual oxygen thus significantly increasing oxygen uptake from tissues & cells.
How does HBOT work?
At normal pressure i.e. 1atm (sea level) the air we breathe is on average 21% oxygen, which is transported throughout the body by red blood cells.
With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved, due to the increased pressure, into all of the body's fluids, and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process.
The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces local swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. It therefore also provides a boost to the immune system.
How safe is HBOT?
As with any treatment, side effects are possible. They are however, minimal. HBOT has been proven to be extremely safe, and the actual number of side effects is very small. Oxygen under pressure (HBOT) is a therapeutic dose of oxygen. As with any treatment, the higher the dose (in this case oxygen) the greater the risk for potential side effects.
The prescription dose of oxygen is based upon pressurisation, time, and percentage of oxygen. At Rejuv Lab, pressurisations do not exceed 1.5atm, and treatments are maintained at an hour in duration thus minimising the risk of potential oxygen toxicity.
What will the therapy involve?
Patients will be given a set of nasal cannula. The therapy will involve one of our specialists conducting consultation to better understand your condition and needs. The therapy will take at least 30 minutes depending on the specialist's recommendation and your purchased length. You will then be assigned a mono-chamber. However, for child patient, a parent or carer could accompany them in the same mono-chamber. During the session you may read a book, meditate, sleep, listen to music or just relax. Smartphones are permitted in the chamber, at your own risk. Eye masks and books are available to borrow for the duration of your session.
What are the benefits of HBOT?
Hyperbaric Oxygen is commonly used by celebrities, sports professionals or as part of a detox protocol to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. Oxygen promotes general health and wellness, increases energy, boosts the immune system, helps with pain relief (such as swollen joints and muscle pain), stress and regulating sleep patterns and also improves athletic performance and sports endurance.It also improves mental function, helping with depression, anxiety, stress and concentration. It can be a helpful cure for jet lag and hangovers with its restorative, relaxing and rejuvenating effect.
Hyperbaric oxygen has been endorsed by the British Board of Anti-aging and Integrative Medicine for its ability to enhance beauty and for its anti-ageing properties. It stimulates the production of collagen, improves skin elasticity, eliminates toxins and can help repair damaged skin. It can also promote healthy hair growth and help with weight loss, cellulite, wrinkles, acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. It can improve bruising and swelling after aesthetic procedures such as lasers, chemical peels, facelifts and liposuction and enhance hair growth following a transplant.
What happens after the therapy?
You can carry on with your day as normal.
Are there any contraindications?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may not be suitable for you if you are experiencing tension pneumothorax (a collapsed lung), upper respiratory infections, chronic sinusitis or sinus problems, high fever, severe emphysema or other breathing problem or pregnancy.
Additionally, doctor’s consent is required for the administration of hyperbaric oxygen in the presence of asthma, congenital Spherocytosis, Cisplatinum, Disulphiram, Emphysema with carbon dioxide retention, history of middle ear surgery or disorders and seizures, Optic Neuritis, Pneumothorax, upper respiratory tract infections or viral infections.
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effect is discomfort to the ears and sinuses caused by pressure changes. Some patients may suffer Claustrophobia. This is managed by maintaining communication and use of relaxation techniques. Patients with cataracts may experience accelerated maturation of the cataract, but the therapy does not cause cataract formation.