What is Hyperbaric Oxygen


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, referred to as HBOT, is the medical use of pure oxygen in a pressurized environment, in this case the OxyHealth Vitaeris 320, one of the most popular soft shell chambers amongst practitioners and professional athletes.

oxygen is a required nutrient that, when supplied in higher amounts, allows the body to do what the body does, self-heal and self-regulate. “Every cell in our body uses and needs oxygen to not only perform its daily tasks but also to heal and recover from the variety of stressors, injuries, and challenges they continually face […] a surplus of oxygen helps provide the cell with an increased capacity to heal, recover and produce the necessary energy for its performance.” (Sonners, 2020)

How HBOT works

While the air we breathe is composed of about 21% oxygen (and 79% nitrogen), the oxygen received in the HBOT is 100% oxygen, that’s 5x the concentration of oxygen. At the same time, the HBOT is pressurized to 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA), which is the equivalent of approximately 33-45 feet below the surface of the ocean.

The combination of increased oxygen and pressure allows for oxygen to dissolve and saturate the blood plasma, tissues and organs, yielding a variety of positive physiological, biochemical and cellular effects. In fact, plasma oxygen concentration is shown to increase 10-15x, allowing oxygen to reach tissues at 25x normal levels, drastically enhancing the body’s ability to repair and regenerate.

HBOT Usage

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be traced all the way back to the 1600’s. HBOT was subsequently developed by the military to treat deep-sea divers who suffered from decompression sickness. In the 1950’s, physicians first employed HBOT during heart and lung surgery, which led to its use for carbon monoxide poisoning in the 1960’s. Since then, over 10,000 clinical trials and case studies have been completed for numerous other health-related applications with the vast majority of results reporting resounding success.


There are currently 13 conditions that the FDA has approved treatment of through the use of HBOT, including things like diabetically derived wound healing, anemia, and burns. Additionally, there are over 120 reported conditions for which hyperbaric oxygen therapy has shown to be an effective and beneficial off-label use, according to published medical studies.

Health Benefits


Hyperbaric oxygen is commonly used by athletes for both sports performance and recovery. LeBron James has been using it for years now as well as Olympic gold medalists like Ashleigh Johnson.Terrell Owens is said to have used it to recover from a severely sprained ankle and fractured fibula to make it back in time for the Super Bowl.According to Steve Weatherford of the New York Giants, many NFL players regularly use personal hyperbaric chambers in their homes. Other athletes that have utilized the benefits of hyperbaric healing include MLB’s Matt Kemp and Adrian Beltre, UFC star Urijah Faber, and golfer Tiger Woods.

HBOT is shown to be a highly effective method of injury recovery, including

Continue reading here for additional information on the use of HBOT for sports performance and recover.


Hyperbaric oxygen supports healthy immune system function. Since cells need oxygen to perform their job — whether it be to absorb nutrients, fight infection or decrease inflammation. When we hyperoxygenate the cells, we see an upregulation of the immune system. Specifically we see an increase in white blood cells that fight infections, as well as reactive oxygen species.


HBOT creates an unfavorable environment for harmful bacteria to live. Many of the pathogens (unhealthy bacteria) that invade our body’s are anaerobes, which means they don’t do well in oxygen. While the healthy bacteria that make up our microbiome are aerobes, which means they need oxygen for life. So when you hyperoxygenate the cells, you help to balance the immune system and microbiome by killing pathogens while simultaneously feeding healthy bacteria. Thus hyperbaric oxygen acts almost like a natural antibiotic. HBOT can be particularly helpful for complex infections such as Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacteria that thrives in a low oxygen state, so increasing oxygen levels helps kill off the bacteria.


HBOT provides the brain with increased levels of oxygen to help recover and repair brain tissue, increase proliferation of neural stem cells, improve cognitive function and neuroplasticity. Studies also suggest HBOT reawakens the dormant neurons that are alive but not functioning in and around the injured tissue of the brain.


HBOT increases oxygen delivery throughout the body and makes it possible for oxygen to reach inflamed tissue and support optimal cellular and organ functionality. This in turn improves overall immune function, including improving the gut microbiome, where 80% of our immune system resides.


Enhanced delivery of oxygen to the skin promotes the body to regenerate cells quickly, which reduces age spots, saggy skin, wrinkles, scarring, poor collagen structure, and skin cell damage. In a recent study, mice were exposed to UVB rays, known to prematurely age your skin, and when placed in oxygen chambers developed fewer wrinkles and showed fewer signs of tissue damage overall. Additionally, HBOT was demonstrated to cause stem cells to be released from our bone marrow into our circulation. According to Dr. Sonners, after 20+ hours of HBOT use the body begins to release stem cells. This process can create roughly 8x more stem cells than is normally found.


