What is Hyperbaric Therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) involves breathing a high concentration of oxygen, in a chamber, under greater than normal atmospheric pressure.
HBOT accelerates normal healing by increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood plasma and therefore healing tissues. A greater concentration of oxygen stimulates the normal healing and repair function of cells and tissues, enabling them to heal much faster.
Pressure chambers for HBOT have been used in the UK for over 20 years. In 1994 Ms Scotson commenced investigations into the use of HBOT for children with cerebral palsy and other neurological injuries. After a successful pilot study she set up the charity "The Hyperbaric Oxygen Trust" which encouraged the use of HBOT for children with cerebral palsy all over the world and studies have shown that these children clearly benefit from the treatment.
HBOT assists children with cerebral palsy on The Scotson Technique (TST) by helping improve oxygenation of cerebral tissue and their ability to develop a more flexible and responsive breathing pattern.
TST strengthens weak, underdeveloped respiratory muscles, creates new core strength in the connective tissues between the bones, improves the nervous connection between the muscular skeletal system and the brain and improves understanding and intellectual development.
The HBOT programme supports this approach by helping to improve the cerebral metabolism and encourage a more flexible and responsive use of the respiratory muscles.
Some of the other conditions, which can be helped by HBOT, include:
Trauma or sports injuries, fractures, muscle injuries, post -operative healing, anaemia, stroke, asthma, MS, ME, neurological conditions and other related problems. (See other internet references on Hyperbaric Oxygen.)