Concussion/ Brain Injury

The Research

Evidence showing the healing relationship between Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy & Concussion/Brain Injury

At Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Christchurch, one of the most common conditions we treat is concussion/brain injury. Often the symptoms of brain injury can be extremely debilitating and with little range of known options to help the brain heal, can make it a very distressing time for all involved.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Pulse Electro Magnetic Field Therapy – being the gentle and non-invasive therapies that they are, are able to assist with the overwhelm that the brain is experiencing. By offering these two services to clients we are able to create healing and relief from symptoms even years after the initial injury occurred.

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy curing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and concussion symptoms in 25 year old male, 3 years after initial injury occurred.

“The patient underwent single photon emission computed tomography brain blood flow imaging before and after a block of thirty-nine 1.5 atmospheres absolute hyperbaric oxygen treatments. The patient experienced a permanent marked improvement in his post-concussive symptoms, physical exam findings, and brain blood flow. In addition, he experienced a complete resolution of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. After treatment he became and has remained employed for eight consecutive months. This case suggests a novel treatment for the combined diagnoses of blast-induced post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post
Concussion Syndrome Years after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in the US. Approximately 70-90% of the TBI cases are classified as mild, and up to 25% of them will not recover and suffer chronic neurocognitive impairments. The main pathology in these cases involves diffuse brain injuries, which are hard to detect by anatomical imaging yet noticeable in metabolic imaging. The current study tested the effectiveness of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in improving brain function and quality of life in mTBI patients suffering chronic neurocognitive impairments and concluded that HBOT can induce neuroplasticity leading to repair of chronically impaired brain functions and improved quality of life in mTBI patients with prolonged PCS at late chronic stage.”

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at 1.5atm being used to treat brain injury in NFL players

“Despite adequate evidence, including randomized controlled trials; hyperbaric oxygen is not yet recognized as efficacious for treating various forms of brain injury, specifically traumatic brain injury. Two football players with TBI/CTE are shown to benefit from being treated with hyperbaric oxygen as documented by neurocognitive examinations and functional brain imaging, in one case treatment commenced decades after the brain injury.”

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can activate cerebral plasticity & revitalize chronically impaired brain functions

“Convincing evidence that HBOT can revitalize chronically impaired brain functions and significantly improve the quality of life of mild TBI (mTBI) patients with prolonged post concussion syndrome at late chronic stage, even years after injury, are presented in a new randomized prospective trial published this year. The participants, who had suffered mTBI 1–5 years prior to the trial, were randomly divided into two groups: trial and control. The trial group patients received 2 months of HBOT, while the control group went without treatment in those 2 months. The treatment consisted of 40 daily sessions lasting 1 h at pressure of 1.5ATA and breathing 100% oxygen. The patients’ cognitive functions and quality of life were assessed by detailed computerized evaluations and compared, for all patients, with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scans. HBOT sessions led to similar significant improvements in tests
of cognitive function and quality of life.”

Treatment of persistent post-concussion
syndrome due to mild traumatic brain injury:
current status and future directions

“After the cross to HBOT, there was comparable significant cognitive improvement as in the treated group. The cognitive functions improvements included memory, executive functions, information processing speed and attention. In addition to the objective change in
brain perfusion/metabolism, HBOT induced significant improvement in quality of life and cognitive functions. The significant improvement in brain metabolism, noticeable in brain SPECT after HBOT, correlated with the improvement in the cognitive functions.”

Tracking the effects of Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field (PEMF) on individuals with a history of traumatic brain injury with the Brain Gauge

“The overall metrics demonstrates significant improvement in the patients’ overall brain health that occurred while PEMF therapy was being administered. The scores paralleled other outcome measures that were obtained in the study that also demonstrated improvement in CNS function. Additionally, patients reported qualitative improvements in brain health and cognitive function over the course of the study.”