This is Ontario Hyperbarics

Treating Inflammation at the Source

   AUTISM

A t Ontario HBOT, we take a biomedical approach to the treatment of Autism and Developmental Delays. This approach takes into consideration that Developmental issues can have some biological causes, such as heavy metal toxicity, pathogen (clostridia, candida, parasites, etc.) infections, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiency, etc.

Just a few things HBOT has shown to do:

  1. Increase circulating stem cells by eight-fold
  2. Enhances the white blood cells ability to kill bacteria, candida and parasites.
  3. Clears toxins
  4. Helps the metabolic function of the brain, stimulating cerebral tissues, aiding in recovery of idling neurons
  5. Improves immune function
  6. Stimulates brain & nerve cells
  7. Decreases swelling & inflammation

   BRAIN INJURY/CONCUSSION

T raumatic Brain Injury & Post-Concussion Syndrome (TBI/PCS), also known as intracranial injury, occurs when as external force traumatically injures the brain. TBI can be classified based on severity, mechanism (closed or penetrating head injury), or other features (e.g. occurring in a specific locationor over a widespread area). Head injury usually refers to TBI, but is a broader category because it can involve damage to structures other than the brain, such as the scalp and skull.

TBI is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, especially in children and young adults. Cases include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence. Brain trauma can be caused by a direct impact or by acceleration alone. In addition to the damage caused at the moment of injury, brain trauma causes secondary injury, a variety of events that take place in the minutes and days following the injury. These processes, which include alterations in the cerebral blood flow and the pressure within the skull, contribute substantially to the damage from the initial injury.

  CANDIDA

O ur "modern" diet, environment and excess use of antibiotics can easily contribute to a compromised digestive and immune systems. This can result in toxic damage and the overgrowth of pathogens. Candida (yeast) and bacteria (clostridia) overgrowth becomes a common and persistant problem.

Symptoms associated with candida, bacteria and parasite infections include: bloating, constipation or diarrhea, sugar craving, mental fog, high inflammation, sleeping problems, increased mucus production, damage to the mucous membrane system, picky eaters, failure to thrive and sinus congestion etc. Oxygen, by its oxidative nature, is a extremely effective anti-fungal.

When using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for the treatment of candida, parasites and/or bacteria, most individuals will experience what is referred to as the Herxheimer reaction or commonly known as the “Healing crisis” or “Die-off”. This is the body’s reaction to the toxins that are released when large numbers of parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off by the oxygen and the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough. It is VERY important to remember that sometimes you will feel worse before getting better. This is completely normal, common and natural. Your body is doing what it needs to do to rid itself of toxins and heal.

Associated symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the severity and can include:

  1. Rash
  2. Flu-like symptoms such as; headache, body aches, sore throat, sweating, chills, nausea
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Constipation
  5. Change in stool – texture, frequency, smell
  6. Headaches
  7. Red cheeks
  8. General malaise

  CEREBRAL PALSY (CP)

C erebral Palsy (CP) is a broad term used to describe a group of chronic movement or posture disorders. “Cerebral” refers to the brain, while “Palsy” refers to a physical disorder, such as a lack of muscle control. Cerebral Palsy is not caused by problems with the muscles or nerves, but rather with the brain’s ability to adequately control the body. Cerebral Palsy can be caused by injury during birth, although sometimes it is the result of later damage to the brain. Symptoms usually appear in the first few years of life and once they appear, they generally do not worsen over time.

Unlike treatments for CP directed at the physical manifestations of the underlying problems (range of motion, reduce spasticity, increase strength) as well as specific therapies designed to enhance communication skills and academic performance, HBOT targets the abnormalities and brain function. The effectiveness of HBOT in children with CP is most likely a manifestation of the enhanced function of previously damaged neurons. The neurons, called "idling neurons" are still alive, but have been damaged to the extent that their function is compromised.

HBOT is an adjunctive therapy to be used in conjunction with other established treatment protocols including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, as well as other therapies designed to reduce spasticity.

