Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is treatment that is provided when a patient sits inside a chamber, under pressure that is greater than atmospheric pressure (typically for neurological conditions that is 1.5 ata or one-half atmospheres above ambient pressure) and patients breathe 100% medical oxygen. Typical treatment time spent in the chamber for recovery from TBI is one hour under pressure.
A minimum of 40 treatments (called dives) is required for mild TBI brain recovery. Oxygen Therapy is the basis for biological healing in the brain. More than 2000 intracellular processes are oxygen dependent. Oxygen provides energy to the cells. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy delivers 100% medical grade oxygen under pressure to promote healing combined with other therapeutic modalities to get your best outcome.

Dr Carol Henricks is the Neurologist and Director of NorthStar Hyperbarics

Dr. Carol Henricks, nationally respected neurologist on Traumatic Brain Injury and the owner/operator of NorthStar Neurology in Tucson, has had a substantial success record of treating veterans with TBI/PTSD.

How does HBOT work?

The patient spends about one hour per session in a hyperbaric chamber, breathing pure oxygen under pressure which saturates the body’s tissues and reaches damaged areas that had lacked blood supply and oxygen. With repeated treatments, the oxygen flow stimulates the body ’s healing process and allows more patients to experience rapid recovery of cognitive and neurological functioning without surgery or drugs.

HBOT in Use Around the World

HBOT has been used for nearly 50 years as a “primary or adjuvant therapy” to treat a number of diseases. China also has over 5,000 chambers in use around the country.

74 different medical conditions are treated with HBOT. Chambers are also available in all military facilities.

HBOT is used for TBI/PTSD as a standard of military care for its defense force.

HBOT ambulances have been in use since the 1970s.

HBOT is a common therapy for multiple sclerosis.

Canada has a HBOT chamber in every military base.

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