Your Complete Guide to
Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric
Treatment



If you've been feeling constantly tired, always out of breath, or even not healing as fast as you should, there might be a missing and extremely essential ingredient in your health: Oxygen.


Although essential for life and abundant on Earth, there's a growing realization in both the medical community and the general population that we're only just now realizing its enormous potential for improving our daily health and wellness.


This is where hyperbaric oxygen therapy comes in: breathing in pure oxygen at pressures higher than normal. While traditionally used for severe medical treatments, HBOT is increasingly being explored for a wide range of daily wellness benefits. By increasing oxygen levels in the body, this therapy may help boost energy levels, improve cognitive function, and support the body's natural healing processes.


We at ReEnergize incorporate HBOT into our treatment programs to provide clients with a unique and rejuvenating experience. Whether used as a standalone treatment or as part of a comprehensive wellness program, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has the potential to enhance both physical and mental health.


Explore the transformative potential of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and embark on a journey toward a revitalized you.


Defining Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Its Uses


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and hyperbaric chambers have been used for decades for treating a wide array of medical conditions like decompression sickness in scuba divers, soft tissue healing, severe anemia, healing radiation injuries, and many others.


This treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or large tube, aiming to enhance the body's natural healing processes. It is a safe, FDA-approved technology that can be summarized as simply breathing in more oxygen than average but also at higher pressures.

If you've been feeling constantly tired, always out of breath, or even not healing as fast as you should, there might be a missing and extremely essential ingredient in your health: Oxygen.


Although essential for life and abundant on Earth, there's a growing realization in both the medical community and the general population that we're only just now realizing its enormous potential for improving our daily health and wellness.


This is where hyperbaric oxygen therapy comes in: breathing in pure oxygen at pressures higher than normal. While traditionally used for severe medical treatments, HBOT is increasingly being explored for a wide range of daily wellness benefits. By increasing oxygen levels in the body, this therapy may help boost energy levels, improve cognitive function, and support the body's natural healing processes.


We at ReEnergize incorporate HBOT into our treatment programs to provide clients with a unique and rejuvenating experience. Whether used as a standalone treatment or as part of a comprehensive wellness program, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has the potential to enhance both physical and mental health.


Explore the transformative potential of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and embark on a journey toward a revitalized you.


Defining Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Its Uses


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and hyperbaric chambers have been used for decades for treating a wide array of medical conditions like decompression sickness in scuba divers, soft tissue healing, severe anemia, healing radiation injuries, and many others.


This treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or large tube, aiming to enhance the body's natural healing processes. It is a safe, FDA-approved technology that can be summarized as simply breathing in more oxygen than average but also at higher pressures.

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What is a Hyperbaric Chamber?

A hyperbaric chamber is a pressurized enclosure where you breathe in pure, 100 percent oxygen at levels higher than normal atmospheric pressure, allowing your lungs to gather more of this vital element than would be possible with the air outside at sea level.


The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) defines HBOT as a patient breathing only oxygen at pressures of 1.4 ATA (normal ambient pressure at sea level) or higher.


Hyperbaric chambers come in different sizes and models, but the two most common are monoplace and multiplace, which respectively means for one person or multiple.

Diving Into the Definition of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves a patient breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, allowing the lungs to gather more oxygen than normal. This increased oxygen level in your blood has a range of potential benefits, like promoting wound and injury healing and even helping fight certain infections.


New research has found more potential benefits from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, such as boosting energy levels, improving athletic performance, or enhancing overall well-being.

Understanding the uses and effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy can empower you or any patient to make informed decisions about incorporating this treatment into your healthcare routine.

The Many Therapeutic Benefits of a Hyperbaric Chamber


The FDA has approved HBOT for 14 different types of medical treatments, with proven results after decades of research and application of oxygen therapy. This includes healing damaged tissue, treating gas embolism and infections, and even curing radiation injury or tissue damage from radiation therapy.

At ReEnergized, we've applied this proven technology to boost the wellness and overall health of our patients and also improve their long-term health outcomes with these benefits.

Increases Blood Oxygen Level

Breathing within this atmosphere boosts the oxygen concentration in the lungs, facilitating its delivery to the blood. This enables the oxygen to be carried to regions where circulation is reduced or obstructed.


