Hyperbaric Air Therapy (HAT) provided as ambient air under pressure
“Hyperbaric air therapy (HAT) is a great stress reducer and stress reduction goes a long way!”. Also, Dr Wald provides “Nutritional Hyperbaric Therapy” that involves applying a specially formulated topical cream to the skin. This topical cream contains a variety of nutrients that are absorbed into the skin, but pushed further into the blood stream when the patient is receiving their hyperbaric treatment”, says, Dr Wald.
Hyperbaric oxygen is different and is used for advanced disease in medicine and usually for limited periods of time.
Hyperbaric oxygen is used for extremely critical health problems like the bends or necrotic tissues. The risks of hyperbaric oxygen are explosion and oxygen-toxicity - neither of which are possible with hyperbaric air therapy - this treatment is NOT what Dr. Wald provides.
Hyperbaric air therapy (HAT) provides 19-21% oxygen while the person is relaxing in a hyperbaric chamber under varying amounts of air pressure. “Patients tell me that they feel very relaxed when receiving HAT because they are breathing normally and either sitting in a chair or on a cushion on the ground of the chamber..
NUTRITIONAL HYPERBARIC THERAPY (NHT) - INVESTIGATIONAL/EXPERIMENTAL*
Nutritional Hyperbaric Therapy (NHT)
Hyperbaric therapy has medically approved uses when 100% oxygen is utilized. The use of standard hyperbaric oxygen therapy utilized in allopathic medicine is restricted in terms of indications and safety as 100% oxygen runs the risk of oxygen toxicity, tissue damage and explosions. Dr. Wald makes available to his patients ambient air hyperbaric therapy that uses ambient air (from the surrounding environment that is filtered) and fed into the chamber under pressure. There are no studies regarding the use of ambient air hyperbaric therapy at this time for use with any medical or health condition or for preventative purposes.
Something special offered by Dr. Wald…
Nutritional Hyperbaric Therapy (NHT) is the method of choice for stress relief chosen by Dr. Wald and involves the use of ambient air that on average contains between 19-21% oxygen. This ambient air is filtered (cleaned) prior to entering the mild-hyperbaric chamber at a pressure of around 1.5 pounds per square inch of pressure.
NHT does not run the risk of oxygen toxicity because this only happens with higher than normal (i.e., 100%) of oxygen. Dr. Wald combines NHT with a topical nutritional lotions that the individual rubs on their skin prior to entering the hyperbaric chamber.
The pressure of the hyperbaric chamber has the potential of pushing the nutrition through the skin, a type of absorption known as transdermal absorption, such that the blood receives the nutrition directly bypassing the digestive tract. Read more about Dr. Wald’s NHT breakthrough below. There are well documented effects of transdermal (through the skin) nutrition increasing blood levels of certain nutrients. There is no scientific studies regarding the combined use of hyperbaric pressure combined with transdermal nutrition. Therefore, use of ambient air hyperbaric and/or transdermal nutrition is not a proven therapy for treatment of any health condition.
To read details regarding the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for many health issues involving cancer, cardiovascular disease, the nervous system, the immune system and more please go to: http://bit.ly/J6Cf5v. These references are specific to medical hyperbaric therapy and are not for ambient air hyperbaric therapy.
Additional Scientific Reference can be accessed by clicking on the Scientific References button located in this section of our website.
The Hyperbaric Chamber
Our state-of-the-art portable chamber has plenty of room for the patient to sit and read a book, listen to music or just relax. The chambers are designed for one person to be treated at a time. The chamber is has a clear, so you will be able to see outside. Communication with the hyperbaric technician is possible both through the window of the chamber and via an alarm system held in the hand or placed on the lap. During treatment, the chamber is “compressed” to a pressure that is 2 to 4.1 times that of sea level. This is the same pressure a scuba diver feels at 33 to 45 feet under the surface of the ocean.
You will notice a lot of “air noise” during your treatment. This is a normal part of the chamber function and your ears may “pop” just like what people often experience in an airplane that is ascending to a higher altitude.
How Does the Hyperbaric Chamber Work?
Normally, the atmosphere exerts 14.7 pounds per square inch of pressure on your body at sea level while you breathe air that is approximately 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. During an HBOT treatment, you will breathe 19-21% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure within the chamber. This combination of oxygen and increased pressure causes large amounts of oxygen to be dissolved in your blood and tissues higher than the usual amount of oxygen dissolved. This dissolved oxygen can penetrate areas that red blood cells cannot reach, revitalizing tissues that receive poor
blood flow or potentially enhancing the health of tissues that do not have compromised oxygenation.
What Will I Feel during Treatment?
During your treatment, you sit upright inside the chamber. The chamber door will be closed, and you will begin to hear the air circulating. During this pressurization phase, you may feel a "fullness" or "pressure" sensation in your ears. A hyperbaric technician will be outside the chamber at the start of the therapy to assist and coach you on how to clear your ears and to address any other needs you may have. Compression generally lasts five minutes, depending on how effectively you are able to clear your ears. When you have reached the prescribed treatment pressure, the "fullness" or "pressure" sensation will cease. During treatment, you will be able to watch TV or a movie on an ipad, or listen to music or a book on CD. The total treatment time is approximately 30-60 minutes, and sometimes longer, depending upon the judgment of our doctors.
Are there Any Other Effects?
Generally, patients do not experience side effects from HBOT. However, some patients report a crackling sensation in their ears between treatments. This may be relieved in the same manner you clear your ears during compression. If the crackling sound continues, please tell one of our staff members. As with all medical procedures and treatments, there are some side effects that may result from exposure to the hyperbaric oxygen. These are rare, but will be discussed with you in detail by the physician before your treatment. Our informed consent outlines other potential side effects for your consideration.
Not every patient will respond well to treatments. If no improvement is seen within 20 to 30 treatments the chance of success is progressively lessened.
After 20 to 30 treatments, when there is a good response, hyperbaric therapy may be stopped. Your body has been given the “kick start” it needed to help you finish healing on your own. For radiation and osteomyelitis, many more treatments may be required.
Each treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours total depending upon your health condition(s). This can involve a good portion of your time, yet is very important that you have all your treatments. Treatments are scheduled Monday through Friday.
Throughout your treatment it is important that you stay in contact with your primary care physician. Our physicians are fully licensed, but their specialty is not in hyperbaric medicine and wound care. For problems not related to your wound care, your physician must remain your constant source of care. Our physicians will keep your primary physician updated on our progress with your care.
During Your Treatment
Do not use any tobacco products while being treated with hyperbaric oxygen. Smoking prevents full oxygen use by the blood and decreases the size of your blood vessels.
Keep your physician up to date on your current medications.
If you become ill (cold, sinus problems, diarrhea, nausea, swollen feet, problems breathing, chest pains, low blood sugar, etc.), inform your primary care physician. If you need to cancel your hyperbaric treatment, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you have diabetes, we will check your blood sugar at the beginning and end of the treatment. HBOT can cause your blood sugar to lower. Your blood sugar should be above 120 before entering the chamber.
You may take a beverage in an approved container into the chamber with you.