In our normal atmosphere we are subjected to approximately 14.7 pounds of pressure per square inch, with the air we breathe being composed of 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen. During HBOT the pressure in the chamber can be increased up to three times the normal atmospheric pressure. Standard hyperbaric therapy sessions pressure ranges from 1.5 to 3.0 atmospheres. The pressure in the chamber will be around 22 and 44 pounds per square inch, which is about the same pressure as being between 17 and 68 feet underwater.
Rob Pender, hyperbaric expert, is renowned as an early pioneer in the field of Hyperbaric medicine. Rob Pender started his journey in the medical world driven by his keen interest in sport. In the early sixties he studied and trained in Physiotherapy. On qualifying, it was no surprise that he soon became involved in professional sport and joined the medical teams at a number of Premiere football clubs. His reputation in the rehab of elite stars was soon recognised, which saw him travel across Europe treating players from the top European clubs.
In the eighties he opened up his own clinic and during this spell was approached by a manufacturer of Hyperbaric chambers to trial a chamber in a clinical research involving sports medicine. On seeing the benefit of HBOT in many areas of medicine, Rob then applied to study Hyperbaric medicine as a post graduate in the USA. On completion of his studies, Rob Pender trained under Dr Richard Neubaeur a leading Neurologist and Dean of American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. The experience of gleaning so much knowledge on brain trauma and the use of HBOT while practising within Richard’s clinic was soon to launch out on further research.
In 1993 he then moved over to the Baltic area of the world to research how HBOT could benefit children with birth brain injuries. On completion of his clinical research he was presented with an award for his work with brain injured children by The Serbian Ministry of Health.
On returning to the UK, Rob continued as a freelance consultant in HBOT presenting the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen to a wide range of Medical establishments worldwide.
In 2004 Rob Pender decided to retire due to a knee replacement that had gone severely wrong, however, he remained active as an adviser and in 2013 returned to private practice where he headed up a specialist Hyperbaric medical centre. Rob has now jointly opened The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre at The Chelsea Bridge Clinic in London.
Rob is not a medical doctor, but an hyperbaric expert who has vast experience in assisting the body to heal with the use of HBOT.
Rob Pender has counted it an honour in having the opportunity to treat a wide range of people, from the very poor refugees in Europe, International Government leaders, elite sports personnel and members of the Royal family.
Robert Pender is a:
- Fellow Royal Society of Medicine
- Fellow Underwater Hyperbaric Medical Society
- Fellow American College of Hyperbaric Medicine.
We’re happy to accept patients on a self-elected basis (self referral) or by a referral from your doctor. All new patients are evaluated during an initial consultation by in-house hyperbaric expert, Robert Pender. Patients then receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy based on their specific needs.
Feel free to call the clinic on 020 3823 1212 to discuss prior to booking your first session and initial consultation.
If your doctor thinks you would benefit from having HBOT, he or she may contact us with your name and contact information by fax, post or email and send us a completed referral form. We would be happy to answer your doctor’s questions about your eligibility.
We only use monoplace chambers (one person at a time) that supply the oxygen through an oxygen mask, which means it is safe to take your phone, a music player or a book in with you.
You only need to bring yourself, and you might find it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and possibly bring a book (or your iphone for music!).
We have 100% Stress-free parking. There is a secure, gated 24 hour car park facility immediately adjacent to our clinic, at very reasonable NCP rates (£2.40/h). We also have VIP access so you can be in and out of the Clinic quickly and discretely without the need to walk on any roads.
There are basically two types of chambers: monoplace and multiplace. Monoplace chambers are designed to treat a single person at a time. Multiplace chambers can have many people at one time which means sessions might be interrupted and less relaxing. We only use monoplace chambers as many of our clients like it to be a private (or discreet) experience and enjoy relaxing, meditating, listening to music or reading a book whilst in the chamber without interruption.
Anyone can benefit from a course of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) sessions. Celebrities like Madonna and Michael Jackson have made it a regular regimen to their course in anti-ageing. Diabetics use HBOT to prevent circulatory problems, which can sometimes lead to amputation. Arthritics use it to defeat painful debilitating inflammation. Professional athletes use it to optimise their body’s ability for peak performance and for rapid recovery from injuries. It is good for most infections as bacteria is usually anaerobic and does not like an oxygenated environment.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a simple yet highly effective way to enhance your body’s natural healing process using oxygen. During HBOT, you’ll breathe in 100% pure oxygen (under normal conditions you only breathe about 21%). This increased level of oxygen greatly improves your body’s ability to heal, speeding up your recovery time from illness and injury. The air pressure is also increased to twice the normal atmospheric pressure, so your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing at a normal air pressure.
HBOT takes place in a hyperbaric chamber, which is something you’ve probably been in before (the inside of an aeroplane is essentially a large hyperbaric chamber). This is why at the start of treatment, some patients experience a sensation similar to that felt while flying and/or landing in an airplane.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can benefit you in the following ways:
✔ Healing and repairing of damaged cells
✔ Kills bacteria, reducing the chances of infection
✔ Reduces swelling
✔ Increases the growth of new blood vessels
Before your first treatment you will need to have a consultation with our in-house hyperbaric expert, Rob Pender. This is to ensure we understand your needs and discuss the correct hyperbaric therapy plan for you based on your symptoms. Please ensure you let us know the following:
- If you have any cold or flu symptoms, fever, sinus or nasal congestion, or chest congestion.
- If there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.
- If there has been a change in any of your medications.
- If you have skipped a meal prior to your HBO treatment.
- If you are diabetic and did not take your insulin prior to your treatment.
- If you have any concerns or anxiety.
- If you suffer from claustrophobia.
Patients generally feel calm and relaxed and enjoy the experience, and during the session you shouldn’t feel any noticeable difference once the chamber reaches treatment pressure. During compression and decompression, you may experience a slight pressure in your ears, which is similar to that of the feeling of descending in an aeroplane, which can be alleviated by swallowing or opening your mouth and popping your ears.
Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability, as well as infections where it can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy, or in conjunction with other treatments.
Common medical conditions treated with HBOT include chronic non-healing diabetic foot wounds, compromised skin grafts and flaps, chronic bone infection and bone/tissue injury resulting from radiation therapy. See the treatments section of the website for more details.
It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when used alongside standard medicine. Many conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and chronic fatigue have responded favourably to HBOT.
Yes. There are several things you can do to improve your success rate:
- Always keep appointments. Regular, consistent participation in therapy will help you the most.
- If you smoke, consider stopping or at least cutting back. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen needed for healing your wounds. All the benefits of HBOT will be increased if you quit.
- Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest will enhance your body’s ability to heal.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is prescribed by a doctor and performed under supervision by a hyperbaric expert. Although there are minor risks like all medical treatments, overall hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe. The risks will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.
A hyperbaric therapy plan is based on your diagnosis or condition. The number of sessions required varies according to each patient’s individual requirements, which will be discussed during your initial consultation with hyperbaric expert, Rob Pender. Some conditions only need 2-5 sessions, many other conditions require 20-40 sessions or more depending on the severity of the individual’s case.
Each session takes approximately 1– 2 hours, depending on your requirements.
Hyperbaric chambers are equipped with a two-way speaker system, which also includes a phone handset for the operator to have private conversations with the patient during the session.
The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses, also known as ‘aeroplane ears’ because it is commonly experienced when descending in an aeroplane, caused by the change in pressure. You can reduce the risk of experiencing barotrauma by using techniques such as popping your ears and swallowing. The hyperbaric chambers are pressurised gradually, giving your ears and sinuses time to acclimatise to the changed atmospheric pressure.
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