We’re thrilled to announce that we’re now offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy at our Council Bluffs clinic. Read on to learn how it works and what you can expect during and after treatment.
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves lying inside a pressurized chamber that releases 95-100% pure oxygen. Often, pressure in the chamber is between 1.5 and 3 times greater than normal air pressure. When your blood carries this extra oxygen throughout your body, it helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of growth factors and stem cells, which promotes healing. With repeated treatments, the extra oxygen can help increase your normal oxygen levels, even after the session ends. This means you can continue reaping benefits of the treatment long after you leave.
What are the benefits of hyperbaric medicine?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (or hyperbaric medicine) has become a popular recovery tool for athletes and non-athletes alike. The non-invasive treatment option can be beneficial for anyone looking to obtain better overall health and wellness. In particular, it can help provide relief for the following conditions:
- Brain abscesses
- Bubbles of air in blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crushing injuries
- Decompression sickness
- Nonhealing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers
- Radiation injuries and skin grafts
- Sports injuries, including medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Vision loss
Other benefits include:
- Increasing collagen production
- Reducing pain and inflammation
- Speeding up recovery time after an infection, sprain, strain, concussion or head injury
- Decreasing the risk of re-injury
Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy safe?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment option. A typical session at our clinic lasts about an hour, and the pressure is constantly monitored to ensure your safety and comfort. However, hyperbaric medicine is not right for everyone. You shouldn’t receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you:
- Have certain types of lung diseases or a collapsed lung
- Are experiencing a cold or a fever, or have tested positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours
- Recently had ear surgery or have a history of ear problems
- Do not like small enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)
In some cases, patients may experience the following side effects, which resolve within a few hours:
- Fatigue or lightheadedness
- Sinus pressure
- Fluid buildup or ear discomfort
Can hyperbaric medicine be used in conjunction with other treatments?
Yes. Like many of the services provided at our clinics, hyperbaric medicine works well in conjunction with other treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, trigger point dry needling, soft tissue therapy and laser therapy.
Is hyperbaric medicine covered by insurance?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an out-of-pocket expense. For your convenience, we offer competitive cash pricing options (see below).
How much does hyperbaric oxygen therapy cost?
- $100 per one-hour session
- $450 for 5 one-hour sessions ($500 value)
- $900 for 10 one-hour sessions ($1,000 value)
- $1,800 for 20 one-hour sessions ($2,000 value)
Through the end of September, we’re offering a special introductory rate (50% off your first session) for anyone who wants to try a hyperbaric treatment. To book an appointment, use our online scheduling tool, or contact us for details.