At The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis, IN, we strive to provide the highest possible level of care to each of our clients. To accomplish this, our highly trained, educated health care providers use only the safest, most effective equipment, tools and techniques, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy with the hyperbaric chamber.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
You don’t have time for a wound or injury to slow you down. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, it doesn’t have to. You don’t have to suffer and trudge through life as well as you can with a traumatic injury slowing you down. You just have to carve out a little time for yourself and sit in a hyperbaric chamber and breathe normally.
Under increased atmospheric pressure, pure oxygen is delivered. Between the increased pressure (pressurized by the pure oxygen) and the pure oxygen itself, your blood and tissues become hyper-saturated with oxygen at a cellular level. Because oxygen is such an important part of the healing process, you will heal faster than you previously thought imaginable.
Treatment of Diabetic Lower Extremity Wounds
Randomized, single-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials have proven that hyperbaric chamber therapy is a safe, effective treatment for ambulatory study participants with chronic diabetic foot ulcers.
Specifically, the results of this study were that 94% of participants with Warner Grade 2, 3, or 4 ulcers that had persisted for over three months experienced complete healing. Even better, chronic diabetic foot ulcers were still absent at the 12-month follow-up appointment. There were no adverse effects of treatment.
People who suffer from painful or uncomfortable conditions, such as edema, often take many medications. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a couple of things happen. First, accelerated healing is encouraged, whether that is related to edema, another medical condition, a wound, or a traumatic injury. Second, hyperbaric chamber therapy actually eases pain, even as your body is still healing and treating the illness or injury. The result of both these effects is less need for medications, either to treat issues or to relieve pain.
Treatment of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and may start working well before you notice the symptoms. For this reason, it is common for people to inhale enough carbon monoxide to experience negative side effects, such as weakness, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. Even cyanide poisoning caused by smoke inhalation can be treated with this super-saturated oxygen.
Treatment of Decompression Illness
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, was originally developed to treat the effects of decompression illness. Decompression illness is characterized by severe fatigue, itchy skin, pain, numbness, difficulty breathing, and more. Decompression illness is an umbrella illness that encompasses both decompression sickness and arterial gas embolism.
Because decompression illness is caused by a lack of adequate time to adjust to lower atmospheric pressure, the increased atmospheric pressure in the hyperbaric chamber is the perfect treatment. Keep in mind, the sooner you get treatment, the faster you will recover and the more risks you will mitigate.
Treatment of Dementia
According to the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging and World Health Organization, 5.7 million Americans suffer from dementia every year. Roughly 60% to 70% of these cases are caused by Alzheimer’s disease, and vascular dementia makes up the vast majority of the remaining cases.
Research is still being conducted on all the benefits of HBOT. However, it has been clinically proven to treat both vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s dementia. Among the benefits you can expect from this treatment for these conditions include an improved ability to form new memories, an improved ability to recall long-term memories, and improved planning abilities.
Treatment of Drug Addiction
While some people become addicted to opiates for emotional reasons, for most people, it starts with legitimate prescriptions for pain. Eventually, physical addiction and dependency occur. After that, each dose becomes less and less effective. So, how do you break the cycle of opiate addiction while suffering from physical withdrawals?
Treatment sessions in a hyperbaric chamber will put you on the right track to change your life drastically. Among the withdrawal symptoms treated include bowel incontinence, whole-body shakes, hand tremors, and anxiety. If you or a loved one is suffering from opiate addiction and wants to quit safely, call us today.
Boosted Immune System
At the end of the day, there is nothing more important than your health. Whether you are completely independent or you have a family to care for, you don’t have time to be sick. With HBOT, you can get a head start on cold and flu season by boosting your immune system. If you’re already sick, you can reduce the duration and severity of your symptoms with HBOT.
This is possible because increases the concentration of oxygen in your tissues to help them more effectively resist infection from both bacteria and viruses. It also disables the toxins of bacteria that have already infected your body. We strongly recommend HBOT for its immune system-boosting properties, regardless of how healthy you think you are.
Treatment of Swelling and Inflammation
We touched on edema briefly before, but we want to emphasize that, without a doubt, HBOT is the best treatment for edema relief. This statement holds true whether the edema is in your calves or anywhere else. We also touched briefly on pain relief. We want to be clear that HBOT treats pain. This includes chronic, subacute, and acute musculoskeletal pain.
