Pressure and Penetration: (High pressure versus Low Pressure)
It seems that many have an
opinion on which is best high pressure of low pressure hyperbaric.
I have people close to me that swear by 2.8HBOT. This seems in
large part like a medal of honor some wear about what it takes/took to get them the
recovery they need(ed). Problem is I haven’t run in to many people who
have tried both high pressure and low pressure and share the difference.
Much of the hype on pressure to
me seems to be price. People want to think they are getting more for
their money, and more pressure seems to justify their payments. In
truth TIME at pressure is what one wishes to achieve. The more
TIME the more value.
The dive community from where
many would attribute hyperbaric medicine coming from likely drives some
of the “Deeper is better” ideology. Many would say that hyperbaric
medicine came from the efforts of some to dive deeper and/or to overcome
the “bends”. This typically entails taking a person back to a level as
deep as they were diving when they had their accident. (Got
bent)………….Truth be told if you are a diver, it hardly seems like deeper
is better. With more depth you lose bottom time and visibility in many
situations, so those driving the mindset might not have a clear mind set
to begin with. It is just a thought. Deep depths are
not really that good when diving, and deep depth/pressure for HBOT is
not so good as well it would appear. It is a bit of an illusion it
Meanwhile, with all these talks
of deep depth it has been found by some that great pressure on the TBI
(traumatic brain injury)
victim causes some problems.
I began looking at the body’s
need for oxygen much like a garden needs a rain. It might be that
simple. Following a drought the last thing a farmer wants is a
ferocious down pour for an hour or two. It will wash away his seed,
soil, chemicals and do great damage. The majority of the water will run
off because it hasn’t time to do what it needs………..What the farmer
prefers following a drought is a slow, steady rain that lasts a long
time. That will allow the water to penetrate deeper and do what it is
called to do………….Hyperbarics really seems to work like that rain. A
slow, steady pressure for a long period of time is likely far superior
than great pressure for a short period of time. LET THAT SINK
steady pressure for a long period of time is likely far superior than
great pressure for a short period of time.
A problem arises because the
majority of deep diving and high pressure equipment is built,
maintained, and sold at great expense. No one wants the word to get out
that more is not necessarily better. Often a simple soft chamber for
mild hyperbaric will provide more for the user than a fancy,
sophisticated clinic/facility…………The clinic does not want you to know
The components of the human body accept oxygen
under pressure at different times. The first is clearly the lungs. The
lungs deliver pressure oxygen to the blood. The blood delivers to the
muscles, etc. Meanwhile all the body functions and oxygen utilization
is underway. It can take up to 45 minutes for some tissue to become
super-oxygenated. Those tissues will have little time to recover in a
60 minute clinic session. Meanwhile, it may take 45 minutes just to get
started on tendons, ligaments, and deep brain tissue.
Often sessions in a clinic are
limited to 60 minutes or so for scheduling reasons, economic reasons, or
to avoid toxicity issues.
If the session remains at low
pressure considered “mild hyperbaric” then one removes the theoretical
risk of toxicity and can remain under pressure longer. This allows deep tissue to
access more of the benefits of the oxygen, and the longer the tissue is
saturated the more it will retain it in theory. It works much like
the rain. Slow persistent saturation is far more "healthy" for the
The key to hyperbarics from my
perspective is TIME, not pressure.
Figure out how to stay longer and
you will likely see a greater degree of change.
We advocate long and steady, rather than deep and quick. Come see.
You'll appreciate the difference.
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