This treatment is particularly beneficial for individuals with certain medical conditions that affect oxygen delivery to tissues, such as diabetic foot ulcers, non-healing or problem wounds, and carbon monoxide poisoning.


This increased oxygen level in your blood can enhance cellular function, reduce inflammation, and support the body's natural healing processes.

Increases Energy

Through sessions in a chamber, you may find that your energy levels rise, allowing you to tackle daily activities with increased vigor and vitality. This is because oxygen is a key player in ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production, which is the source of energy in every cell of our bodies. So, when oxygen concentration is increased, it helps our cells with more ATP.


This boost in energy can be particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with conditions that cause fatigue or lethargy.

Stimulates New Blood Vessel Growth

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the increased levels of oxygen in your blood promote the formation of new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis. This is crucial for enhancing circulation, delivering oxygen-rich blood to tissues, and promoting overall healing.

Stimulates Growth Factors & Stem Cells

When undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy, your body is prompted to release nitric oxide, a growth factor that mobilizes stem cells. This process plays a crucial role in enhancing your overall wellness and vitality.


Releasing more stem cells into your body can result in an 8-fold increase in mesenchymal and CNS stem cells, along with more vascular endothelial growth factors. This is crucial in tissue repair and blood vessel formation, promoting healing from within. Simultaneously, the mobilization of stem cells aids in the repair of damaged tissues and enhances your body's natural ability to recover.

Increases Infection & Injury Recovery

By exposing your body to increased atmospheric pressure within the chamber, oxygen dissolves more efficiently in your bloodstream, promoting faster healing of wounds and injuries. This boost in oxygen delivery also helps combat infections by aiding the white blood cells in your immune system in fighting off harmful bacteria or anaerobic pathogens.


Whether you're recovering from a sports injury or a stubborn infection, the hyperbaric chamber accelerates your healing journey, allowing you to get back to your active lifestyle sooner.

Decreases Blood Oxygen Size

Increasing pressure in the environment in which the oxygen is delivered decreases the size of their molecules, allowing for more delivery of oxygen to blood plasma.


The oxygen-rich environment created by this device promotes faster healing and recovery, making it an ideal solution for conditions like burn injuries. By visiting a hyperbaric facility, you can harness the healing power of higher plasma oxygen concentration to enhance your overall well-being.

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Common Medical Conditions Treated With Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric medicine is not something new. It has long had serious medical applications by health care teams or in hospitals. As mentioned above, the FDA has approved the use of HBOT for several medical conditions, including, but not limited to:

 

    • Diabetic wounds from high blood sugar.
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Retinal artery occlusion (vision loss due to blockage of blood flow to the retina of one eye.)
    • Severe burns.
    • Fighting bone infections.
    • Healing soft tissue radionecrosis (damage to tissue from radiation therapy.)
    • Refractory osteomyelitis.
    • Severe anemia when blood transfusions aren't viable.
    • Air or gas embolism.
    • Crush injury and other acute traumatic ischemias
    • Decompression sickness
    • Failed skin grafts or flaps.
    • Soft tissue infections.

Talk to your health care provider before deciding if HBOT is right for these conditions. Insurance companies also require you to consult with your healthcare provider if you want these treatments to be covered by your insurance.

The Science Behind Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


To understand the science behind hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you should first grasp the role of pressurized oxygen in this treatment.

Understanding the Role of Pressurized Oxygen

Pressurized oxygen plays a vital role in hyperbaric oxygen therapy by enhancing your body's ability to heal and recover.

Three physics laws are key to understanding this: 

    • Boyle's law, which states that at constant temperature, a gas' volume and pressure are inversely proportional.
    • Henry's law states how the amount of gas in a liquid or tissue is proportional to the partial pressure of gas in contact with that tissue or liquid. This law is applied constantly in manufacturing carbonated drinks, for example.
    • Dalton's law, which states that the total pressure exerted by a mixture of gases is equal to the sum of the partial pressures of the gases in the mixture.

So, this is how we know that raising the pressure of oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber allows your lungs to gather more of it than breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Breathing oxygen under pressure allows it to be dissolved more easily into plasma.

