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HELPING HANDS FOR HEROES:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments For Veterans

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. HBOT is used for a wide variety of treatments, usually as a part of an overall medical care plan. Oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone, carrying it to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling, and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. In many cases, such as circulatory problems, non-healing wounds, and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. HBOT provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

oxygen 2Celebrities and athletes have been known to take advantage of the benefits of HBOT chambers, sometimes called the “fountain of youth.”  Joe Rogan of UFC and “FEAR FACTOR” fame and Michael Jackson both used HBOT chambers.  The New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants have invested heavily in HBOT for their athletes with remarkable results.  Even professional horse racing has taken notice and many clinics now have HBOT available for thoroughbreds in training or recovery.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and is highest among veterans. About 70 – 90% of TBI cases are classified as mild, and up to 25% of affected patients will not recover and suffer chronic neurocognitive impairments. The main pathology in these cases involves diffuse brain injuries, whichoxygen 1 are hard to detect by anatomical imaging yet noticeable in functional imaging that measures tissue metabolism in the brain. