Hyperbaric chamber comes to Basalt | AspenTimes.com

Hyperbaric chamber comes to Basalt

BASALT” The first hyperbaric oxygen chamber on the Western Slope and the only one offered within hundreds of miles of the Roaring Fork Valley will be operational in June.

Valley residents Kirk and Jen Hartley are opening the Win HBO Rapid Healing Center in the Win Institute, an integrative health center slated to open June 7 in Basalt.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that uses pure oxygen to speed and enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. Patients who benefit from oxygen therapy suffer from various diseases or injuries associated with hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen on a cellular level.

The institute’s founders, Dr. Dave and Dee Jensen, had always visioned having a hyperbaric chamber in their health facility and Kirk Hartley, as a diver, had been envisioning bringing the treatment to the Roaring Fork Valley to fill the niche.

“It was on our list for sure,” Dave Jensen said, adding the closest hyperbaric chambers are in Utah and Denver. “It’s used for sports-specific rehabilitation, anti-aging, altitude sickness and other things where the body is force-fed oxygen, which is vital to the body.”

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy also is commonly used to treat burn victims and those who elect to do plastic surgery.

The application of oxygen therapy doesn’t remove the essentials of a traditional approach to health care, but provides harmony and complements patient treatment while enhancing the body’s ability to heal.

Hyperbaric chambers are used as an essential medical treatment in most European countries but they aren’t as popular in the United States.

But experts and the Hartleys believe it’s crucial in the healing process.

Normally people breathe air that contains 21 percent oxygen. Hyperbaric treatment provides pressurized oxygen, making more molecules available to the body. The extra molecules are dissolved into the bloodstream and carried throughout the body. They are delivered to damaged tissue or infected areas in greater numbers and consequently, help carry away infection or repair damage faster.

A patient undergoing treatment spends a prescribed amount of time laying in a cylindrical, body-length chamber where pure oxygen is administered. The dosage, which includes pressure, time and frequency of treatment is designed to each patient’s specific diagnosis.

Treatable conditions include skin grafts, thermal burns, radiation tissue damage, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, closed head injuries, pre and post surgery, healing of broken bones, tendon and ligament damage, lyme disease and strokes, and many more.

csack@aspentimes.com


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