Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Most people only know about hyperbaric oxygen therapy for treatment of the “bends” in scuba divers. The truth is, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been used since the 1800’s to help the body heal. It consists of breathing 100% Oxygen (as opposed to the normal 21% we breathe in regular air) at a prescribed depth, for a prescribed period of time.

If you are interested in receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy or have any questions, call us at 757-452-3934 today to schedule a consult or to learn more.

The process to receive HBOT is simple. Many times you can receive your prescription and start therapy in the same day:

  1. Obtain a prescription for hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    1. You can do this through your own doctor
    2. You can schedule a consult with a doctor here ($150 consult fee)
  2. Coordinate your schedule with the scheduled dives (we have a minimum of 5 dives per day)
  3. Determine the payment option that works best for you
  4. Start your treatment

We have a four person, FDA approved dive chamber. While “diving” you can relax, read, meditate or watch a movie on our Ipad.

Alice getting ready for her Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Session at HR Hyperbaric Therapy
Alice getting ready for her Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Session at HR Hyperbaric Therapy

Oxygen is administered through our light-weight hoods.


Most dive sessions are between 60-90 minutes (though depending upon your health situation, could be longer). The number of sessions you need depends upon your specific health indication and the doctor’s prescription.


How HBOT works:

The pressure that is created in the dive chamber allows the healing oxygen to permeate through all fluids, muscle, tissue, fat and bone through out the entire body. Typically, when are body is injured, the injured tissue does not receive the oxygen it needs to thrive, cells do not function properly and the bodily functions decline. Studies show that hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps the body heal its injuries and improve functionality once again.

HBOT has been shown to work at the mitochondrial level to “kick start” functionality. It has also been shown in to:

  • Create new blood vessels (a process called angiogenesis)
  • Stimulate new capillary growth
  • Decrease inflammation and lactic acid
  • Increase white blood cell production
  • Enhance the ability for white blood cells to carry away “bad” bacteria and debris (Leukocyte activity)
  • Decrease surgery complications for smokers
  • Improve bone regeneration for faster recovery
  • Reduce swelling
  • Reduce edema
  • Increase the production of collagen

Please call us with any questions you have about HBOT and your specific health situation- 757-452-3934.


What we treat:

At Hampton Roads Hyperbaric Therapy we see patients with many different health issues and wellness goals. Most commonly we see patients for health indications that are NOT covered by insurance, such as:

  • Athletic injury/ recovery/performance
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Detoxification and wellness
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Diverticulitis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Mild traumatic brain injury
    • including concussion
    • post concussive syndrome
    • stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathy, especially as a result of
    • Chemotherapy
    • Diabetes
  • Pre and post surgery
    • Cosmetic surgery
    • Hip replacement
    • Shoulder surgery
    • Ligament repair
    • Dental surgery
    • Child birth
      • Natural and C-section

We also can treat for the indications that ARE covered by insurance and medicare, though we do not process insurance claims. There are two reasons that patients chose to receive therapy here WITHOUT INSURANCE COVERAGE, as opposed to in the hospital setting, WITH INSURANCE COVERAGE:

  1. Many times the co-payment on the therapy is comparable to paying out of pocket or more than paying out of pocket;
  2. They prefer the natural, relaxing and therapeutic environment of Hampton Roads Hyperbaric Therapy to the hospital setting.

Those health indications that are covered are by medicare and / or other insurance carriers (as listed on https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/downloads/R129CIM.pdf):

l. Acute carbon monoxide intoxication, (ICD-9 -CM diagnosis 986).

2. Decompression illness, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 993.2, 993.3).

3. Gas embolism, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 958.0, 999.1).

4. Gas gangrene, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 0400).

5. Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia. HBO therapy is a valuable adjunctive treatment to be used in combination with accepted standard therapeutic measures when loss of function, limb, or life is threatened. (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 902.53, 903.01, 903.1, 904.0, 904.41.)

6. Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs. As in the previous conditions, HBO therapy would be an adjunctive treatment when loss of function, limb, or life is threatened. (ICD-9- CM diagnosis 927.00- 927.03, 927.09-927.11, 927.20-927.21, 927.8-927.9, 928.00-928.01, 928.10- 928.11, 928.20-928.21, 928.3, 928.8-928.9, 929.0, 929.9, 996.90- 996.99.)

7. Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis), (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 728.86).

8. Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 444.21, 444.22, 444.81).

9. Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts (not for primary management of wounds), (ICD-9CM diagnosis 996.52; excludes artifical skin graft). 10. Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 730.10-730.19). Rev. 129

10. Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 730.10-730.19). Rev. 12935-10 (Cont.)

11. Osteoradionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 526.89).

12. Soft tissue radionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 990).

13. Cyanide poisoning, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 987.7, 989.0).

14. Actinomycosis, only as an adjunct to conventional therapy when the disease process is refractory to antibiotics and surgical treatment, (ICD-9-CM diagnosis 039.0-039.4, 039.8, 039.9).


Payment Options: 

HBOT sessions are $150.00 per session. We have payment plans to suit most every budget. If you need or desire HBOT we will here to help you get access to this amazingly beneficial therapy!

We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you achieve your wellness and health goals.