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Hyperbaric Health & Wellness Foundation is proud to offer a comprehensive Hyperbaric Treatment Program for deserving veterans struggling with TBI and PTSD.

This program has been made possible through a generous grant from the “Arlene and Michael Rosen Foundation“.

For those traveling from outside the Sun Valley area, we can provide lodging.

Hyperbaric Veterans Program:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a very effective treatment for the medical conditions, TBI and PTSD . The therapy consists of breathing 100% oxygen under pressure which saturates the body’s tissues and reaches damaged areas that had lacked blood supply and oxygen.

With repeated treatments, the oxygen flow stimulates the body’s healing processes and allows most patients to experience rapid recovery of cognitive and neurological functioning without surgery or drugs.

Veterans Punch List for Treatment:

Compliance Requirements:

  • A prescription for Hyperbaric Treatment. If you don’t have one, contact Dr. Nancy Parry 208-622-3180 for an exam.
  • Baseline psychological exam with Cecilee Heath. Contact Cecilee Heath at 208-309-3161 or cecheath@yahoo.com
  • Diagnosis of TBI and/or PTS
  • A copy of your DD 214
  • ANAM test – We will administer this at Hyperbarics of Sun Valley. Please contact us to schedule at 208-928-7477
  • Completed release forms and compliance agreement at our facility.
  • Scheduled treatments (One per day for 40 days, or two per day for 20 days). We will help you schedule these at our facility.
  • If you’re coming from out of the Sun Valley area, we can arrange housing for you. Please contact us if this is needed 208-928-7477

Testimonials from Veterans:

24 year U.S Army Veteran, 2 x 12 month Combat Deployments (Iraq):

Substantial improvement in all areas. Primary complaints of PTSD reduces to a report “1” or zero in all primary diagnosis areas. Patient reported that after treatment #15 sleep patterns changed from 3-4 hours of interrupted sleep over an 8-year period to normal pre-deployment levels to 6-8 hours without interruption. Patient (under medical supervision) was able to completely eliminate use of all prescribed medications without adverse affect. Patient noted substantial improvement in energy levels, cognitive ability, motivation, and memory.

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Medically Discharged April 2014; diagnosed mTBI, PTSD (70%), Intermittent Thoracic Strain Syndrome (10%), Tinnitus, Degenerative Disc Disease of the Lumbar Spine, Dishydrosis  

History:  In 2103 patient was admitted to voluntary inpatient military sponsored psychiatric hospital due to PTSD.  Patient remained in the hospital for 2.5 months.  Post admittance patient was medically discharged from active duty due to MEB findings for mTBI, PTSD, and ITSS.  Patient engaged in counseling and various VA recommended therapies with little or no improvement (treatment resistant PTSD).  

Medications:  Celexa, Prasosin, Xanax, Ropinirole, Crestor

Patient completed 40 treatments in 40 days.

Treatment began 18 months post separation from the U.S. Army.

Symptoms: (Pre HBOT) (Scale 1-10) Post 40 Treatments

Symptoms: (Pre HBOT) (Scale 1 – 10) Post 40 Treatments Results
Intrusive Thoughts 9 1 Remaining thoughts are manageable
Day/Night Terrors 8 0 Completely gone, normal dreams
Nightmares 7 0 None
Anxiety or Panic 9 1 Very little – described as normal
Hyper Vigilance 10 2 Residual from training – not intrusive
Anger 7 1 Manageable / controllable (healthy)
Rage 6 0 None
Memory Loss 8 1 Some short term memory lapse
Insomnia 10 0 Gone – normal sleep cycle restored
Poor Concentration 8 1 Gone – easy to focus and maintain
Isolation 10 0 Desire for friends/ family interaction restored
Aggression 9 1 Little / none – fight response reduced
Suppression 8 0 No effort required to suppress
Depression 9 1 Gone – feel healthy / optimistic all day
Numbness 7 0 Gone, feel reconnected
Disassociation 7 0 Gone, not compelled to disconnect
Withdrawal 9 0 Gone, feel desire to maintain contact
Back Pain 9 3 Still some pain but reduced
Tinnitus 6 0 None since completing treatment
Brain Fog 9 0 Gone, fully aware and engaged
Poor Short Term Memory 9 1 Some residual short term lapses
Low Energy 10 0 Energy levels skyrocketed
Headaches 9 1 Some residual, local
Dizziness 5 0 None since completing treatment

Substantial improvement in all areas. Primary complaints of PTSD reduces to a report “1” or zero in all primary diagnosis areas. Patient reported that after treatment #15 sleep patterns changed from 3-4 hours of interrupted sleep over an 8-year period to normal pre-deployment levels to 6-8 hours without interruption. Patient (under medical supervision) was able to completely eliminate use of all prescribed medications without adverse affect. Patient noted substantial improvement in energy levels, cognitive ability, motivation, and memory.

