A Journey from Skepticism to Healing through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Billy Rickles

Staff Sergeant USAR, Retired.



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Billy Rickles’ journey from skepticism to advocacy for hyperbaric oxygen therapy underscores the transformative impact of the treatment on his physical and psychological well-being, urging fellow veterans to consider this path for their own healing.


Before undergoing HBOT, Billy experienced diminished sensation, a common symptom of neuropathy, which affected his ability to feel touch. Remarkably, after several HBOT sessions, he began to notice a return of sensation, particularly a poignant moment when he could feel his wife’s hand for the first time in years. This improvement in sensory feedback marked a significant milestone in his recovery, highlighting the therapy’s effectiveness in repairing nerve damage.


Although Billy does not detail the direct effects of HBOT on his diabetes, the therapy is known to enhance wound healing and reduce infection risks by increasing oxygen supply to tissues, potentially offering benefits to individuals managing diabetes-related complications.


While Billy’s testimonial doesn’t explicitly mention changes in his hypertension following HBOT, the therapy’s role in promoting vascular health and improving circulation could indirectly benefit blood pressure regulation. Increased oxygenation may aid in vascular dilation and improved endothelial function, which are beneficial for managing hypertension.

Hypervigilance and PTSD:

One of the most transformative effects of HBOT for Billy was on his mental health, particularly his hypervigilance and PTSD. He reported feeling more calm and focused after undergoing the therapy, which suggests a significant reduction in the anxiety and stress responses that fuel hypervigilance and PTSD. This improvement in mental well-being is crucial for individuals like Billy, who experienced difficulty interacting in public settings due to their heightened state of alertness.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy offered Billy Rickles a pathway to recovery that he had not found in other treatments. By addressing his conditions holistically, HBOT not only improved his physical ailments but also significantly enhanced his mental well-being and quality of life.


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