If you are experiencing serious infections, decompression sickness, or wounds that won’t heal due to diabetes or radiation, then hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be the right solution. Our bodies can endure great physical and mental trauma, but sometimes we need a little extra help to get us through.  For decades, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been a trusted medical treatment for a variety of serious health conditions, providing non-invasive healing by increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood. Patients can experience relief in symptoms as well as enjoy an increased quality of life. Treatment programs are built around the patient’s specific health needs and challenges. This allows for a customized treatment plan that targets areas of pain, inflammation, or scarring. 

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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You have likely heard of hyperbaric chambers being used for the treatment of decompression sickness in scuba divers. This is because a sudden change in pressure can lead to poor oxygen flow. The results can be lifesaving for scuba divers who use the therapy to help regulate oxygen levels in blood and restore lung and heart function. 

Patients should be able to notice relief after the first treatment. It can be used to provide healing during pre-and post surgery care including: 

  • Reducing inflammation and swelling
  • Reducing pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Faster healing and tissue repair
  • Reduced infection and complications

Recognized by Health Canada, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now one of the most trusted treatment solutions for chronic and sudden illness or injury due to its ability to increase oxygen in blood cells, plasma and spinal fluid. It can be done as a single or complementary treatment with other therapies.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Benefits

The healing benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy result from gas pressure being forced into the lungs. This increases the level of oxygen in plasma. As a result, the oxygen is carried throughout the body and stimulates healing and the growth of blood vessels. It also encourages better circulation and can even help enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics. 

The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy extend beyond these traditional uses, providing patients with solutions to a variety of health issues. After a few sessions, the body will begin to return to normal tissue oxygen levels that can be maintained once the treatment is complete.

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Brain Injury

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Patients with a traumatic brain injury or concussion may find significant relief using hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Main concussion-related symptoms can be brought under control or lessened with a few therapy sessions. 

Patients should expect to see a reduction in concussion-related symptoms such as:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Trouble focusing and inability to multitask
  • Irritability/mood swings
  • General disorientation

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel conditions can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Some of the most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include abdominal pain, malabsorption of nutrients and vitamins, and diarrhea. These symptoms can be debilitating and keep patients from leading a normal life. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can bring significant relief to these symptoms, and allow patients to experience comfort and life pain-free. 

Patients may see an improvement in symptoms including:

  • Reduced pain
  • Decrease in pain medications
  • Reduced chance of infection and symptoms recurrence
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Conditions treated using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has become the therapy of choice for a number of medical conditions. No longer just for scuba divers experiencing decompression sickness, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now a trusted and effective solution for medical conditions that otherwise may not have a cure or therapy option. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be recommended for the conditions such as: 

  • Severe anaemia
  • Brain abscess
  • Arterial gas embolism
  • Burns and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Crushing injury
  • Sudden deafness
  • Decompression sickness
  • Skin or bone infections
  • Poor healing wounds
  • Radiation
  • Skin grafts
  • Brain injuries
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anti-aging
  • Ulcers
  • Head injuries
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Migraines
  • Cluster headaches
  • Cancer immune support
  • Burns
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Pain management
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections
  • Acquired brain injuries
  • PTSD

Depending on your health condition, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be covered by OHIP. A doctor’s referral may be required, or you may be asked to provide additional documentation regarding your condition.

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Health concerns covered by OHIP include: 

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  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Chronic anemia
  • Chronic non-healing wound
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Crush Injury and Compartment Syndrome
  • Decompression sickness
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Gas gangrene
  • Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Osteomyelitis

Your healthcare provider will be able to offer the best care solution based on your specific health needs. In many cases, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used in tandem with other medical treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and counselling to provide relief. It is important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing increased or worsening symptoms to ensure that you are not dealing with a more complex health issue.

Why Choose Mississauga Health & Wellness Center for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Medical professionals recognize the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Once considered an alternative therapy, it is now an important part of treatment for critical and chronic illness and injury. Your treatment is designed around your personal and physical needs, so you can feel confident knowing that you are getting the very best therapy for your health concerns. 

Our team of dedicated therapists has extensive training and knowledge on how to use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to provide you with relief from your symptoms. We believe that patients deserve every opportunity to experience relief from pain and live in comfort. That’s why we offer the most advanced hyperbaric oxygen therapy to ensure you receive the highest level of care. We ensure our patients are comfortable before starting their procedure, and we’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

Contact Mississauga Health & Wellness Center to learn more about the hyperbaric oxygen therapy benefits and how you can make it a part of your treatment plan.