Happy Monday! I want to kick this week off by wrapping up my collaboration with the fabulous Restore Cryotherapy Little Rock location. The grand finale I have been saving up to tell you about is their Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy service! I was so interested in this service from the beginning because I have read research articles in the past that discuss the major benefits of hyperbaric chambers and couldn’t wait to check it out for myself.
In my mind, when I read those articles in the past, I envisioned a metal spaceship type of set up when I imagined what a hyperbaric chamber may look like. Much to my surprise but probably not yours, I was not at all accurate in that description. Instead, it looks almost like an inflatable mini- submarine. Because it was relatively small, I had a little bit of anxiety before getting in. The staff at Restore reassured me that once the chamber is inflated there would be ample amount of space and there absolutely was.
The first few minutes after getting in the hyperbaric chamber is referred to as the “dive”. This lasts for 4-5 minutes while pressure is added to the enclosed chamber as it fills with pure oxygen and goes from 0 to 4 PSI. It’s called a dive because the added pressure feels similar to when you swim into deep water or when you go up in an airplane. There is the effect of your ears “popping” but it was very mild in my experience, and I never felt that sensation again after the initial 3 minutes. I want to say that prior to getting in the chamber, Wesley did a fantastic job of walking me through the experience, telling me what to expect- including the ear popping, and she was right there where I could see her face the whole time during the dive. You lay down in the chamber on your back but there is a window at the top where you can see the room and whoever is manipulating the pressure system outside of the chamber. I was given an oxygen mask prior to getting in the chamber but was told it was completely optional whether or not I wanted to wear it. Because the chamber is eventually filled with pure oxygen, I would still be breathing it in, but the mask would help me to gain the most benefit from my experience. I wore the mask without hesitation and had no problems with it through the whole session. I was in the chamber for one hour and was provided with a comfy pillow and blanket and I was able to take my phone in there with me. Because I was so amazed by this system, I spent a lot of my time Googling more on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy while I was in there. I didn’t sleep, but was told by the Restore staff that customers often get in there and just take a nap! Wesley came back to check on me multiple times during my session. She had given me a walkie-talkie for communication and we would use that or sometimes I just gave her a thumbs up. She told me when my session was almost over and we wen’t through the “dive” experience again as the pressure left the chamber. The chamber cannot be opened until it is depressurized and, again, this takes about 4 minutes.
By breathing in pure oxygen and increasing oxygen levels throughout the body, the rate of healing is increased. Improved circulation and blood flow, increased antioxidants, enhanced white blood cell action to fight infection, and improved sleep quality are all benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, according to Restore’s website. I spoke with Wesley and asked about the clientele that has been in seeking out this specific service. She told me that they have had customers wanting to use the chamber in an effort to combat various conditions. Some have been battling multiple sclerosis, cancer, and others who have undergone invasive surgery looking to speed up the healing process. I personally benefitted from my time in the chamber by improved sleep quality. Immediately after my session I felt very relaxed and “blissed out.” My session was at the end of my work day and that evening I went to bed at 10:00 PM (early for me!) and slept *soundly* until 8:30 AM the next morning. I didn’t wake up one time during the night and when I woke up I felt rested and ready to conquer my day. No grogginess or anything like that. I honest to goodness don’t remember the last time I slept that well. It was AMAZING!
A one hour session in the Hyperbaric Chamber retails for $85. They also offer packages and a 3-hour package retails for $210, a 5-hour package retails for $295, and they also offer a 10-hour one month package for $550. Restore has a monthly membership option starting at $69 per month that includes 2 free services each month and member pricing on all following services. Member pricing for hyperbaric therapy is less than retail! It’s easy to set up an appointment for your Hyperbaric Therapy service! You can call them at (501) 747-2261 or install the free Mind Body app, search for Restore Cryotherapy Little Rock, and schedule there. Restore is located at 11525 Cantrell Road #605 in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center. If you go, make sure to let them know you heard about them here at The Bold Condition.
This post will conclude this collaboration project with Restore Cryotherapy in Little Rock and I just want to say what an honor it has been to work with them. They have been exceptional throughout this process in their hospitality, service, and in their support of me and this forum. Central Arkansas is so lucky to have Wesley Griffin and her team in this location providing multiple services that promote and support a healthy lifestyle in such a unique way. If you haven’t had a chance to go check it out for yourself, I strongly encourage you to do so. There is something for everyone at Restore! Maybe you’ll run into me while you’re there. Thank you for following along on this journey with me. Your engagement provides me with hope and validation that my goal to shed light on the resources available to bring the best out in ourselves is working. With love!