We’re excited to now offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy!
Using the latest technology in HBOT, soft-sided hyperbaric chambers, Salus Integrative Medicine has brought this incredible, therapeutic technology to Paso Robles. Our treatment sessions last 60 minutes at pressure where we provide a mattress, pillow, and blanket for your comfort to relax and enjoy your therapy.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been used to treat the following conditions:
|Acute acoustic trauma|
|Acute and chronic anemia|
|Acute Mountain Sickness *|
|Air or Gas Embolism *|
|ALS (aka “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”)|
|Arterial Insufficiencies *|
|Autism Spectrum Disorder|
|Candida and fungal infections|
|Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Inhalation *|
|Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Complicated By Cyanide Poisoning *|
|Central Retinal Artery Occlusions *|
|Chronic Fatigue Syndrome|
|Closed Head Injury|
|Clostridal Myositis and Myonecrosis/Gas Gangrene *|
|Complications Of Radiation Therapy/Radiation Tissue Damage *|
|Cosmetic surgery recovery|
|Crush Injury *|
|Decompression Sickness (aka The Bends) *|
|Exceptional Blood Loss/Anemia *|
|Hypoxic induced epilepsy|
|Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss *|
|Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death|
|Intracranial Abscess *|
|Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections *|
|Non-healing Wounds *|
|Nonhealing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer|
|Reattachment Surgery Recovery|
|Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death|
|Skin Grafts and Flaps *|
|Spinal cord injury|
|Thermal Burns *|
|Traumatic Brain Injury|
*18 of the conditions on this list are approved by the FDA for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment; all others are considered off-label use.
Frequently Asked Questions about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Q: What should I wear to my HBOT treatment?
A: Many patients choose to take a nap while in the chamber, so bring or wear something comfortable. You are welcome to change at our office if you would like. Some patients find it is more difficult to get in and out of the chamber in restrictive clothing, like jeans.
Q: Is it hot or cold inside the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber?
A: It can be a bit seasonal, but is usually on the colder side once it is operating. We have many blankets here for your comfort. In the winter you may want to bring a sweater into the chamber, too.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: You’ll want to discuss this with your doctor. We sell HBOT treatments in packages of 5, 10, and 20 as well as individually. New studies are coming out frequently with information on the uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in specific situations, including this one which captured MRI scans of U.S. Military Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
Q: What if I’m worried about claustrophobia in the HBOT chamber?
A: We provide everyone with a two-way radio (“walkie-talkie”) and attach the other device to a staff member so that you have immediate assistance at any time. Bring your cell phone in with your and/or a book or distraction puzzle to occupy your mind. The chamber has windows and we can leave the lights on or off at your request. Some people find the therapy makes them sleepy, despite their anxiety and are asleep within a few minutes. It’s worth trying at least once.
Here are a few extra tips from one of our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy patients:
- Go to the restroom before going into the chamber because the pressure on your body may make you regret not doing so
- Bring gum (they have some if you forget)
- Put on chapstick before you go in as the oxygen mask blowing air can be drying
- When going into the chamber, start with one foot first then your body; it’s much easier than starting with your head
- Lie on your back until you’re pressurized or one ear will pressurize without the other
- If you don’t feel any air, your mask might be too loose on your face, but don’t pull too tight or those band marks will last all day!
- Use a sleep tracker app before, during, and after your treatment period when you’re sleeping at night and you’ll probably notice some differences
- Eat protein before treatments
- Drink lots of water after (not before, see item #1)