Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is known to stimulate significant anti-inflammatory effects in certain conditions and pathologies. Studies show that HBOT can improve the symptoms and quality of life of fibromyalgia patients. This is done by inducing neuro-plasticity, the brains ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections, and rectifying abnormal brain activity in the pain related areas. HBOT achieves this by decreasing the activity of hyperactive regions and increasing the activity in the underactive region in the brain. HBOT increases oxygen concentration, which in turn affects the brain metabolism and supporting cells of the nervous system, reforming abnormal brain activity.
Studies have demonstrated HBOT’s therapeutic influence on stem cells with the following:Activates nitric oxide synthase type 3(NOS-3)
Stimulation of stromal-derived growth factor
Promotion in endothelial growth factor-2 for angiogenesis
One study suggests that this organism is sensitive to elevated levels of oxygen which are achieved by hyperbaric oxygen therapy. If the subject breathes pure oxygen at a barometric pressure of 2.36 atmospheres, absolute (ATA), the inspired P02 will be 1,794 mm Hg, and the tissue oxygen is approximately 300 mm Hg. This may explain why hyperbaric oxygenation appears to be effective in the treatment of this disease.
HBOT has been demonstrated to have neuroprotective effects without increased oxygen toxicity in experimental TBI models when administered at pressures less than 3 ATA. The improved tissue oxygenation and cellular metabolism, anti-inflammation, anti-apoptosis and promoting neurogenesis and angiogenesis may constitute the multiple and complementary mechanisms underlying HBOT-induced neuroprotection.
There are a number of theories as to why HBOT could be beneficial ranging from restoration of oxygen supply, stem cell migration, alleviation of inflammation, inhibition of apoptosis, modulation of cerebral blood flow and brain metabolism, and promotion of angiogenesis and neurogenesis
In the case of Cerebral palsy there can be body tissues which need to be repaired even after toxins and pathogens have been removed from the body. Studies show that your body produces 800% more stem cells after 20 treatments of hyperbaric oxygen. Your body uses these stem cells as extra resources to heal and recover, since stem cells are able to grow up into any kind of cell the body needs. The efficacy of HBOT in healing CP is still debated as studies have shown improvement in many patients however other studies cannot definitively attribute HBOT to the achieved improvement.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affects your brain function. Effects are usually temporary, but they can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head but blows to other parts of the face and body can also create rotational forces to the head that cause a concussion. Some concussions cause you to lose consciousness, but most do not. It’s possible to have a concussion and not realize it.
The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not show up immediately. Most symptoms resolve in a few days, but sometimes symptoms can persist for weeks or even longer.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a truly safe way to alter the inflammatory process, helping in wound healing by decreasing pain and swelling, inflammation, and possible infection. Patients utilizing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy after cosmetic surgery not only have a shorter recuperation period, but also show less scarring.
Currently, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that HBOT offers valuable advantages, either alone or as an adjunct treatment, for patients with infectious diseases. It has been demonstrated that HBOT considerably stimulates the levels of O2 concentration in blood, which is typically very low at normal atmospheric condition but is enough to provide the primary need for normal tissue.