At the Eustache Institute, we have treated a variety of ailments with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), especially among conditions that involve oxygen-starved tissue. Over the past few years, we have been treating people diagnosed with decompression sickness (DCS), which is a rare condition that occurs in sea divers, aviators, miner workers, astronauts, mountain climbers, or people who work in high or low altitudes. This illness happens after people return instantly to a normal altitude from high altitudes or depths. DCS causes bubbles of nitrogen and other gases to form in the bloodstream.
Symptoms of the illness include joint pain, dizziness, headache, difficulty thinking, fatigue, tingling or numbness, weakness in limbs and an epidermis rash. People who are most susceptible to coming down with DCS are those who were born with heart muscle defects, have lung disease, smoke, above the age of 30, female, have a high percentage of body fat, drink alcohol, don’t get sufficient sleep, have past or current injuries, and dive in cold water.
At the Eustache Institute, we feel it’s important to raise awareness about hyperbaric oxygen treatment for those who have been diagnosed with decompression sickness because it’s the ideal treatment for this dangerous illness. This treatment drastically increases the pressure of the oxygen in the tissues of the body allowing cells to repair themselves more efficiently while exposed to a higher oxygen content via the blood.
If you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, and you have recently gone diving or changed from a low to high altitude, please visit a medical professional as soon as possible. An early diagnosis will allow you to receive the treatment you need so your body can heal. Failure to receive treatment can result in a permanent handicap like bladder, sexual or muscular dysfunction. It can also cause permanent damage to your spinal cord and joints.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.