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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Calgary

Our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is cost-effective removing the barrier to better health normally only the rich and famous have traditionally had access to! We offer packages as well as single sessions. Click the links to see single rates and package prices.

CAP’s HBOT delivers concentrated oxygen to your cells by increasing atmospheric pressure, bypassing the normal oxygen delivery system. It is important not to confuse our therapy with medical grade HBOTs, which involves significantly higher pressures and oxygen concentrations, and may have more potential for negative side effects.

HBOT is a useful therapy for many purposes, including concussion treatment1. It changes oxygen tension, which is a key signalling mechanism for our mitochondria, our body’s batteries. Other changes induced by consecutive use are:

  • Angiogenesis or regrowth of micro-vascular system, enhancing nutrient delivery,
  • Prophylactic brain health therapy,
  • Speeds healing of certain wounds/injuries,
  • Certain mitochondrial haplotypes require higher oxygen tension to signal optimal production of ATP which is critical for sports recovery and short-term performance, and
  • Useful for recovery in sports involving impacts or where blood flow is compromised due to the nature of the injury.

HBOT can increase healing in the brain after traumatic brain injury. HBOT revives blood flow and oxygen circulation in damaged areas of the body. This allows your cells to begin healing tissues and prevents cell death. HBOT is frequently recommended by physicians as part of a concussion management treatment plan.

CAP has a highly effective and comprehensive Brain Repair Protocol program that often incorporates HBOT that can be an effective treatment for those struggling with long-term concussion symptoms. Medical studies have shown that HBOT improves outcomes in TBI patients. Early intervention is key in concussion treatment and HBOT can be a great way to help ensure the cervicogenic headaches common after a concussion don’t become chronic post-concussion headaches.

In addition to treating concussions, HBOT can also improve brain health by boosting the natural repair mechanism of the brain, known as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the process by which the brain rewires neurons to allow undamaged portions of the brain to take over function from damaged ones. The main fuel for this process is oxygen. After an injury, the brain cannot often get enough oxygen to fuel its healing process. HBOT can help by providing the brain with enough concentrated oxygen to dramatically boost the healing process.

Sports Recovery Protocol:

Recommended Duration: 1 week to 1 month – once a day

HBOT is very popular with athletes for performance enhancing and general health effects. Increase ATP/Energy production before training and for speed recovery/growth post training.

HBOT improves all aspects of mitochondrial and brain function, and optimizes ATP levels offering the following benefits:
  • Improves alertness and concentration
  • Optimizes muscle endurance
  • Reduces systemic inflammation
  • Preventative brain maintenance
  • Improves injury healing time

Plastic Surgery, Hip Replacement and Other Planned Surgeries:

The idea of having surgery is scary for most people. But even before surgery, there’s the problem of recovery — and that can take a long time. The aim of preoperative and postoperative hyperbaric oxygen therapy protocols is to prepare the body and tissue for such intervention, reduce the time of recovery and make recovery less painful.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatments Benefits

  • before surgery to reduce general surgery complications
  • improve recovery following non-surgical cosmetic treatments like chemical peels
  • aid in the treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a common side effect of plastic surgery
  • help avoid necrosis
  • help to minimize scarring
  • improve and accelerate wound healing following surgery

HBOT should be considered as an essential part of the overall management strategy for plastic surgeons

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) before and after Plastic Surgery practice are tightly connected: a large number of conditions treated by this surgical specialty are eligible to benefit from HBO as adjunct treatment. In 2015, the Italian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society updated its current indications for HBOT. Applications related to plastic surgery are several and discussed below.

Several randomized, controlled trials have been conducted to study HBOT in a variety of clinical settings. These studies have shown that HBOT can help patients recover more quickly from surgery, experience less pain, take fewer pain medication, and have a lower risk of infection. Taken together, these studies show that HBOT is an effective means of treating patients after surgery (particularly patients with problems like chronic wounds, edema, or inflammation).

