Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been gaining attention in the medical community for its transformative impact on numerous health conditions. A recent article in the Durango Herald highlights the story of a Bayfield veteran who believes that HBOT saved his life, and that he’s not alone. Many veterans have found solace in this innovative treatment, and with the increased accessibility offered by clinics such as Extivita, the future for many more looks promising.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

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HBOT is a medical treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. This process increases the amount of oxygen delivered to the body’s tissues, promoting healing, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the growth of new blood vessels. Traditionally, HBOT has been used to treat conditions such as decompression sickness, chronic wounds, and certain types of infections. However, its potential benefits extend far beyond these applications.

The Lifesaving Potential of HBOT for Veterans

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The Durango Herald’s article sheds light on the profound effects HBOT can have, particularly on veterans who often deal with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other combat-related ailments. The Bayfield veteran’s personal journey, as detailed in the article, stands as a testament to the transformative power of HBOT. His experiences mirror those of countless other veterans who have turned to this therapy and found relief, often after years of struggling with traditional treatment methods.

Extivita’s Commitment to Veterans

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Recognizing the challenges faced by our veterans, Extivita has fostered a valuable partnership with HBOT4Heroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to decreasing the veteran suicide rate. Their commitment to the well-being of our heroes aligns seamlessly with ours. Through this collaboration, HBOT4Heroes provides funding for veterans to receive treatment at our RDU clinic, making it possible for us to offer these vital services at no charge.

Our commitment is rooted in the profound belief that those who have served and protected our nation deserve the very best in healthcare, especially when traditional avenues may not provide the results they need. By making this service accessible to veterans at no cost and in partnership with dedicated organizations like HBOT4Heroes, Extivita hopes to not only bring attention to the benefits of HBOT but also set a precedent for other clinics nationwide. When healthcare providers prioritize patient well-being over profits, the entire community stands to benefit.

Expanding Access to Vital Care

The story from the Durango Herald is but one of many. Every day, veterans across the nation face challenges in accessing the care they need. By spotlighting the benefits of HBOT and making it more accessible, we can start a chain reaction that leads to wider acceptance and availability of this potentially lifesaving treatment. Furthermore, Extivita’s decision to treat veterans for free underscores a broader message: healthcare should be a right, not a privilege. Especially for those who have sacrificed so much for our country.


The benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are undeniable. From aiding in the healing of physical wounds to providing relief from the mental scars of combat, HBOT offers a glimmer of hope for many. At Extivita’s RDU clinic, we’re proud to be at the forefront of this movement, ensuring that veterans get the care they deserve. We invite you to learn more about HBOT, share the word about its potential, and join us in our mission to provide top-tier care to those who have given so much.