Normal conditions typically do not allow plasma to carry oxygen, which is something done by red blood cells and hemoglobin. However, this high concentration of oxygen allows it to be distributed throughout your body, promoting tissue repair and reducing inflammation. The high oxygen content also stimulates the release of growth factors and stem cells, which further aid in the healing process.

Exploring the Different Types of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers


Now, let's talk about the types of hyperbaric oxygen chambers.
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Understanding the Role of Pressurized Oxygen

When considering hyperbaric oxygen therapy, exploring the different types of chambers, such as monoplace chambers for individual treatment, can provide insight into the personalized treatment options available.

Monoplace chambers are designed for one person at a time, offering privacy and solitude during the therapy session. These chambers are beneficial if you prefer a more intimate setting or have specific needs that require individual attention. The enclosed environment allows for concentrated oxygen delivery at increased pressures, promoting the body's healing process.

With monoplace chambers, you have the freedom to focus solely on your treatment without distractions. Whether you seek relaxation or targeted therapy, these chambers cater to your individual preferences, tailoring your hyperbaric oxygen therapy experience to your needs.

Multiplace Chambers for Group Sessions

Multiplace chambers cater to group sessions, offering a collaborative environment for simultaneous therapy sessions. These chambers can accommodate several people at once, making it a great option for those who enjoy the company of others during their treatment. At ReEnergize, we offer two-person multiplace chambers, for example.

In a multiplace chamber, you can relax, chat, or even meditate together with friends or family while receiving the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This setting allows for a shared experience, fostering a sense of community and support among participants and also helping deal with possible claustrophobia.

If you value social interactions and prefer undergoing therapy in a group setting, multiplace chambers provide an ideal solution for your hyperbaric oxygen therapy needs

How to Prepare for Your First Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Session


Before your first hyperbaric oxygen therapy session, make sure to follow the steps provided to you.

What to Wear and What to Bring

To ensure a comfortable and successful first hyperbaric oxygen therapy session, it's important to know what clothing and items you should wear and bring with you.

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing without any metal, like zippers or buttons, as these aren't allowed inside the chamber. Opt for cotton or other natural fabrics.
Many wellness studios offer cotton gowns or even require you to wear them and not your own clothing.

Avoid wearing perfumes, lotions, or hair products that contain oil, as they can be flammable in a high-oxygen environment.

Steps to Take Before Entering the Chamber

  • Remove items: Don't go in with items that aren't allowed inside the chamber, such as perfumes, lotions, and electronics.
  • Drink plenty of water: It's vital to stay hydrated before your session, so drink plenty of water. Remember to use the restroom beforehand to avoid any discomfort during the treatment.
  • Be punctual: Arrive on time to complete any necessary paperwork and allow yourself to relax before entering the chamber.
  • Ask any question you have: Communicate any concerns or questions you may have with the staff to ease any anxieties.
  • Wear a grounding bracelet: If you're not provided one, it is recommended you avoid static electricity by wearing an anti-grounding bracelet.
Following these simple steps will help you make the most of your hyperbaric oxygen therapy experience.

Experiencing the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Session


It's also important to know what you can expect in terms of sensations and sounds, if you can leave the chamber or not, and how you'll feel afterward.

How to Go Through the Treatment Process

Navigating through a hyperbaric oxygen therapy session at ReEnergized wellness center involves a step-by-step process for optimal experience.

  1. First, you'll be briefed on safety protocols and asked to remove any items that could spark in the chamber.
  2. Then, you'll enter the hyperbaric chamber, where the pressure will slowly increase to the prescribed level.
  3. During the session, you can relax, read, or listen to music while oxygen surrounds you.
  4. Once the session ends, the pressure will gradually return to normal. You might feel a slight sensation in your ears, like when ascending in an airplane.

Bring any necessary medical devices, like inhalers, with you. It's also recommended to bring something to keep you entertained during the session, like a book or music player, as you'll be in the chamber for a period of time.

After the treatment, you're free to resume your day feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

What Will You Feel During Therapy?

You'll experience a gentle increase in air pressure as you relax in the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber. As the air pressure builds, you might feel a slight fullness in your ears, similar to the sensation when ascending or descending in an airplane. This is normal and can be relieved by swallowing gently or yawning.

Once the chamber reaches the desired air pressure, you may notice a soothing feeling of warmth surrounding you. Many people find this experience calming and use the time to meditate, listen to music, or simply unwind.

