Sunday, January 26, 2014

HBOT Improves Peripheral Nerve Regeneration

Several studies have documented the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen in models of acute and delayed crush injury. Intermittent exposure to hyperbaric hyperoxia serves to interrupt the injury cycle of edema, ischemia and tissue necrosis (1), as well as hemorrhagic hypotension (2), which in turn leads to former edema and ischemia. Tissue ischemia is countered by the ability of hyperbaric oxygen to elevate tissue oxygen tensions (3). Furthermore, edema is reduced, secondary to hyperoxia-induced arteriolar vasoconstriction (4), leading to improved tissue viability, thereby reducing necrosis (1). Hyperbaric oxygen has also been studied in models of peripheral nerve injury (5). Researchers from the US Air Force School Aerospace Medicine and Louisiana State University recently sought to determine what, if any, morphologic changes are associated with hyperbaric oxygen treated peripheral nerve injury (6). Their model involved a crushed sciatic nerve in the rabbit.

Exposure to hyperbaric oxygen across the range of current clinical dose schedules was compared to untreated, and pressure (hyperbaric air) controls. A pathologist blinded as to group documented the extent of nerve regeneration via morphologic analysis of electron micrographs. All of the animals exposed to hyperbaric oxygen were reported to demonstrate advanced stages of a healed nerve, in contrast to both control groups. As this research was limited to a determination of regeneration of morphology, the exact effects of hyperbaric oxygen were not known. The authors speculate, however, that there may be several suggesting increased myelination, decreased edema, reduced internal collagen and improvements in neurofilamentous material density. They conclude that this study provides additional evidence of a link between tissue oxygen levels from hyperbaric oxygen treatment and the health of peripheral nerves.

... all animals exposed to hyperbaric oxygen "demonstrated characteristics expected of in the advanced stages of a healed nerve"

Of the estimated 20 million people in the United States with diabetes, 3 million struggle with DPN—and even patients with pre-diabetes and impaired glucose (blood sugar) tolerance may have symptoms. The older the person is, the longer he or she has had diabetes, and the less-controlled the disease, the greater chance of feeling pain because of damaged nerves.

Fifty percent of patients with long-standing diabetes have numbness, burning, electrical sensations, stabbing, or shooting pain in their feet or legs—and it’s usually worse at night. While the pain is uncomfortable, the lack of sensation can have even worse consequences. If a person’s shoes fit improperly, are too tight, have rough spots inside, or rub when the person walks, the blisters, abrasions or cuts may not be felt. Because circulation is not as good as it is for people without diabetes, these wounds can become infected and very difficult to heal.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a very effective treatment for diabetic neuropathy. By driving oxygen deep into tissues, it reduces cell death and pain symptoms. Hyperbaric oxygen also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, enabling the body to increase effective oxygen and nutrient delivery. #HBOT

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Magic Number 40

Forty sessions has come to be a benchmark in this therapy, not solely in the treatment of ASD, but rather in treating all conditions characterized by hypoxic tissue.  It is theorized that this is the number of treatments necessary to ensure angiogenesis has occurred.  In the past, physicians would notice “backsliding” or regression with most patients who had undergone less that thirty sessions.  On the other hand, patients having undergone forty sessions would not display symptoms of “backsliding”.  Today, with new knowledge regarding increased stem cell activity and sophisticated brain imaging equipment, it is easy to paint a picture as to what was occurring.  Recent research has demonstrated that after only ten sessions an eight fold increase in stem cell activity can be measured; in particular, CD34 stem cells which will produce new capillaries.  The formation of such capillaries can be seen between 15-20 sessions and the completion of such capillaries appears to occur between 30-40 sessions; hence the Magic Number 40.  Of course, this process is continually underway and new capillaries are just beginning at 20 sessions, 30 sessions, 40 sessions, etc.  One would assume that as long as hypoxic tissue remains in the body; stem cell activity would remain heightened, angiogenesis would continue, and tissue perfusion would continue to normalize.  In fact, in a study conducted with CP, stroke, and traumatic brain injury patients; it was demonstrated that throughout 70 sessions the rate of improvement in cerebral oxygenation increased during the last 35 treatments.  For this reason, it is not uncommon to see treatment protocols continue beyond the initial forty-session sequence; parents are often advised 60-80 initial sessions prior to pausing, ending, or lessening the frequency of treatment.

Frequency is Key and OXYGEN Pressure and Depth!~

There is much debate surrounding the optimal pressure in treating cerebral hypoperfusion related conditions such as Autism.  Case histories and research both report positive findings from pressures ranging 1.2 ATA to 2.0 ATA.  In addition, it becomes even more confusing as 100% oxygen is delivered Best results have been demonstrated through daily and twice daily treatment protocols.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment

Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome have tried months and even years of various treatments, including taking pain medications and antidepressants, to obtain relief from this disabling condition. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has shown promise in this frustrating medical condition and allowed many to return to their normal lifestyle.

Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment

The areas in and around Santa Monica and Malibu are well known to harbor the deer ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease. In the chronic form of this disease—which has a multitude of symptoms including memory problems, fatigue and diffuse body pain—conventional medical treatment, including prolonged antibiotic therapy, has been disappointing in most patients. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been advocated by medical experts in the field of chronic Lyme disease, and many patients have found Hyperbaric Oxygen to be very beneficial. #lyme #hbot #lyme #HBOT #rapidrecoveryHyperbarics

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