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Located in Louisville, Colorado, Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Insttute is just minutes from Boulder and Denver.
In 2007, Gunnison native Ryan Fullmer founded the Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Institute to provide oxygen based therapy for a wide variety of medical conditions. Research conducted by the US Navy over several decades showed that many types of wounds healed more rapidly by providing a pure oxygen breathing atmosphere while the patient is in a pressurized chamber. This technique called hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) "supercharges" the blood with additional healing oxygen that can reach tissues even if normal blood circulation is compromised.
HBOT was declared safe and effective by the FDA in 1971 for many specific medical conditions such as bone infections, carbon monoxide poisoning and severe burns. Compared to other therapies such as surgery or medication, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is completely non-invasive and has no side effects and minimal risks. The procedure is comfortable, relaxing and patients may read or watch movies while receiving their treatment.
The RMHI operates under the medical supervision of Julie Stapleton, M.D., a Boulder physiatrist specializing in neurotrauma and spinal injuries.