Tips To Prepare For Your Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Appointment

Silence the nerves – Your pre-appointment checklist for hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is known for its healing abilities and therapeutic advantages. If you’re gearing up for your first session, you might be curious about what to expect and how to ensure the best possible experience. Rest assured, your technician will guide you through every step of the session, and the entire treatment is straightforward and painless. However, there are several preparatory steps to consider before your initial HBOT session. Keep reading to gain insights to make the most of your first treatment.

Nutrition and Hydration

  • Consume a well-balanced, nutritious meal a few hours before your treatment to ensure your body has adequate energy and nutrients. Stay properly hydrated throughout the day by drinking water or other hydrating beverages. Avoid consuming alcohol or carbonated drinks before your treatment, as they can affect the effectiveness of hyperbaric therapy.

In addition, refrain from smoking or using any tobacco products during your treatment period, as they can hinder your body’s ability to transport oxygen and diminish the benefits of hyperbaric therapy. Furthermore, it’s advisable to refrain from consuming caffeine on the day of your treatment as it can constrict blood vessels, potentially reducing the effectiveness of the session.

Verify Your Medications

  • The effects of certain medications may be altered by oxygen, and some medications should not be taken during hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with your practitioner before your treatment to discuss any medications you are currently taking and ensure they will not interfere with your session. You may need to discontinue interfering medications for the duration of your treatment temporarily.

Discontinue Smoking

  • Discontinuing smoking during your HBOT treatment period is essential. Smoking disrupts the body’s oxygen transportation process and can diminish the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Many treatments are more effective when patients do not smoke or quit smoking before undergoing treatment. Even if you quit smoking a week before treatment, it can significantly enhance your experience and outcomes.

Dress Appropriately

  • Select comfortable, loose-fitting attire for your treatment, as you may spend up to 2 hours in the chamber. Opt for clothing that allows you to relax and that you don’t mind wearing for extended periods. Inside the chamber, only 100% cotton clothing is permitted. Cotton fabric eliminates static buildup, unlike synthetic fibres, which can pose safety hazards.

Additionally, a special wristband will be provided to discharge any static buildup while in the chamber. Blankets and pillows will be available to ensure your warmth and comfort throughout the treatment session.

Restricted products include:

  • Lotions
  • Perfume
  • Makeup
  • Deodorant
  • Hairspray, hair products, and hair extensions
  • Newly applied nail polish (within 24 hours prior to treatment)
  • Freshly applied acrylic nails (within 24 hours prior to treatment)
  • Body piercings

The duration of the session depends on each individual’s condition and the reason for treatment. For some, only one session is required, including people with carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Serious conditions such as soft tissue necrosis may require as many as 8 sessions of treatment. In general, the average session lasts between 30 minutes to 2 hours. The length of the session is longer for chronic illnesses.

Post-Appointment Care

  • hyperbaric oxygen therapyFollowing your hyperbaric oxygen therapy appointment, it’s important to stay hydrated and adhere to any additional instructions provided by our hyperbaric technologists. In general, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a safe treatment method associated with minimal discomfort and offers a broad spectrum of healing benefits.

By preparing in advance and adhering to these tips, you can maximize your comfort and ensure the effectiveness of your treatment.

Oxygen therapy can reinstate your normal life so you never have to compromise on the quality of your life. Our experts at Ucryo & Recovery specialize in providing effective oxygen therapy treatment. Book your appointments at (940) 218-4016. We are operating in Bartonville, Texas.