A Modern Method of Holistic Healing – Boulder Daily Camera
Mountain Air Hyperbarics introduced Boulder County to the powerful therapeutic benefits of oxygen. Sounds almost too good to be true: can a high dose of O2 help the body heal itself? But emerging research confirms the potential positive effects of this therapy.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by injecting oxygen into the blood plasma at a rate seven times the normal amount. When oxygen is in the plasma, it can reach all tissues in the body, which can increase the rate of healing and recovery in the body, according to Carly Davis, founder/owner of Mountain Air Hyperbarics.
Hyperbaric therapy is also thought to help reduce inflammation and increase circulation and cerebral blood flow or blood flow to the brain. Plasma-infused oxygen triggers new blood vessels and nerve cells, even releasing the body’s own stem cells. “It also puts the body’s nervous system into a parasympathetic state so clients feel good and relaxed,” says Davis.
Studies have shown that when athletes use hyperbaric it can significantly reduce their Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), increase VO2 max, and reduce recovery time between workouts or injuries. Many professional athletes and celebrities, including Michael Phelps, Lebron James, Justin Beiber, and NFL teams, have undergone hyperbaric treatments as part of their recovery and wellness routines.
History of Mountain Air Hyperbarics
No wonder Davis is in the hyperbaric sector. Her first-hand experience with the therapy is proof of the procedure’s effectiveness in healing from a life-changing event. Nine years ago, Davis had a skiing accident that left her facing far too regular knee surgeries and procedures.
“I eventually started moving towards more naturopathic treatment, trying to heal my body through nutrition, mental health approaches, and a stem cell procedure,” she says. “I asked my doctor what more I could do to help with the healing process and he told me to go into a hyperbaric chamber,” Davis explains. “I tried one in Denver and immediately started feeling better. Not just my knee, but my whole body!
Davis was hooked. With a background in kinesiology, the idea of oxygen-rich blood plasma made sense to her. Shortly after her direct exposure to hyperbaric healing, Davis decided to open a hyperbaric chamber in Breckenridge, where she lived, knowing it was worth sharing with the active and open-minded people in her community. .
Part of the process was getting certified to perform hyperbaric sessions safely. After 9 months of successful operation in Breckenridge, Davis decided to move to Front Range. “I realized that the company could grow with me!” Last October, it launched Mountain Air Hyperbarics in Boulder, eventually forgoing the original location and operating both chambers in Boulder.
What to expect with hyperbaric therapy
Mountain Air Hyperbarics operates in a professional setting within Core Progression Elite Personal Training. It consists of two “mild” hyperbaric chambers that go to a pressure of 1.3 ATA (absolute atmosphere), which is equivalent to being 11 feet below sea level. Davis explains that, for the general population, the soft rooms are more affordable and easier to use. “However, I’m always honest with people about their condition, and if necessary, I’ll recommend a deeper chamber to ensure optimal results,” she says. The one-hour sessions consist of lying on a comfortable mattress inside the hyperbaric chamber. The chamber takes about 10 minutes to reach full pressure, which usually results in a slight ear noise during acclimatization. Guests also sip pure oxygen through a cannula while in the room. Once at full pressure, the chamber gets to work while you relax. Davis says people are sleeping, checking their phones, listening to music, meditating or reading books.
According to Davis, anyone can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and his clients vary widely. They come with TBI/concussion/stroke, autoimmune disorders, mold toxicity, musculoskeletal injuries, pre/post surgery, anxiety/depression, skin conditions, and anti-aging ambitions. “I’ve also worked with COVID long haulers, people just looking to improve their overall health and cognitive functioning, and athletes interested in recovering faster from workouts,” she says.
Getting started with hyperbaric therapy
A few people who will not be suitable for hyperbaric therapy: pregnant women or people with severe claustrophobia or inner ear damage. Likewise, before use, anyone with a major medical diagnosis, such as cancer, epilepsy or heart disease, should obtain clearance from a specialist in the disease. Some drugs used for alcoholism and chemotherapy are also contraindications.
Before the first session, each client needs a prescription or referral from their doctor or chiropractor. Your doctor can fill out a referral form on the Mountain Air Hyperbarics website or you can bring a written prescription. Clients without a medical advisor can request an on-site consultation with a chiropractor prior to the first session.
Each hyperbaric protocol is as different as the individual interested in the therapy, but generally successive sessions can only compound the positive effects. And with two bedrooms on site, Davis can be flexible with requests. “I have clients who use it every day and others who come once a week,” she says. “It all depends on the client’s protocol and schedule.”
Davis suggests starting 10 sessions and then reassessing. “It’s not a device to miraculously cure anyone, but rather to aid in the healing process,” she says. “I always recommend that you continue to use other forms of healing.”
If you mention this article, Mountain Air Hyperbarics will offer a $50 discounted introductory session. A standard three-session pack costs $225 and a 10-pack costs $650. Best yet? Davis will consider payment options to make the powerful therapy affordable for everyone. First-time customers, please call Davis directly at 507.272.7393 to schedule an appointment or visit mountainairhyperbarics.com for more information.
mountain hyperbaric air
2525 Arapahoe Ave. Building. H7, Boulder
(Inside Core Progression Elite Personal Training)
507.272.7393 • mountainairhyperbarics.com