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.