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Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment in Portland

At Urban Wellness Group, we use low pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat both chronic and acute conditions. This therapy has been used to treat a variety of health issues involving damaged or compromised tissue.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment uses higher atmospheric pressure levels to help the body absorb more oxygen. You may have heard of hyperbaric treatment if you have ever been SCUBA diving. It’s used to treat decompression sickness, a hazard for deep-sea divers. However, helping the body absorb more oxygen has many more applications.

Over 10,000 clinical trials and case studies have been completed to test other health-related applications of hyperbaric treatment. The vast majority of results have reported overwhelming success. You can take a look at some of these studies in the related resources list at the bottom of the page.

Our experienced practitioners can help you decide if hyperbaric oxygen treatment is right for you.

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

 

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Hyperbaric therapy -- also known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, HBO, or HBOT -- is a medical treatment that uses an increase in atmospheric pressure to help the body absorb more oxygen.

At sea level atmospheric pressure, the lungs can absorb a normal amount of oxygen from the air. However, at an increased level of atmospheric pressure, the body can gather a much greater volume of oxygen and absorb it more easily. At Urban Wellness Group, we use a hyperbaric chamber that increases pressure to 1.3 ATM which is the equivalent of the pressure felt when diving 10-12ft under water. Similar to diving down in a pool, the patient will be instructed to equalize pressure through pinching and blowing through the nose.

HBOT allows oxygen to infuse with many types of liquids in the body including blood, plasma, and cerebral fluids. Healing begins when damaged tissue receives much-needed oxygen and circulation returns to the area.

How Does Hyperbaric Therapy Work?

To receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the patient lies down in a pressurized chamber and breathes normally. The patient will then breathe 97% pure oxygen through a mask while inside the chamber. The use of an oxygen concentrator will dramatically compound the effectiveness of the treatment. Within the chamber, the air pressure is carefully controlled and monitored to allow for greater absorption of oxygen.

The true benefit of HBOT is the ability of a compromised tissue to receive oxygen. Essentially, oxygen is given a boost to reach areas of the body where it’s needed most. It’s used to help the body heal itself.

The treatment typically lasts for 60-90 minutes. It’s simple, non-invasive, and effective.

Conditions Treated By Hyperbaric Therapy

The New England Journal of Medicine has thoroughly documented the many uses of hyperbaric therapy, including for the treatment of:

There are many “off-label” uses for hyperbaric treatment as well. HBOT has also been used to treat the following conditions:

Cancer

According to an article published in Targeted Oncology, researchers found “there is evidence that implies that HBO might have tumor-inhibitory effects in certain cancer subtypes.”

Autism

In a study published in BMC Pediatrics, children with autism treated with HBOT showed improvements in terms of overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, and eye contact compared to a control group.

Stroke

Post-stroke patients treated with HBOT showed improvements in neurological functions and quality of life, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. The study showed that HBOT can lead to significant neurological improvements in post stroke patients even at chronic late stages.

Sports Injuries

HBOT has been used to treat sports injuries to help athletes return to competition faster than typical rehabilitation treatments. In an article in Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease, researchers report that “results have proven to be promising.”

Inflammation

HBOT has been used to treat all kinds of inflammation. In a study published in BMC Pediatric, HBOT “significantly decreased inflammation” in patients as measured by CRP levels.

Neurological Conditions

Perhaps the most promising application of HBOT is in the treatment of neurological conditions. As noted in an article published by Medical Gas Research, “There is more evidence for using HBOT for neurological acute… with better clinical outcomes than any other single or combined treatment.”

This list only scratches the surfaces of the many ways hyperbaric treatment is used. Talk with our practitioners to learn if hyperbaric therapy can help with your health concerns.

Neuropathy & Nerve Pain

Neuropathy, including pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling in the extremities is a common side effect of Diabetes, HIV, Sciatica and other conditions. Research shows the oxygen-rich environment of HBOT can reduce nerve pain, regenerate lost nerve endings, improve circulation, reduce infection, and promote healing in the body.
 

For additional studies, please view the related resources listed at the end of the page.

What A Typical Hyperbaric Treatment Is Like

Hyperbaric treatment at Urban Wellness Group is a healing and re-energizing experience. Our practitioners have been trained to administer hyperbaric treatment safely and effectively.

Before any treatment begins, we want you to understand the procedure as much as possible. Our staff will take all the time you need to discuss and prepare you for hyperbaric therapy. We’ll cover evidence and rationale for the treatment so you can make an informed decision about your health.

The hyperbaric chamber itself is spacious and roomy. It allows plenty of room for movement, as well as a clear window to illuminate the interior. Hyperbaric treatment is administered using medical-grade technology. The treatment will be monitored. If there is any discomfort during treatment it is easy to contact the support staff and get questions answered or modify treatment as necessary.

While there are minor risks as with any medical treatment, low pressure hyperbaric therapy is extremely safe. All minor risks and any other concerns you may have will be discussed before treatment begins.

Make an appointment. 

If you'd like to learn more about how hyperbaric treatment can help you, call Urban Wellness Group today to make an appointment at our Division Street clinic.

No referral is needed to make an appointment for hyperbaric treatment. 

(503) 476-9651

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What to Expect at Urban Wellness Group

At Urban Wellness Group, our goal is to help you feel comfortable from the moment you walk through the door. We’ve created a calming, healing environment to reduce any stress and anxiety. When you’re at ease, you can focus on the goal of your visit: feeling better.

Here are just a few of the features you can expect:

  • A relaxed environment - Our clinic doesn’t feel like a traditional doctor’s office. You can relax surrounded by calm lighting, natural wood accents, and warm, soothing colors.
  • Time is on your side - There’s no need to rush, and there’s no need to wait! Walk right in to your appointment and spend as much time with us as you need.
  • Complimentary tea - Enjoy a nice, warm cup of tea before your appointment.

When you call us, we’ll always do our best to get your appointment scheduled as soon as possible. We value and respect your time, comfort, and health.

Contact Urban Wellness Group

Urban Wellness Group is conveniently located at 49th and Division in SE Portland. Call us at (503) 476-9651 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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