Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or mHBOT is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment at a level higher than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA). Increased pressure allows for oxygen to dissolve and saturate more readily into our blood plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid and all liquids within our body (Henry’s Law of Gases). This is independent of Red Blood Cell (Erythrocyte) counts because under pressure at 4-7 psi, oxygen is increased 300-600% within the plasma and is more easily delivered to every cell throughout the human body. We use 1.3-1.5 ATA (pressure) levels because research has shown to be the best treatment for neurocognitive conditions

We carry oxygen to our brain, organs and other tissues primarily through Red Blood Cells that contain Hemoglobin, which is a protein molecule that binds up to four oxygen molecules and is contained within each Red Blood Cell. Each Red Blood cell has 250,000 Hg molecules with the help of iron that binds oxygen at each subunit, for a total of 1 billion possible oxgyen molecules. We only have a certain amount of RBC’s, so under normal conditions, we are limited in the amount of oxygen we can delivery, known as carrying capacity.

Why is this important? Oxygen is the necessary requirement to make ATP, or energy for any process within the human body. It is the final electron accpetor in the Electron Transport Chain. As cells receive more oxygen through hyperbaric treatments, they create more energy, regenerating and strengthening, resolving many health conditions and complaints. Not only that, but it increases the flow of all bodily fluids, improving blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid flow, lymphatic flow (aiding in detoxification), stem cell activation within the brain and many other benefits.

This yields a wide variety of physiological, biochemical and cellular effects. This noninvasive therapy is the most trusted way to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body.

This non-invasive therapy is the easiest way for our body to uptake oxygen to tissues and organs that are not able to absorb enough oxygen. It is shown to increase penetration of oxygen 400% deeper into our tissues and organs in comparison with our typical blood supply. Other incredible features of this treatment is that it reduces inflammation, destroys bacteria and increases white blood cell/stem cell production. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) creates substantial, expedited healing for acute and chronic Neurological conditions, Developmental Disorders (ADHD/Autism), Brain injury/Concussion, Autoimmune conditions, Lyme Disease, Migraines, Headaches, Musculoskeletal and athletic injuries, Athletic recovery, Post-surgical healing, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Wellness and more. Research has proven that treatment is cumulative and is recommended at 60-90 minutes over 40-80 treatments for optimal results.


HBOT has two primary mechanisms of action – Hyperoxygenation and a decrease in bubble size.

  1. Hyperoxygenation is an application of Henry’s law and results from an increase in dissolved oxygen in plasma as a result of increased partial pressure of arterial oxygen.
  2. Decrease in bubble size is an application of Boyle’s law according to which the volume of a bubble decreases directly in proportion to increasing pressure (it is the primary mechanism at work in management of decompression sickness and arterial gas embolism)

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