Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Ability Camp Inc. provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as an alternative therapy for the following conditions:
The late Dr. Neubauer was one of the pioneers who began working with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for stroke rehabilitation, Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions. He performed SPECT scans and found that his patients had areas of the brain that were severely damaged however the immediately surrounding areas showed low levels of activity. These same areas, "The Recoverable Brain" showed increased levels of activity following a series of Hyperbaric sessions.
Our clients sit in a large hyperbaric chamber as we slowly increase the surrounding pressure, the sensation is similar to what you experience in an aircraft while it is descending. You may feel a slight pressure building in your ears which is generally easily cleared by swallowing, yawning etc. There should be no pain or discomfort! Children or adults can take a drink into the chamber to help encourage them to swallow and this is usually enough to clear their ears.
Once the final pressure is reached a clear vinyl hood (Plastic Bubble) is placed over their head and they are given 100% Oxygen to breathe. By increasing the ambient pressure Oxygen molecules are squeezed closer together thus allowing higher concentrations to be transferred into the blood stream and carried throughout the body, to the central nervous system, muscles, bones etc. Even the plasma, the fluid that carries the red blood cells can also absorb and carry Oxygen into very fine vessels or partially blocked vessels that the large red blood cells may not be able to pass.
We have performed over 40,000 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy dives to date and clients have commented on gains made in many areas such as increased vocabulary, reduced spasticity, improved vision, better swallowing and improved balance and gait.
According to a study "Stem Cell Mobilization by Hyperbaric Oxygen", 40 hours of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increased by eight-fold the number of stem cells circulating in a patient's body. Stem cells exist in the bone marrow and are capable of changing their nature to become part of many different organs and tissues. Stem cells, also called progenitor cells are crucial to injury repair and have been shown to improve vasculogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels that previously did not exist) and improve healing.
"This is the safest way clinically to increase stem cell circulation, far safer than any of the pharmaceutical options," said Stephen Thom, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and lead author of the study.
K.K. Jain M.D. a researcher and neurologist has reported that improvements from HBOT in motor power and spasticity were made permanent when combined with physical therapy.
Hyperbarics alone has helped many people improve their condition however for people that suffer physical difficulties as a result of a preemie that have suffered complications, children with Cerebral Palsy an adults that have suffered a stroke we would reccomend taking the combination of Hyperbarics and Conductive Education (Intense physical therapy) designed to help teach the brain to coordinate with the body and help improve function..
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