With an increased number of children being diagnosed with Autism across the world, the medical researchers and doctors thrive harder to figure out the factor that actually triggers autism and how the symptoms vary from individual to individual. The medical research teams and psychologists all over the world have also been striving hard to find helpful trends or remedies to autistic disorders. Although their continual effort is yet to find a definite remedy and permanent cure to autistic conditions, a section of medical researchers have stressed that hyperbaric treatment can bring distinct improvements in of the Autistic conditions.
Autism is a neurological disorder which is usually detected a child's first three years. This disorder can severely damage the normal development of a child's brain and reveal signs of abnormal patterns of behavior such as repeating names, flapping hands, continual rotation of heads etc. Social interaction and verbal communication capability is drastically low within Autistic children and they are even prone to causing injury to themselves or others. Although psychotropic medication and dietary changes were implemented to cure autism, these did not bring any overwhelming result.
Studies have revealed that drastic improvements have been seen within an Autistic child post twenty hyperbaric therapy sessions. There have been improvements in the social communication skills, attention span, language and vocabulary, healthy appetite, as well as improved immune system.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy includes a specialized procedure of pouring in pure oxygen into a patient's body at a higher atmospheric pressure inside a pressurized chamber called hyperbaric chamber. Generally, a patient needs to undergo 40 initial treatments, but research suggests that 20%-25% of Autistic children start showing improvements after the first twenty sessions. Each therapy session lasts for an hour, and the patients need to undergo the therapy once or twice per day.
As a matter of fact, the hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been in use since a long time. Initially, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was used by sea divers and mountaineers to treat altitude sickness. However, with comprehensive research and advancements in medical field, hyperbaric oxygen treatment is used in treating other disorders and ailments such as carbon-mono-oxide poisoning, Lyme disease, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, brain stroke and other internal injuries in the head.
How HBOT Therapy Helps?
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy can bring impressive results and improve the Autistic conditions. Following are some of the benefits of HBOT treatment-
• HBOT improves the functioning of the mitochondria cells
• The therapy sessions increase the blood flow into the main areas of the brain which have low flow of oxygen
• Repair the barrier that obstructs the blood flow into the brain
• The therapy helps stabilize the cell membranes
• It reduces the oxidative stress
• It improves neurotransmitter abnormalities
• Helps create new blood vessels
• Reduces the swelling of inflamed tissues in the brain
Medical faculties and research institutes are yet to unanimously agree on the effectiveness of hyperbaric therapy, but there are certain scientific studies which have deduced significant benefits evolving from Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment.