As a proponent of natural, health-affirming treatment options I feel honored to introduce Hyperbaric Medicine to the Olympic Peninsula in the form of Mild Hyperbaric Therapy (mHBOT). 

What is Hyperbaric Medicine?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the medically-prescribed method of administering  oxygen at greater than  atmospheric pressure to a patient while he or she relaxes inside a pressurized chamber. Hyperbaric therapy  has connections to ancient times, however, as we know it, it is available in two modalities that are referred to as soft and hard shell. The hard shell was initially used for divers with decompression sickness caused by changing from high underwater pressures to atmospheric pressure too rapidly. My advisor,  Dr. William Maxfield, was working with the navy hyperbaric department when he was one of the first to recognize that HBOT was having a positive effect on a number of conditions. Due to these and following  breakthroughs in medicine the hard shell is now available in some hospitals and medical clinics around the country. For example, it is used in a number of burn centers as oxygen is essential for all healing and hyperbaric oxygen reduces recovery time. Hospital hyperbarics are inaccessible to most.

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen  Therapy (mHBOT)

The soft shell or mild hyperbaric therapy (mHBOT) has developed because of the increasing awareness of the healing effects of oxygen magnified under pressure . Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses compressed ambient filtered air and delivers it in a pressurized inflatable chamber. The term “mild” means the pressure does not exceed 1.3 atmospheres of pressure (1.3 ATA). This is the equivalent of 11 feet below sea level.  This amount of increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen thus increasing oxygen intake by the cells, connective tissues, glands, organs, brain and fluids of the body. The resulting intake of oxygen allows for increased circulation including  areas with swelling,  inflammation or  chronically insufficient blood flow. Oxygen is then utilized by the body for vital cell functions and aids repair.   

NOTE: Hyperbaric therapy has been used for decades, is   studied and  in the scientific literature. In 2000, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy gained FDA approval for the treatment of high-altitude sickness.  There is research supporting the “off label” use of mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of the underlying cellular pathology of many other illnesses.  However, there have not been sufficient, rigorously applied human studies to support FDA approval for its use to treat illnesses other than altitude sickness.  The mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy used at Sequim Clinic for Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine is not intended to treat any specific disease, .

How does it work?

What happens when you add pressure with oxygen? It  minimizes the size of the oxygen molecule resulting in more oxygen in the blood and is more easily delivered to hard to reach, oxygen deprived areas in the body.



The Vitaerus 320

Our Chamber the Vitaerus 320, made by oxyhealth,  is rated the top mHBOT chamber available and  used by over 4,000 physicians. The Vitaerus  is also one of the the most used by professional athletes. Founder of Oxyhealth, Samir Patel,  stated to me that since the movie Concussion there are now  football teams recognizing the benefits mHBOT and  providing entire fleets of the Oxyhealth chambers to their players as they come off the field. In the past 5 years  since I incorporated the Vitaerus in our clinic, I have observed a marked increase of interest  in the the use of mHBOT, and now many professional teams have individual players using oxyhealth mHBOT chambers. Why? Because they are finding it makes a significant difference in the body's ability to repair and optimize function.

What conditions is it used for?

At this point  the FDA has  approved mHBOT for the treatment of altitude sickness,however a rapidly  growing number of clinics are finding it very helpful in supporting repair in many  conditions  a number of  which are being  "further studied", (See testimonials to hear what some of our patients are experiencing).

Hollywood entertainers are a fast growing population with interest in mHBOT to maintain in their over-taxing lifestyles and stay mentally and physically on top of their game. mBHOT is also used in anti-aging clinics, as oxygen promotes tissue repair-including skin.

What are the 4,000+ doctors using Oxyhealth chambers for in their clinics?   Oxygen helps optimize repair, and again, even professional athletes  getting plenty of oxygenating exercise have found that the oxygen under pressure is able to support tissue repair  more effectively greatly enhancing their game....what about yours?



Is mHBOT right for me?  

Hyperbaric therapy is a prescription item and while many experience benefits  it is not for everyone. Dr. Tack invites you to join her for a complimentary  15 minute consultation to answer questions, access  for contraindications, and discuss your goals  with  mHBOT. Participation  in our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Program   begins with an evaluation of your health to determine if   Dr. Tack  finds you a good candidate and can move forward with  prescribing the  mHBOT. If your sessions are prescribed  by another doctor this  can be  minimized    Her goal with your hyperbaric experience is the same as the one she has held for over three decades in her medical practice:  individualized care with the intention of  resolving underlying issues as much as possible and optimizing quality of life.  

Are there any side affects?  

YES!  It is common to  experience an increase in energy, endurance, well being, muscle health and vitality, and some experience a more youthful look. 

Negative side effects are extremely rare; however, some patients who receive long-term hyperbaric oxygen therapy report mild myopic changes that return to normal after treatment is completed. The most common is that  some patients report a feeling of fullness in their ears, much like what is   experienced with  change in altitude during landing  in a commercial plane and is similarly managed with  easy-to-do  techniques  reviewed with you prior to your first session. We closely monitor you as the chamber pressurizes  taking it at a pace that assures   your ears adjust at a comfortable rate. You are moniotred throughout the session. We don't do sessions during the congestion of a cold/flu. If you  experience chronic congestion due to allergies etc we address that previous to scheduling your first mHBOT session. 


Certain medical conditions and medications are not compatible with hyperbaric therapy.  These conditions are: Minkowski–Chauffard Syndrome, Hemolytic Anemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Aneurysm, and COPD.  The medications are: Disulfiram (Antabuse), Doxorubicin (Adriamycin), Cisplatinum, Mafenide. Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy may enhance healing and is reported to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, results cannot be guaranteed and use of mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy does not replace a health professional’s prescribed medications or recommended treatments.

How long does it take?

The typical mHBOT  session is 60 minutes, however this may vary. Your individualized treatment plan created by Dr. Tack will be designed to best meet your personal needs and goals.

How many sessions?

The length and number of sessions again depends upon your goals for receiving mHBOT.  Dr. Tack will gladly discuss these aspects of the program during your initial consultation.  We have various packages  available  to make Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy affordable for you. There is no insurance coverage.

Where  from here?

 You are welcome to contact us and set up a 15 minute consult in which Dr Tack will be happy to address your questions or schedule  an initial appointment.


NOTE: Sequim Clinic for Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine is not claiming to prevent, treat, or cure any condition or disease with mild hyperbaric therapy but rather to hasten healing at the cellular level in the belief that it can improve your health.



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