Conditions Supported by HBOT
A debilitating nervous system disease, multiple sclerosis results in localized patches of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, which may eventually scar. There have been hundreds of treatments for MS. In fact, there has never been any disease in which so many treatments have been tried.
Unfortunately, some of these treatments produce disastrous results. Of all the treatments ever administered, hyperbaric oxygen is the safest, most effective, and most cost-effective. Currently there are 12,000 MS patients being treated at 110 hyperbaric centers in the United Kingdom.
Sports Injuries and Recovery
HBO can significantly increase the rate of recovery for sports related injuries such as sprains and torn muscles. The application of HBOT for the treatment of sports injuries has recently been suggested in the scientific literature as a modality of therapy either as a primary or an adjunct treatment.
In one study HBOT was used as a recovery method for muscular fatigue during the Nagano Winter Olympics. It was found that all athletes benefited from the HBOT treatment presenting faster recovery rates.
To date, numerous professional athletic teams, including hockey (NHL), football (NFL), basketball (NBA) and soccer (MLS), utilize and rely on the use of HBOT as adjuvant therapy for numerous sports-related injuries acquired from playing competitive sports.
HBO treatments administered pre- and post-surgery can significantly enhance recovery.
Infectious Diseases - Ticks
One of the fastest growing infections diseases such as tick bourne dieases. Tick borne disease literate physicians prescribe HBOT as an adjunctive (support) therapy, part of an interdisciplinary approach, which may include antibiotics, nutritional support and complimentary alternative medical detoxifying procedures.
“45 - 70% of patients have mycoplasma fermentens incognitus, 10 - 35% of patients have Erlichia, 25-45% of patients have bartonella, 8-20% of patients have babesia."
“Professor Garth Nicholson, 2007.”
All of these "bugs" (bacteria and parasites) can be transmitted by ticks and other vectors. There is much debate and some confusion because of the incorrect assumption that HBOT will actually enhance some of these infections. For example, because babesia canis (Bc) chooses red-blood cells as a primary transport vehicle to infect the entire body, it is assumed that it does so because "it just loves oxygen." Not so, the trophozoite cannot tolerate high oxygen tensions and HBOT will cause it to perish and will repair the microcirculation that infections destroy.
So too with the other coinfections. HBOT, when administered at the appropriate treatment pressure, exerts a potent bactericidal and fungicidal effect and continues on to repair damaged cells, restoring normal organ function including neuronal circuitry.
There is no doubt that HBOT act synergistically with many of the antibiotics ("ABX") used to combat these co-infections and reduce the time these ABX needed for them to do their job.
One center in USA have reported in their clinical observation, that almost all PLS patients have been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lou Gherig's disease (ALS) because of the symptoms.
Most of the Tick Borne Disease patients have shown to have regained their health and eradicated symptoms with 40 consecutive daily HBOT sessions of 90 minutes. In some instances, dramatically ill patients have shown to recover in as little as 26 HBOT sessions. The recommended ATM is between 2 to 2.7.
The term “cerebral palsy” describes children who experience brain trauma at birth. HBO can treat the underlying problem in children with CP (the damaged brain). The main differences between HBO and traditional therapies for CP are the rapid gains over time and the impact on cognitive skill improvements, which, in general, are not improved with only physical, occupational, or speech therapy.
Recent studies do present the benefits of 1.3 ATA. For example, at HBOT 2010, Dr. Aran Mukherjee of UDAAN presented a comparison study of 1.3 to 1.5 to 1.75 ATAs (with a control group) and its use for CP. It clearly showed best results in cognitive and neurological development in the 1.3 ATA group that only received ambient air without any extra oxygen.