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What is HBOT?

Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy (HBOT) is used in Rehabilitation Therapies & Sports Medicine. It is a noninvasive and painless treatment used for restoring oxygen to tissues that have been damaged by oxygen deprivation. Using pure oxygen under increased pressure, the body’s natural ability to heal from traumas, diseases and other afflictions is enhanced, and in many cases, is accelerated.

It involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy room, the air pressure is raised up to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather up to three times more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body, stimulating the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.

There is a Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy (HBOT) program available here in Coquitlam through the Hyperbaric Care Center – Coquitlam located at 112 – 250 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam, BC, Canada V3K 6V7.

More information may be found on the website of (add link) located in British Columbia.

The conditions in which HBOT has been found to be a useful adjunct to rehabilitation are:


HBOT’s role in Stroke Rehabilitation

Activates dormant neurons in the penumbra zone.
Relieves spasticity
Facilitates movements
Improves motor power
Reduces stroke recurrences
Increases physical and mental exercise capacity

HBOT’s role in Head Injury Rehabilitation

Decreases cerebral edema in acute stage
Decreases spasticity
Accelerates recovery
Improves cognitive function recovery in combination with brain jogging
Relieves post-traumatic headaches

HBOT’s role in Paraplegia Rehabilitation

Relieves spasticity
Improves vital capacity
Increases exercise capacity
Decreases hyperammonemia resulting from exhaustive exercise.

HBOT’s role in Myocardial Ischemia

Improves exercise capacity
Prevents recurrence of ischemic episodes
Decreases BP in hypertensives
Long-term use reverses atherosclerosis

HBOT’S role in Ischemic Leg Pain

Increases painless exercise capacity
Relieves pain both at rest and on activity
Reduces biochemical disturbances resulting from exercise of ischemic muscles
Counteracts the vasoconstriction effect of HBO
Improvement is maintained after cessation of HBOT when the ceiling effect is reached

HBOT’S role in Sports Injuries

Reduces swelling and pain in acute stage
Speeds up recovery and return to active training
Improves fracture healing
Aids recovery from exhaustion and collapse
The above material referenced from Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine – KK Jain

Success Stories

Michael and Tram both had such successful advancement in their recovery due to HBOT. While Michael had a TBI, Tram suffered a stroke. Here is more about how HBOT was employed in their recovery program and what improvements were seen as a result.

Experts, Therapies & Other Resources

While Michael’s incredible success has much to do with his unwavering determination to recover combined with the loving care and amazing advocacy of his parents and family, Michael’s recovery has been possible through the combined efforts of many specialists through the years of his recovery.

Here we provide some information on the EXPERTS who have assisted Michael Coss in his journey to recovery while living in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Donald A. Grant

Dr. Grant is a Chiropractor with appropriate credentials, and expertise in the area of brain injuries. He is technically up to date, and cares about your suffering and the sufferings of your family.

Denise Cambiotti

Denise is a Specialized Kinesiology Practitioner who finds great satisfaction doing the LEAP-Brain Integration protocol for learners of all ages who struggle with daily tasks. She has also undertaken advance training that can greatly alleviate stress from those who have experienced a Brain Injury, helping make positive changes for them and their families.

Pauline Martin

Pauline is a Neurological Physiotherapist. Her expert team of Physiotherapists/ Concussion rehabilitation specialists, treat adolescents and adults, ages 15 and older, who have suffered a concussion or head injury from sports, motor vehicle accidents, falls or other head trauma. They also provide recommendations on return to sports, school or work guidelines.

Katelin Giesbrecht

Katelin is a Registered Massage Therapist who has a strong interest in viewing the body as a whole, with an emphasis on Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release as well as incorporating many other beneficial modalities such as Trigger Point Therapy, Joint Mobilizations and Frictions.

Libby Swain

Libby is a Neurological Physiotherapist with special interests in treating individuals with conditions impacting the nervous system such as stroke and brain injury. The goal of her Professional Team is to increase balance, decrease effort and maximize comfort in all aspects of physical mobility and performance. Their focus is to enhance quality of life by assisting clients to return to meaningful roles within their home, social setting, recreation and workplace.

Dr. Timothy Brown

Dr. Brown is both a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine and a Naturopathic Doctor. He specializes in musculo-skeletal problems and incorporates autonomic response testing (applied kinesiology), neural therapy, as well as prolotherapy in his treatments. His interests include brain-nervous system functioning

Fraser Valley Aquatic Rehabilitation

Hot water therapy “Watsu” involves the balance of the entire body. It combines elements of joint mobilization, shiatsu and muscle stretching.


Links re: Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy (HBOT) – Oxygen and its many uses – good source for HBOT news – Dr. Richard Neubauer, MD – Dr. Perlmutter, MD Neurologist – Dr. Cranton, MD – An organization for parents or care providers of a child with any disability, rare or not so rare disorder, chromosomal abnormality, or health condition. – How to connect with a Hyperbaric Oxygen Centre in B.C. – Stories of brain injury survivors and various other Brain Injury links – Well Balanced Kinesiology & Consulting

See also:
The American Association for Hyperbaric Awareness – Striving to take Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to new heights