Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a gentle and natural way to increase the level of oxygen in the body to stimulate cell growth and repair damage to cells and organs

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HybO2 House

HybO2 House is a cutting-edge hyperbaric oxygen therapy clinic in the centre of Winchester, Hampshire. The clinic houses a selection of superior quality hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers for use by our clients to assist with the treatment of a wide range of ailments, conditions and complaints and to increase overall health, wellbeing and vitality.

If you are interested in purchasing a HybO2 hyperbaric oxygen chamber for use in the home or elsewhere, we sell a wide selection of hard shell and soft shell chambers. Our highly trained team of experts will work with you to ensure your specific requirements are met. More information is available here.

Visit our Contact Us pages to book an appointment or to find out more.

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

The air that we breathe every day of our lives is a mixture of several different gases, including oxygen, which makes up just 21% of our air. Every breath we take delivers this oxygen straight to our lungs where gaseous exchange takes place and oxygen is transferred to the red blood cells in our blood. Oxygen molecules are then transported around the entire body where they are used to release vital energy to fuel all of the body’s living processes including growth, repair and regeneration.

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a high concentration of oxygen is delivered to the lungs under increased atmospheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber. The extra oxygen saturates the red blood cells and is carried around the body by the blood plasma enabling the delivery of high levels of oxygen to all tissues in the body.

The increase in available oxygen throughout the body allows a greater rate of cell division to take place. This is fundamental to tissue growth, regeneration, healing and repair, especially during the body’s recovery process after injury, surgery or illness.

In summary, hyperbaric oxygen therapy enables the delivery of high levels of oxygen to all tissues in the body to stimulate cell growth and repair damage to cells and organs.

How does it work?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy consists of two fundamental elements. Firstly, it involves increasing the atmospheric pressure of a client’s environment so that a higher concentration of oxygen can be delivered to the lungs and body. Secondly, the percentage of oxygen breathed into the lungs is increased to near 100%.

These two elements combine to create what is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy where the amount of oxygen in the body’s tissues available to carry out vital life processes is increased.

The increase in available oxygen in hyper-oxygenated tissues throughout the body allows for greater production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which in turn increases the available energy released by cell respiration. This increase in the rate of cell respiration enables a greater rate of cell division which is fundamental to tissue growth and regeneration.

During the recovery process, it is the accurate reproduction of healthy cell structures and DNA that determines the success and speed of tissue regeneration and healing. High levels of oxygen availability in the body’s cells is essential to this process, and if hypoxia occurs (low levels of oxygen in the blood) the recovery process will be slowed significantly.

How is it delivered?

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, an enriched medium of up to 100% oxygen, depending on every person’s unique requirements, is delivered to a client whilst inside a hyperbaric chamber. The chamber will be pressurised to greater than the atmospheric pressure exerted at sea level which is 1 ATA (Atmosphere Absolute).

To optimise effectiveness, pressure in a hyperbaric chamber should be greater than or equal to 1.5 ATA. In clinical practice, pressures applied usually range from 2 to 3 ATA. All HybO2 chambers apply a minimum pressure of 2 ATA.

Treatment is delivered in either a multiplace or a monoplace hyperbaric chamber. In a monoplace chamber, a single client breathes compressed pure oxygen. In a multiplace chamber, several clients are able to share a chamber together at the same time while they each breathe pure oxygen through a face mask or hood. Depending on circumstances, a client can be treated with up to three sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy per day.*

*Standard treatment protocols range from 75 minutes to 120 minutes over 20 to 40 sessions.

Normobaric oxygen therapy

Normobaric oxygen therapy involves breathing in air that contains more oxygen than normal through a mask or tube connected to a source of oxygen or oxygen enriched air. At HybO2 House, 95% oxygen would be supplied from a designated oxygen concentrator. This type of oxygen therapy is delivered without the use of a hyperbaric chamber.

Normobaric oxygen therapy can be very beneficial for people who do not have enough oxygen in their blood. It is recognised by the NHS (UK) as being able to help with conditions such as:

  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • heart failure
  • severe long-term asthma
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • cystic fibrosis
  • breathing problems caused by a combination of obesity and an underlying condition

Normobaric oxygen therapy can help with symptoms such as breathlessness, feeling tired all the time, memory problems and coughing.

There are two possible non-intrusive methods of receiving Normobaric oxygen therapy, one is via short tubes placed in your nostrils (known as a nasal cannula) and the other is via a mask over your nose and mouth.

 At HybO2 House we use oxygen supplied through an oxygen concentrator and the process is fully supervised by one of our highly trained in-house technicians.

Purchase a chamber

If you are interested in purchasing a HybO2 hyperbaric oxygen chamber, we offer a wide selection of chambers for sale, including portable, hard-shell chambers for use in the home, and large multiplace chambers suitable for sports teams, clinics and gyms.

Our team of experts at HybO2 provide a bespoke and personal service for every client and will provide advice to ensure that your specific requirements are met. Find out more here about HybO2 chamber sales.

  • "Two years ago I caught COVID again and although I was two years into my Long COVID recovery, it hit me hard and I could feel I was slipping backwards.
    We'd seen more popping up about hyperbaric oxygen therapy and Long COVID and decided to go for it! What I didn't expect, when I walked through the door, was the amazing environment of the HybO2 House clinic - calm, relaxing and welcoming."

    Long COVID client, HybO2
  • "Maurice explained in detail what would happen and was very reassuring. Nothing was rushed and he went to great lengths to make sure my partner was completely happy. He explained she would feel very tired after a few hours, so when this happened it was expected and did not cause anxiety. We would certainly recommend your facility in Winchester based on our experience."

    HybO2 Client, July 2022
  • "When arriving at the HybO2 House Nick and Katie greeted me in a very warm, relaxed environment which instantly boosted my personal experience especially as a young adult. Set in a welcoming area, the oxygen chambers are situated in sectioned regions for privacy, yet you are still aware of Nick and Katie’s presence which is comforting. I was able to have a restful night's sleep which Long COVID had previously made difficult.”

    Long COVID client, HybO2
  • "Following my treatment on Monday, I've had a brilliant day. My breathing is almost back to normal, I've felt incredibly energised, and have been able to complete everyday household tasks and a normal pace. It's been great!"

    Long COVID client, HybO2
  • "I can hands down say that HBOT has been a game changer in my Long COVID journey (I was two years in when I arrived at the clinic). My energy/lung pain/brain fog all improved. I will definitely be back for more sessions particularly when my energy dips. I’d highly recommend!” 

    HybO2 Client, May 2022
  • "Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease. Oxygen is the source of life to all cells."

    Stephen Levine
  • "Deep breathing changes the chemistry of the body by bringing oxygen into the tissue."

    Wim Hof
  • "Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor."

    Thich Nhat Hang
  • "Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the proper functioning of the immune system. We can look at oxygen deficiency as the single greatest cause of all diseases."

    Stephen Levine
  • "When there is no oxygen, the muscles become acidic and we can't perform any more."

    Wim Hof

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