Patient Testimonials

At Extivita, we believe that each patient seeking Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has a very personal story. Patients come to us often looking to heal themselves and improve their quality of life. They are not able to engage with their families, their vocations, or their friends in the way they once could. We get to know them throughout the course of their treatments, and we are just as excited as they are every time they reach a new milestone. Below are some of our favorite stories.
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Malvin’s HBOT Experience

Esophageal Cancer, Surgery Recovery, & Depression

” In 2013 my deployments were to include Iwakuni, Japan four to five times. And I did Kosovo. I did Desert Storm. Did three tours in Iraq. And a couple months in Afghanistan. In 2013, I had a knee replaced then I had my neck surgery and then I had esophageal cancer which I spent a long time recovering from that and that really put me into a depression.”

“After coming to the HBOT program, I noticed energy burst and then it was like my head just cleared after the second week and as it went on, things got just more clear. Like a fog had just lifted, my joints, my range of motion, and everything –“

” I have more energy. I wasn’t as fatigued all the time. I was able to get up and go do stuff instead of just sitting around. It’s just been a wonderful program.”

Jeffrey’s HBOT Experience


“Jeffrey goes up for a block and Jeffrey comes down from the block. At the same time, the other player is going up to make the shot and they collided. It was a pretty serious collision.”

“Immediately after, I didn’t feel like myself. Seeing stars. I had to sit out the rest of the game. The next morning, I didn’t really feel like myself. Kind of out of it. I was tired, had a headache. A little nauseous and dizzy. I just didn’t feel like myself. I felt great felt like myself almost immediately after it (HBOT) it only took a few days and I was back on the court because I had no more symptoms and I felt good. I definitely recommend it to anyone and I’d do it again if I had to.”

“As a father and as a coach, for 20 plus years, I’ve seen a lot of injuries. Seeing my own son have an injury like that, it really scared me. It scared all of us. After the first dive, you could tell that there’s a little bit of a difference. He has two dives and he was basically back to his old self. I’ve really never seen anybody bounce back like that from a head injury. I would tell other coaches, if you see any signs of concussion, go the route that we did.”

Simon’s HBOT Experience

Traumatic Brain Injury / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

“My pain level was so high that I used alcohol and pills, and anything else I could just to get past that. The number one thing that really struggles is your sleep. If your sleep struggles, you struggle. Period. I went got into the chamber for the first time on a whim. And that night I went back to the hotel room and slept 13 hours.”

“There’s an opportunity out there to get out of your sorrow, to get out of your pain, to get out of all the things. Hyperbarics really, really, really provided that for me.”

“We [vets] have a lot of injuries, and hyperbarics gets rid of inflammation. Hyperbarics literally changed my pain level and physical abilities.”

“The biggest thing hyperbarics did for me was give me confidence. Confidence that I don’t need the pills, I don’t need the alcohol, I don’t need to be a jerk to my kids. Hyperbarics gave me that opportunity because it made me start feeling better.”

“HBOT has given us the stepping stones. It’s going to enhance your life to make you enjoy the things that you have.”

“Hyperbarics really gave me my life back.”

Robert’s HBOT Experience

Traumatic Brain Injury / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Prior to the treatment I’d be very explosive, very agitated, very sluggish. After the first 5 treatments I already noticed a change; and that explosive, agitated, easily triggered mindset has definitely diminished.”

“On my last ANAM, one of the portions where you have to hit the X and then not hit the circle; I could feel the communication. Where in the ANAM prior to my treatment I had hit maybe eight or nine circles,  after HBOT I only hit one circle. But I could feel the tingling in my finger, the communication that I had not had when it comes to reflexes between my finger and my brain, and I sense that now with everyday things.”

“It’s improved and enhanced my way of life. I’ve been able to hone in on certain prioritized tasks. Rather than stress out, lose my mind, run around; my son is trying to ask me a question, I’m disregarding him; I’m coming home frustrated with my wife. It’s just enhanced my whole way of life, my thought process and it’s just been phenomenal.”

“From a clinical perspective, it would have taken years of work, clinically to get him where he is in terms of his mood and just his energy and irritability level. I think it’s just been much decreased. So that’s pretty awesome because that’s not something you can talk someone out of and oftentimes when we do trauma therapy we’re trying to help Service Members learn how to down regulate their nervous system again. I think because he saw and felt so much better, so quickly, I think that it was a no brainer to keep doing it. Whereas, some other forms of treatment, things might get a little bit worse before they get better and I would just love to see this be the standard model of care.”

Dan’s HBOT Experience

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

“I just completed what I think was the best thing that I’ve ever done in my life. With PTSD, you you don’t have clarity of mind. I can’t tell you how great that feels when you didn’t have it all your life and all of a sudden you just your whole mind, everything improves. When I left there, I just seem to be a new person. I don’t have the rage anymore.”

“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a wonderful thing. It’s noninvasive. They put you in a chamber you breathe in 100% Oxygen kind of changes your life. It did me.”