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Injury Recovery Protocol:

Recommended Duration of use: 1 week to 1 month – once a day

Anti-aging (Skin Health):

Recommended Duration of use: Minimum 20 sessions – consecutive if possible

HBOT improves mitochondrial function which affects many parameters of aging by improving oxygen delivery to the entire body. HBOT assists in repairing damaged skin cells and increases stem cell differentiation. It is also very useful for brain/cognitive revitalization.

mTBI/ Concussions an Neurological Disorders:

Recommended Duration: 1 to 2 months – once a day

HBOT increases oxygen delivery to the brain which is often a rate limiting factor for mTBI patients. The use of HBOT preserves brain tissue, induces the re-growth of new blood vessels and activates stem cells.

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Hard Shell vs. Soft Shell HBOT

“The first of the comparative dosing studies was conducted by Wolf et al. found 6-week post-treatment symptom reductions (improvements) of 13% in the HBOT group and 41% in the 1.3 ATA [atmospheres absolute] air group with 10 subtests improved on the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) symptom testing for the 1.3 ATA air group vs. two subsets in the 2.4 ATA oxygen group.

The ‘data’ tables actually show that 60% of the RROI [relative risk of improvement] entries favored the 1.3 ATA air group and only 40% favored the 2.4 ATA oxygen group […]” – Harch PG. Systematic Review and Dosage Analysis: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Efficacy in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Persistent Postconcussion Syndrome.

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Soft Shell HBOT Research

“Breathing regular air under hyperbaric oxygen conditions of 1.3 Atm leads to more than 50% elevation in tissue oxygenation. There are many case reports illustrating significant effects due to small increases in air pressure, including effects on the brain (2,3,4,5). Moreover, even a slight increase in partial pressure, such as to 1.05 Atm at altitude 402 m below sea level (the Dead Sea) can lead to noticeable physiological effects (6-10). Since 50% elevation in tissue oxygen can have significant physiological effects, treatment with room air at 1.3Atm is not an “ineffectual treatment”..(1)

A recent randomized, controlled trial on mTBI patients by Wolf et al (11), used room air at 1.3 Atm as sham control for treatment with 100% oxygen at 2.4 Atm. Both groups revealed significant improvements in cognitive symptoms and in the measure of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). WE find these results very important: they actually demonstrate that the significantly less expensive and logistically simpler treatment of mTBI patients with mild HBNO2 (mild hyperbaric pressure of 1.3Atm and regular air) can lead to meaningful improvements. Interpretation is based on previous studies demonstrating that mild HBNO2 conditons can be effectual treatments (1).

For the first time, convincing results based on a crossover study, demonstrating that HBOT can induce neuroplasticity and significant brain function improvements in mild TBI patients with prolonged Post-Concussion-Syndrome at late chronic stage, years after injury. HBOT can be effective in treating other brain impairments, like easing PTSD symptoms or reparing radiation damage. It is also reasonable to expect that HBOT can help slow down or even reverse metabolic disorders associated with neurodegenerative diseases (1).

Breathing 100% oxygen at 2.4 ATA generate very high oxygen levels in tissues, which can cause an inhibitory effect or even focal toxicity, it is conceivable that HBOT using 2.4 ATA can be less effective than 1.3 ATA or other lower levels of pressure (5).” – Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at 1.3 atm at room temperature is just as effective as 100% oxygen at 2.4 Atm as evidenced by research.

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*Please be aware of Health Canada’s recent advisory dated November 6, 2020 regarding mild hyperbaric oxygen chambers. You can read the advisory here under identification number RA-74275.

We make no claims as to therapeutic efficacy of mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We expressly do not offer to treat any particular medical condition. The information above is merely reflective of the basic understanding of both hyperbaric medicine and in some cases the use of a mild hyperbaric chamber.

Please be aware that mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not performed in our clinic by any member of a regulated health profession in Alberta.

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