Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is characterized by changes that occur when a
particular area of the brain is struck, penetrated or pierced. The site of injury may determine what kinds of physical, mental,
or behavioral changes are likely to occur as a result of the damage. Possible ramifications include loss of speech, memory,
mobility, motor control and consciousness.
Injury to the brain is compounded by swelling around the site of the initial
injury (“cascade effect”). Extensive swelling within 48 hours may result in additional long-term disabilities.
Hyperbaric Oxygenation (HBO) for acute TBI:
Provides oxygen to brain tissues even in absence of red blood cells
the “cascade effect”
restore the blood-brain barrier
injury to DNA
Animal models that had an acute brain injury with global ischemia were given
a single HBO treatment within hours of injury. Studies showed a marked decrease in damage to the brain.
HBO as an adjunct therapy for chronic TBI:
edema even years after injury
cells surrounding the ischemia (area of restriction in blood flow)
capillary (blood vessel) growth
normal molecular-level chemical reactions necessary for brain function
Patients/caregivers have reported:
mobility and stamina
need of certain medications
Suggested treatment schedule:
One to two daily treatments, five days/week for a total of 40 treatments as the base therapy, with booster
sessions as needed. May require long-term commitment and multiple sessions. Individual