Kessler Family Wellness now has a hyperbaric chamber to offer our patients cutting edge technology for advanced healing of injuries. The following pictures are of our soft-side unit:
Here’s some information to educate you about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), courtesy of Wikipedia:
The therapeutic consequences of HBOT and recompression result from multiple effects. The increased overall pressure is of therapeutic value in the treatment of decompression sickness and air embolismas it provides a physical means of reducing the volume of inert gas bubbles within the body; Exposure to this increased pressure is maintained for a period long enough to ensure that most of the bubble gas is dissolved back into the tissues, removed by perfusion and eliminated in the lungs. The improved concentration gradient for inert gas elimination (oxygen window) by using a high partial pressure of oxygen increases the rate of inert gas elimination in the treatment of decompression sickness. For many other conditions, the therapeutic principle of HBOT lies in its ability to drastically increase partial pressureof oxygen in the tissues of the body. The oxygen partial pressures achievable using HBOT are much higher than those achievable while breathing pure oxygen under normobaric conditions (i.e. at normal atmospheric pressure); A related effect is the increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. Under normal atmospheric pressure, oxygen transport is limited by the oxygen binding capacity of hemoglobin in red blood cells and very little oxygen is transported by blood plasma. Because the hemoglobin of the red blood cells is almost saturated with oxygen under atmospheric pressure, this route of transport cannot be exploited any further. Oxygen transport by plasma, however is significantly increased using HBOT as the stimulus. Recent evidence suggests that exposure to hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) mobilizes stem/progenitor cells from the bone marrow by a nitric oxide (NO) -dependent mechanism. This mechanism may account for the patient cases that indicate recovery of damaged organs and tissues with HBOT.