Your brain and body require an adequate supply of oxygen to function optimally. The oxygen you breathe in through your lungs enters the bloodstream, which carries it through out your body and brain.
Whenever there is an injury, you need increased oxygen to help repair the damaged tissues.
HBOT is a noninvasive treatment that involves breathing 100% pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. With HBOT, your lungs can take in upto 3times more oxygen than they do when breathing at normal air pressure. The increased oxygen is picked up via the bloodstream and transported to damaged tissues to facilitate the healing process.
HBOT can be used to treat any condition that benefits from making extra oxygen available to the body’s tissues or the brain. Although it is better known for helping with wound healing, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, and decompression sickness, HBOT can also help with a number of
issues related to brain health. It has also been used to help fight infections and to shore up the immune system.
At K2 Pinnacle Health, HBOT is combined with Light therapy to prime the body to receive the oxygen more efficiently. The treatment simply involves lying in a pressurized chamber for a designated period of time and specific number of sessions based on your individual needs. A certified technician in hyperbaric oxygen therapy monitors the processfor your comfort and safety. A prescription is required by our physicians prior to receiving HBOT.
Low blood flow is also linked to ASD. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has helped improve cognitive and behavioral functions in people with autism by compensating for decreased blood flow in affected areas of the brain. A 2009 study showed that children with autism who under went HBOT had significant improvement in overall functioning, eye contact, social interactions, cognitive and sensory awareness, and receptive language. People have also reported improved sleep and reduced aggression in people with autism who undergo HBOT.
One study from 2017 showed that 29 military veterans with blast-induced concussions found that they performed better on physical, psychological, and cognitive tests after 40 sessions of HBOT. In particular, the veterans who under went HBOT showed improvements inmemory, attention, anxiety, depression (including are duction in suicidal thoughts), PTSD symptoms, intelligence quotient, and more. They also reduced their usage of psycho active medication.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) increase the risk of several mental health/brain health conditions, including ADD/ADHD, anxiety and panic attacks, PTSD, suicide, and more. According to research, treating the under lying TBI with concentrated oxygen can promote the healing process.
A 2019 brain imaging study is the first to document improvements in brain metabolism in a patient with Alzheimer’s disease. The subject of the study was a 58-year-old woman whos ecognitive function had been declining for 5 years. She under went 40 sessions of HBOT. After just 21 sessions, she reported better moods, a boost in energy, and better ability to perform routine tasks. Sheeven said it was easier to do the crossword puzzle.
After 40 sessions of HBOT, she reported improvements in concentration, memory, sleep, and ability to use the computer. She also noted a decrease in disorientation, less frustration, and her anxiety was gone. The brain scans showed 6.5-38% improvement in overall brain metabolism, prompting the researchers to suggest HBOT could be a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s patients. “We demonstrated the largest improvement in brain metabolism of any therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, ”says the lead study author Dr.Paul Harch. “HBOT in this patient maybe the first treatment not only to halt, but temporarily reverse disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease.”