Volume 4 Issue 9 - May 01, 2006
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy offers hope to cerebral palsy affected people
D.N.I.S. News Network - In a promising development for people affected by Cerebral Palsy, a therapy involving inhalation of pure oxygen by a person affected by the developmental disorder has shown the impact of increasing brain function and hence improving chances of rehabilitation.
developmental disability, which affects over 0.1 per cent of
technique is called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (H.B.O.T.). It has been developed
by experts from
According to a popular view, cerebral palsy it caused due to an oxygen deficiency for the child while in the mother's womb, during birth, or within five years of birth. A combination of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and special education can help a child affected by cerebral palsy to show considerable recovery. However, when the same procedure is combined with H.B.O.T., the neurodevelopment growth rate is doubled by the eighth month of therapy.
H.B.O.T. has been available with the armed forces for decades due to the adverse environment they face everyday. However, due to the risks of breathing absolutely pure oxygen, the treatment has been recommended after a lot of research, says a newspaper report. According to experts, up to 40 sittings are sufficient to show significant improvement.
treatment is not given to patients individually. Instead, three to eight patients
are collectively kept in oxygen-rich chambers. In
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