One of the treatments that is increasingly being used to treat cerebral palsy is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This treatment involves administering pure oxygen to patients at controlled pressures in a chamber. This has been found to be very useful in the treatment of some symptoms of it as we will discuss below.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement that is caused by damage to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. This results in the muscles and brain not being able to communicate effectively leading to disordered movement, problems with muscle tone, and other symptoms.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the administration of pure oxygen to patients in a chamber which has a controlled pressure. It is used to treat a number of different disorders and diseases, one of them being cerebral palsy. In the case of children with cerebral palsy oxygen is administrated at a pressure of 1.5ATA which is the equivalent of 16.5 feet below sea level. Treatments may take place twice a day, five days a week though the number of treatments given will vary.
Research Studies Done Involving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Cerebral Palsy
Research that has been done to determine the effect of using hyperbaric oxygen therapy on patients with cerebral palsy has been positive and a Brazilian study showed a 50% reduction in spasticity for 94% of the patients who took part in this study.
If your child has this and you feel that they may benefit from this treatment then you can speak to your medical practitioner about its use and get referred for treatment to a center near you.