It has been estimated that at the present time there are about 1.7 million stroke survivors in this country. Regrettably, a commonly held belief is that once an area of the brain has been damaged by a stroke, nothing can be done to restore the function of that area. Recent scientific research has revealed that while the more central areas of stroke involve brain tissue may be irreversibly damaged, there exists an area surrounding this tissue which may be functionally salvaged with the use of hyperbaric oxygen. Since the early 1970’s, scientific journals have reported over 1,000 cases demonstrating a 40-100% rate of improvement for stroke patients treated with HBO. In the journalStroke, Dr. Richard Neubauer, a pioneer in the use of hyperbaric oxygen and various neurological diseases, reported outstanding results in a group of 122 stoke patients treated with HBO. In one case, significant functional improvement was noted when HBO therapy was given 14 years after the initial stroke event.
The benefit of hyperbaric oxygen in stroke patients likely results from its ability to enhance the metabolism of so-called “idling nerve cells” as well as increasing oxygen supply surrounding the area of maximal damage.
West Germany has long recognized the effectiveness of HBO in stroke rehabilitation to the extent that now virtually all stroke patients in West Germany receive a three week intensive course of hyperbaric oxygen paid for by insurance companies.
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 *
Luke suffered a Near-SIDS incident. He has made amazing progress during his first course of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for near-SIDS. After a round of HBOT for his brain injuries, his improvements are significant. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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 is used in conjunction with other medical treatments as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Learn More
Christian suffered a stroke in utero which resulted in global brain damage and multiple brain bleeds. His diagnosis are cerebral palsy, epilepsy, cortical blindness, and mental/physical disabilities. He needs assistance with everything and uses switches and 4 signs to communicate. We started Christian at 2 yrs old with HBOT and intense physical therapy at HHI. Christian has had seizures everyday since 6 months old. He has tried 7 meds and none worked. We hoped that HBOT would help and anything else he gained was icing on the cake.
At 2 years old, he was treated with 40 dives (4 weeks) and intense physical therapy for 3 weeks. The first week he had a day of only 3 seizures, the next day 2, and the next day he had no seizures! This was amazing. He was having 6-9 a day when we came. We had never been able to experience our son and what he was like not having seizures. If nothing else, this alone was worth getting him HBOT.
At the end of 4 weeks, these are the improvements we saw:
Better head and trunk control.
He could sit up straighter in his wheelchair which made it easier for us to feed him.
He is using his arms to prop himself up. He did not even realize he could do this before.
He is able to take about 15 steps now and lasts longer in standing position. He could only take about 5 prior to HBOT. He is more vocal. He is responding to us with his voice. He did not do this at all before coming.
Our second round was 4 months later. We had about 37 dives. In between our last visit and this second one we had big improvements. Christian’s “big” seizures stopped. He was having 3-4 of those a day. So when we got here those had stopped but he still had little ones where his head would bounce and they lasted only seconds but multiple times a day. At the end of 4 weeks of HBOT treatment, we saw these improvements:
Christian’s “bouncy” seizures stopped!
He started looking to the left. He would never look to the left before this round of treatment.
Standing and walking longer. His balance while standing is much better.
He is able to chew his food better. He struggled with that before treatments.
He responds to me playing with him and talking to him. He acknowledges us with smiles and vocalizing.
Our third round of treatments was in 2013. We did 32 dives. The biggest improvement I saw was in his walking. He has always “scissored” his legs while walking. After about 9 dives, he could take about 6 steps without scissoring. This is a huge thing for him. He was also averaging about 50 steps which is up from 15.
We are very happy with Hyperbaric Healing Institute and the treatment and care they provide. Using the bigger chamber is easier and more comfortable for our son. I hope that our experience helps you make a choice on whether to participate in HBOT.
It has been about 3 months since my last oxygen treatment. I thank God, He has let me continue to improve. My therapist has me using an active assist bike. It also measures input from the user. Coming from a surprising 4% the first time on it, I am up to 14%. While a 10% increase might not seem that significant, the significance is that my legs are closer to giving equal input. I am also getting closer to feeding myself, with just passive assistance. With more tongue movement, not only has it helped with my speech, I’m also able to chew and tolerate foods I couldn’t before. And recently, after my latest swallow test, I have been cleared to have liquids without thickener. I thank God, and everyone at hyperbaric healing institute for the help I have received and the progress I have made.
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We wish to tell you how grateful we are that you’ve set up such a great healing “institute.” Ken is making great progress in some areas and continues to improve generally. His friends from the therapy rehab facility are amazed at his recovery. The therapist can’t believe his progress (& want to know more about it). They’ve questioned him extensively. His doctor thinks he looks younger-among other things. Our kids see a lot of differences in him – not only physically but in other areas. “Dad you aren’t so “flat” You have more zest – You are more with it – You’re walking better.” We do thank you for the check (that was unexpected) and the t-shirt – clever. We send out most heartfelt thanks for all the help. We appreciate your kindness. Keep up the good work.
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