Lyme Disease

At Oxford our synergistic approach to addressing the symptoms of Lyme’s disease combines multiple therapies.


Lyme Disease is cased by a corkscrew-shaped bacterium (spirochete) called Borrelia burgdorferi that is primarily transmitted by deer ticks, and, on the West Coast, black-legged ticks. Lyme Disease has been found in more than 60 countries, including the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US annually. Because diagnosing Lyme can be difficult, many people who actually have Lyme may be misdiagnosed with other conditions. 

If Lyme disease is not diagnosed and treated early, the spirochetes can spread and may go into hiding in different parts of the body. Weeks, months or even years later, patients may develop problems with the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, heart and circulation, digestion, reproductive system, and skin. Symptoms include: Chronic arthritis, fatigue, headaches, joint inflammation in the knees and other large joints, memory loss, mood changes, sleep disorders, and many other symptoms which can mask other diseases and disorders.

How does the Oxford Recovery Model Help Lyme Disease?

The bacteria that are associated with Lyme Disease thrive in low oxygen, but are poisoned and killed by high levels of pressurized oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen effectively oxidizes and removes the toxins, heavy metals, bacteria, and viruses, which are often present with Lyme Disease.

Hyperbaric oxygen has the ability to massively create stem cells in your body. In fact, studies show that your body produces 800% more stem cells after 40 hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Your body uses these stem cells as extra resources to heal and recover, since stem cells are able to grow up into any kind of cell the body needs. In the case of Lyme Disease, there can be body tissues which need to be repaired even after toxins and pathogens have been removed from the body. The stem cells produced by hyperbaric oxygen are able to repair this damage.

Hyperbaric oxygen also kick-starts the body’s natural immune system. Hyperbaric oxygen grows new white blood cells, modulates immune reactions, and causes new collagen to grow in the gut where 90% of the immune system is located. Better gut function translates to better digestion, absorption of nutrients, and more probiotic bacteria that keep our immune systems healthy. A healthy immune system is essential for recovery from Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease is marked by chronic inflammation and constant oxidative stress. Hyperbaric oxygen dramatically lowers inflammation and decreases oxidative stress as it grows new blood vessels throughout the body, providing a new infrastructure of oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to reach inflamed tissue. Hyperbaric oxygen creates a new and ongoing positive chain of events in the body that helps lead to recovery from Lyme Disease.

There was a special study done of patients with Chronic Lyme Disease, including both adults and children who had not been helped by intravenous antibiotics. The 66 Lyme Disease participants experienced an average of 85% improvement in their condition using hyperbaric oxygen therapy, after every other medical therapy had failed. Our clinical experience also attests this finding.

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Therapies at Oxford Recovery Center

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

A specialized form of medical treatment administered by delivering 100% pure oxygen to the body through increased atmospheric pressure greater than 1.3 ATA. in an enclosed hard chamber.

Suit Therapy

Neuro Physical Therapy and Suit Therapy

The Oxford Recovery Center integrates conventional Physical Therapy and Suit Therapy programs to accelerate the development of new motor skills that strengthen muscles and teach the brain and body how to sit, stand, and walk.

qEEG Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback/qEEG with Real-time Brain Imaging

The Oxford Neurofeedback program evaluates brain activity patterns and teaches self-regulation of brain function through quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG). Also known as “brain mapping,” qEEG analyzes electrical patterns at the surface of the scalp.

Nutrition and Weight-Loss

Nutrition Coaching

The Oxford Nutrition and Weight-Loss Program approaches your nutritional needs in a personalized manner that caters to your needs.

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