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What IS
hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment used to increase the amount of oxygen reaching the bodies' cells. It is administered by a patient spending time in a hyperbaric chamber and breathing pure oxygen (pressure above sea level 1 atmospheric pressure)—the same sort of chamber as used to treat scuba divers suffering from the benz. ​

HBOT can be used as part of an integrated approach to patient care or it can be used as the sole treatment for a variety of conditions. ​

The use of HBOT is widely recognised throughout the world to assist in an array of conditions. Depending on the condition the HBOT is being used to support, the patient will be exposed to atmospheric of 1.5 and above.

hyperbaric oxygen may assist

immune modulation

enhancing energy

pain & inflammation



brain and cognitive function

Not All Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Is Created Equal

Different illness require different treatment pressures. The "one size fits all" just isn't so in a hyperbaric chamber because there is a distinct drug-dose response by the patient.

To fully benefit the therapeutic effect of HBOT, pressure above 1.5 ATA is needed. Naturally and logically the cost of hard chambers is more expensive than soft chambers.

Different illnesses require different treatment pressures. The "one size fits all" just is not so in a hyperbaric chamber because there is a distinct drug-dose response by the patient.

Some of the inflatable chambers are pressurised to a mere 4 pounds per square inch (“psig.”) or 1.5 ATA ,by adding 4 psig air pressure, the oxygen density (partial pressure) jump from 21% to 27%. Most neurological and orthopaedic conditions including autism respond best to pressures between 1.7 to 2.0 ATA .

Image of one of oxygen4life's hard chambers capable of creating pressures up to 3.0 ATA and more delivering full therapeutic benefits to patients.

A typical soft chamber capable of creating up to 1.3 ATA. Limited therapeutic benefits to the patient.

In a hospital HBOT chamber, gas gangrene is treated at 29 psig (3 ATA) of 100% oxygen. This provides the patient almost 16 times the partial pressure of oxygen of breathing room air at sea level. Diabetic ulcers respond to 19 psig (2.3 ATA) and heal quickly.

Tick disease and chronic fatigue syndrome patients need 2-2.3 ATA pressures to achieve a positive result. The inflatable chambers fail to deliver both the required treatment pressure and oxygen percentages for these health problems. The inflatable is pressurized to a mere 4 pounds per square inch (“psig.”) or 1.5 ATA ,by adding 4 psig air pressure, the oxygen density (partial pressure) jump from 21% to 27%. Most neurological and orthopedic conditions including autism respond best to pressures between 1.7 to 2.0 ATA .


Oxygen4life was originally established in Robina in 2013. Although, Dr Reza Samvat’s hyperbaric journey began much earlier. 

Dr Reza Samvat, a chiropractor with a special interest in integrative health using functional neurology, sleep medicine, learning and behaviour was introduced to the benefits of Hyperbaric oxygen therapy by a colleague in Adelaide in 2002. Upon his relocation to Queensland, Dr Samvat was involved in establishing the Oxygen4Life Clinic on the Gold Coast in 2013 ( formerly Gold Coast Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic).

Over the years, hundreds of individuals have been assisted with HBOT. Our mission is to contribute to the life long well-being of individuals by educating them about the health benefits of oxygen under pressure. 

We look forward to assisting you on your HBOT journey to improved health.

The Oxygen4Life Experience

We are conveniently located on Scottsdale Drive, Robina. (the centre of the Gold Coast). 

Our registered hyperbaric facilities are comfortable and easily accessible to both able-bodied and those with disabilities including wheelchair access. 

Our chambers are only the safest on the market and equipped to not only meet, but exceed all safety standards in the field. 

A library of movies for entertainment and chambers equipped for music play. 

hyperbaric oxygen therapy explained

The word “hyperbaric” is from the Greek root “hyper” meaning “over, above” and “baro” meaning “weight.”  Therefore, hyperbaric is “above the (normal) weight” of the atmosphere.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is the administration of pure medical oxygen (100%) at pressures greater than atmospheric pressure, i.e. more than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA), for therapeutic reasons.

At 2.0 ATA, the blood oxygen content is increased 2.5% and sufficient oxygen becomes dissolved in plasma to meet tissue needs in the absence of hemoglobin-bound oxygen, which occurs during injury, increasing tissue oxygen tensions 10-fold (1000%).

Plasma is the watery fluid that constitutes over half of the volume of our blood.  Dissolved in it are nutrients and vitamins, electrolytes, hormones, clotting factors, proteins, fats, sugars, metabolic wastes and other substances. The other blood cells (red, white and platelets) float in the plasma as it is circulated through the body. Unlike the red blood cells, the plasma seeps from the blood vessels into spaces between cells, carrying nutrients with it, and picks up waste by-products for later disposal. Plasma is the clear fluid that seeps out when someone has a minor skin scrape or brush burn.

