Melissa Kerkhove was born on July 28, 2004 after what seemed to be a normal labor and delivery. From the get go I questioned if she was OK. She slept from birth 10-12 hours straight without eating. She had very poor head control and she would always try to arch her head back. She was [...]
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
This is a treatment used to treat many kinds of illnesses. It may be the primary treatment for some disorders, but it is often used as part of a combined program involving other therapies. A pressurized chamber is necessary to provide HBOT.
When oxygen is delivered to a client in a hyperbaric chamber, it greatly increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to body tissues by the blood. All of the benefits provided by hyperbaric oxygen therapy are directly the result of this extra oxygen being carried within the bloodstream. Some of the benefits of HBOT are:
- Increase oxygen delivery to injured tissues
- Increase blood vessel formation
- Advance wound healing
- Aid in the preservation of damaged tissues
- Assist in the elimination of toxic substances
- Reduce effects from toxic substances
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a simple, painless way of delivering high does of oxygen to the body. Patients breathe 100% oxygen while they are pressurized in a chamber. Pure oxygen is administered through the use of a plastic hood or plastic mouth covering and inhaled for 60 minutes. This non-invasive therapy significantly increases oxygen levels in the body in order to improve certain conditions such as, but not limited to the following:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Brain, Eye and Nervous System Disorders
- Sports Injuries
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Benefits we saw:
After Melissa received 40 treatments of HBOT she had no more grand mal seizures, better forward head and body control, better mouth control-being able to suck out of a bottle and started eating solids, she started gaining weight when she had been losing weight before, she gained 100% eyesight-where as before there were times when she couldn’t see as her brain was not processing what the eyes were seeing. Some smiling where there was none before.
www.ihausa.org The International Hyperbaric Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to getting information out about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
MUMS-Mother’s United for Moral Support
They have a packet of HBOT material with over 100 pages of information. Plus they have provider information for all over the country.
They have several sizes of portable chambers that can be purchased for home use. They are very user friendly and a nice size.
www.wisconsinhyperbarics.com Wisconsin Intergrative Hyperbaric Center (this is where Melissa got her treatment)
1-608-278-4268 or 1-888-278-4268
6200 Nesbitt Road Suite B
Fitchburg WI 53719
Chat groups of interest:
Many of the parents on the group have used HBOT for their children with multiple special needs
Medicaid for HBOT
This group is working to get HBOT covered for “off label” use. Lots of good factual information.