Articles about hyperbaric chambers

Both hyperbaric medicine and hyperbaric chambers may be unknown to many, so in this series of articles we want to bring these elements and their health benefits.

Health is quality of life. Oxygen therapy is positioning itself as a great ally when it comes to fighting many ailments. Hyperbaric oxygen is a help to take into account and welfare. In this section you will find applications of hyperbaric medicine to overcome diseases.

In this compilation of articles we are going to bring you beauty and health information. Information, advice and curiosities that we believe may be of interest to all those who are interested in recovering or maintaining optimal health and a maximum level of quality of life.

In addition, we will talk about cases of people who have passed through our center and have received oxygen therapy treatment. We will see how hyperbaric medicine has helped them and what changes they have noticed.

How Oxygen Therapy Helps Treat Stress

Many of the patients who visit our Center do so due to the great burden they carry caused by stress. One of the indications for hyperbaric chamber treatments is stress relief. Today we tell you how oxygen therapy helps to treat stress.

Stress and health

Stress can be understood as an overload for the individual. This overload depends both on the demands of the situation and the resources available to the individual to deal with the situation. The greater the demands of the situation and the lesser the resources of the individual, the greater the overload.

Spanish Society for the Study of Anxiety and Stress

People who suffer from stress, and are not able to handle the situations that cause that stress over a prolonged period of time, can have their health affected. Some of the symptoms that stress can cause are suffering from high blood pressure, skin problems, depression and anxiety, and even, in the most acute cases, affects the day to day with memory problems, poor memory, tiredness, diarrhea or constipation, problems falling asleep … among other symptoms.

How Oxygen Therapy Helps Treat Stress

The answer is very simple. When the patient enters the hyperbaric chamber what he experiences is an increase of pure oxygen in his bloodstream, which produces an immediate effect of relaxation and rest in the body.

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Other effects of oxygen therapy in the treatment of stress

  • Reduces insomnia and helps to fall asleep
  • Combats chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Revitalizes sexual appetite
  • It sharpens the concentration and helps in the processes that stimulate the memory in the brain.

If you suffer from stress you are always tired or have problems sleeping, call us on 952 80 67 96. The hyperbaric centre of Estepona is the only one in the province with individual chambers and is approved by the Spanish Society of Hyperbaric Medicine.

Stop dreaming about sleeping and wake up every day full of energy.


Today we bring you the case of one of our patients, Leyre, who suffers from chronic pain and has told us that it has meant for her treatment with oxygen therapy.
¡Thank you very much Leyre for your collaboration!


Before we start we would like to talk a little about Leyre.

Leyre is a 45 year old woman, she may sound familiar to many of you since she is a TV presenter in programmes such as “Hoy comemos en…” or “Made in Marbella”. Focusing on her medical case, Leyre suffers from terrible pains for a herniated disc in the L5/S3, in which she has protrusions in the 1, 2, 3 and 4. The range was such that it even affects her legs, not even feel the toes.

Due to these pains, she decided to look for some treatment that will help her to overcome them, and thanks to a friend she found our center, and, therefore, the oxygen therapy.


After trying our Leyre tells us that she is much more relaxed and that now she is able to sleep all night without the pain waking her up.

It was wonderful, because it was from not being able to sleep, from getting into bed and the pain being unbearable, to, suddenly, getting into this magnificent chamber, and, after a few sessions, getting rid of the pain.

Leyre González, patient of Hiperbaric Center of Estepona
Leyre Gonzalez dolor crónico oxigenoterapia


One of the advantages of oxygen therapy is that when you enter the chamber, the benefits for the body are multiple. In Leyre’s case, in addition to relieving her chronic pain, she has seen her skin look smoother.

Have you noticed any other effect in the oxygen therapy sessions?
Yes, the skin is impressive as I change, with much more collagen.


Finally, we asked Leyre if he recommended both the treatments with oxygen therapy and our Center in Estepona, and these were his words.

