For years now, proponents of hyperbaric oxygen therapy have claimed that the therapy can significantly help reduce the risk of long-term brain damage in persons who have suffered a brain injury. Recently, those claims appeared substantiated by the case of a brain-damaged three-year-old child who recovered significantly after being administered the therapy.
Claims of the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy have been met with skepticism for many years, because its proponents have found it difficult to explain exactly why the treatment works in helping reduce brain damage after an injury. However, a number of recent studies have found that even a single session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy can significantly impact tissue recovery rates in a person with brain damage. Each session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces cell death and inflammation, and boosts recovery, cell growth, and repair rates. That can be seen in the rate of recovery of persons with brain damage.
Experts point specifically to a recent case involving a three-year-old child who was found unconscious and unresponsive in her family’s swimming pool. The child had been deprived of oxygen for several minutes, and had suffered significant brain damage. There were signs of brain shrinkage, and loss of gray matter. Roughly two months after the injury, the child was administered hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and her doctors and parents noticed an improvement within ten sessions of the therapy.