Throughout the session, you're free to move around, adjust your position, or close your eyes to fully embrace the relaxing atmosphere.

Can you take air breaks? Yes, but only in longer sessions. Nonetheless, every clinic, wellness studio, and hospital using a hyperbaric chamber allows patients to let themselves out earlier if they wish. It's not a prison.

Potential Risks and Side Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


While generally safe, some individuals may experience mild side effects such as ear discomfort, sinus pressure, or temporary changes in vision. Diabetic patients might come out with low blood sugar. 

In extremely rare cases, more serious risks like oxygen toxicity, middle ear injuries, or lung collapse can occur, especially if proper protocols aren't followed. To mitigate potential risks, it's essential to disclose any medical conditions, such as a history of lung issues or seizures, to your healthcare provider before starting therapy.

Your well-being is paramount, so don't hesitate to address any discomfort or side effects with your healthcare provider promptly.

Post-Treatment Care and Follow-Up


Now that you've completed your hyperbaric oxygen therapy session, it's important to pay attention to the after-session care recommendations and monitor how your body responds to the treatment.
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Keep an eye out for any changes or improvements in your condition and follow up with your healthcare provider as needed. Your post-treatment care plays a crucial role in maximizing the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

After-Session Care Recommendations

Maintaining proper hydration levels is crucial for optimal recovery following a hyperbaric oxygen therapy session. Make sure to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out toxins and improve oxygen circulation.

After your session, it's best to avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day to allow your body to fully benefit from the treatment. Rest and relaxation are key to maximizing the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Also, try to eat a healthy meal rich in nutrients to support your body's healing process. If you experience any unusual symptoms post-treatment, such as dizziness or nausea, contact your healthcare provider for further guidance.

Monitoring Your Response to Treatment

After your hyperbaric oxygen therapy session, pay close attention to how your body responds to any changes indicating the treatment's effectiveness. Notice if you feel more alert and energetic or if any symptoms you were experiencing have improved.

Keep track of any changes in a journal, or note them down for your follow-up appointments. It's essential to communicate any positive outcomes or concerns with your healthcare provider to ensure the best care moving forward.

Remember to follow any post-treatment recommendations given to you to support the effects of the therapy. By monitoring your response diligently, you can work together with your healthcare team to optimize your hyperbaric oxygen therapy experience for your well-being.

Potential Risks and Side Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


While generally safe, some individuals may experience mild side effects such as ear discomfort, sinus pressure, or temporary changes in vision. Diabetic patients might come out with low blood sugar. 

In extremely rare cases, more serious risks like oxygen toxicity, middle ear injuries, or lung collapse can occur, especially if proper protocols aren't followed. To mitigate potential risks, it's essential to disclose any medical conditions, such as a history of lung issues or seizures, to your healthcare provider before starting therapy.

Your well-being is paramount, so don't hesitate to address any discomfort or side effects with your healthcare provider promptly.

Post-Treatment Care and Follow-Up


Now that you've completed your hyperbaric oxygen therapy session, it's important to pay attention to the after-session care recommendations and monitor how your body responds to the treatment.
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Keep an eye out for any changes or improvements in your condition and follow up with your healthcare provider as needed. Your post-treatment care plays a crucial role in maximizing the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

After-Session Care Recommendations

Maintaining proper hydration levels is crucial for optimal recovery following a hyperbaric oxygen therapy session. Make sure to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out toxins and improve oxygen circulation.

After your session, it's best to avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day to allow your body to fully benefit from the treatment. Rest and relaxation are key to maximizing the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Also, try to eat a healthy meal rich in nutrients to support your body's healing process. If you experience any unusual symptoms post-treatment, such as dizziness or nausea, contact your healthcare provider for further guidance.

Monitoring Your Response to Treatment

After your hyperbaric oxygen therapy session, pay close attention to how your body responds to any changes indicating the treatment's effectiveness. Notice if you feel more alert and energetic or if any symptoms you were experiencing have improved.

Keep track of any changes in a journal, or note them down for your follow-up appointments. It's essential to communicate any positive outcomes or concerns with your healthcare provider to ensure the best care moving forward.

