Monday, April 16, 2012

Mild Hyperbaric therapy, the Athletes best friend!

By: Dr. Terry Weyman

I was first introduced to the Mild Hyperbaric Chamber 8 years ago after I had shoulder surgery. I was told it would increase my healing time and get me back to water skiing earlier. I was skeptical, but I had nothing to lose. After being in the chamber for 45 min I was able to move my arm with out pain and was able to do simple rehab exercises! It blew me away. Recently, I hurt my ankle real bad and was told I would not walk for months. Again, I sought out a Chamber, still not fully understanding what it does, again the results were amazing and I was walking within weeks. After talking with other Sports Medicine Doctors and Friends of mine who work with Elite Athletes I decided to take the plunge and bring one to CSI. So far, the results have been astounding. What is a Mild Hyperbaric Chamber and what does it do? Hopefully this simple article answers some of your questions.

How Much O2 can the body absorb and how much am I really getting?

When you breathe, Oxygen attaches to red blood cells and is carried throughout the body to be used in every function your body performs. However, the amount of Oxygen your body receives is limited by the number and circulation of these cells. Sickness, Injury or disease can dramatically lower your Red Blood Cell count and restrict Oxygen delivery to vital organs. Since 90% of our biological energy comes from Oxygen and only 10% from food and water, proper O2 usage is important not only in healing but for performance as well.

Isn’t breathing enough?

Unfortunately, when we breathe we are not getting enough oxygen. Currently our atmospheric oxygen content is approximately 21%, when just a few hundred years ago the air concentration was as high as 35%. Although toxic gases and pollutants are causing the atmospheric oxygen decline, it is not the only cause of oxygen deficiency. Over processed foods are high in toxins and low in oxygen. Eating these foods forces the body to use large amounts of oxygen to eliminate the poisons. These foods include: white floor, sugar, alcohol. Coffee, colas, etc. Foods rich in oxygen supply are fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.

When you’re injured, your physical effort declines. Lack of exercise prevents the body from absorbing the oxygen needed to revitalize the systems. Not sleeping well prevents oxygen from regenerating the organs, cells, bone and muscles. Physical stress, caused by infections, surgery, injury and viruses, creates the need for the body to use more oxygen to fight and repair. Emotional stress also places strain on all major organs and systems of the body as well.

How can Mild Hyperbaric Help?

Mild Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses purified ambient air with high levels of oxygen and approximately 130% atmospheric pressure to allow Oxygen Absorption through out ALL the bodies’ fluids. Since your RBCs can only absorb so much O2, now O2 can be “pushed” into other fluids such as Plasma and CSF (cerebral spinal fluid). This is proven through “Henry;s law of Physics, where when liquid is put under pressure, it absorbs the surrounding gases”.

Unlike Oxygen Bars and other forms of Oxygen treatments, Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is the only way to infuse all the bodies fluids, including blood plasma, lymphatic fluids, and as said above, CSF. Now O2 can reach tissue which is inaccessible to red blood cells, enhance white blood cell function and promote the formation of new capillary and peripheral blood vessels. This dissolved Oxygen is more readily used by the tissue cells. That’s because Oxygen carried in fluid is immediately available to the body’s cells, while Oxygen in red blood cells requires energy to make it available. This results in increased infection control and a faster healing time.

Many of the defense mechanism in the human body are dependent on oxygen. A low level of Oxygen in the tissues reduces the healing time by reducing the effectiveness of the ingestion and killing of bacteria by the white blood cells. When a body is subjected to Hyperbaric Therapy, re-oxygenation of the tissue allows phagocytosis and other defense mechanisms of the body to operate more effectively. Bottom line, bring more O2 in, the system works more efficiently so that you heal faster and stronger.

Hyperbaric Medicine is not a “cure all”, but a tool. When this tool is used correctly it has demonstrated to dramatically increase immune capabilities, helps with post surgical repair, fractures, musculoskeletal injuries, fibromyalgia pain, fatigue recovery, post concussion symptoms to just name a few. The affects of Hyperbaric Therapy are cumulative, and show longer lasting benefits over multiple sessions. MRI changes have been seen in both brain and injury sites in as little as 10 hours of use.

For more information you can contact Westlake CSI at or schedule an apt by calling 805-371-0737

Thursday, April 5, 2012

3 areas you must address when injured!

By: Dr. Terry Weyman

What we know is that the body can heal fast or slow. Its up to each individual and their approach to their body and the healing process. The body does not care what we think, just how we act and how well we care for ourselves. The payback? Increased function and achieving your maximum output!

When looking at your health you must consider both the visible world (your surroundings and what you have control over) and the invisible world (what you ingest, absorb and breath in). Health depends on three functions to sustain pure function; biomechanics ,bioenergy and biochemistry. All must be evaluated, considered and treated in order for true healing to take place.

Biomechanical- To have an increase in physical performance we need energy efficient, strain-free movement. Since muscles attach to joints, a full assessment of joint motion and muscle balance must be done. Full body rehabilitation of the kinetic chain must be evaluated to find imbalances, which must be corrected through specific Chiropractic Adjustments. Nerves travel through both muscles and joints. Any form of compression can cause both pain and lack of function. Restoration of the biomechanics and surrounding neurophysiology will provide a strong foundation in order to facilitate the healing process. Once the tension is taken off the structure, complete evaluation of the bioenergy and biochemistry can be evaluated.

Bioenergy- For top performance from your body you need energy efficient, strain-free movement. The more flexible and balanced the living matrix is, the more readily it absorbs shocks and converts them into information rather than damage. Since the living body is a network of cells integrated with each other receiving both mechanical and energetic vibratory continuum, restriction in one part has both structural and energetic consequences for the entire organism. Each healthy cell membrane has an electrical charge of 70 milivolts (mv) while diseased cells such as cancer cells have a potential of 15 mv. The food we eat and the air we breathe is reduced to electrons for electron transport to create ATP (energy) and body repair. Things that decrease electrons in the body are old food, electric fields (cell phones, pagers, etc), dehydration and free radicals. Each molecule, cell tissue and organ has an ideal resonate frequency that coordinates it’s activities. By manipulating and balancing the vibratory circuits we are able to directly influence the body’s defense and repair mechanisms. The use of the Erchonia Laser will help to reestablish cellular communication thus increasing the healing time. The EB 305 is designed to restore the body’s energy, balance and restore the body’s pH.

Biochemistry- The chemical world has a dramatic effect on both the performance of our body as well as its ability to heal. This “world” involves the inflammatory cascade, debrid area, blood flow, connective tissue assembly and nutrient specificity. With any form of injuries (both acute or chronic) the body increases blood flow to the region with a migration of White Blood Cells. The cell permeability increases causing swelling, increased cellular debris and a decrease in pH thus slowing the healing time. The objective of treatment is to: 1. Control the inflammation, 2. Dissolve the injured tissue/dead blood (through the Cold laser, Ultrasound, H-Wave, Marc Pro), 3. Increase the nutrient delivery, and 4. Repair and create new tissue. The course of action needed to increase the healing time is to provide biochemical mediators in sufficient quantities and promote their delivery. At CSI, we use the Erchonia Cold Laser to decrease the congestion in the lymphatic system, the EB 305 to detoxify the body and normalize the pH, and pharmaceutical vitamins/mineral supplements to enhance biochemical stability and free radical reduction.

At CSI we want to get the Athlete back on the field as fast as possible and keep them at their peak. For more info go to our website at