HYPERBARIC CHAMBER

Enhance Physiotherapy Albury-Wodonga is home to the only Hyperbaric Chamber on the border! Our Hyperbaric Chamber provides specialised Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) which involves breathing concentrated levels of oxygen in a pressurised chamber.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a well-established, first line treatment for conditions including*:

Decompression sickness

Wounds that won’t heal

Other conditions with strong evidence to be treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) include*:

Burns

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Crush injury

Gangrene

Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death

Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death

There is also developing evidence to support that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can effectively treat the following conditions*:

Brain injury

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Fibromyalgia

Lyme Disease

Migraine

Spinal cord injury

Sports injury

Stroke

In Enhance Physiotherapy’s Hyperbaric Chamber, oxygen is delivered at a concentration of 97% purity (normal air only 21% pure oxygen) and the chambers air pressure is increased to 1.35 times normal air pressure which allows your bloods plasma to absorb the increased level of oxygen at a cellular level which helps to promote healing.

How Does It Work?

Your body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.

Risks

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally a safe procedure. Complications are rare. But this treatment does carry some risk.

Potential risks include:

  • Temporary nearsightedness (myopia) caused by temporary eye lens changes
  • Middle ear injuries, due to increased air pressure
  • Lung collapse caused by air pressure changes (barotrauma)
  • Seizures as a result of too much oxygen (oxygen toxicity) in your central nervous system

Enhance Physiotherapy’s staff check closely for any risk factors before you enter the chamber and monitor you throughout the whole process to avoid any complications.

What you can expect

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the air pressure in the chamber is increased to 1.35 times normal air pressure. The increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears — similar to what you might feel in an airplane or at a high elevation. You can relieve that feeling by yawning or swallowing. There is a mattress and pillow inside the chamber for your comfort and your session will last for 1 hour. You will have a communication device to contact us at any point and our team will check on you regularly during the compression and decompression phase of the therapy.

After hyperbaric oxygen therapy

You may feel somewhat tired or hungry following your treatment. This doesn’t limit normal activities.

Results

To benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you’ll likely need more than one session. The number of sessions depends on your medical condition. Some conditions, such as acute sports injury or carbon monoxide poisoning might be treated in as little as 3 visits. Other conditions, such as non-healing wounds, may require 20 to 40 treatments. Enhance Physiotherapy has membership options or treatment packs available for purchase to make HBOT even more affordable for you.

 

To effectively treat conditions, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan and administered with other therapies and medications that fit your individual needs. We suggest that you consult with your doctor or specialist and liaise with your physiotherapist during treatment.

 

* Studies performed that demonstrate the benefits listed above have been tested on patients using hard-shell chambers which reach pressures in excess of 2 x atmospheric pressure. As our chamber is portable (soft-shell) it operates at lower atmospheric pressures which may reduce the amount of oxygen your blood plasma absorbs in comparison to these studies.