In conclusion to studies relating to Cerebral Palsy and HBOT - for some children with moderate to severe CP, there is evidence that HBOT improves motor skills, attention, language and play. As well, for some an increase in vision. These are not miraculous changes, these children all still have CP, but there are substantial improvements.

Articles, Studies & Additional Information


Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Children with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy: a Pilot Project
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Pediatric CP Treated with 1.5 ATA - Pilot Study
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HBOT and Neurological Conditions. Dr. Pierre Marois's Abstract
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  GENERAL WELLNESS


S uper-saturate every cell of your body with 100% medical-grade oxygen. Celebrities, sport teams and professionals have been using HBOT for years to enhance healing and improve performance.

Dr. Oz and Oprah consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy and far-infrared saunas "high-tech ways to extend your life." Hyperbaric oxygen and far-infrared saunas are both available at Ontario Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre. Super-saturate every cell of your body with 100% medical-grade oxygen. Celebrities use HBOT for clearer, healthier, beautiful skin. Sport professionals and teams use HBOT to improve endurance as well as speed healing of chronic and acute injuries.

Do you have a big marathon, CN Tower climb, hockey, football or figure skating event on the horizon? Prepare like a professional. Be at the top of your game. Reduce downtime. Has your brain taken a few too many knocks? Help it out by diffusing oxygen deep into intracellular fluids.

Produce healthy skin from the inside out. Enhance collagen production naturally. Hyperbaric oxygen helps accelerate the healing process for plastic surgery care, whether it's administered pre- or post-op. HBOT speeds healing, reduces swelling and helps to prevent infection.

Articles, Studies & Additional Information


A New Year-Time to Improve Your Health with HBOT
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The Dollars and Sense of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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Oxygen Therapy for Anti-Aging
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  LYME

L

yme disease consists of spirochetes which are invasive bacteria. Spirochetes have a head on both ends, allowing them the ability to burrow into the organ or muscle and sporactically change direction causing further damage. They also have the ability to take on the protein covering of one's body, thereby disguising it from the body's defense mechanisms. We have found that the spirochetes do not like 100% oxygen under a deep pressure. The deep pressure forces the oxygen into the fluids of the body as well as the tissues of the muscles and organs.

It is even more effective when the spirochetes are going through their reproductive cycle and that is when we like to hit them hard. Spirochetes, on the other hand can survive and multiply in a slightly higher (than room air) oxygen content with a lower pressure. Some will be killed, but the survivors will get used to the oxygen and thrive. They are facultative anaerobes: An organism that can live in the absence as well as in the presence of atmospheric oxygen.

When treating Lyme disease in a hyperbaric chamber with 100% oxygen at a deeper ATA it is recommended that you are diligent with your treatments and make the commitment to at least be able to catch the spirochetes during at least two of the cycles and, what was not destroyed during the first will hopefully be killed during the second cycle.

Articles, Studies & Additional Information


Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Lyme Disease
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Fighting Lyme Disease with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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Spinal Fluid Proteins Distinguish Lyme Disease from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Lyme disease strikes another Northwest Florida young person, family needs help paying for hyperbaric treatments
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Tiny Tick Provokes Huge Controversy
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Lyme Testing Information
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Richmond Hill Lyme Disease Support/Dance in the Rain
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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)


M ultiple Sclerosis (MS) is the result of damage to myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. When the myelin is damaged, this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.

For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not a cure for MS - but it seems to offer effective help with such critical symptoms as fatigue, poor balance and mobility, sensory perception difficulties, incontinence and, in some cases, speech problems.

Extensive international medical research has established hyperbaric oxygen therapy as part of an effective multiple sclerosis treatment program. In some European countries, it is not only the primary treatment, but also covered by insurance. In 1983, in Dundee, Scotland the first charity-run HBOT centre dedicated to the treatment of multiple sclerosis opened. This was an initiative of the former charity ARMS (Action and Research for Multiple Sclerosis). Since then the U.K. has provided more than 1.5 million HBO treatments for MS in 100 MS dedicated centers.

