Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing almost pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber to treat various health conditions and improve quality of life. During this treatment your lungs can gather much more oxygen than would be possible breathing oxygen at normal air pressure. The oxygen-rich air drives up to 1200% more oxygen into the bloodstream and other fluids.
Not only does breathing pressurized oxygen help the red blood cells to carry more oxygen throughout the body, but it also activates the body’s ability to transport oxygen in the plasma. When your blood carries this extra oxygen throughout your body, it helps repair tissues and restore normal body functions. The goal is to saturate the blood with enough oxygen to help fight bacteria and stimulate the release of so called growth factors and stem cells to promote healing and longevity.
The time you will be in the chamber is around 90 minutes, including the time it needs at the beginning to build up the pressure and to release the pressure back to normal at the end of the session.
Besides its primary use to treat diving-related illnesses, the HBOT has been approved to treat various conditions such as wound healing, post-Covid symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome, inadequate blood flow in the arteries, anaemia, certain bone or skin infections and crush injuries.
The benefits of oxygen can benefit anyone, not just those suffering from a medical condition. Increasing your oxygenation levels has shown to be important for our health, wellbeing and vitality. More and more studies show the promising results of HBOT, such as the lengthening of telomeres, which are key markers for anti-ageing, and improvement of cognitive functions.
During the HBOT therapy, you lie comfortably in a chamber. The pressure of the chamber will be steadily increased up to 1.5 times the normal atmospheric pressure up to 55 kPa, while pure oxygen is flowing into the chamber.
While the pressure is changing inside the chamber, you may experience a temporary feeling of pressure in your ears, similar to traveling in an airplane or driving up and down a mountain road. Yawning, chewing or swallowing movements can help to equalize the pressure and alleviate discomfort. Our staff will provide you will all necessary instructions before using the chamber.
Once the air pressure in the chamber has reached its stable peak after about 10 minutes, you may just rest, sleep, relax or read a book. The time inside the with maximum pressure lasts about 60 minutes.
The decompression time takes about 10-15 minutes, during which you might feel a popping sensation in the ears again as the pressure releases. Usually, no immediate after-effects are felt and you can continue with your daily activities after the session.
Optimum oxygen levels can improve wound healing, eyesight, mental clarity, boost your immune system, reduce stress levels and fight chronic fatigue. It also helps with recovery after exercise, eliminating toxins and harmful bacteria from the body. Because of increased oxygen levels in our blood, we feel more alive, our body is healthier and we think more clearly.
Here is a list of the most common benefits at one glance:
- Faster wound healing and tissue repair
- Improving the body’s oxygen levels
- Fighting bacteria, decreasing inflammation and boosting the immune system
- Releasing growth factors and promoting stem cell mobilization
- Promoting the body’s natural ability to heal
- Faster recovery after injuries
- Improving mental performance and brain function
- Increasing energy levels by revitalizing mitochondria
- Restoring normal body functions
You can come in your everyday clothes, basically you can wear any clothes that feel comfortable.
Udara has two individual hard-shell chambers from a reputable manufacturer with more than 15 years of experience in hyperbaric chambers.
In our chambers, the pressure goes up to a maximum of 55 kPa (1.5 ATA).
If you breathe with the oxygen mask, which will be provided for you, the oxygen concentration is around 90%-96%. The ambient oxygen concentration inside the chamber is about 39%-45% (vs. 21% of oxygen in normal atmosphere).
The machine uses a molecular sieve oxygen concentrator with PSA technology, which compresses the oxygen from the surrounding air.
Yes, there is an emergency button inside the chamber, which you can press to get out of the chamber by yourself. Yet, please remember that it is more comfortable for your ears to get out slowly, so the ears can better adjust to the pressure change. Our staff is stand-by and can be called with a telephone button inside the chamber whenever you need help. Even during a power cut, the chamber is very safe as it is saturated with oxygen and can be opened manually from outside and inside in an easy way.
Udara Bali is a wellness hotel and not a medical facility. If you have any doubts, concerns or questions in regards to using the HBOT, please seek and obtain medical advice from your doctor. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber therapy (HBOT) is intended to enhance, not replace any drugs or treatment program prescribed or recommended by a physician or health professional. The use of the chamber is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure or prevent any disease.
Yes, you can stop the treatment at any point. Our staff is stand-by and you can communicate through a telephone button inside the chamber.
The effects of the HBOT are very individual. Some feel more energized right after the first session, some conditions might need a series of treatments in order to feel an improvement. Generally, the effects of the treatments cumulate with each session, similar to going to the gym. The HBOT can be done up to five times per week with one session per day for several weeks in a row.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently recognizes hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for 14 conditions:
Air or Gas Embolism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Smoke Inhalation
Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
Crush Injury & Other Acute Traumatic Ischemias
Diabetic Lower Extremity Wounds
Failed Skin Grafts and Flaps
Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
Radiation Tissue Damage
Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
More and more research in various countries shows promising effects of the Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for various other conditions, such as Long Covid, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Arthritis and many more.
While recent studies support the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help treat various medical conditions, individual results may vary. Dr. Jason Sonners states that “Hyperbaric is not a cure-all, nor is it meant to be applied as a therapy on its own and by itself. There is a strong synergy when this adjunctive therapy delivering high levels of necessary oxygen to the body's cells for increased healing capacity is combined with other functional medicine therapies, and the results are greater than the sum of their parts.”
Please consult your treating physician first before commencing the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber treatments. Some health conditions may indicate a use shortly after an incident, such as treatment of concussion or wound healing.
The HBOT is a non-invasive treatment with very few potential side effects and contra-indications. Certain conditions and diseases might prevent you from using the HBOT, such as cold symptoms, fever, ear or sinus infections, heart or lung conditions and pregnancy.
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In some cases, mild irritation to the ear drum may occur. There might be side effects of using the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, such as discomfort in the ears and sinuses caused by pressure changes or dizziness. HBOT may in rare cases cause ear drum perforation, oxygen toxicity, change of vision, or lung rupture. When using the chamber, you agree to follow the instructions of the Udara staff to minimize any risks and prevent side effects during the use of HBOT.
Yes, we do offer packages of 10 sessions (get 2 free!) and monthly unlimited packages upon request.