11 Ways to Benefit from the Healing Power of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Are you struggling with the effects of a head injury, mental health conditions, cognitive issues, memory problems, or symptoms of long-haul COVID? There’s a natural brain rescue solution that may help—hyperbaric oxygen therapy. A 2021 review in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease analyzed results from 391 research studies on HBOT for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The authors concluded that “based on the outcomes of clinical and experimental studies, this review advocates the use of HBOT for the treatment of AD.” Clinical trials are underway to assess the effectiveness of HBOT for the treatment of long-haul COVID. The healing power of HBOT can be effective in a variety of other ways too.

Are you struggling with the effects of a head injury, mental health conditions, cognitive issues, memory problems, or symptoms of long-haul COVID? There’s a natural brain rescue solution that may help—hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Click To Tweet

WHAT IS HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive therapy in which you breathe 100% pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. With HBOT, your lungs can take in up to 3 times more oxygen than they do when breathing at normal air pressure. This is beneficial for the treatment of injuries because your brain and body need higher amounts of oxygen to heal damaged tissue. The increased oxygen from HBOT is transported to the brain and body via the bloodstream to accelerate the healing process.

HBOT FOR BRAIN RESCUE

Brain rescue in the time of COVID is based on one simple idea. If you want to keep your brain healthy or rescue it if it’s headed to a dark place, you need to prevent or treat the 11 major risk factors that steal your mind. What’s exciting is that HBOT has shown benefits for all of these risk factors, which are easy to remember with the mnemonic BRIGHT MINDS.

B is for blood flow.

Low blood flow is the #1 brain imaging predictor of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also associated with depression, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, and alcohol abuse. Anything that negatively impacts blood flow is bad for the brain. For example, if you have hypertension, as blood pressure goes up, blood flow to the brain goes down. A study in the Journal of Neurotrauma on 16 military personnel showed that blood flow increased after one single hyperbaric session, and it went up significantly after 40 sessions.

R is for retirement and aging.

Think about how your face ages—a few wrinkles when you’re 55 and a whole bunch more by the time you’re 85. That same process is happening in your brain, but it doesn’t have to. HBOT has been shown to reverse aging in a 2020 study from Israel in the journal Aging.

I is for inflammation.

When you have chronic inflammation in your body, it’s like you have a low-level fire destroying your organs. Inflammation is associated with depression, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and more. A number of studies point to the anti-inflammatory properties of HBOT.

G is for genetics.

Genes are not a death sentence, they are a wake-up call. If you have one or more family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you’re at a higher risk of losing your mind. Look at Chalene Johnson, who has a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. When she had her brain scanned at Amen Clinics, her SPECT scan showed decreased activity in multiple areas, including the parietal lobe, meaning her brain was already headed to early Alzheimer’s disease. By doing HBOT, her brain improved as seen on a follow-up brain scan 2 years later.

H is for head trauma.

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of psychiatric problems, but few people know it. The good news is that you can reverse the damage. If you put the brain in a healing environment, it can get better. That was the conclusion of a 2013 brain SPECT imaging study in Plos One on HBOT as a treatment for TBI. In this randomized prospective trial, 56 patients who were 1-5 years post-concussion did 40 sessions of HBOT. The results revealed improved cognitive function, attention, memory processing speed, and executive function, as well as enhanced quality of life, and better blood flow.

T is for toxins.

Most people know alcohol is not a health food. Many people don’t know marijuana is not innocuous. In an Amen Clinics brain imaging study on nearly 1,000 marijuana users, every area of the brain was lower compared to a healthy group. Other toxins that are harmful to brain health include smoking, mold exposure, carbon monoxide, cancer chemotherapy, radiation, and heavy metal exposure (mercury, lead, and aluminum). To decrease toxic load, limit your exposure to toxins and support the 4 organs of detoxification—kidneys, digestive system, skin, and liver. HBOT can help detoxify you as well.

M is for mental health.

Mental health issues, chronic stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), grief, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADD/ADHD skyrocketed during the pandemic. Meet Doug, who struggled with anxiety, depression, and brain fog. His brain scan at Amen Clinics didn’t look healthy. On a treatment program including supplements and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, his brain scan looked much better 3 months later. In the 2013 brain SPECT imaging study in Plos One mentioned earlier, HBOT helped with mood and trauma.

I is for immunity and infections.

Some scary news has been emerging about the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 on brain health. For example, a recent brain imaging study from a team of researchers in the United Kingdom found that the coronavirus may cause lasting loss of brain tissue. The researchers compared pre- and post-COVID brain scans in 394 people and detected a significant loss of gray matter in regions of the brain associated with smell and taste. Your best defense against COVID-19 is your immune system, and hyperbaric oxygen has been found to boost immunity.

N is for neurohormone deficiencies.

One of the things many people don’t realize is if you’ve had a traumatic brain injury, it often hurts the pituitary gland, which is involved in hormone production. It can actually turn off or turn down production. In a 2020 documentary called Quiet Explosions, HBOT and hormonal therapy are discussed as therapies for healing the brain.

D is for diabesity.

Having diabetes and obesity can be detrimental to brain health and puts you at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, depression, and other conditions. How can HBOT help? A 2015 study shows that hyperbaric oxygen can improve glucose control in people with type 2 diabetes.

S is for Sleep.

Did you know that 60 million Americans have sleep-related issues, such as chronic insomnia and sleep apnea? Sleep apnea makes your brain look like you have early Alzheimer’s disease. A growing body of research shows that HBOT improves oxygen saturation in sleep apnea as well as quality of sleep.

If you’re recovering from a concussion, struggling with memory problems or cognitive dysfunction, or dealing with mental health issues, don’t wait. Seeking a treatment plan that includes non-invasive, non-medication options such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be beneficial in the healing process.

At Amen Clinics, we’re here for you. We offer HBOT, in-clinic brain scanning and appointments, as well as mental telehealth, remote clinical evaluations, and video therapy for adults, children, and couples. Find out more by speaking to a specialist today at 888-288-9834 or visit our contact page here.

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