Unfortunately today, HBOT it is not considered a mainstream MS treatment and is not covered by insurance. However, the discrepancy between how North America perceives HBOT in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and how widely it is used in other countries is worth closer examination.

Articles, Studies & Additional Information


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for MS: My Experience
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The Controversy over Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Patients
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis: My Experience
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More on Multiple Sclerosis and Hyperbaric Oxygen
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Multiple Sclerosis
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Long-term Hyperbaric Oxygenation Retards Progression in Multiple Sclerosis Patients
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MS Society of the United Kingdom: Living with MS (Press report)
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PLASTIC/COSMETIC SURGERY RECOVERY


H yperbarics can reduce the risks and scarring associated with surgery and help to speed healing, reducing long recovery periods.

The use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy by cosmetic surgeons is on the rise. HBOT can benefit patients of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, such as abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty, liposuction, facelifts and breast augmentation. Chemical peels, laser resurfacing, blockages/necrosis caused by dermal fillers are non-surgical procedures where HBOT can prove to be extremely effective.

Whether performed for medical or cosmetic purposes, surgical procedures involve risks such as:

  • Infections
  • Scars
  • Necrosis
  • Seromas
  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Temporary Numness or Loss of Feeling
  • Hematomas

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps mitigate these risk factors by healing the body from the inside out. We have a proven track record of success with patients from across the country.

Articles, Studies & Additional Information


Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Wound Healing and Return to Normal Activity in Breast Augmentation and Abdominoplasty Patients
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Chronic Wounds Heal Faster with Hyperbarics Surgery/ Plastic Surgery/ Reconstruction Surgery
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Facelift Healing Innovation: New Study Shows Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Decreases Bruising in Facelifts Patients by 35%
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment: From Professional Athletes to Plastic Surgery
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OTHER CONDITIONS

Please visit TORONTO HBOT for more information regarding the 14 labelled indications approved by Health Canada, covered under OHIP

RSD & CRPS


R eflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic pain disorder associated with sensitivity to light touch swelling, skin color and temperature changes, weakness, abnormal sweating, muscle atrophy, and subsequent depression.

RSD can follow a simple trauma (fall or sprain) a break or fracture (especially wrist and ankle) a sharp force injury (such as a knife or bullet wound), heart problems, infections, surgery, RSI/CTS, spinal injuries/disorders, or major trauma. But the precipitating cause is not always known. The original injury may happen weeks, months, or even years before the proper diagnosis is made, which contributes to this problem. RSD strikes both men and women, but typically about 75% of patients are women. It strikes victims from 1 to 101, although about 65% of patients contract the disease in their thirties and/or forties.

There are four Main Symptoms/Criteria for a diagnosis of CRPS/RSDS:

  • Constant Chronic Burning Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Spasms-in Blood Vessels & Muscles of the Extremities
  • Insomnia/Emotional Disturbance (including limbic system changes)

Not all four symptoms are required for a diagnosis but most patients do have at least three out of the four at any one time.

Most people who suffer from RSD only receive pain management. This means being prescribed a multitude of narcotics, and antidepressants. Then RSD patients must start on a schedule of stellate ganglion /sympathetic blocks. With the exception of a few who respond initially, this expensive therapy is repeated weekly or monthly for the rest of the RSD patient’s life. When CRPS/RSDS sufferers fail to respond to these blocks, the patient is referred for morphine pump implants or spinal stimulators and requires ongoing physician management on a monthly basis to make the proper adjustments.

Hyperbaric oxygenation decreases inflammation and edema while increasing blood flow to the starved limbs and nerves that are damaged by the course of the disease. This in turn reduces fibrous tissue formation. Dr. Ken Stoller states, ?HBOT seems to break the viciousself sustaining cycle of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, because normalization of local tissue oxygen tension, pH and water interstitial content stops abnormal sensory nerve stimulation and efferent vasomotor activity.

