Two million people each year suffer from traumatic brain injuries, and a lot of them are mild. Rehabilitation and therapy is only somewhat successful in these patients. HBOT, or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, is a wonderful way to fill in the gap of these treatments in those with TBI, or traumatic brain injury. 

Those that suffer from post concussion syndrome may also benefit from HBOT. Post concussion syndrome patients can feel anything from headaches, dizziness, and cognitive dysfunction. These symptoms can occur for weeks to months after the initial injury. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms after a head injury, even if the injury is mild. 

Studies show that patient symptoms and quality of life improve when receiving HBOT. According to one study, “HBOT can induce neuroplasticity leading to repair of chronically impaired brain functions and improved quality of life in mTBI patients with prolonged PCS at late chronic stage.” The brain uses 20% of the total oxygen needed by the body. It has been shown that stem cells regenerate with the use of HBOT, which is pressurized oxygen, and that in turn angiogenesis is possible. Neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to form new neural connections due to circumstances like injury) is improved when given HBOT. The full study is here Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post Concussion Syndrome Years after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Randomized Prospective Trial

The brain cannot function optimally after an injury. After an injury, oxygen cannot be used efficiently any longer. Multiple functions are disrupted after an injury. HBOT saturates the brain with oxygen, so that angiogenesis is possible with the formation of new blood cells. New blood vessels or capillary growth  allow the brain to form neural connections and repair many times improving cognitive function. If parts of the brain are hypoxic (lacking oxygen), then HBOT may be able to enable healing in those areas. Studies are showing success stories with the use of HBOT in mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). 

Terry B gives high praise for Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC after suffering from two concussions within a few years of each other. She lives an active life and loves white water rafting. She had already known about HBOT before the first incident, so she called Advanced right away. Within 4 sessions, her post concussion syndrome improved dramatically. She said, “I was a little nervous about going into a chamber, I’d never done that before, and the staff was amazing…It was explained step by step what was going to happen.” After having another rafting accident, she knew Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery would get her in right away. She was able to heal both her physical injuries as well as her concussion syndrome. Terry experienced symptoms such as crying intermittently and dizziness (which all diminished with HBOT). 

Breathing oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber improves the body’s own healing mechanisms and ability. It is an innovative medical healing therapy utilized for so many purposes. Call us today to  learn what HBOT can do for you.

Heal Radiation Burns with HBOT

December 17, 2021

While radiotherapy is able to destroy cancer cells, some patients experience painful radiation effects that can appear anytime after radiotherapy treatment. One of them is radiation burns of the targeted tissue and the surrounding area. These burns can be like a simple sunburn, or as serious as radiation dermatitis. 

Side effects of radiation can range from mild to severe. After bladder or prostate cancer, a patient can experience radiation cystitis or proctitis. People can suffer from bowel problems after treatment for their colon cancer. 

Increased oxygenation in a hyperbaric chamber is able to utilize the body’s own regenerative properties. New blood vessels are able to form during the process of angiogenesis in the hyperoxygenated state. Radiation burns, or reconstructive surgery, can leave lasting scars. HBOT increases the oxygen available to these tissues, which are hypoxic. Because HBOT is able to deliver more oxygen to the damaged cells, it greatly reduces swelling. When swelling is reduced, oxygen is able to flow more freely, giving powerful nutrients to the damaged cells and tissue.

Those that experience HBOT for themselves, such as Margaret, a patient at Advanced Hyperbaric INC, noticed her radiation burn healing much faster than she expected. “Following my Radiation for a Lumpectomy from Breast Cancer, I suffered a very heavy radiation burn with much swelling…The scar was raised and painful…Finally I started treatment at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery.” Margaret’s entire experience can be located here Breast Cancer Radiation • Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery, Inc

According to a clinical review, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for late radiation tissue injury, done by the Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials, patients in the small trials had “improved outcomes” after 30-40 HBOT treatments following their radiation. HBOT is a safe and effective healing modality for most patients suffering from post radiation  complications. Utilizing the body’s own regenerative properties requires oxygen. 

Call to schedule a video conference with one of our highly trained staff, and we will be able to discuss your individual needs. Our blog covers a wide variety of topics that may answer your questions, as well as our FAQ and Science sections on our website. (Www.HyperbaricOxygenTherapy.com) Follow us on our socials, such as Facebook, Instagram and Google so you are notified whenever we have a new blog. 

HBOT can improve the quality of life for cancer survivors. Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC is honored to become a part of your supportive team.

Jim Spence found relief for his suffering after coming to Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery. Jim  received Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatments for radiation induced cystitis of the bladder following his radiation treatment. He said, “I haven’t had any issues with my bladder so far, which is very comforting…The staff is extremely helpful, and the facility is convenient…” He highly recommends HBOT for its numerous applications for healing, and praised Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC. His full testimonial is here https://bit.ly/3dd7BaG

Radiotherapy on the pelvis can cause painful side effects like cystitis, vaginitis or proctitis. These can be debilitating, and disrupt everyday life. Radiation cystitis, vaginitis or proctitis can occur anytime after radiation treatment. Common symptoms following radiation are acute bladder infections, pelvic discomfort, and burning when passing urine. With vaginitis, which is an inflammation of the vagina, symptoms are discharge, burning, and itching. Proctitis discomfort includes frequent bowel movements, rectal pain, bleeding of the area, or pain on the left side of the abdomen. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms post radiation, and discuss HBOT as a possible method of recovery.

HBOT promotes angiogenesis and collagen within this  tissue. Angiogenesis promotes healing in damaged blood vessels and the growth of new capillaries, enabling them to get oxygen to the surrounding tissue. Increasing oxygen to these tissues  reduces inflammation, pain and creates collagen needed for healing. Collagen needs oxygen to function optimally, and it is used to help repair the damaged cells and tissues. In case of bladder infections, increasing the supply of oxygen to the area promotes faster recovery and prevents further infection. HBOT assists the uptake of the antibiotics and therefore speeds the recovery process from infection. 

Review this exciting case study with over 100 post radiation patients who were followed up to 63 months. They all experienced radiation at the pelvic region, and had radiation induced cystitis. The study concluded, “Our results support the safety and long-term benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) on RIHC (Radiation Induced Cystitis) and other distressful bladder symptoms, which represents an expected improvement of quality of life in our patients.” The full article is here https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32736899/. It concluded that the sooner patients receive HBOT after radiation, the occurrence and duration of cystitis and other effects was greatly reduced.

HBOT improves patient quality of life after treatments such as chemo and radiotherapy. For those with more lasting, painful effects, HBOT is able to supply oxygen to those cells where it is needed the most and continue the healing process. 

Consider Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery INC for you or a loved one if you suffer from any conditions listed in the Conditions section of the website. Follow our Facebook, Instagram and Google Business for updates. Contact us and we will be able to answer your questions on how HBOT can be applied to your current situation.