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Stroke and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can heal the brain after a stroke. This is great news for stroke victims, who now can deal with the long-term effects of their injury. A stroke occurs when brain cells no longer receive the oxygen and nutrients they need due to a block or burst in a blood vessel.

It can also be the result of traumatic brain injury, particularly a concussion. When this happens, the area of the body corresponding to the affected cells becomes dysfunctional.

Effects of a Stroke

The loss of body function due to a stroke can be debilitating. Many stroke victims feel a loss of independence and feel that they no longer enjoy the best parts of their lives. They often feel secluded and depressed. In addition, they must also deal with the costs of their condition.

HBOT Can Help Revive Dormant Cells

Although prominent brain tissue of stroke victims may have irreversible damage, medical studies show that HBOT can be effective in stimulating the dormant cells that surround the damaged area. These dormant cells, known as the ischemic penumbra, are chiefly responsible for the majority of post-stroke dysfunction. Oxygen therapy can revive these cells, and in turn, restore a dramatic portion of the functionality caused by the stroke.

HBOT Can Treat the Root Cause of Strokes

Not only can oxygen therapy wake up dormant cells, it can also pressurize the ambient environment to better allow oxygen flow to the affected areas. It alleviates lack of blood flow and oxygen for both ischemia and hypoxia. In addition, hyperbaric therapy reduces the swollen tissues that hinder blood flow.

HBOT Creates Oxygen-Rich Blood

During the treatment, the levels of oxygen in the chamber cause an increase in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood plasma. This nourishes the body’s tissue, even in the absence of red blood cells. The chamber pressure increases the levels of oxygen to all parts of the body. Besides stimulating the dormant brain cells, HBOT can also regenerate new blood vessels to the affected areas of the brain. This helps repair and restore key tissue structures, including injured neurons, glial cells, and the extracellular matrix.

Get Your Life Back Again

With stroke patients, little successes make all the difference. HBOT helps patients realize the hopes they have for their future. Often, they can regain important functions they may have once taken for granted, such as dressing themselves or going to the bathroom unattended. With HBOT, patients can overcome the effects of a debilitating stroke and regain their dignity.

Make an Appointment Today

Often, stroke victims are not the first to consider therapy. If your loved one has been the victim of a stroke, help that person take the first step for relief, and contact us today. In our humble opinion, there is no other place like ours. Let us help your loved one regain his or her independence.

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