HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT)
INVIGORATING SUPPLEMENTARY THERAPY FOR RECOVERY AND ANTI-AGEING
With hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) blood plasma can carry many times more oxygen to the tissue than is possible under normal atmospheric pressure which stimulates the regeneration of cells. Apart from providing exceedingly good results for age-related conditions, this invigorating treatment offers solutions for a wide variety of cases. Used to help improve the quality of life for patients with cancer and brain dysfunction, those with chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as those suffering from sports injuries, HBOT is ideal for anyone who is serious about their overall wellbeing.
Kamalaya brings together authentic ancient healing traditions with contemporary complementary therapies to facilitate the nurturing of your being in every way. We harmoniously integrate Eastern and Western traditions in a wellness experience that delivers an optimal balance of body, mind and spirit, ultimately resulting in timeless ageing.
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT) EXPLAINED
Breathing is a fundamental automation of our physical body to keep us alive. On average we breathe approximately 20,000 times a day with about 0.75 kg of oxygen uptake. Oxygen uptake decreases with age causing hypoxia, a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching functional tissues, which in turn results in cardiovascular and lung diseases, chronic infections and inflammation. Typically, the air we breathe contains about 20% oxygen only. However, with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), we can breathe almost 100% pure oxygen.
HBOT is a treatment in which the patient intermittently breathes pure oxygen through an oxygen mask while inside a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurised to greater than sea level pressure (atmosphere absolute or ATA).
This type of therapy is considered supplementary and is used in combination with other wellness treatments or programs accelerating the results exponentially. The treatment is carried out under the close supervision of a medical team, it is non-invasive and completely painless.
The administration of oxygen in conjunction with increased atmospheric pressure allows blood plasma to deliver pure oxygen to the tissue which helps in the healing process, speeds up recovery and reduces microtrauma, injuries, swelling and inflammation by facilitating the growth of new blood vessels.
The range of health concerns that can be addressed through HBOT include:
- Supports anti-ageing and strengthens the immune system
- Accelerates cell growth and tissue repair for a greater overall wellbeing
- Reduces oedema (water retention) by counteracting the lower supply of oxygen to the traumatised area
- Brings oxygen to all body areas and especially the brain, acting as a tonic in hypoxic pathologies like Alzheimer’s and Ictus
- Accelerates the healing of tissues and dermis; improving muscle, tendon and ligament micro-injuries which can lead to significant trauma
- Ideal for the treatment of traumatic events in the acute phase
- Accelerates recovery from injury and prevents injuries
- Assists in body contouring, slimming and cellulite reduction
GOOD TO KNOW
The hyperbaric chamber at Kamalaya operates at 1.3 to 1.5 ATA pressure levels delivering optimal results for mixed general purposes with a high degree of safety. The advantages of using these pressure levels include:
- Safe decompression routine
- Minimum barotrauma, ear trauma or oxygen toxicity risk
- Minimum headache risk due to pressure rise
- Medical research suggests that lower pressure levels work best for neurocognitive conditions
Before a guest undergoes hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the medical team at Kamalaya will examine the guest’s physical condition to ensure safety and prevent any possible complications. Once the approval is received, the guest will be assisted into the hyperbaric chamber. The guest will lie inside the chamber wearing an oxygen mask, while 93 – 97% pure oxygen is released and the atmospheric pressure is increased to greater than normal. While inside the chamber, the guest can adjust their posture and position so that they are comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment.
The therapy session lasts about 60-90 minutes and the number of HBOT sessions will depend on the purpose of the treatment and how well the patient responds to the therapy. When the session is complete, the chamber is slowly depressurised to normal atmospheric pressure before the guest can exit the chamber. This treatment is not suitable for those with claustrophobia.
For the safety of our guests and to deliver the best results, our HBOT utilises monoplace, a single-person chamber, with oxygen administered via a mask. The pressure of oxygen incoming in the mask is 1.3 – 1.5 ATA assuring that the guest inhales only oxygen and that the pressure of the environment in the chamber is optimal.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy does carry some risk of complications, but these are generally mild and are very rare. Complications include ear popping, ear pain, sinus pain and oxygen toxicity.
Nonetheless, careful and accurate diagnosis, a focus on safety at all stages of the treatment and the expertise of our medical team attending the guest at Kamalaya Koh Samui throughout the procedure will both reduce the possibility of any complications and increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
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