Neurological Patient – Benefit of HBOT

THE BENEFITS OF HBOT FOR THE NEUROLOGICAL PATIENT.  A MOTHER DESCRIBES THE IMPROVEMENTS THEY HAVE SEEN IN THEIR DAUGHTER AFTER RECEIVING HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY.

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Charlotte 1 of 2 (Video – 1 minute)

 

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Charlotte 2 of 2 (Video – 1 minute)

Helping Charlotte and many patients in similar circumstances, is why Hyperbaric Healing Institute exists.  As a provider of HBOT, we want well informed patients/families, who have the desire to receive HBOT, to be able to receive this therapy.  Every patient’s needs/issues are unique, but improvements in patients’ conditions are possible and it is the goal of both families and staff.

If there is one factor that we could stress to any individual or family, regarding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), is that early intervention is a very important component in recovery.  Intervening early after trauma or diagnosis does improve the opportunity for greater benefit.  To read more about Hyperbaric Healing Institute, HBOT and what is offered at our office, please click on the links below.

Hyperbaric Healing Institute provides state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical procedure that involves the patient being placed in a completely enclosed chamber in which the atmosphere is controlled and the patient is able to breathe pure 100 percent oxygen. This level exceeds atmospheric pressure. The hyperbaric process places oxygen in places within the body at a cellular level, and also where the circulation might be blocked. HBOT therapy is not painful and it is not an invasive procedure. HBOT therapy can be used in conjunction with other medical treatments as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Learn More *

Traumatic Birth – 6 years later

MalakaiMalakai was born 4 weeks early and in grave condition. He had a loss of oxygen during delivery for a significant amount of time. With that being said he was a sick little guy. He spent 26 days in the NICU at Children’s Mercy Hospital. During our stay in the hospital they ran EEG, MRI, Catscan, EMG, X-Rays and a whole kit and caboodle of other tests. These tests showed that Malakai had severe cerebral palsy. He had no brain activity on the front or left side of his brain. His diagnosis was hard to swallow when he was completely healthy before delivery. I was going to do everything in my power to help him live a full life. They said he would never crawl, walk, jump, run, etc. When I brought him home he had a feeding tube, never cried, never opened his eyes or any other ‘normal’ baby things. At 31 days old I took my little baby boy to Hyperbaric Healing Institute to start treatments. Every morning for one month we suited him up for a dive. He was the smallest one that had been treated at the time. I held him while we just put his whole body in the hood. I wish I had taken pictures of him at the time. Within two weeks of the dives we saw huge progress. I was able to wean him off of his feeding tube, he was opening his eyes on a regular basis, he began crying, all of these things were miracles happening right before our eyes! We continued to do the dives until Malakai was two years old and at that point we felt that Malakai had recovered almost 100% from his brain injury. Today, Malakai is an active little boy that runs, jumps,plays, everything that a ‘normal’ six-year-old would do. Don’t get me wrong that these hyperbaric treatments will heal you completely. Every person is different and the sooner after the incident happens that you get to do the treatments this better your chances of recovery are. Malakai also has done a lot of physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and he still actually is in a couple of those therapies at this time. But, without the hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments I honestly do not think he would be as successful as he is today.  (Written by Jessica, Malakai’s awesome mom! 9/4/14)

Bryant

Bryant is 3 years old and was born prematurely 6.5 weeks.

He was observed to make gains in gross motor skills such as running, jumping, and balance. Fine motor skills such as coloring, scribbling were noted to improve. Speech and language skills improved and consonant sounds were noted to emerge that were not previously spoken. Bryant’s PT reported five months of developmental improvement as noted by standardized testing [tested week prior to HBOT and week following HBOT –  a 5 week time span]. His PT was not aware of Bryant completing hyberbaric treatment. In general his awareness to his environment was noted to increased.

Ryan

Ryan is a 7 year-old boy with global developmental delays.  He was born 3 months premature and was deprived of oxygen at birth.  This log was provided by his mother.

Dives 1-5

We did not notice any changes in Ryan during this week.

Dives 6-10

Dad and I noticed that Ryan was calmer – he did not get as frustrated over little things.  Ryan and his sister also began playing together and communicating appropriately for the first time.  They seemed to enjoy each other’s company.

Dives 11-15

I noticed Ryan was attending better when we worked on reading.  Previously, he would get frustrated when reading and mom would have to refocus when reading and refocus him to the page many times.  Now he reads a book to me without stopping to look around.

Dive 16-20

Ryan and his sister continued to play together nicely.  They really seem to enjoy playing together and the conversations are appropriate.

I also noticed Ryan asking an appropriate question to a boy at the YMCA. I.E. “What is that?” and “What do you do with it?”  Ryan would previously not be comfortable approaching a peer, and would instead tell me to ask the question.

Dives 21-25

We visited my parents over July 4th and Ryan’s grandmother commented on how much Ryan and his sister were communicating and playing together.  She was amazed at the change.  She also noticed how much better Ryan was reading – more focused.

Dives 26-30

Dad commented on the intelligent questions Ryan was asking.  I noticed that he seemed to be processing information quicker – he responds faster to questions and commands instead of seeming sometimes like he needed a jumpstart.