Most RSD sufferers report a full night's sleep after a few treatments of HBOT along with a decreased need for narcotics. After a series of treatments, there is a reported noticeable improvement in thinking and diminished depression. The swelling of the effected arm or leg associated with RSD diminishes, and they are able to start physical therapy with marked improvement in muscle strength. Many people afflicted with RSD have then been able to return to a happier and more productive life, frequently returning to their prior occupation.

Since every patient is different it is hard to predict the result in each individual case. However, we know from 50 years of experience that HBOT is safe and will not make the patient worse. The usual course of oxygen therapy is once daily, five days a week (M-F) for eight weeks. If a significant response is noted after 40 HBOT treatments, then additional treatments may be helpful.

Articles, Studies & Additional Information


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
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Effectiveness of HBOT in the Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy And HBOT
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SPORT INJURY & PERFORMANCE


R eflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic pain disorder associated with sensitivity to light touch swelling, skin color and temperature changes, weakness, abnormal sweating, muscle atrophy, and subsequent depression.

RSD can follow a simple trauma (fall or sprain) a break or fracture (especially wrist and ankle) a sharp force injury (such as a knife or bullet wound), heart problems, infections, surgery, RSI/CTS, spinal injuries/disorders, or major trauma. But the precipitating cause is not always known. The original injury may happen weeks, months, or even years before the proper diagnosis is made, which contributes to this problem. RSD strikes both men and women, but typically about 75% of patients are women. It strikes victims from 1 to 101, although about 65% of patients contract the disease in their thirties and/or forties.

There are four Main Symptoms/Criteria for a diagnosis of CRPS/RSDS:

  • Constant Chronic Burning Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Spasms-in Blood Vessels & Muscles of the Extremities
  • Insomnia/Emotional Disturbance (including limbic system changes)

Not all four symptoms are required for a diagnosis but most patients do have at least three out of the four at any one time.

Most people who suffer from RSD only receive pain management. This means being prescribed a multitude of narcotics, and antidepressants. Then RSD patients must start on a schedule of stellate ganglion /sympathetic blocks. With the exception of a few who respond initially, this expensive therapy is repeated weekly or monthly for the rest of the RSD patient’s life. When CRPS/RSDS sufferers fail to respond to these blocks, the patient is referred for morphine pump implants or spinal stimulators and requires ongoing physician management on a monthly basis to make the proper adjustments.

Hyperbaric oxygenation decreases inflammation and edema while increasing blood flow to the starved limbs and nerves that are damaged by the course of the disease. This in turn reduces fibrous tissue formation. Dr. Ken Stoller states, ?HBOT seems to break the viciousself sustaining cycle of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, because normalization of local tissue oxygen tension, pH and water interstitial content stops abnormal sensory nerve stimulation and efferent vasomotor activity.

Most RSD sufferers report a full night's sleep after a few treatments of HBOT along with a decreased need for narcotics. After a series of treatments, there is a reported noticeable improvement in thinking and diminished depression. The swelling of the effected arm or leg associated with RSD diminishes, and they are able to start physical therapy with marked improvement in muscle strength. Many people afflicted with RSD have then been able to return to a happier and more productive life, frequently returning to their prior occupation.

Since every patient is different it is hard to predict the result in each individual case. However, we know from 50 years of experience that HBOT is safe and will not make the patient worse. The usual course of oxygen therapy is once daily, five days a week (M-F) for eight weeks. If a significant response is noted after 40 HBOT treatments, then additional treatments may be helpful.

Articles, Studies & Additional Information


HBO Treatment News / Sports Injury - Hyperbaric Therapy Can Help Improve Athletic Performance
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How Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Contribute to Treatment?
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Sports Injuries
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Saints' Colston Credits Oxygen-Rich Cocoon for Quick Healing
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The Role of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Sports Medicine.
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STROKE


T here are over 50,000 strokes in Canada each year. That’s one stroke every 10 minutes. 80% of strokes are ischemic caused by the interruption of blood flow to the brain due to a blood clot. Blood (hemoglobin) is the main carrier of oxygen. In normal situations hemoglobin is 97% to 98% saturated with oxygen.