Of course I would recommend it.

We invite you to try our treatments with hyperbaric medicine as Leyre. We remind you that the first appointment is free, where our specialist doctor will evaluate your case.

5th Anniversary of the Estepona Hyperbaric Center

En Centro Hiperbárico de Estepona estamos de celebración ya que cumplimos 5 años desde nuestra inauguración, allá por 2014.

El Centro Hiperbárico de Estepona nació de esas casualidades de la vida, que te hacen cambiar de rumbo y buscar alternativas.

“Una situación personal vivida por mi marido( Jorge ) me metió en esta aventura y estoy cada vez más satisfecha del paso dado”. Sady Alejandra Licintuña, Fundadora y Directora del Centro Médico Hiperbárico de Estepona.

El caso de Jorge, el inicio de todo

Tras padecer 3 infartos, quedarse en coma y apenas tener movimiento, gracias al tratamiento de medicina hiperbárica, Jorge, marido de Sady Alejandra Licintuña, Fundadora y Directora del Centro Médico Hiperbárico de Estepona, puede contarnos hoy su experiencia. De esta historia, y de la búsqueda incansable de una mejora de su calidad de vida, nació el Centro Hiperbárico de Estepona.

Desde ese día en la que abrimos las puertas hemos tratado a más de 1.000 pacientes, entre los que se encuentran casos de niños con autismo o con daños neurológicos y de deportistas de élite como Novak Djokovic.

Gracias, Gracias, Gracias por compartir con nosotros nuestro aniversario. “Dedicar tiempo, eso sí que es un regalo muy bonito”.
Seguiremos trabajando con el mismo amor, compromiso e ilusión.

Esperamos poder seguir celebrando con todos vosotros muchos más aniversarios del Centro Hiperbarico de Estepona, ya que significará que hemos podido ayudar a muchos más pacientes con sus dolencias.

Effects of Hyperbaric Medicine, real or placebos?

Even today, despite numerous medical documents confirming the efficiency of hyperbaric chamber oxygen therapy, there are doubts about its effectiveness.

Effects of Hyperbaric Medicine, real or placebos?

We recognize that we understand these reluctances produced by the proliferation of hyperbaric chambers, even in hospitals, which can put at risk the lives of patients since not all of them have all the minimum requirements to impart these therapies correctly.

This reality, which we must face as professionals, was presented at the II Congress of Hyperbaric Medicine organized by the Spanish Association of Hyperbaric and Subaquatic Medicine (ASEMHS), which brought together more than 200 specialists and was held last February 22nd and 23rd, where the medical team of the Estepona Hyperbaric Centre was present for another year.

Dr. Emilio Salas, specialist in Hyperbaric Medicine (HBO) in San Fernando (Cadiz), explained that :

Those doctors who are thinking of working with this medical specialty demand that the chambers reach pressures between 2 and 3 absolute atmospheres and in which oxygen is breathed at 100% concentration to achieve therapeutic levels as occurs in the classic indications of this therapy such as inhalation of carbon monoxide (CO), treatment of radio-induced injuries, decompression diving accidents, inhalation of other toxic gases, gangrene treatment, treatment of wounds of torpid evolution and osteomelitis among other indications.

All members of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Hyperbaric and Underwater Medicine

“According to the scientific literature, therapeutic results are between 2 and 3 absolute atmospheres and it is important to transmit this knowledge to the medical community and administrations”.

We can then affirm what, the effects of hyperbaric medicine are real as long as they are applied correctly and in the proper facilities for it.

Lyme and Hyperbaric Medicine: The Case of Debbie Curras

Today we come to talk about one of our patients and how hyperbaric medicine has helped her cope with her disease, Lyme.
Lyme and Hyperbaric Medicine: The Case of Debbie Curras

Debbie Curras is a 46-year-old woman who suffers from Lyme. She visited us at the Hyperbaric Center in Estepona since Germany had recommended this treatment as a complement to treat her ailment and help her improve in the day to day.

