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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.
"Today our girl completed her 40th dive!! I can’t say Thank You enough to the team at American Hyperbaric Center for all they have done for Brayleigh Claire! Also, to Dr. Sexton & his staff for helping us get this process started!
When we started these treatments Brayleigh was having walking difficulties (from the CP) & was tripping over just about thin air. She also had issues with her swallowing & drinking. After a few weeks we could tell a difference in her coordination & her swallowing. Now, we can see a huge difference in her walking, she’s now running, & dancing!! I can’t say ENOUGH about what Hyperbarics has done for her!!
Thank you to each of you who purchased a shirt/donated to her. Even though she has finish her first 40 dives, this isn’t the end of the road for Hyperbarics. With CP its recommended to have “maintenance doses” quarterly. So it is likely she will go for 10 dives every 4/6 months.
Last but not least, HoHo Joe (who Brayleigh named herself) Thanks for taking our baby girl under your wing & treating her like she was one of your own!! I’m not sure what she’s going to do now not getting to see HoHo Joe every day!"