Parkinson’s Disease (PD) afflicts 10 million people around the world. According to the Parkinson Foundation, it is understood as, “A neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominantly the dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.” There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. Knowing the early signs can help you or a loved one get the treatment they need. Tremors at rest are an early sign, as well as change in handwriting, especially if the handwriting is noticeably smaller. Combined with loss of smell, and trouble sleeping. Difficulty walking, or change in gait is a sign of Parkinson’s. Stomach issues such as constipation are also a sign to watch out for. Some people can have a lower tone of voice, as well as a masked face of those with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s patients may have increased dizziness, as well as a hunched over back. If you need to learn more about Parkinsons (PD), please visit https://www.parkinson.org/.
The cause of PD is still a mystery, but scientists are looking everywhere for solutions. Early use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) was thought of due to its neuroprotective properties, as cited here Banou E. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Effect on “Kinesia Paradoxa” Brain Circuits. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2021;1339:139-146. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-78787-5_19. PMID: 35023101.. They found that HBOT was able to increase norepinephrine levels in those with Parkinson’s. Thus, HBOT can be a method of improving the quality of life of those who suffer from Parkinson’s, especially if used early on in the progression of the disease.
HBOT reduces inflammation, increases stem cell production, and has neuroprotective qualities. Researchers have been looking at how HBOT affects the brain, and how it can improve quality of life in those with PD. A 45-year-old man suffered with PD, and looked to HBOT to relieve his symptoms, here Xu JJ, Yang ST, Sha Y, Ge YY, Wang JM. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for Parkinson’s disease with severe depression and anxiety: A case report. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Mar;97(9):e0029. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000010029. PMID: 29489651; PMCID: PMC5851727.. The study found that, “In conclusion, this report suggests that hyperbaric oxygen treatment may be a potential therapeutic method for treating psychiatric symptoms in patients with PD.”
Those that suffer from Parkinson’s Disease now have one more tool in their healing journey. Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery is in your corner to discuss your options. If you have any questions, we discuss Brain Care on our website, here HBOT Brain Care and how HBOT is part of a healthy cognitive improving regimen. HBOT may “reduce cerebral edema, reduce neuroinflammation, increase oxygen saturation to the brain, and create an 8-fold increase in stem cell production.”
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