At the Spiegel Center, we offer a safe and effective treatment called mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBOT). This non-invasive therapy involves being placed in a specially designed chamber where you will experience an increase in air pressure and elevated oxygen levels. The combination of air pressure and higher oxygen levels will allow your body to absorb more oxygen, which can help to enhance your body's natural healing abilities. By introducing more oxygen into your bloodstream, mHBOT can help stimulate cell growth, reduce inflammation, and promote tissue repair. This therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, sports injuries, and neurological disorders.

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, has been used for decades to treat decompression sickness (the “bends”), carbon monoxide poisoning, skin grafts, and soft tissue infections. It involves breathing highly oxygenated air inside a pressurized chamber. The air pressure in the chamber is raised two to three times the normal atmosphere, and the oxygen concentration of the air is increased to 100%. 

Typically, oxygen enters our lungs and is absorbed by red blood cells. With HBOT, the lungs receive more oxygen, which is absorbed not only by red blood cells but also diffused into the blood plasma itself. This absorption by the plasma allows more oxygen to saturate the body’s tissues and deliver oxygen to areas of the body where red blood cells cannot reach. Increased oxygen intake is essential for your body’s cells to create energy to resolve any health issues you might be experiencing.

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How is mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy different?

While HBOT involves high pressure with 100% oxygen levels, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBOT), as the name implies, is a milder form that still has beneficial results. The chamber’s air pressure is raised to only 1.3 to 1.5 atmospheres, and the oxygen levels are increased to 40%. This lower pressure is safer for patients with certain medical conditions or difficulty with pressure changes.

What are the benefits of mHBOT?

Because mHBOT helps bring more oxygen into your body, your cells have more energy to repair skin cells, heal damaged tissue, and destroy bacteria. mHBOT therapy can also help the following conditions:

  • Reduce the appearance of skin aging
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase production of collagen
  • Improve cellular metabolism/efficiency
  • Activate healing genes
  • Stimulate DNA to produce growth and repair hormones
  • Increase blood flow/circulation
  • Release stem cells
  • Reduce pain in certain conditions
  • Help wound healing

mHBOT might also be able to improve muscle function in people with low physical activity, prevent or improve type 2 diabetes, prevent cataracts, improve high blood pressure, improve arthritis, possibly help prevent Parkinson's disease, reduce sun-related skin pigmentation, shrink age spots, increase metabolism, and reduce muscle atrophy.

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Are there any complications with mHBOT?

mHBOT is a non-invasive and relatively safe treatment, but some individuals may experience certain side effects. One such side effect is ear popping, similar to what happens during an airplane ride. Another possible side effect is the feeling of claustrophobia while inside the chamber. Another potential complication is barotrauma - an injury due to the inability to equalize the air pressure inside the body. Barotrauma usually affects the middle ear or sinuses and can cause discomfort. Temporary myopia (blurred vision) may occur, and in rare cases, cataracts may re-cloud. mHBOT is not recommended if you have the following:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Pregnancy
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Pacemaker
  • Seizures/epilepsy

The Spiegel Center's mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBOT) is a gentler, safer alternative to traditional hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). The extensive benefits of mHBOT range from cosmetic enhancements to physiological improvements. Its positive effects on skin aging, inflammation reduction, and pain relief, coupled with its ability to stimulate collagen production, activate healing genes, and release stem cells, underscore its comprehensive approach to wellness.

Why Choose The Spiegel Center

The Spiegel Center is unmatched in delivering natural-looking and beautiful results while ensuring a smooth and excellent experience completely tailored to you. It stands out as a distinguished medical facility, offering patients access to the latest and most advanced procedures available. The Spiegel Center is one of the top practices in the world, and each member of our team is here to support patients on their journeys to becoming their true selves. Each surgical team member was hand-selected by Dr. Spiegel for their high level of skill, and they consider it a privilege to help patients become who they want to be.

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