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Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Apr 30, 2024 06:30AM ● By Dr. Lina Sakr

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has long been recognized as a valuable medical treatment, particularly in hard-shell chambers constructed of durable materials such as glass and steel. These chambers, such as the three utilized at Naples Center for Functional Medicine, offer the capability to administer 100 percent oxygen at 1.3 to 3.0 atmospheres absolute (ATA), making them effective for enhancing wound healing and treating decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning and intestinal infections. By contrast, soft-shell chambers, which possess their own niche, have limited applications, because they operate using compressed air and can achieve pressures of only up to 1.3 ATA, delivering approximately 24 percent oxygen.

The therapeutic mechanism of HBOT involves the inhalation of high concentrations of oxygen within a pressurized environment. This process results in significantly elevated levels of oxygen dissolved in blood plasma, facilitating its transport throughout the body, including problem areas. The implications of this oxygen-rich plasma are profound, stimulating stem cell production, bolstering immune system function, reducing edema and accelerating wound healing. HBOT also helps to manage post-surgical pain, as well as reducing the need for pain medication.

NCFM receives referrals from plastic surgeons for HBOT pre- and post-procedural treatments to expedite wound healing and minimize scarring. Additionally, the technique is increasingly recognized for its potential in addressing cognitive decline and early dementia. Neurocognitive testing is employed to gauge the progress of patients undergoing HBOT treatments, which have shown promise in reducing inflammation, enhancing cell regeneration and exhibiting anti-aging effects.

The administration of HBOT at NCFM is overseen by a skilled staff to ensure optimal patient care and safety. Prior to commencement of therapeutic sessions, patients undergo thorough examinations by physicians, including chest X-rays and assessments for contraindications. Detailed guidelines are provided regarding items prohibited within the chamber, such as skin products, patches, certain fabric or jewelry.

HBOT has demonstrated efficacy in managing a diverse array of conditions ranging from migraines and peripheral neuropathy to fibromyalgia and autism. It also holds potential in mitigating the symptoms of serious neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, ALS and Alzheimer’s.

For those seeking further information or considering HBOT, Dr. Lina Sakr extends her expertise at the Naples Center for Functional Medicine, located at 800 Goodlette-Frank Rd., N., Ste. 270. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 239-649-7400 or visit

Naples Center for Functional Medicine - 800 Goodlette Rd Ste 270 Naples FL

Naples Center for Functional Medicine - 800 Goodlette Rd Ste 270, Naples, FL

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