Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Brain Injury

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for TBI / PTSD

Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are diagnoses of particular concern in the United States because of the volume of affected servicemen and women from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our military veterans with TBI- Tramatic Brain Injury caused by a blast, are suffering with Concussion. Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments will reduce brain swelling, wake up idle brain cells and help the brain to heal.

In the following SPECT brain blood flow imaging, the red demonstrates the amount of blood flow in the brain of a patient with TBI after 1 HBOT treatment and again after 40 treatments.

Brain blood flow imaging

 

 

 

 

HBOT reduces brain swelling, promotes angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth), wakes up idle brain cells and helps the brain to heal. The remarkable findings in the study below and the multiple testimonials of TBI/PTSD patients who’ve taken HBOT give evidence of significant evidence of  improvement in general anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and PTSD cognitive measurements in; memory, working memory, attention deficits, and FSIQ scores.  Improvement was consistent across all domains measured with no negative side affects! Patients were able to reduce or eliminate psychoactive and narcotic prescriptions and these improvements were present at the 6-month follow-up in 92% of subjects who reported improvement after 40 hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

Phase ! Study of HBOT for PTSD TBI

 Stroke

According to Strokecenter.org  Stroke is currently the third leading cause of death. There are two main types of strokes. Ischemic stroke happens if the artery that carries oxygen rich blood becomes blocked, causing blood clots. Hemorrhagic stroke happens if an artery in the brain leaks blood or ruptures. The pressure from the leaked blood causes damage to the brain cells.

Some of the improvements of stroke after Hyperbarics include cognitive, swallowing, speech, memory, movement in limbs and balance.

Healthy Brain

Healthy Brain

Injured Brain

Injured Brain

After 80 Hyperbaric Treatments

After 80 HBOT

 

 

 

 

 

So what exactly is a stroke? A stroke happens when the flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain is blocked. When blood flow is blocked brain cells start to die in a matter of minutes.  A stroke can also occur when there is sudden bleeding in the brain if brain cells are damaged.  Stroke and other brain injuries cause what is known as “ischemic freeze” , according to Dr. K.A. Hossman, a condition where Brain cells surrounding dead cells are damaged but do not die. Dr. Neubauer called these “idling neurons” that in a paper he sent to The Lancet in 1990 showing SPECT Brain blood flow images of a woman severely Neurologically disabled by a stroke 14 years earlier had improved blood flow in an area of the Brain thought to have been dead after a single Hyperbaric Treatment.

If you have not yourself had a stroke in life you probably know someone who has. Every year approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke in the United States and is the leading cause of long term disability.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments when given on a daily basis affects a process called “angiogenesis” or the form of new blood vessels that create in the area of the damaged tissues. As a result certain chemical signals are made by the new neurons and cells into the surrounding tissues. These signals stimulate new blood vessels which slowly reconnect to the damaged tissues and within 80 days of daily treatments, the “sleeping” neurons wake up and resume their normal functions as the proper structures return back in place. The HBO induced blood vessel repair ends in a permanent structural change in the blood vessels that re-supply the earlier damaged nerve tissue.  Studies treating Stroke and Brain Injury with hyperbaric oxygen show great promise but it is not yet covered by insurance.  More studies and research are being done and we may see that change soon.

Concussion

Concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body that shakes the brain inside the skull. For most concussions, treatment consists of complete and comprehensive rest of the body and brain for 1-2 weeks. Concussion symptoms should only last briefly but sometimes a concussion does not heal properly and becomes post-concussion syndrome that can last weeks, months and even years.

Concussion symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, impaired balance There are a recorded half a million children each year between the ages of 10 and 14 that are treated in the ER alone for concussions. There are an estimated total of 1.8 to 3.6 million concussions occur each year. Repeated concussions or a severe concussion may require surgery, or lead to long lasting problems with movement, learning or speaking.

In a recent study conducted at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, it was revealed that while the majority of children recovered quite well from mild TBI (Tramatic Brain Injury), as many as 20% of children had lingering effects like fatigue, headaches, forgetfulness and difficulty paying attention. Honor students began falling short of their previous abilities resulting in D’s or failing grades.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN8V7h9XbGk&feature=youtu.be– Stroke Testimonial

http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/26/8/1369.short

http://www.hyperbarictherapycenterofrome.com/articles/HBO_for_Stroke.pdf

Studies:

Phase ! Study of HBOT for PTSD TBI

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20112530

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-11-rx-hyperbaric-oxygen-tbi-ptsd.html

http://www.echa.net/36-6%20UHM-P391-399.pdf