HBO is administered by placing the patient in a mono-place (one man) chamber and typically the vessels are pressurized to 1.3–2.0 ATA for periods between 60 and 120 minutes once or twice a day depending on type of injury. Most hospitals have multi-place hyperbaric units that can deliver ATA above 2ATA.

how more oxygen benefits the body

Most living organisms depend on oxygen for survival. Oxygen is the catalyst for a functioning cell to do its work. Different cells in the body have different functions. When sufficient oxygen and nutrients are available, life is sustained at the basic level. Hemoglobin—the red blood cells in the blood stream—normally carries all the oxygen a healthy body needs for survival.

Also many cell and tissue functions are dependent on oxygen. Of special interest are leukocytes ability to kill bacteria, cell replication, collagen formation, and mechanisms of homeostasis, such as active membrane transport, e.g. the sodium–potassium pump. HBO has the effect of inhibiting leukocyte adhesion to the endothelium, diminishing tissue damage, which enhances leukocyte motility and improves microcirculation .

This occurs when the presence of gaseous bubbles in the venous vessels blocks the flow and induces hypoxia which causes endothelial stress followed by the release of nitric oxide(NO) which reacts with superoxide anions to form peroxynitrine. This, in turn, provokes oxidative perivascular stress and leads to the activation of leukocytes and their adhesion to the endothelium.

Other times, the body is compromised by infectious organisms and the immune system simply needs a boost, or a toxic substance, like carbon monoxide, has affected normal respiration.

Hyperbaric oxygenation is proving a useful adjunct to traditional medical modalities for a wide range of conditions and diagnoses.

While it is not possible to cite every physical benefit of hyperbaric oxygenation, outlined below are some of the physiological effects when breathing pure oxygen under hyperbaric conditions.

what happens when you are in a
hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

  • This oxygen-saturated plasma moves from the circulatory system into tissue spaces, seeping into areas where there is no blood flow, or where blood flow is diminished or compromised and carries oxygen molecules with it. More oxygen is delivered to more cells than can be delivered by the circulatory system.
  • There is less energy transfer involved when a cell receives an oxygen
  • Other body fluids, such as the cerebrospinal fluid, are also infused with molecular oxygen.
  • The total effect is that the body has become hyperoxygenated and thus, the process is known as hyperbaric oxygenation.
  • Saturates body fluids with oxygen, up to ten times normal.
  • Increases available oxygen supply to cells, which allows them to function beyond a "maintenance" status, or to be "jump-started" and into a functioning state. Hyperoxygenated cells perform at an optimal level with less energy expended
  • Allows oxygen to cross the blood brain barrier effortlessly, providing a source of readily available molecular oxygen for immediate use by the brain tissue. Allows cells to metabolize vital glucose, which is necessary for the production of neurotransmitters essential in brain function, without expending extra energy which would use vital nutrients. (Glucose is metabolized throughout the body for energy on a daily basis)
  • Increases the availability of neurotransmitters
  • Increases the amount of stem cells circulating in the body
  • Stimulates the growth of new capillaries (tiny blood vessels) which allows circulation to be restored or improved, and this reduces or eliminates hypoxia in affected areas. An increased network of blood vessels promotes deeper circulation of oxygen and nutrients under normal conditions. Normal circulation allows certain medicines and antibiotics to penetrate farther into muscles and tissues which also helps to combat microorganism growth
  • Stimulates connective tissue cells, which are rich in collagen,and promotes the growth of new skin.
  • Stimulates molecular and enzymatic changes, and increases the ability of white blood cells to remove foreign bodies from thebloodstream including bacteria, fungi, dead cells and waste by-products
  • Stimulates the process involved in the normal remodeling of normal bone.
  • Stimulates the immune response
  • Has potent anti-inflammatory effects
  • Increases the production of glutathione by 15 percent
  • Reduces swelling and mitigates damage to the surrounding cells, tissues and blood vessels (the cascade effect), which is particularly important to brain injuries. Reducing swelling(edema) in the brain lowers intracranial pressure. Is also a usefuladjunct in treating trauma to the body, and certain sports injuries.
  • Reduces or eliminates the clotting effect that results from the return of blood flow to constricted areas (reperfusion injury) and helps deaggregate platelets.
  • Mitigates the damaging effects of carbon monoxide on the body and brain
  • Removes from the bloodstream the gas bubbles that cause "the bends"
  • The elevated pressures used during HBO further accelerate the elimination process. This is why many client-patients incorporate chelation along with HBO.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen acts as an alpha-adrenergic drug.
  • Vasoconstriction can result in reduction of edema following burns or crush injuries. Even with a reduction in blood flow, enough extra oxygen is carried by the blood so a net increase in tissue oxygen delivery occurs with HBO.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen physically dissolves extra oxygen into the plasma (Henry’s Law). The quantity of oxygen carried and transferred to ischemic tissue by the blood is increased. Relieving the ischemia with this increased oxygenation promotes osteoclastic and osteoblastic activity, collagen matrix formation and the breakdown of many toxins. The extra oxygen also helps the ischemic tissue meet the increased metabolic need required by the healing processes.
  • 40 session of HBO at 2 ATA have shown to increase the circulating endothelial stem cells by 8 fold ( Endothelial stem cells are responsible for angiogenesis or fomulation of new blood vessels. This is very effective in wound healing and tissue repair).