Dives 31-35

We visited Ryan’s dad’s family in Oklahoma.  Ryan was very calm on the drive.  We noticed a big change in how he talked to aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  He answered their questions appropriately and not in the silly manner as before.  He also played with his sister and cousin or on his own.  Previously, his father or myself had to take turns entertaining on the farm or he would be badgering constantly or acting inappropriately.  His Dad and I actually got to stay in the same room and visit with relatives together – BIG CHANGE from our last trip in May 2003.  This trip was a very different trip than all of our previous ones.  Ryan’s Aunt and Grandma both commented on how Ryan was much calmer and was not asking so many questions.

Dives 36-40

Ryan’s aquatic physical therapist commented on how Ryan has been following directions so well lately.

Ryan’s vision therapist said Ryan’s attention span had greatly improved – much better than the first few sessions.

Summary

We saw great improvements in Ryan’s social skills and attention.  We saw moderate improvements in cognitive abilities.  We hope to see improvements in fine motor (writing), but we have not tested this thus far as Ryan hates to write or color.

Ian

Ian turned 4 just before the start of HBOT. His diagnosis is microcephaly, seizure disorder, developmental delays & verbal apraxia due to a brain injury at birth.

Week 1:  After school this morning Ian said “bye bye” to two of his teachers and used their names. He then said it to his classmate and used her name as well. Before we started HBOT this past week Ian rarely told people goodbye and rarely responded to people when they said “hi” to him. Ian has never used people’s names (outside of his family) before now.

Ian put two hats on his head last night and said, “Mommy, two red hats on head”. This is his longest sentence to date. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that his talking has improved. Ian’s dad thinks it’s too soon to see results but can’t explain why he is talking so much more and responding to people more appropriately.

Ian’s physical therapist was beside herself today. She noticed

  1. Ian’s running was more in a straight line
  2. Ian followed 3 step directions for the first time
  3. Pedaled the tricycle one rotation for the first time

Weeks 2-3:  I have seen a reduction in Ian’s hand flapping during these weeks by 50%. Ian is starting to become very affectionate. He is showing true concern for hurt feelings. He has started cuddling his brother when he is sad.

The most dramatic change I have seen during the past two weeks is in how Ian plays with others. On Thanksgiving Day Ian and his cousin played together non-stop. He is starting to play with others on the playground at school. Ian’s dad can no longer deny the fact that Ian is changing.

Weeks 4-5:  Took Ian and his brother and cousin to see Santa. I was very impressed with Ian because he:

  1. Sat at the table for 30 min. and worked on a picture (stickers, coloring). He did not pronate his hand when he was coloring!!
  2. Ian ate a plate full of pancakes and sausage without any assistance and very little mess.

Today Ian “ran” up the stairs while alternating his feet! We were so excited!  Ian is adding new words to his vocabulary every day. Today he said “bigger”. Ian’s language development in the past had been quite slow so this is a treat for us! Ian has started holding his crayon correctly most of the time (no more pronating).

Week 6-7:  Ian “remembers” who gave him each of his Christmas gifts. He runs around to all of his toys and says, “thank you Santa”, “Thank you Daddy” etc… Ian is absolutely more aware of his surroundings. He has noticed traffic lights for the first time. When the light turns green he shouts “Go!”  Ian is starting to add some pronouns into his sentences. Ian’s hand flapping has almost disappeared. I would say it has reduced by 90%.

Today Ian’s PT couldn’t believe what an amazing day he had. She put a vest and light ankle weights on him and completely let go of him. He started “scissoring” his legs (appropriate response) in the water. He stayed vertical in the pool for 20 minutes.

Today in the car Ian said, “You being silly mom”. Ian’s length of sentences is getting longer which is difficult for him because of his verbal apraxia. Ian’s teachers have commented that his eye contact has improved and that he is easily redirected when he gets upset.

Week 8:  Ian has started using lots of sound effects. He pretends like he is different animals and makes appropriate train and car noises. Ian’s apraxia is still a problem but his vocabulary is increasing every day. Some of Ian’s new words/phrases this week are: “go away” and “cool”. Ian understands a lot more “opposites” than before. He is also better able to describe the usage of some objects than he wasn’t able to before. During PT Ian is starting to catch balls of various sizes from just a few feet away.

Observations 4 months post HBOT:  Today Ian can tell me what he had for snack at school and recall other things that happened. Before HBOT we would ask him questions and get nothing in response.

Ian is significantly more aware of his surroundings and is constantly commenting about objects. Ian can name all of the characters he likes on TV and if I hum a song from a show he likes he can tell me which show it is.  Ian is MUCH more affectionate than before.  We have seen an improvement is Ian’s ability to communicate with us and others thus reducing his frustration level. This has decreased the amount of “time-outs” at school.

Ian’s head grew 3 cm this past year. I cannot say whether or not this was due to HBOT but I thought it was noteworthy.

Ian’s frequency of hand flapping came back a bit after HBOT but overall, it is much less than before HBOT (about 50% less). HBOT did not improve or make worse Ian’s seizure disorder.

Ian still has the same diagnosis as before HBOT. Nothing has been “cured”. However, he is doing most everything better. Ian is happier and can tell me so. The improvements have been remarkable in my opinion and I recommend this therapy highly.