Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Our Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber is used to deliver almost pure oxygen to the body by increasing atmospheric pressure, which in turn greatly increases the body’s oxygen absorption. This essentially floods and saturates the body with oxygen, which leads to accelerated cell repair and improving cellular function.
Our HBOT ClinicAt the Concordia Clinic Liverpool, we see a mix of patients for a variety of different reasons, and therefore use HBOT for many different outcomes. Our Therapy Clinic utilises the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber for a variety of medical ailments. We primarily see patients to speed up recovery post-surgery (medical and cosmetic), patients with conditions caused by inflammation, and patients with brain trauma or degeneration such as dementia, alzheimers, and stroke. Our Recovery Centre on the other hand utilises the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber to assist in athlete recovery and repair, and help to maximise athletic performance and efficiency. Our athletes make use of the chamber before and after their sporting events, and also throughout their training regime to assist in day to day recovery. If an athlete has a more serious injury or undergoes surgery, they may increase their use of the chamber, and we develop an individual protocol that is determined by a thorough consultation for their injury and requirements.
Below is are a few frequently asked questions regarding our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch.
What does HBOT mean?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy… Hyperbaric means ‘increased pressure’. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the delivery of oxygen whilst the body is in an increased pressure environment.
How does HBOT work?
When in our chamber, you are breathing 95-98% oxygen (the air that we breath contains 21% oxygen). However, it is not this alone that increases the oxygen in your blood.
Hyperbaric means increased pressure. When in a hyperbaric chamber, the air around you increases in pressure. Your body adapts to this pressure by opening up the oxygen membranes to increase oxygen absorption. This, combined with breathing in 95-98% oxygen, massively increases the amount of oxygen in the blood.
Oxygen has one key role within our body… To activate the mitochondria within the cells in order to produce ATP, which is essentially our energy and ‘life force’. ATP enables our cells to function, to repair, and to regenerate. The more oxygen equals as greater production of ATP and better function and repair.
It is our hemoglobin within our Blood that carries the oxygen molecules every cell in our body in order to produce ATP. Sometimes, the hemoglobin finds it difficult to reach some cells due to inflammation that occurs within the body.
When the body is flooded with oxygen, the molecules ‘overflow’ from the Blood, and into the fluid that carries the Blood, known as Plasma. Once the oxygen is in the Plasma, it can reach all of our cells much easier, and improve the production of ATP (energy) throughout the body.
When the body has an increased amount of ATP, the body’s metabolic rate increases, and the body’s cell repair and regeneration also massively increases, as does the production of Stem Cells.
How many sessions will I need?
- For general health and wellbeing We recommend one or two sessions per week for a week or two, or as and when. With this, patients will feel an increase in energy, improved sleep, and a considerable decrease in inflammatory markers, allowing the natural repair process to take place.
- For acute injuries and soft tissue damage
We recommend two to three sessions per week, for two to three weeks. Especially if there is pain involved, as this will rapidly reduce inflammation and swelling so that healing can occur.
Major injuries (or if surgery has been needed) typically require 15-20 sessions over the course of a month to six weeks. A consultation and assessment will determine a more specific treatment plan.
- For mild health issues Mild health concerns, such as anemia, Long COVID, and chronic fatigue etc. We recommend 10-20 sessions over the space of one to two months.
- For serious health issues Serious health issues, such as brain trauma, degenerative disease, dementia (including Alzheimers), and MS require a more intense treatment plan. Typically, we recommend the ’40 hour protocol’, which we can discuss individually and work to your individual needs.
How long is each session?
This depends… We like to give each patient a minimum of 6o minutes, which starts once you reach full pressure (this can take 10-15 minutes).
Some patients wish to do more, such as up to 90 minutes to 2 hours. However, 20-30minutes has also shown great feedback from patients using the chamber.
2 hours is the maximum per session, and there must be 6-8 hours in between these sessions.
What is HBOT good for?
Due to its wide spread effect on cell function, HBOT has quite a wide range of benefits.
As well as helping with injury recovery and inflammation, research has shown that HBOT has beneficial effect on conditions such as Alzheimers, dementia, Long COVID, and a range of inflammatory conditions. We also see a lot of patients with conditions marked by fatigue, such as ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Essentially, by increasing the amount of oxygen to the cells, there is an increase of ATP (energy) produced within the cells, that improve cell function, regulation, and cellular repair.
What do I have to do?
Not much really! When using our chamber, you simply take off your shoes, empty your pockets (no liquids or sharp object allowed), and lie down… You have a comfy foam matress to lie down on and a pillow to rest your head.
You may take your phone or iPad/tablet in there with you if you wish to use it during your session, or you can simply rest and sleep. Some like to listen to music in the chamber, some like to do their work, or some like to rest an enjoy the peace.
After your time is up, we depressurise the chamber, you stand up and get out.
Can children use the Hyperbaric chamber?
May I use the chamber if I am pregnant?
Does the increased Oxygen burn calories?
Yes – Due to the increase in Oxygen and the increased production of ATP, the body’s metabolism is raised, therefore burning more calories.
Typically, a one hour session in the chamber will cause the body to burn an additional 700 calories.
Can I overdose from Oxygen?
I have respiratory issues... would HBOT help?
Most likely, yes! The increase of oxygen to the lungs and within the bloodstream can be beneficial for most respiratory conditions.
However, if you have suffered Pneumothorax (collapsed Lung) within the past 3-6 months, you cannot use HBOT.
COPD is also cautioned, which we have explained below in the following FAQ.
I have COPD... Can I use HBOT?
Although HBOT is excellent for most respiratory conditions, COPD can be a tricky one.
Due to the increase of oxygen within the body, this increases the amount of carbon dioxide that needs to be expelled (breathed out).
Some types of COPD create a diffculty in expelling carbon dioxide, which is why some types of COPD require lower levels of oxygen in the Blood to avoid Hypercarbia.
If you have COPD, we can have a consultation to discuss and assess whether or not HBOT would be suitable.
More Energy creates…
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Enhanced Growth & Regeneration
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Concordia Clinic Liverpool
The Nexum Centre,
64 St Anne Street,
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