HBOT effects neurological disorders in the following ways:
Relieves cerebral edema by vasoconstrictive effect
Preserves partially damaged tissue and prevents further progression of secondary effects of cerebral lesions
Improves cerebral metabolism
Many patients, when following closely the prescribed protocol for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy notice the following cumulative benefits from the oxygen:
"Figure 17.3" Hyperbaric textbook, pg 195
"Blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain are vital for the maintenance of normal function and tissue viability. Therefore, oxygen delivery to the mitochondria is important in maintaining aerobic cellular respiration and energy production (Calvert and Zhang, 2005)."
"The Hyperoxygenation effect of HBO therapy adequately compensates for the decreased CBF so that the net effect is improved oxygenation (Niinikoski, 2004)."
"Additionally, due to the vasoconstriction and reduced CBF, the red blood cells will align themselves in a column instead of moving randomly (Lim et al., 2001)."
"Figure 18" Nerological disorders book, pg 55
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