40 year old Male Navy Seal:

Post-treatment patient was able to work in a noisy, physically demanding job with moderate to high stress levels.

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40 yr. old Male
20 year Navy Seal
Discharged 2014
Diagnosed: PTSD, TBI

History: Patient fell from roof in Kandahar, fracturing left side of skull. Caved in Orbital left eye, subdural hematoma, fracturing C-5, C-6 and T-1. Six months later broke back while parachuting, fracturing T-11, T-12, L-1. Hospitalized at Walter Reed, 3 weeks ICU, 2 weeks VA Hospital. Two years later Walter Reed diagnosed PTSD.

Patient states he has been involved in many blasts over his career as a Navy Seal, never being treated. Patient shows signs of Mild TBI.

Medications prescribed to patient:
Methylphenidate, Cymbalta, Maxalt, Promethacine.

Patient states he took himself off of meds because it made him feel like a Zombi.
Patient has received 19 treatments to date.

Start of Treatment (TX) 2 years post injury

Symptoms: Pre HBOT

  • Ringing in ears
  • Sensitive to overstimulation
  • Varying sleep patterns
  • Short term memory issues
  • Mini TIAs (mini-strokes)
  • SIADH
  • Mood issue
  • Lack of energy
  • Mental Clarity
  • Pain
  • Thought processing
Post 19 Treatments (Scale 1-5)
  • No change
  • Improved
  • Improved (2 to 4)
  • Improved
  • Gone
  • Gone
  • Improved (1 to 4)
  • Improved (2 to 5)
  • Improved (2 to 4)
  • Improved (3 to 4)
  • Improved (1 to 4)
  • Patient had to postpone treatment due to scheduling issues.
    Post-treatment patient was able to work in a noisy, physically demanding job with moderate to high stress levels.

    34 year old Male Active Duty Service Member and US Navy Seal:

    Patient is motivated to get himself off medications. He is currently doing treatments 2 times a day for a total of 40.

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    Joined the Navy in 2000
    Discharge papers pending
    Diagnosed: Multiple TBIs

    History: Patient recalls at least 10 injuries resulting in significant alterations of consciousness in addition to at least 3 injuries resulting in loss of consciousness. His most intense and challenging combat deployment was in 2007. He lost two of his closest friends. He continued to function professionally at his highest level. His last deployment was in 2012 requiring a high operational tempo. After that he experienced a dramatic increase in overall fatigue and difficulties with routine activities at work and home.

    Medications prescribed to patient:
    Lexapro, Testosterone, Adderall/ Concerta, Cialis, Wellbutrin, DHEA, Hydrocodone

    Start of treatment (TX) 1 1/2 years post injuries

    Symptoms: (Pre HBOT) (Scale 1 – 10) Post 20 Treatments Results
    Headaches every day 6 3-4 Reduced to 3x a week
    Migraines frequent & extreme 5-10 0 No migraines since start of tx
    Irritability (fits of rage) 7-10 0 None since 5th treatment
    Anxiety 7 3 Anxiety Improvement
    Back Pain (L5-S1) 6-10 1-5 Improved
    Joint Pain (Knee/Shoulders) 6 4 Improved
    Arthritis (both ankles) 4 1 Improved
    Carpal Tunnel (both wrists) 4 4 No change yet
    Tinnitus 6 3 Improved

    We will update this patient once he completes 40 treatments.

    56 year old Male:

    Patient has only completed 14 of the recommended 40 treatments.

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    Diagnosed: TBI 2001

    History: Patient was violently attacked and received a blunt force trauma to the head. He was stabbed several times. Patient was in a coma for one month.

    Start of treatment 11 years post injury (only completed 17 treatments)

    Symptoms: (Pre HBOT) Results after only 17 treatments
    Loss of mid-term memory Improved short-term and mid-term memory
    Violent seizures Non-violent, milder and less frequent
    Tremor in right and left hand, lower lip Slight improvement
    Hitch in gait, right side Smoother gait
    Extreme Tinnitus 50% improvement, stops periodically
    Mood changes (short fuse, irritable) Better mood, calmer
    Brain fog Better clarity
    Balance problem Able to navigate a bicycle
    Mental organization difficult to implement Able to help with mechanical projects
    High frustration level More relaxed seeing improvements
    Depression Greatly improved, feels good
    Fatigues early in evening Energy level improved
    Loss of sense of smell Improved 30%
    Delay in thought process Some improvement

    After 14 of the recommended 40 treatments patient had to stop because of his schedule. Even though it has been 11 years since the injury, we have seen some significant improvements.