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Summary and recommendations using the BioBarica Medium Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

 

The Biobarica (RevitalAir) 430 chamber is a soft chamber that goes to a maximum of 1,4 ATM and uses 90% Oxygen enriched air from an Airsep Oxygen concentrator. The BioBarica chamber is an ancillary therapy and no claims, either real or implied are being made. This type of hyperbaric therapy is considered medium pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT).

 

There are 15 classified medical conditions for which hard chamber HBOT is officially approved (arterial gas embolism, decompression sickness, Carbon monoxide poisoning, Clostridial Myositis and myonecrosis (Gas gangrene), crush injuries, compartment Syndrome and other traumatic ischaemias, enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds, necrotising soft tissue infections, refractory osteomyelitis, delayed radiation injury, compromised skin grafts and flaps, acute thermal burns, severe blood loss anaemia, inoperable brain abscesses, central retinal artery thrombosis, idiopathic sudden, sensorineural hearing loss). More information on accredited hard chambers can be obtained from the Southern African Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association (www.sauhma.org).

 

In recent years, it has become internationally accepted that many other conditions may benefit from the process of “hyperoxia”; which is the process of increasing the level of Oxygen within the body.

 

mHBOT assists as a co-adjuvant therapy with a very large number of conditions where mHBOT has proved very successful but are not yet endorsed by the medical schemes as medical treatments due to ongoing clinical research.

 

A brief summary of conditions where mHBOT serves as a co-adjuvant therapy includes but are not limited to: 

 

General use: Stress, Depression, Rejuvenation.

Neurology: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease.

Wound Care: Burns & Grafts, Diabetic Ulcers.

Musculoskeletal Recovery: Sports Injuries, Muscle, tendon & bone injuries

Chronic Conditions: Cancer, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Varicose Veins, Sleep Disorders, Circulatory Disorders, Migraines & Headaches

  

Entering a Biobarica (RevitalAir) 430 chamber signifies a clear understanding and acceptance of these recommendations and a declaration that there are no conditions present that would impede or harm a person from using the chamber. 

 

General

 

Biobarica hyperbaric sessions invoiced directly through Oxygenate (Pty) Ltd will be treated as private and are not medical aid claimable. All packages carry a three-month expiry period from date of purchase. Sessions not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance will be fully charged. Late sessions will be cut down in time accordingly. There will be no reimbursement of packages after three sessions have been used.

 

Medical Aid

 

At present, mHBOT administered by a Biobarica chamber is not covered by medical aids in South Africa.

 

Session duration and frequency

 

mHBOT consist of a series of sessions inside the Biobarica 430 chamber for period from 60 to 90 minutes. The amount of sessions and their duration will vary from person to person.

 

Informed Consent declaration

 

I hereby authorize Oxygenate (Pty) Ltd and any agent, employee, franchisee or otherwise nominated person thereof to perform medium pressure hyperbaric Oxygen therapy on me using a Biobarica 430 chamber.

 

I fully understand the pressurization and de-pressurization process and the associated risks thereof.

 

I acknowledge that the Biobarica system is considered Medium Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; and is not considered Hyperbaric Medicine.

 

I have been informed of the risks, benefits and foreseeable complications. I recognize that no guarantees or claims have been given to me with regards to the results of Medium Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. I acknowledge that medium Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is an adjunctive therapy and should be used in conjunction with other primary modes of healthcare.

 

I understand that hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, and specifically Medium hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a complimentary therapy and does not constitute a treatment on its own. I understand that no guarantee of healing or cure of any disorder can be given and understand that Oxygenate (Pty) Ltd and any agent, employee, franchisee or otherwise nominated person can be held liable in the absence of healing.

 

Prior to each session, before entering the Biobarica 430 chamber, I undertake to inform the operator if I have a cold, otitis, coughing or other recent pulmonary infection, sinusitis or if I have other symptoms at the moment outside of the ordinary that I consider has to be reported.

 

Once I have entered the Biobarica 430 chamber I shall immediately inform the chamber operator if I suffer any earache or any other relevant medical symptoms.

 

I note that I should come to each session bathed and wounds dressed. I further note that I should be free of uncontrolled high blood pressure and dizziness and must have eaten within the hour previous to treatment if I am Diabetic.

 

I consent and will comply with the aforementioned conditions to enter a Biobarica 430 chamber. I have been given the opportunity to ask all questions pertaining to the session and all have been answered fully and satisfactorily in easy terms for my understanding.

