What Conditions can be treated with HBOT?
CEREBRAL PALSY / HEAD INJURY
Where there has been injury following a lack of oxygen to the brain, the damage is often “patchy”. HBOT allows new connections or synapses to develop between these patches, aiding some recovery of neurological activity. HBOT also reduces swelling which is very important in preventing further loss of function.
This is an area where there has been some considerable research in recent years. An American study of a 62 children conducted by Dr Dan Rossignol assigned the children to receive 40 treatments over one month showed significant improvements in overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact and sensory or cognitive awareness. A Breath for Life welcomes all children to its Centre.
WOUND CARE / VARICOSE ULCERS
HBOT provides a rich oxygen environment where anaerobic bacteria cannot survive. By relieving infection and improving circulation, healing occurs.
Broken bones from either trauma / surgery / osteoporosis/ arthritis, heal much more quickly with HBOT. Bone is a living tissue that is constantly changing and remodelling throughout life. Bone is comprised of an outer cortical hard structure and an inner softer called trabecular bone. Old bone is broken down by cells called osteoclasts and rebuilt with specialist osteoblast cells. HBOT increases the activity of these cells promoting bone repair much more speedily. HBOT also reduces swelling and diminishes any infection at the area of fracture.
Although not in widespread use in NHS hospitals, most major football and rugby clubs own their own chambers.
Radiation causes damage to small blood capillaries and tissue scarring from “burn” injury. Radiation can also cause bone fragility particularly in the jaw bone following radiation for certain facial / throat cancers.
HBOT reduces the side effects of radiation and many trials have attested to the benefit of HBOT in reducing radiation damage.
There are a wide range of conditions that can be treated using Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment. Please see a list below: