Cerebral Palsy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

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Recent studies show a possible increase in the functioning ability of Cerebral Palsy patients who participate in Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT). People with Cerebral Palsy typically have lower blood flow and metabolism in the brain. With HBOT, more oxygen is being pumped into the blood, increasing blood flow to the brain.

There is evidence that demonstrates HBOT can reduce pressure in the brain linked to swelling, which can aid in repairing the blood brain barrier and cell membrane. It is thought that HBOT can help provide the brain with the optimal environment to increase new brain tissue. This process can also act as a sort of cleaner. It searches for free radicals to clean out of the blood, and can serve as a neutralizer of toxins in the brain and help promote new blood vessel growth over time.

HBOT can also make oxygen available for metabolic use without consuming energy because the body is not working to absorb the oxygen on its own.