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Few therapies hold as much promise as Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or mHBOT. This innovative approach involves the use of oxygen in a pressurized environment exceeding 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA). The profound impact of mHBOT on the human body is a testament to its potential for holistic well-being.

How mHBOT Enhances Oxygen Delivery

The core principle behind mHBOT is pressure. By subjecting patients to higher pressures, this therapy allows oxygen to dissolve and penetrate deeply into various bodily fluids, including blood plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, and synovial fluid. This process, grounded in Henry’s Law of Gases, ensures that oxygen reaches its intended destinations, independent of Red Blood Cell or Hemoglobin counts.

Enhanced Oxygenation: A Vital Need for Healing

Why is enhanced oxygenation so crucial? The answer lies in the profound impact it has on our body’s natural healing processes. Unlike our typical blood supply, which relies solely on red blood cells to transport oxygen, mHBOT increases oxygen penetration by up to 400%. This means oxygen can reach tissues and organs that may have restricted blood flow, a vital component of the healing journey.

The Soda Can Analogy: Shrinking Oxygen for Greater Benefits

To understand how oxygen molecules achieve this incredible feat, picture a soda can. When carbon dioxide (CO2) particles are under pressure, they shrink, allowing them to dissolve into the liquid. The moment you crack open the can, releasing pressure, the CO2 particles expand, creating fizz. Similarly, oxygen molecules reduce in size under pressure, dissolving into the blood plasma. This phenomenon exponentially increases oxygen delivery throughout the body, even to inflamed or oxygen-starved tissues, fostering optimal cellular activity and healing.

Oxygen: The Key to Cellular Vitality

Oxygen is more than just a life-sustaining gas; it’s the linchpin of cellular vitality. In the process known as aerobic respiration, oxygen serves as the final electron acceptor in the Electron Transport Chain, where adenosine triphosphate (ATP), our body’s energy currency, is produced. Without oxygen, ATP production falters, compromising the function and healing of every cell in our body, from organs to muscles and bones.

Empowering Brain Health with mHBOT

When it comes to neurological conditions, the brain’s energy needs are paramount. Patients recovering from brain injuries, concussions, migraines, or grappling with stress and depression can find hope in mHBOT. It supports the brain’s energy demands, promotes neuroplasticity (the strengthening of neurological pathways), and fosters healthier brain function.

Expanding Possibilities

The versatility of mHBOT extends beyond the expected. While it’s well-known for its role in brain injury and neurological conditions, mHBOT offers hope to those with a range of off-label conditions. From pain management and autoimmune diseases to wound healing, athletic recovery, and even conditions like ADHD and autism, mHBOT is illuminating new paths to well-being.

Concussion/mild Traumatic Brain InjuryMigraines
Post-surgical healingDepression
DysautonomiaAutoimmune disease
PainNeuropathy/Nerve Injury
LymeMusculoskeletal injury
Crohn’s/IBSBurns/Wound Healing
Sports Injury/Athletic RecoveryPost-concussion syndrome
ADHD Spectrum/Learning disabilitiesAutism


MacArthur, A. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Portland Chiropractic Neurology. https://portchiro.com/our-care/service/mild-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy