Over the years, I’ve developed a pronounced sensitivity to hornet bites—they don’t cause an anaphylactic reaction, but they almost always lead to cellulitis and a bad blood infection. I’ve been to the ER with severe cellulitis in past years, and have needed IV antibiotics to stop the infection. This summer, as COVID-19 was rampant, I got a bite on my right thigh, and within 36 hours the red streaks of an infection started down my leg. Our family doctor wanted to put me on antibiotics for a 10-day period to fight the infection. I told him to hold off for a couple of days, and I did an HBOT dive at 2 atmospheres of pressure for about 70 minutes—that was a Sunday. An hour after I finished my dive, the red streaks in my leg were very faint, and the heat and redness of the bite was greatly diminished. I did a second dive the next day (Monday), and by Wednesday I could not see the location of the bite—my leg was completely normal, and I avoided taking any medication at all.
I was diagnosed with low thyroid about thirty years ago and have taken prescription medications to keep the symptoms under control for most of my adult life: both Synthroid, and Armour. The last prescription was for a compounded twice daily dose of T-3 and T-4, the two components my thyroid gland wasn’t producing in large enough amounts.
After installing an HBOT chamber in our home, I began diving regularly. Although doubtful at first that HBOT would change or help my thyroid, I stopped taking the evening pill. I had done that once before and became disoriented and shaky. This time, there were no symptoms at all.
Since I was scheduled for a complete checkup with blood work in August 2020, I stopped taking both pills. I felt fine and my bloodwork came back completely normal. The only thing I had been doing differently was diving in the HBOT chamber once or twice a week.
My doctor was surprised. He had to admit I had undergone an amazing change. I have had no further symptoms, and feel that HBOT has healed my thyroid gland.
In 2016 I suffered from minor injuries that resulted in long-lasting pain and various limitations in movement. Since I also deal with a neuro-muscular condition, it was difficult to separate the symptoms to determine the best procedure to alleviate the pain. The most persistent pain remained in my right ankle until I began Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in February, 2021. Many mornings it was difficult to move which seemed fairly normal to me since I am no Spring Chicken! However, this pain remained steady throughout the day and became worse over the last 4 years. After 6 HBOT dives this ankle pain has so thoroughly disappeared, that I can hardly remember how it felt only a month before.
My passion to work with Ralph and Bobbie Crafts to bring HBOT to our community also stems from the loss of my mother due to unhealing diabetic wounds. I feel strongly that if we had known about HBOT in 2008, she would not have suffered for so many years while trying various treatments with no success.
A huge benefit to HBOT is that it does not need to hone in on one symptom. It is supplying extra oxygen to all areas. Although I was mentally focusing on my ankle pain, I continue to dive each week for the added benefit of an obvious improvement in muscle tone and increased energy levels.
Surprise Benefits! Neck and Knee Stiffness
Today I took a dive! I had a chance to try HBOT - Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy. I spent 90 minutes in a pressurized chamber and oxygenated every cell in my body. Relaxing and SUPER fascinating with all kinds of health benefits. For me, I did it out of curiosity.
Have to admit, my heart was racing, fear of the unknown I guess. Barbara was wonderful. Explained it all clearly and put me at ease as she was staying within reach throughout the whole session. The immediate result for me was noticeable. Less tension in problematic parts of neck and knee and increased energy levels. Pay them a visit! Check it out as it’s a really interesting healing modality right in town.
Let's All Spread the Word!
In April 2022, I discovered Warrenton Oxygen Wellness, our very own Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy center right here in Warrenton. Also known as HBOT, I was enthusiastic to learn more about the procedure that fit right in with my holistic approach to health and wellness. At Warrenton Oxygen Wellness, I am welcomed by the well-trained staff prior to my relaxing session that takes about 90 minutes. They often comment on my calm demeanor. The grandmother in me thinks HBOT may possibly contribute to my continued easy-going style!
In addition to general wellness, I found pain relief for arthritis and a mystery pain in my right arm. July update: improved balance and flexibility! I am always excited to share stories of benefits found from HBOT and encourage anyone reading this to spread the word! We want everyone to know about this treatment and that it is now available locally!
Next time you see me, ask me about the gentleman I met in Croatia. Amazing recovery story after severe head trauma. Let’s continue to share our stories!
During the summer of 2020 I developed severe pain in my right elbow during a round of golf. I thought it must have been a pulled muscle that would eventually heal on its own, but later began to realize something else had to be wrong.
I developed hand weakness so severe, I was not able to grip much of anything. After two injections and the pain not going away, I started to explore surgery to alleviate the pain and weakness. I was diving with WOW, and we decided to try a multi-level protocol.
That took place on a Thursday and over that weekend I had forgotten about my elbow and had 90% less pain. I have regained almost 100% of my grip strength, and the pain has subsided greatly. I will continue to dive with WOW and reap the benefits I have seen over the last few months.
Post Covid - Breathing Difficulties
I came into WOW focusing on my breathing difficulties after 3 bouts of Covid. After one dive in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber, I felt incredible relief in my chest and breathing. Afterwards, the amazing energy was shocking.
I have been doing electrical work with hard labor affecting my joints for 25 years. So, just imagine my surprise when the chronic joint pain in my hands and shoulders were totally gone in about 30 minutes into the session!
I look forward to coming back to focus on some residual knee and lower back pain that has been persistent all my life.
(Very Oxygenated Person)
Arthritis has affected my hands for over 20 years. The inflammation around both thumbs was constant, but worsened each time I would grip a hammer or nail gun, fly an airplane, even when tying shoes.
After 5 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) dives, I started feeling significant pain reduction along with ease of movement in my hands. As I continue with a building project, I look forward to 2-3 dives per week to maintain the improvements achieved and to stay ahead of any new stiffness or soreness. HBOT also benefits my knees and other areas.
My 1st time and the experience was nothing short of fantastic! Ryan and Carlyle explained everything that would happen and it was excellent! I will continue trying to help my nerve damage caused by neuropathy and see if it works, but I felt better as I was leaving the facility!
After just one HBOT treatment, I noticed I was completely free of the arthritic pain in my feet, hands, and wrists for the next two days. I also felt extremely energized and full of vigor. It was wonderful!
It also seemed to nip the beginning of a sore throat in the bud, stopping it in its tracks. I can really feel the difference when my body is more oxygenated. I will be using HBOT often in the future. The team at WOW was so professional, making me feel very comfortable and relaxed during the process.
Marching with a Pep in my Step
I stay on top of holistic news and heard about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) from a subscription to Dr. Al Sears newsletters from the Sears Institute in Florida and then was encouraged by our Chiropractor, Dr. Leonard Poe in Ashburn, who discovered we have the WOW HBOT clinic right here in Warrenton!
Just one week ago, my husband and I came for our first HBOT session. He had a shuffling gait with most of the difficulty apparent in his right foot. I noticed a huge difference in mobility when he navigated the long hallway so easily after his first 60 minute “dive”. The staff and I noticed more facial animation and clarity. He said he did not need any more treatments so I asked him to stand. He stood with no assistance, marched around the small front office, then walked easily out into the foyer. When we saw this huge improvement, we sat right back down and made our future appointments!
Post Spinal Surgery
I was in severe pain and had to have double spinal fusion. I had nerve damage in my right leg and foot which compromised my ability to stand, walk or drive. After the surgery, I could barely get out of bed. I had severe pain from my surgical wounds and constant drainage requiring fresh bandages multiple times a day. I was living with fear that I would become addicted to the narcotic pain medication that was prescribed to me by my surgeon. Finally, I was told for the next 3 months I couldn't lift more than 10 pounds but I could be struggling with recovery for a year. No bending, no lifting, and no twisting. As a father it broke my heart, the only thing I wanted to do was hold my children.
One-week post-op I was able to make it to my first HBOT treatment using a walker. At the start of the second week, I was getting around better with the help of a cane. By the end of the second week, I put my walker and cane away and have not needed them since.
My surgical wounds showed significant healing after just 3 treatments and the drainage requiring multiple bandage changes a day went down to one and my wounds began to close. By the end of the month, I was off all of the narcotics for pain control. My surgeon was shocked at my recovery progress. I regularly pick up my kids now without issue. I was told if my nerve damage isn't permanent, it could take a year for it to heal... 2 months post-op I'm already improving.
HBOT and the wonderful people at WOW have helped me recover faster, healed my nerve damage quicker, given me more energy, and helped me to have hope for myself.
I have had eczema around my eyes since about 2019. I was passed from doctor to doctor then specialist to specialist with no answers. I had skin biopsies and steroids that made me sick. The rash remained on my upper and lower eyelids while I altered my diet and omitted gluten. It finally went away entirely in 2021 then came back in February 2022.
The first of July I told a friend about cluster headaches I was having. I was put in contact with the Warrenton Oxygen Wellness team who got me into a hyperbaric oxygen therapy session immediately after describing. The dive technician and I noticed a remarkable change in my skin around my eyes immediately after the dive with no sign of my headache. 2 days later, the eczema cleared up!