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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Written By Skaggs Chiropractic on September 18, 2021

Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most devastating motor disabilities a child can go through. One in every 303 children in the United States are affected by CP, making for 8,000 new cases each year. This tragic disorder affects movement, posture, and other motor skills and may result in the need for lifelong care. Symptoms of cerebral palsy can differ from person to person, and the Skaggs Chiropractic team is proud to offer over 25 years of experience, and the dedication you and your loved ones deserve.

When living with a sensitive condition like CP, treatment that is not invasive is key. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a cutting-edge form of therapeutic treatment that has been shown in some studies to relieve certain effects of cerebral palsy. When pursuing HBOT as treatment, the patient is placed in a chamber that safely and slowly increases the relative concentration of oxygen gas in the air. When a person breathes in this concentrated air, their bodily tissues become more oxygenated due to an increase in oxygen saturation of the red blood cells and plasma.

Many forms of cerebral palsy stem from a lack of oxygen reaching the brain. In order to recover the affected brain tissue, introducing increased levels of oxygen to the body is key. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been known to exhibit promising results, with multiple studies reporting improvements in patients living with cerebral palsy.

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of HBOT for CP with the following conditions:

  • Enhance Neurological Repair and Regeneration with HBOT:

    • Attenuates the effects of hypoxia on the neonatal brain

    • Promotes neogenesis

    • Moderates mitochondrial disorders

    • Enhances stem cell mobilization proliferation

    • Increases penumbra tissue recovery

    • Escalates neural plasticity

  • Improve overall function with HBOT:

    • Advances cognitive function

    • Improves gross and fine motor skills

    • Enhances speech and language

    • Alleviates spasticity

    • Lessens frequency of seizures

    • Stimulates better eye contact

    • Improves balance and walking


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Cerebral Palsy at Skaggs Chiropractic

Our Joplin team is dedicated to helping you and your loved ones. At Skaggs Chiropractic, our team will focus on each concern and treat every patient as a valued individual. Schedule an appointment online or call (417) 624-4242 to learn more from the Skaggs Chiropractic team and find out if hyperbaric oxygen therapy is right for you.

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