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Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber (HBOT) Therapy

Walnridge Farm in Cream Ridge, New Jersey is excited to offer a wonderful and effective adjunct therapy option for your horses' and stallions' needs with our new state of the art Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber. This stationary single horse chamber has been developed by one of the worlds' leading companies in this field, EquineOx Technologies, Ltd. The company based in Vancouver, British Columbia has been building these chambers for the past ten years.

A Brief History of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a relatively new therapy in the equine world. The past decade in the development of equine chamber design and treatment protocol draws directly from the foundation of the therapy in human medicine. The first primitive human pressure chamber was constructed in the mid-1600s. The initial recognition for the need of pressure and oxygen chambers began with treating decompression sickness for caisson workers and deep sea divers. Both chamber design and treatment protocols have evolved through many years of development with military and medical research. Human applications now recognize a list of thirteen conditions were it is effective as an adjunct therapy, including decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, osteomyelitis, soft tissue and bony necrosis, compromised grafts and flaps as well as acute burns. It is thanks to the many years of research in human medicine that has allowed veterinarians to research and develop applications in equine medicine.

How the Technology Works

The basic function of HBOT is to supply the patient with 100% oxygen to breathe while in a pressurized chamber. The pressure is measured in atmospheres absolute or ATA. 1 ATA is the normal pressure that we experience every day at sea level, and that air content is composed of approximately 79% Nitrogen and 21% Oxygen. Similar to diving in water, the deeper a person dives, the pressure exerted on the body increases. For each 33 feet of sea water the body dives to, the ATA is increased by one. Therefore, sea level is 1 ATA, diving to 33 feet is 2 ATA, 66 feet is 3 ATA, and so on. This gives you an idea of how much pressure the body experiences when inside a pressurized chamber.

At normal atmospheric pressure only a small amount of oxygen carried by the red blood cells is dissolved into the blood plasma. Even if you breathe in 100% oxygen at normal atmospheric pressure, the amount of oxygen dissolved into the plasma does not significantly increase. However, if the body experiences pressure increased to 2-3 ATA and is also provided with 100% oxygen as it does in a hyperbaric chamber, oxygenation of body tissue increases by as much as 13 times normal levels.

This increased amount of useable dissolved oxygen available to the body helps to reduce inflammation (including redness, swelling, heat, and pain). It provides injured and diseased tissues with the oxygen necessary to begin and continue the healing process, as well as helping to deliver and increase the effectiveness of antibiotics being used to treat the affected area.