Studies show that this is particularly true in the extremities, such as the toes, feet, ankles, calves, fingers, hands, and forearms. One of the effects of HBOT is an improvement in circulation. Between the extra oxygen and the improved flow of nutrient-rich blood to where it is needed the most, you couldn’t ask for faster healing and relief.
Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction
In men, one of the most common signs of sexual dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. While there can be hormonal issues at play, particularly in younger men, sexual dysfunction is usually caused by poor blood flow in the pelvic region. HBOT encourages the growth of new blood vessels, which improves blood flow in the pelvis and groin.
One of the most common signs of sexual dysfunction in women is an inability to orgasm. There are several potential causes for this. However, it is often due to damaged nerve endings. HBOT also supports the growth of new tissue and the treatment of damaged nerve endings. As a result, sex can once again be pleasurable for women after HBOT.
Enhancement of Cellular Renewal
Yet another benefit of HBOT is it promotes cellular renewal. Cellular renewal is crucial for your skin health because your skin is exposed to environmental toxins every day. You may clean your air filter weekly, avoid smokers, and drive an electric car. But there is no way to avoid toxins entirely.
Cellular renewal describes the process of replacing or repairing damaged cells. On the surface, it allows the visible layer of your skin to be smooth, bright, and even in tone and texture. But the cells of your blood, heart, and brain need to be replaced or repaired, too. In fact, research shows that regular cellular renewal mitigates the risk of developing skin cancer.
Improvement in Autism Symptoms
Roughly 1 in 70 American children suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder. While some are diagnosed with the condition formerly known as Asperger’s, life is still difficult for them. They suffer from debilitating social anxiety. They have difficulty navigating social situations because they cannot understand social cues and nuances, like sarcasm.
People with “low-functioning autism” have it even worse. They often can’t understand the spoken word and are able to communicate only through sign language. Others can understand English but can’t speak it themselves. Even the smallest stimuli, such as a paperclip on a desk, can be overwhelming. Here are a few ways life is improved for those with autism through HBOT:
- Better eye contact
- More efficient sensory awareness
- Greater cognitive awareness
- Receptive language building
- Increased social interaction
Improvement of Athletic Performance
Did you know that some of the world’s most successful athletes, including LeBron James, attribute at least some of their success to HBOT? HBOT isn’t just for recovery from injuries, although a quick recovery is important if you’re training for the event of your life. It also boosts athletic performance in several ways, including rapid recovery after a workout.
The faster your muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments recover from the last beating you put them through, the faster you can get back to pushing them even harder and getting stronger. If you receive HBOT treatment before your rigorous workout, your oxygenated muscles will perform at a much higher level than they could have without that extra oxygen.
Treatment of TBI Symptoms
Every year, millions of Americans slip and fall, receive a sports injury, or find themselves involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in a TBI. Unfortunately, TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) are extremely difficult to treat, and the damage caused after the accident can be devastating and life-changing.
Luckily, recent studies indicate that HBOT is an effective method for treating several types of traumatic brain injuries. If you come in for treatment early enough, you can prevent further damage to your quality of life and even reverse the damage done.
Treatment of Nerve Pain
If you suffer from diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, poor circulation, or vitamin B-complex deficiencies, there is a very high chance that you will suffer from neuropathy at some point in your life. The efficacy of HBOT for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain is great. It’s awesome that it can treat inflammation and erase the discomfort of swelling.
But we saved the best for last. People who suffer from neuropathy feel that they will suffer for the rest of their lives because nothing works. Some even forget what it feels like to live without pain, feeling it every waking second. With HBOT, peripheral nerves can be regrown, the body heals and neuropathy is reversed.
Treatment of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Side Effects
Four in 10 Americans will be diagnosed with some type of cancer during their lives. Research suggests that HBOT may inhibit the growth of certain types of tumors. But what about other types of tumors? There are radiation therapy and chemotherapy to treat those. With HBOT, your body can heal itself following radiation therapy and chemo side effects are reduced.
Learn More About Hyperbaric Chamber Treatment Today
Regardless of your injury or illness, there is an excellent chance that you could benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. To learn more about this incredible, life-changing treatment, please contact us today at The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis, IN to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and help your body heal itself.