“I knew hyperbaric medicine when I went to Germany to be treated for my ailment. There the German doctors recommended hyperbaric oxygen as part of the treatment of my illness” Debbie Curras, patient of the Hyperbaric Center of Estepona.

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What is Lyme disease?

Lyme is a bacterial infection acquired by the bite of an infected tick. This disease is caused by 4 species of bacteria:

Borrelia burgdorferi
Borrelia mayonii
Borrelia afzelii
Borrelia garinii

Some of the effects of Lyme are arterial and muscular pain, although it affects more parts of the body as it is a multi-systemic disease. Other systems that may be affected are. Gastrointestinal, Pulmonary, Musculoskeletal or even can affect the reproductive system.
How Hyperbaric Medicine Helps Improve Lyme Symptoms

Thanks to Debbie Curras’ testimony, we can see first-hand the beneficial effects of oxygen therapy in treating Lyme disease.

“I have had Lyme disease for six and a half years. And this is one of the treatments that is helping me the most.

And he keeps telling us how he’s helping him with one of Lyme’s outbreaks:

“When I come here for hyperbaric medicine treatments it’s because either I have a known outbreak of the disease, which is the outbreak that produces the toxin from the bacteria. The treatment helps me a lot to overcome those symptoms that are usually mental fatigue, tiredness and joint pain.

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It ends with a phrase that clears all doubts about Lyme and Hyperbaric Medicine:

“When I leave the sessions, and at the end of the days, the improvement is clear”.

We also recommend the Marbella Lyme Clinic, which is located in Estepona, to guide you in this disease, as it is the first clinic dedicated to Lyme in Spain. If you have any questions about Lyme and Hyperbaric Medicine, do not hesitate to make an appointment with our Doctor. Remember, the first consultation is free.

Origins of the hyperbaric chamber

Today we would like to tell you about the origins of the hyperbaric chamber, its history and how this medical discipline was born.
Origins of the hyperbaric chamber

It may surprise you, but hyperbaric medicine dates back to 1662, which makes this discipline more than 300 years old. Although, as we know it today, modern hyperbaric medicine dates back to the 1960s, so the previous documents are merely historical, but no less interesting or relevant.

As has been mentioned, the origins of the hyperbaric chamber date back to the sixteenth century when Henshaw, a British clergyman, who was a physiologist and physician, intuits that increased air pressure could alleviate some acute injuries, while, according to him, low pressures could be useful in chronic pathologies.

The first hyperbaric chamber was built by Henshaw, and he called it “Domicilium”, it was in turn hyper and hypobaric.

After this, years later, the so-called “compressed air baths” spread throughout Europe, in which people breathed air, not oxygen, but by increasing the pressure of the air, the partial pressure of oxygen increased.

Between 1837 and 1877 in several European cities, such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Vienna and Milan, were opened the so-called “Pneumatic Centers” being one of the most recognized founded by Bertini in Montpelier.

Already in the nineteenth century, they began to discover the benefits of oxygen therapy. It was Orville J.Cunninghan, a professor of anesthesia at the University of Kansas, used the high partial pressure of oxygen to treat hypoxic states, and observed how patients with heart problems and circulatory alterations, who felt bad living in the mountains, improved at sea level, so he considered that increasing the pressure can be beneficial for these people.

In addition, thanks to their studies, it was known that:

Cunningham considered that some anaerobic microorganisms were responsible for diseases such as hypertension, uremia, diabetes and cancer, and that therapy with compressed air helped to produce the destruction of these microorganisms.

The origins of modern hyperbaric medicine

One of the first scientific evidences of hyperbaric medicine as we know it today goes back to Paul Bert’s work “La Pression baroméetrique: recherches de physiologie expéerimentale”, published in 1878.

Bert was the first to propose recompression therapy with oxygen, although modern therapy was implemented years later.

