Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.
At REGENCare we believe combining stem cell therapy with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat patients can significantly increase the concentration of circulating stem/progenitor cells within the peripheral circulation system.
Having sufficient levels of oxygen will allow faster healing to take place. The Hyperbaric oxygen chamber increases the rates of oxygen in the body so that it is dissolved into the body at a rapid healing to occur that enables fibroblasts (tissue cells), capillaries (circulatory), osteoblasts (bone cells) and stem cells to be stimulated.
This combination of treatments can increased the number of stem cells in the body and have the ability provide enhanced and accelerated physiological repair to patients with degenerative disorders.
What is HBOT?
Normal air contains 21% oxygen at sea level, while patients immersed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber will consume 92% oxygen.
When consumed normally above ground, this level of oxygen provides only the red blood cells with stimulation. However, high levels of oxygen consumed in the chamber dissolve into all the body’s fluids, including plasma and central nervous system fluids. Once consumed, this oxygen stimulates the levels of DNA present in each cell, helping to accelerate the healing process substantially.
As HBOT is an FDA-regulated process, the treatment has to take place in a controlled environment to ensure patients are safe as they experience a change in atmospheric pressure and heightened levels of oxygen.
Why combine HBOT and stem cell therary?
Research has shown that HBOT heightens the synthesis of nitric oxide, which in turn results in the release of stem cells. It was first discovered that HBOT increases stem cell activity in 2005, when a study revealed that after 20 combination treatments, stem cell concentration increased eightfold. This research has since been supported by a more recent study, conducted by Neural Regeneration Research, showing that patients who underwent HBOT in conjunction with stem cell research scored better than patients who only underwent one treatment.Going forward, the combination of treatments could be used to help patients suffering from long-terms degenerative diseases, as well as subjects who have neurological issues such as migraines or traumatic brain injuries.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
It’s like when you purchase a bottle of soda, the CO2 (carbon dioxide) gas bubbles are under pressure, which decreases the size of the bubbles enough that they dissolve into the liquid. Therefore, you are unable to see them. When pressure is released, the volume of each bubble increases and the bubbles appear. While an individual is under pressure, the oxygen molecules decrease in size and are able to dissolve into the blood plasma. This exponentially increases oxygen delivery throughout the body and makes it possible for oxygen to reach inflamed tissue and support optimal cellular and organ functionality.
Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Safe?
Yes, hyperbaric is very safe. The most common side effect is minor ear pain during the compression phase. With our hyperbaric oxygen therapy we use ambient air and an oxygen concentrator. That means you can use you phone or other electronic during your hyperbaric oxygen therapy session. Hyperbaric chambers are designed for comfort and safety. They offer a comfortable way to either sit or rest during the treatment. Communication between the patient and anyone outside is as easy as speaking in front of each other. Windows allow the patient to see out of the chamber. There is also push valves. As a safety measure, the chamber can be depressurized and opened from the inside. The patient knows that he or she always has total control. As well as our staff member is always just few feet away, continually monitoring chamber pressure, oxygen flow and your comfort. Most patients feel comfortable and relaxed in the chamber, and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.