Dr. Richard E. Busch III uses noninvasive Hyperbaric oxygen therapy used for treatment of many chronic conditions
The Busch Chiropractic Pain Center recently unveiled a noninvasive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) procedure. Patients breathe pure oxygen in a controlled environment for treatment of various medical issues.
“We are always looking for new technologies and alternatives in treating patients non-surgically and non-pharmacologically. I’ve been doing a lot of research over quite a few years on how to help patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injuries and many other things conservatively,” Dr. Richard Busch III said.
According to medical research, HBOT works on the body at the genetic level. Over 8,000 genes in the body are responsible for healing, growth and anti-inflammation. Stem cell production is also increased. The therapy helps strengthen the immune system. HBOT is effective for use in a range of ailments.
“We can help push the body into a healing process. Although recent studies show that HBOT offers an important treatment option for those suffering with Alzheimer’s, this is not just for patients with conditions like dementia. In fact, patients with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, COPD and a host of other conditions including chronic pain can see improvement in their conditions with HBOT,” he said.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy used for treatment of many chronic conditions: Many people with various chronic conditions are candidates for HBOT. Additionally, many athletes use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to speed the healing process.
“Ideal patients for HBOT include almost anyone with a chronic condition. HBOT reduces inflammation, oxygenates injured muscles, and helps regenerate skeletal muscle at the same time increasing cellular metabolism.
Other ideal candidates could include diabetic patients or patients with diabetic neuropathies. We have treated diabetic neuropathy for a long time very successfully with other modalities. HBOT will help improve the outcomes,” Busch said. Adding, “Athletes also recover more quickly when using HBOT due to the increased levels of O2 (oxygen).
Several studies have been done on the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Currently a new study is looking at how HBOT stops the aging process of red blood cells.
“A new study indicates a hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment can help adults stop the aging of red blood cells and in some ways reverse aging,” he said.
Outcomes for effective healing using HBOT are as varied as the patients who under go the therapy.
“Everyone responds differently to all types of therapies. Some may notice a ‘miracle’ in the first few visits,” Busch said in a written response. “Others with more chronic problems certainly take longer to help and to ‘heal.’ The patient’s response really depends on the condition that is being treated.” Adding, “…it may take longer, and the results might not be as certain. When we’re dealing with chronic patients with chronic problems, we’re working to give people hope. We’re working to offer them an alternative and we’re working to help them heal what is left. Many of these patients will require maintenance treatment after the initial care, and the purpose behind that is certainly to keep them stable.”
The number and the frequency of treatments needed to achieve the desired outcome depends on the patient and the condition being treated.
“The average number of treatments depends on the condition we’re working with. For more mild conditions we may be able to help them resolve in 10 visits, more involved cases may take 20 and the very severe can take 40 or more treatments. A lot of the research that’s being done on the more involved cases suggests that 40 might be the right number, he said.
Adding, “The patients are seen for 3-4 visits per week and the treatment last about an hour. There are some conditions that might require more frequent treatments and can also be given up to two times per day.”