Clinical trials continue to study oxygen therapy’s application to cancer and some of the side effects of cancer surgery and other treatments. Some studies support the use of HBOT, like this one from 2015, where scientists in Boston concluded flooding tumors with oxygen may help some therapies work better. A 2012 review by researchers in Norway showed that hyperbaric oxygen slowed the growth of some cancers but not others. Most notably however, a 2013 study found that a ketogenic diet and HBOT therapy in combination produce significant anti-cancer effects when combined in a natural model of systemic metastatic cancer. And in a more recent study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center found that Oxygen-starved tumor cells have a survival advantage that promotes cancer spread (2019).


HBOT heals wounds no matter where they are in the body by accelerating all stages of wound healing. It works by modulating the transcription of over 8,000 genes, upregulating genes responsible for growth and repair, and downregulating genes responsible for inflammation and program cell death. Surgical trauma to tissues results in swelling, decreased blood flow, decreased oxygen delivery, delayed wound healing, increased risk of infection, and poorer outcomes. When delivered before or soon after surgery, HBOT can minimize surgical injury, complications, and speed healing.

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Dear Family Life Wellness Community,

It’s with incredible sadness that I bring you the news that as of Friday September 16, 2022 our clinic will officially close. As you can imagine, this decision was not an easy one to make. There has been a tremendous amount of soul searching and thoughtful processing that has gone into this moment. Taking in the considerations of everyone has been a top priority for me as I have navigated this tough decision.

Here’s the first thing I want you to know-you are loved. For the past twenty-six years so many of you have brought your families to our clinic weekly for health, inspiration and community. Please know that I have taken that responsibility as an incredible honor. My team and I have been so blessed to watch your kids grow up, celebrate your wins with you, and cry with you as you’ve moved through turbulent times in your lives. One of the hardest parts of this moment is that we won’t be connected with you in that same way. Know that although our clinic will not operate as it has for the past two decades, our hearts are still connected to you and your families.

As new career opportunities have emerged for me, I want you to know that my passion for chiropractic has never died. I feel so strongly that every human on this planet needs chiropractic care. I personally continue to get weekly adjustments, and hope that you will do the same. To make this transition as smooth as possible we have a list of amazing chiropractors that I have personally reached out to and will welcome you with loving arms. I can tell you with certainty you will get amazing care at any of these clinics. Please lean into them. As far as the biohacking center goes, for now that part of our clinic will be closed as well. New solutions for our space are being explored, but until we have something concrete there will be no biohacking . Lastly, I want to give my deepest gratitude to Dana. She has been the heart of our community for the past decade. I could not have run this practice without her. Yet, I am so excited for her as she has an incredible career opportunity that has presented itself.  As my heart is heavy in making this decision, what fills me with joy is the beautiful life she will be stepping into. A life she greatly deserves.

My practice has never been just a business. It’s been a family. Thank you for entrusting us with your health. It truly will go down as the greatest honor of my life. As far as what’s next, of course there needs to be a celebration. One in which we can gather one last time as a community. Please stay tuned to the exact date of that celebration.

From Dana, myself, and Dr. Tri please know that we believe in you. We know what a miraculous body you are living in and that extraordinary health is a choice you get to step into everyday. We will always be in your front row cheering you on.
With gratitude, love , and a huge hug,
Dr. Mindy
Great chiropractors to connect to:
Dr. T.J. Osborne, D.C.
Discover Chiropractic
1305 N. Bascom Ave #C
San Jose, CA 95128
amazing adjustor (he’s my chiro)
huge heart
great family practice & close to our clinic
Dr. Samantha Jennings, D.C
1314 Lincoln Ave#1F
San Jose, CA 95125
used to be an associate in our clinic
does lots of muscle testing & applied kinesiology
great with muscles & sports injuries
Dr. Darla Parr, D.C
718 University Ave Ste 110
Los Gatos, CA 95032
I went to chiro school with her.
great with brain balancing & neurological symptoms
beautiful heart, warm upbeat personality, and a wonderful integrative clinic
Dr. Nicole & David Congragen, D.C.

Community Chiropractic
16375 Monterey St.Ste B
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
I also went to school with them
warm loving family practice
focus is on upper cervical care (call to ask more questions)