Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Specialist

Hurley Hyperbaric & Wellness Center

Hyperbaric and Functional Medicine located in Kannapolis, NC

Hurley Hyperbaric & Wellness Center in Kannapolis, North Carolina, is equipped with a spacious state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber. Dr. Lora Hurley, ND, CTN, CHP, ICHT, CPT uses it to help anyone from athletes to people with diabetes. Hurley Hyperbaric & Wellness Center has the ability to administer up to 3 ATA and up to 100% medical grade oxygen. To learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, call the office today, or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Q & A

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may be best known for managing decompression sickness, a common issue for Navy and scuba divers, but the FDA has 18 approved indications for which HBOT can be prescribed. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been around for 354 plus years, and in that time, much clinical research has been done. Research has shown that it supports the body by providing gene therapy and stimulates new stem cell growth. Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center is an “off-label” clinic, whereby they can use HBOT to support the body for “any” reason.  

How does it work?

HBOT involves breathing pure oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures in an enclosed chamber. This process causes oxygen to be absorbed by all body fluids, body cells, and tissues, even those with blocked or reduced blood flow. This increased flow of oxygen stimulates and restores function to damaged cells and organs, including the liver and brain.    

Oxygen is dissolved in the blood and transported, in combination with hemoglobin in the red blood cells throughout the body. This dissolved oxygen passes into the tissues. Breathing high levels of oxygen under hyperbaric conditions causes greater uptake of oxygen by the bodily fluids thus reaching areas where the circulation is diminished or blocked and therefore improves recovery.

The extra oxygen has additional benefits as it greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria. It also reduces swelling and allows new stem cells and blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center’s chamber is equipped with a gurney for those who need assistance getting into the chamber.

What type of hyperbaric chamber do you use?

Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center is equipped with the Fortius 420 Hyperbaric Chamber by Oxyhealth. This is a large hard, steel chamber that is three and a half feet wide and seven feet long and comfortably fits two people at a time. The chamber also has three viewing windows, so patients can easily interact with Dr. Hurley and her staff during treatment.

Unlike other types of hyperbaric oxygen chambers, the Fortius 420 Hyperbaric Chamber provides 100% oxygen at pressure to significantly increase the effectiveness of your hyperbaric therapy session. At present depth capability to 3 ATA.

What is the difference between mild hyperbaric soft oxygen chambers and Hyperbaric hard steel chambers?

Soft chambers are not as effective for most indications.  They have limits on dosage/pressure, can leak or explode, nor do they offer “pure, medical grade oxygen”.  Additionally, people are led to believe that there is “NO” potential danger to them, just because it is a “shallow” dive.  In truth, when surfacing from a “dive”, the most dangerous depths are from 20 ft to the surface. Soft chambers do not go any deeper than 11 foot.  It is imperative to make sure that the chamber operator is properly trained and certified, as there are medical and fire

Am I a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

As with any therapy, there can be risks. In order to “dive” in the chamber, you must be medically cleared by an MD with a prescription, or you must undergo the practice’s Complete HBOT scan.  

Who can have a hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Almost anyone benefits from an increase in oxygen level in the blood.

  • Athletes
  • Anti-aging
  • Diabetes
  • Anemias
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cancer
  • Neurology
  • Stem Cells
  • Stroke
  • TBI
  • Inflammation
  • Bone breaks and/or bone loss
  • And more

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help reduce inflammation and assist in regrowth of stem cells, which are the blank cells in your body that have the ability to morph into any type of cell your body needs for better health. People with cancer may also benefit from oxygen therapy as they undergo chemotherapy.

Raising the oxygen levels is in your blood also promotes healing and may be beneficial if you have a non-healing wound or recently had surgery.

What can I expect during therapy?

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center, the oxygen chamber is big enough that you may choose to sit or lie down during your session. Relax or read a book while you enjoy your “dive.”

Sessions usually take one to two hours and require a 10-minute pressurization to start and a 10-minute depressurization at the conclusion of your therapy. During the pressurization, you may experience the same type of sensation you feel during takeoff on an airplane and feel pressure in your ears. During the depressurization, your ears may “pop” like they do during the descent of your flight.

To schedule your hyperbaric oxygen therapy, call Hurley Wellness & Hyperbaric Center today, or book an appointment using the online tool.