And. back in 1960, when the origin of scientific hyperbaric medicine is really considered, was when the first patient with gas gangrene in the hyperbaric chamber was treated at the Amsterdam hospital.
If you have any questions about hyperbaric medicine and oxygen therapy treatments, all you have to do is contact the experts at the Estepona Hyperbaric Centre.

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygenation in Oncology

Today we come to talk to you about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygenation in oncology.

Many may not yet know this fact, but the reality is that a hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or also known as HBO, is very beneficial in the treatment of some types of cancer. Not only that, but it has many benefits to help reverse the effects produced by cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy.
Hyperbaric oxygenation in oncology has a triple indication:

Firstly, it is considered a successful therapeutic modality for the treatment of late radiation lesions and the prevention of such lesions, an indication that is recognized by the UHMS (Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society ) . We refer to osteoradionecrosis, which appears mainly in the jaw due to oral and oropharyngeal cancer radiation, thoracic wall necrosis, consequence of radiation from lung tumors, breast or esophagus, radic hemorrhagic cystitis, abdominal and pelvic lesions and neurological lesions by radiation.

Secondly, HBO is a radiosensitizer, which, used before radiotherapy, increases its therapeutic effect on the tumor.

Finally, to treat the entire clinical picture that appears as a result of chemotherapy, such as the shortage of stem cells, anemia and general deterioration that generates a significant sense of disease, with decreased energy and defenses, the use of HBO reverses this situation, producing an acceleration of cell recovery with considerable clinical improvement.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, together with other specific oncological treatments, can help to make it much easier to suffer a tumour, repairing collateral damage or even minimising the impact.
For more information on how hyperbaric oxygen therapy benefits oncology, or any other medical question, do not hesitate to contact us.

Health avant-garde on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol registers an important advance in technological and medical vanguard applied to the health with the Hyperbaric Medical Center of Estepona.

This medical centre, which opened its doors in July 2014 as a result of the personal concern of a couple who have experienced the beneficial effects of Hyperbaric Oxygenation (HBO), has become a reference centre in the province of Malaga and Andalusia in the treatment and cure of diseases with Hyperbaric Oxygenation.
Hyperbaric Oxygen = Quality of Life

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is a medical specialty that consists of introducing the patient into a hyperbaric chamber where he is subjected to a higher pressure than the atmospheric, to breathe 100% pure oxygen. Under these conditions, the oxygen becomes medicine and initiates a therapeutic activity in the human body, causing effects such as:

– Reduction of inflammation and edema.

– Improves sequelae for radiotherapy treatments.

– Accelerates recovery in neurological damage.

– Stimulates collagen production.

– Promotes healing in difficult wounds and diabetic foot avoiding amputation.

– Accelerates recovery in fractures.

– Promotes the elimination of stress and chronic fatigue.

In short, the oxygen circulating through the blood in a higher concentration makes the body improve at a general level.

This type of treatment is especially indicated for healing wounds in general and those that are difficult to heal, such as diabetic foot or certain limb ulcers. However, it is also successfully applied in post-operative recovery, support for plastic and reconstructive surgery, anti-aging, cerebrovascular accidents, burns, autism, stress, tiredness and fatigue, helping to improve the quality of life in general. Patients with fibromyalgia are obtaining very satisfactory results and it is also applied to improve the effectiveness of oncological therapies and to improve or avoid sequels in patients with chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments.

The advantages of undergoing treatments with Hyperbaric Oxygenation for sportsmen and women are also worth mentioning, as it favours the prevention and healing of injuries and contributes to improving physical performance.

The Estepona Hyperbaric Medical Centre is endorsed by a prestigious medical team and nurses trained to carry out these treatments. Likewise, the hyperbaric chambers of the Estepona Hyperbaric Medical Centre are of the American brand Perry, of the latest technology, and are made of totally transparent material, has direct communication with the medical assistants and meets the maximum technical and sanitary guarantee conditions required, as well as the highest exclusivity of the market as it is a single-seater. This also allows greater flexibility for patients.

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