Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a broad term used to describe a group of chronic movement or posture disorders. “Cerebral” refers to the brain, while “Palsy” refers to a physical disorder, such as a lack of muscle control. Cerebral Palsy is not caused by problems with the muscles or nerves, but rather with the brain’s ability to adequately control the body. Cerebral Palsy can be caused by injury during birth, although sometimes it is the result of later damage to the brain. Symptoms usually appear in the first few years of life and once they appear, they generally do not worsen over time.
Unlike treatments for CP directed at the physical manifestations of the underlying problems (range of motion, reduce spasticity, increase strength) as well as specific therapies designed to enhance communication skills and academic performance, HBOT targets the abnormalities and brain function. The effectiveness of HBOT in children with CP is most likely a manifestation of the enhanced function of previously damaged neurons. The neurons, called "idling neurons" are still alive, but have been damaged to the extent that their function is compromised.
HBOT is an adjunctive therapy to be used in conjunction with other established treatment protocols including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, as well as other therapies designed to reduce spasticity.
In conclusion to studies relating to Cerebral Palsy and HBOT - for some children with moderate to severe CP, there is evidence that HBOT improves motor skills, attention, language and play. As well, for some an increase in vision. These are not miraculous changes, these children all still have CP, but there are substantial improvements.
Articles, Studies & Additional Information
Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Children with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy: a Pilot Project Click here
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Pediatric CP Treated with 1.5 ATA - Pilot StudyClick here
for full study
HBOT and Neurological Conditions. Dr. Pierre Marois's Abstract.Click here
for full report