Remember to follow any post-treatment recommendations given to you to support the effects of the therapy. By monitoring your response diligently, you can work together with your healthcare team to optimize your hyperbaric oxygen therapy experience for your well-being.

Contact Us And Book an Appointment


To schedule your hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment session, please get in touch with us to book an appointment. At ReEnergized, we value your time and want to make the booking process as easy as possible for you. Simply give us a call, shoot us an email, or visit our website to secure your spot for this rejuvenating experience. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you in finding the most convenient time slot for your session.

We understand that life can be hectic, so we offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate your busy schedule. Whether you prefer morning sessions to kickstart your day or evening appointments to unwind after work, we strive to meet your needs. Let us know your preferences, and we'll do our best to make it work for you.

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or special requests you may have regarding your hyperbaric oxygen therapy session. Your wellness journey is important to us, and we're here to support you every step of the way. Get in touch today to book your appointment and take the first step towards feeling re-energized!

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Frequently Asked Questions


How many sessions of HBOT do I need?

For optimal results, determining the number of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sessions you need will depend on various factors, such as your specific wellness goals and current health condition. The number of sessions can vary from person to person.

Some individuals may see benefits from just a few sessions, while others may require more to achieve their desired outcomes. It's essential to consult with a healthcare provider or wellness specialist to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Factors like the severity of your condition, your body's response to HBOT, and the goals you aim to achieve will all play a role in deciding the ideal number of sessions for you. Flexibility in scheduling sessions can help you adapt your treatment regimen as needed.

Who cannot use hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Considering your health and wellness goals, it's crucial to be aware of who should avoid using hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

If you're pregnant, have a history of spontaneous pneumothorax, or have certain types of untreated lung conditions, it's advisable to steer clear of HBOT.

Individuals with uncontrolled high fevers, claustrophobia, or those who recently underwent ear surgery might also need to skip hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions.

Additionally, if you have a history of seizures or are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it's best to avoid HBOT.

Prioritizing your safety and well-being is paramount when deciding whether hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the right choice for you.

Can you sleep during HBOT?

You may find it challenging to sleep during hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sessions due to the pressurized environment and the need to wear an oxygen mask. The high pressure in the chamber and the noise from the oxygen flow can disrupt your usual sleeping patterns.

However, some people do manage to fall asleep during HBOT treatment. If you're someone who values rest and relaxation during the hyperbaric oxygen therapy session, you can try bringing earplugs or using soothing music to create a more calming atmosphere.

It's essential to communicate with the HBOT technician about your comfort levels, as they may be able to make adjustments to help you relax better. Remember, everyone's experience with sleeping during HBOT can vary, so find what works best for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How many sessions of HBOT do I need?

For optimal results, determining the number of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sessions you need will depend on various factors, such as your specific wellness goals and current health condition. The number of sessions can vary from person to person.

Some individuals may see benefits from just a few sessions, while others may require more to achieve their desired outcomes. It's essential to consult with a healthcare provider or wellness specialist to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Factors like the severity of your condition, your body's response to HBOT, and the goals you aim to achieve will all play a role in deciding the ideal number of sessions for you. Flexibility in scheduling sessions can help you adapt your treatment regimen as needed.

Who cannot use hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Considering your health and wellness goals, it's crucial to be aware of who should avoid using hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

If you're pregnant, have a history of spontaneous pneumothorax, or have certain types of untreated lung conditions, it's advisable to steer clear of HBOT.

Individuals with uncontrolled high fevers, claustrophobia, or those who recently underwent ear surgery might also need to skip hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions.

Additionally, if you have a history of seizures or are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it's best to avoid HBOT.

Prioritizing your safety and well-being is paramount when deciding whether hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the right choice for you.

Can you sleep during HBOT?

You may find it challenging to sleep during hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sessions due to the pressurized environment and the need to wear an oxygen mask. The high pressure in the chamber and the noise from the oxygen flow can disrupt your usual sleeping patterns.

However, some people do manage to fall asleep during HBOT treatment. If you're someone who values rest and relaxation during the session, you can try bringing earplugs or using soothing music to create a more calming atmosphere.

It's essential to communicate with the HBOT technician about your comfort levels, as they may be able to make adjustments to help you relax better. Remember, everyone's experience with sleeping during HBOT can vary, so find what works best for you.