how do i get started with hbot?

Getting started with hbot is easy. Just follow these two simple steps.


How do I get referred for treatment?

Patients are accepted either by physician referral or by self referral. A consultation is scheduled for patient evaluation using criteria established by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. ​ Our team works in concert with other clinicians caring for the patient so that hyperbaric oxygen treatments are coordinated with other therapies. Throughout the course of treatment, regular progress reports are sent to the patient’s other physicians, documenting the patient’s progress.


Book an appointment to discuss your compatibility with HBOT

The clinic does not diagnose the NEED for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Rather, a hyperbaric risk assessment to review your medical history to ensure your compatibility for treatment Please call 07 5575 7281 and speak to one of our friendly reception staff to get started.


Initial Risk Assessment  $170 

1st Trial & Introduction Inside Chamber = $200 (20% discount applied)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy $250 per hour 

Book 20hrs = $200 per hour (20% discount applied)

patient forms

The following forms need to be completed by the patient prior to the initial consultation. These forms can either be downloaded, filled in and brought with you to the consultation.

If you are not sure of your medical history, please have you General Practitioner complete the form.

practical uses for hyperbaric Oxygen therapy

HBOT can be safely and effectively used for the management of a wide range of conditions.

International hyperbaric medical association classifies hyperbaric oxygen therapy under 3 tiers 

tier 1 —mild hyperbaric therapy (up to 1.4 ata)

Tier 1 chambers are typically "soft," inflatable chambers or made of aluminium using pressurised air at 21 % with a limited flow of 5-8L of oxygen per minute, with 93% oxygen concentration

tier 2— hard chambers, non-hospital based free standing clinics (up to 3.0 ata)

- tier 2— hard chambers, non-hospital based free standing clinics (up to 3.0 ata) Tier 2 chambers are considered mid range and deliver medical grade oxygen at a rate of 20-30L per minute with a 96-100% concentration

- Protocols require greater than 1.5 ATA

- There are 70 conditions recognised by the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation requiring higher pressure protocols than Tier 1

- Conditions are considered investigational and classified as "off label"

- It is generally understood that HBOT does not directly treat these conditions but may target the physiological processes contributing to them

Oxygen4life is a tier 2 clinic

tier 3 (2.4 ata — 6.0 ATA)

- Tier 3 covers hospital administered "emergency" and "life threatening" conditions as the pressure is at higher levels.

- 6 Tier 3 conditions are covered under Medicare

The following is a list of common conditions that may use hyperbaric oxygen as part of adjunctive therapy. 
Please peruse the list and the resources on this site. 
We then invite you to make an appointment if you discover hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be an option for you as part of your existing conditions management strategy. 

Since the early 1970s, scientific journals have reported over 1,000 cases demonstrating a 40-100% rate of improvement for stroke patients treated with HBOT.

After brain trauma from an accident, brain cells die or become dormant from lack of oxygen; it has been shown that any of these cells can be revived through hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). The enormous amount of data supporting HBOT as a viable treatment for brain injury (BI) (including concussions). Below is the SPEC analysis of a patient with TBI.

The blood flow changes to the brain ( SPECT scan) is clearly evident after 40 sessions of HBOT at 1.5 ATM

The term “cerebral palsy” describes children who experience brain trauma at birth. HBO can treat the underlying problem in children with CP (the damaged brain). The main differences between HBO and traditional therapies for CP are the rapid gains over time and the impact on cognitive skill improvements, which, in general, are not improved with only physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

Recent studies do present the benefits of 1.3 ATA. For example, at HBOT 2010, Dr. Aran Mukherjee of UDAAN presented a comparison study of 1.3 to 1.5 to 1.75 ATAs (with a control group) and its use for CP. It clearly showed best results in cognitive and neurological development in the 1.3 ATA group that only received ambient air without any extra oxygen.

A debilitating nervous system disease, multiple sclerosis results in localized patches of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, which may eventually scar. There have been hundreds of treatments for MS. In fact, there has never been any disease in which so many treatments have been tried.