“So many Vets that have TBI don’t know about this and the story needs to be told and instead of some doctor giving you a pill, to confusion you even more. They need to start recommending this and I hope they do!”

Laurie’s HBOT Experience

Post-Covid Syndrome

“I could feel my body getting stronger after each session. I couldn’t believe the results! I had talked to so many people who 6, 8, 10, 12 months later still were having trouble being able to taste or smell; and I couldn’t believe that in, essentially a seven day time frame I was getting my taste and smell back. I was I was blown away!”

“I think it’s really important for people to understand that HBOT’s been around for a long time, this is not a new therapy. But only if you have a diabetic foot ulcer or or the bends things that you have to go to a hospital setting for you and you pay four grand and your insurance has to cover it. But this is here at Extivita and it’s affordable.”

“It has been transformational for me. I would absolutely recommend it to anybody that has an inflammatory condition, it can really be life changing.”

John’s HBOT Experience

Concussion / Post-Concussion Syndrome

“The neurologists that I’ve seen haven’t been able to do anything concrete for me to deal with the root of the problem, just prescribe different medications to deal with some of the symptoms. If you don’t deal with the root of the problem it just continues to grow in severity and you require more medications to deal with the symptoms.”

“Initially I did three dives over a two day period and immediately I started to see some different results that I had not seen before. Within a few hours I felt this sense of clarity and lack of pain which was really a welcome change for sure.”

“After going through HBOT I have been able to look at technology (screens) for a longer period of time without getting a headache.”

Laura & Jon HBOT Experience

Traumatic Brain Injury

“From before we started hyperbaric [oxygen] to now, is black or white. It’s two different phases of his healing. Before it was dark and now we are in light. There is hope. Every day is healing.”

“Jon has improved on every level that the doctors said he would never improve on.”

Carrie’s HBOT Experience

Health & Wellness

“About a year ago I took my first HBOT treatment and it changed my life forever.”

“Every morning I’d wake up and I’d have arthritis and my elbows would hurt and my feet would hurt and knees would hurt. I had a lot of aches and pains.  It just seemed like my body wasn’t keeping up.”

“With HBOT, I’m running on all eight cylinders. I noticed a difference in my energy level, I also noticed that the biggest thing was that I didn’t hurt anymore. My muscles weren’t sore, my arthritis was gone.”

Sophia’s HBOT Experience

Multiple Sclerosis

“Things got really bad and I was in a wheelchair for a while. I went from being in a wheelchair to a walker for a while, and now I’m using a cane. Its amazing to be able to stand up straight.”

“Hyperbaric has helped me so much along the way give me the energy to push and keep going.”

“Foot drop was one of my MS symptoms and that’s one thing that I’m 100% sure that hyperbaric helped me with is being able to lift my foot back up.”

Ryley’s HBOT Experience

Spinal Cord Injury

“I gained sensation in my legs and through my feet.  In my arm I could feel more fine touch.  A really big improvement for me was core stability.”

“I used to have to wear a chest restraint.”

“Hyperbaric Oxygen has improved my livelihood overall by giving me more independence in my life. Its given me more power to do things on my own.”

Bryce’s HBOT Experience

Ulcerative Colitis

“He would play for 15 minutes and he was exhausted and there were several times where he would miss games and missed a tremendous amount of school.”

“We feel like we got the old Bryce back, he’s not hindered by anything anymore. Hyperbaric Oxygen has definitely changed our lives and our sons. It’s such a relief as a parent to be able to see your child just perform and do all of the things he loves to do.  And for us it doesn’t feel like this ticking time bomb that he’s on all this heavy medication. “

Kristyn’s HBOT Experience

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

“I had carbon monoxide poisoning and it really affected my memory, mainly my short term memory.”

“When I was in the hospital I had three treatments, that’s all insurance would pay for. My mom thought more treatments would be helpful and a nurse at the hospital recommended Extivita.”

“Its helping my memory. Those around me say they notice a difference, so that makes me feel positive about it.”

Vinny’s HBOT Experience

Central retinal Artery Occlusion / CRAO

“I saw this big black dot right in the center of my eyesight in my right eye and it was blurry around there and light just wasn’t getting in.”

“The doctor had told me nothing’s going to change. What you see is what you get. But it started to dissipate, I did about 20 dives and did little drawings of what I could see each time I went into a dive and I could see more and more and more.”

“With HBOT, it gave me back my depth perception. I can even fine detail now.”

Sean’s HBOT Experience

Longevity Challenge

“I’ve lost 24 pounds and my knee pain from before the challenge is gone. I’m very much looking forward to working out more now that I’ve dropped the weight.”

“The HBOT treatments were great. You can definitely tell the difference. You feel refreshed and have more energy and I’m definitely sleeping better.”

Steve’s HBOT Experience

Longevity Challenge

“I’ve seen improvement in all of my symptoms so far. I’m not getting any headaches, I’m sleeping better, my knees feel better, I have zero pain in my left hand and I’ve lost 22lbs.”

“My expectations were really high and the experience pretty much blew them away.”

” Its something that I would recommend to anyone and everyone.”