Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is one of the safe, alternative therapies the BART Foundation believes may help brain injury survivors. HBOT is a medical treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen while the pressure of the treatment chamber is increased to greater than atmospheric pressure. Under normal atmospheric conditions, we are subjected to approximately 14.7 pounds per square inch of pressure, and the air we breathe is composed of 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen. During HBOT the pressure can be increased up to three times normal atmospheric pressure creating a higher partial pressure of oxygen.
The range of clinical conditions responding favorably to HBOT is growing rapidly. Many individuals have shown vast improvements with HBOT and the results are generally based on patient treatment outcomes rather than scientific studies. Oftentimes these chronic medical conditions languish in an individual’s life unless the individual requests that HBOT be added to their overall health care program.
The length and frequency of treatments will be individualized for each patient and their condition. For most conditions, patients are treated once or twice a day — Monday through Friday — and treatments may last 1 – 2 1/2 hours. Some emergency conditions will require only one or two treatments. In most cases of wound healing support, the effects are gradual and 20 to 40 treatments may be required.
Visit the TreatNow.org website to read the full article and learn how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works and how what the benefits are for people with TBI/ABI. Stop by our Resources page to learn more and reach out to us for more information!