The lack of oxygen to the brains cell causes the cells to swell and ultimately break-down and allow fluid to move into the surrounding tissue, damaging previously “normal” cells. As this process continues, so does the damage resulting in a condition referred to as ischemic penumbra. Ischemic penumbra, contributed up to 85% of the disability resulting from stroke. By oxygenating the of the areas surrounding the damaged neurons, you are limiting further brain damage by improving cerebral oxygenation, relieve brain edema, prevents further blood clotting and reduces neuronal swelling. Though the use of HBO therapy these parts of the brain can heal and reestablish the brains lost connections.

Some reported benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for stroke:

  • Reduces Stroke Recurrences
  • Relieves Muscle Spasticity and Increases Muscle Strength
  • Improves Mobility and Fine Motor Function
  • Increased Physical/Exercise Capacity
  • Improves Walking and Balance
  • Improves Sensitivity
  • Improves Mental Function Inlcuding Speech and Memory
  • Improves Visual Acuity
  • Improves Bowel and Bladder Ctonrol and Reduces Sexual Deficit

Not all four symptoms are required for a diagnosis but most patients do have at least three out of the four at any one time.

Articles, Studies & Additional Information


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Hope for Stroke Victims
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Cerebral Oxygenation and the Recoverable Brain
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Management of Haemorrhagic Stroke with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - A Case Report
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Offers New Hope for Stroke Victims
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Hyperbaric Oxygenation as an Adjunct Therapy in Strokes due to Thrombosis
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Reversibility of the Chronic Post-Stroke State
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The Improvement of Speech and Language Deficits in 3 Aphasic Stroke Patients by HBO Therapy
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Dr. Julian Whitaker's - Stroke & HBOT
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing processes by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. it is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as part of an overall medcial care plan.

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is Dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lympH, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked.

In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process. THe increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly

it is a simple, non-invasive treatment.

OUR CHAMBERS

To ensure our clients the highest level of safety and comfort, we have chosen to facilitate our centre with monoplace chambers provided by Perry Baromedical, a world leader in the manufacture, installation, and service of hyperbaric oxygen therapy systems, since 1956.

  • Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other

  • The greatest wealth is health

  • Health is a relationship between you and your body.

Why Ontario HBOT?

Ontario's Premier Hyperbaric Facility

  • Qualified experienced staff including an Orthomolecular Nutritionist
  • Five state-of-the-art, air-break equipped, mono-place chambers
  • Clean, spacious, family friendly centre including a full kitchen, quiet room, and TV lounge with childrens' toys
  • VOC (volatile organic compound) free centre including no perfumes, harmful checmicals etc.
  • All chamber bedding (organic) and patient scrubs made from 100% cotton material, washed on-site using hypoallergenic, scent-free soap
  • Great drinking water - Remineralized Reverse Osmosis Water
  • Wheelchair accessible washrooms
  • Efficient & fast patient intake
  • On-time chamber bookings, we value time as an irreplacable commodity
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ONTARIO HBOT

136B Cartwright Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6A 1V2

"One Off" Policy

Here at Ontario HBOT, a “One-Off” is considered as a single hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment, void of any protocol and/or daily consistency.

Those looking to come to the centre to try the therapy or continue their current protocol on a “one-off” basis, may book within 48 hours of their desired date/time, and are subject to a 24-hour cancellation policy.

A credit card will be required up-front to secure your appointment.

Refund Policy

All single “one-off” treatments must be cancelled with at least 24 hours notice. Those who do not provide at least 24 hours notice, will have the full amount of the treatment charged to the credit card they provided up-front.

Pay-up-Front Packages

Those who have pre-paid for packages of 20 treatments or more, will have the remaining amount of unused treatments refunded to them within 2 years of their last treatment at Ontario HBOT.