 

BioBarica and Oxygenate (Pty) Ltd hereby indemnifies themselves, members, directors, instructors, employees, officers, franchisees and agents from all liability or responsibility whatsoever for bodily injury, damage to or loss of property or death, howsoever caused, and indemnifies and holds harmless the indemnified parties against any claim, loss, demands, liability, costs and expenses of whatsoever nature which may be made against any of them (including the costs incurred in defending or contesting any such claim) arising out of or connected with any agreement undertaken. I hereby confirm that I accept the above disclaimer.

Payment and Reimbursements, Cancellations and no shows. 

 

Once payment has been received by Oxygenate or any of its affiliated branches, NO CASH will be refunded for unused sessions. All endeavors will be made to accommodate clients preferred sessions times and locations. Packages expire within 3 months of purchase. Late cancellations and no shows (less than 24 hours) will be charged in full. Monthly package holders will be invoiced separately at standard rates. 

Chronic illness

Each chronic illness has it's own difficulties and treatment protocol.

Oxygen therapy serves to aid various therapies in their

quest to cure or treat various illnesses.

Parkinsons
Alzheimer's Disease
Cancer
Stroke
Sleep Apnea
Multiple sclerosis
Autism
Cerebral Palsy
Peripheral Neuropathy
Circulatory Disorders
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Arthritis
Fibromyalgia
Chronic Pain
Parkinson's

Those suffering from Parkinson's have found that oxygen therapy made a notable difference in tremours and improved general wellbeing. Parkinson's is caused by damage to a certain part of the brain. Higher levels of oxygen leads to regeneration of these damaged neurons.

Cancer

Cancer cells thrive in an environment of low oxygen and high sugar intake. By decreasing the amount of sugar in the diet and using oxygen therapy, cancer struggles to spread and survive. Oxygen therapy can also aid in strengthening the immune system after bouts of chemotherapy. Oxygenate can help you strengthen your immune system

Sleep Apnea

The narrowing of the airway reduces air and oxygen to the body and leads to a lower oxygen level. Oxygen therapy leads to an increase in oxygen saturation in the body, possibly giving back what the body needs.

Autism

Studies show that oxygen therapy aids in reducing inflammation in the brain. This is coupled with higher levels of enriched oxygenated blood to key areas of the brain that could help in the treatment of Autistic behaviour.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Oxygen therapy can aid in the treatment of peripheral neural damage. An increase in circulation and higher levels of oxygen in key brain areas may lead to regeneration and ultimately, better movement.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Studies have found relief from the main symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome using oxygen therapy. Some of these include weakness, muscle and joint pain, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, indigestion and impaired brain function.

Fibromyalgia

Studies suggest that oxygen therapy could help break the pain cycle associated with Fibromyalgia. Oxygen therapy also showed improvements in areas of the brain that lead to the experience of pain.

Alzheimer's disease
Stroke

Studies have found that oxygen therapy can slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease. Poor blood flow to the brain has been seen as a factor in Alzheimer's disease. Oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen present in the brain and aims to reverse this side effect of lower oxygen levels.

Our brain uses about 20% of the oxygen we breathe. This is not enough to regenerate after a stroke event. Oxygen therapy aims to increase the levels of oxygen available to the brain to aid in neuron regeneration.

Multiple Sclerosis

In a study, a male that was permanently disabled experienced improvements in speech, cognition, gait, and urinary habits. Oxygen therapy can aid the brain in receiving more oxygen. This could result in the improvement in managing Multiple Sclerosis.

Cerebral Palsy

A study where children with Cerebral Palsy were treated with oxygen therapy showed promising results. Improved gross motor function, fine motor control, reduced spasticity and individual improvements noted by the parents were noted.

Circulatory Disorders
Arthritis

One of the biggest aids of oxygen therapy is the increase of circulation. Those suffering from circulatory disorders experience different side effects of reduced blood flow to key areas. By increasing circulation, these side effects of poor circulation are managed.

Studies show a marked decrease in the side effects of Arthritis. Inflammation causes pain and oxygen therapy has been shown to relieve pain and discomfort caused by inflammation in various areas of the body.

Chronic Pain

Oxygen therapy has been found to reduce pain in numerous studies. Breaking the pain cycle can be achieved through various treatments and oxygen therapy has been found to offer a role in the list of therapies available.

Advice and motivators for dealing with Chronic illness

Acceptance

Support

We generally try to avoid things we don't like. By accepting a condition or illness, we ready our minds to fight it. Take your time and don't pressurise yourself to accept it immediately.

Friends, family, healthcare workers or any other form of support will help. We're in this for the long run, so don't go through this alone.

Optimise

Believe

Find ways to work around your chronic illness or disease and optimise your day and life. By getting creative and practical, one can still achieve and progress even while dealing with a chronic illness or disease.

Believe in your doctors, your treatment, your support and in yourself. Humans are capable of great things and we never know how far we can go. Back yourself, you've got this.