Unfortunately, some of these treatments produce disastrous results. Of all the treatments ever administered, hyperbaric oxygen is the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective. Currently there are 12,000 MS patients being treated at 110 hyperbaric centers in the United Kingdom.

Approximately 40 one-hour HBO sessions in succession have been shown to counter CFS symptoms in a majority of CFS and fibromyalgia clients-patients.

HBO can significantly increase the rate of recovery for sports related injuries such as sprains and torn muscles. The application of HBOT for the treatment of sports injuries has recently been suggested in the scientific literature as a modality of therapy either as a primary or an adjunct treatment.

In one study HBOT was used as a recovery method for muscular fatigue during the Nagano Winter Olympics. It was found that all athletes benefited from the HBOT treatment presenting faster recovery rates.

To date, numerous professional athletic teams, including hockey (NHL), football (NFL), basketball (NBA) and soccer (MLS), utilize and rely on the use of HBOT as adjuvant therapy for numerous sports-related injuries acquired from playing competitive sports.

HBO treatments administered pre- and post-surgery can significantly enhance recovery.

One of the fastest growing infections diseases such as tick bourne dieases. Tick borne disease literate physicians prescribe HBOT as an adjunctive (support) therapy, part of an interdisciplinary approach, which may include antibiotics, nutritional support and complimentary alternative medical detoxifying procedures.

“45 – 70% of patients have mycoplasma fermentens incognitus, 10 – 35% of patients have Erlichia, 25-45% of patients have bartonella, 8-20% of patients have babesia.”

“Professor Garth Nicholson, 2007.”

All of these “bugs” (bacteria and parasites) can be transmitted by ticks and other vectors. There is much debate and some confusion because of the incorrect assumption that HBOT will actually enhance some of these infections. For example, because babesia canis (Bc) chooses red-blood cells as a primary transport vehicle to infect the entire body, it is assumed that it does so because “it just loves oxygen.” Not so, the trophozoite cannot tolerate high oxygen tensions and HBOT will cause it to perish and will repair the microcirculation that infections destroy.

So too with the other coinfections. HBOT, when administered at the appropriate treatment pressure, exerts a potent bactericidal and fungicidal effect and continues on to repair damaged cells, restoring normal organ function including neuronal circuitry.

There is no doubt that HBOT act synergistically with many of the antibiotics (“ABX”) used to combat these co-infections and reduce the time these ABX needed for them to do their job.

One center in USA have reported in their clinical observation, that almost all PLS patients have been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lou Gherig’s disease (ALS) because of the symptoms.

Most of the Tick Borne Disease patients have shown to have regained their health and eradicated symptoms with 40 consecutive daily HBOT sessions of 90 minutes. In some instances, dramatically ill patients have shown to recover in as little as 26 HBOT sessions. The recommended ATM is between 2 to 2.7.

risks with hyperbaric Oxygen therapy

Like most things in life, there are risks with hbot. these risks are fortunately rare and manageable as long as the team is fully aware of any potential complications prior to treatment.

As with any treatment, side effects are possible.

However, with HBOT they are minimal.

The most common is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by pressure changes. This is the same effect you will experience when you go up in an airplane, but not as extreme.
You will be taught how to clear your ears prior to entering the hyperbaric chamber; on an airplane, you can swallow (parents ask their children to drink during their sessions for this reason) or you can hold your nose, close your mouth and slowly try to exhale, so you will be taught to do this during the HBOT session.

Decongestants may be helpful, but please tell your chamber technologist if you have recently had a cold or feel like you cannot ‘clear’ your ears. As in an airplane, the effect of ears ‘popping’ is temporary.

Anyone with any of the following conditions may not be a suitable candidate for HBO (this is why we work so closely with your current medical doctor)

To the ears and/or sinuses; otitis (fluid in the ears). You may feel discomfort in the ears and / or sinuses due to increased pressure. Techniques to alleviate it will be demonstrated by the hyperbaric staff. (simiar to airplane flight).

There is a possibility you may feel cluastrophobic. (mild risk for some).

There is a rare risk of oxygen toxicity. Treatment protocols will be deteremined to prevent this from happening. (only 6 out of 30 000)

There is a possibility of temporary visual changes. The need for reading glasses may disappear temporarily.

All items that could present a fire risk must be removed.

Free radical production is generates as a natural by-produc of metabolis, and are increased with increased oxygen. As the exposure in clinical HBOT protocols is rather brief (2hr/day) studies show that anitoxidant defences are adequate so that biochemical stresses related to increases are reversible. Silica Anhyride is a natural anitoxidant and recommended as a free radical scavenger during HBOT treatment.

Your journey to good health with hyperbaric oxygen therapy starts here...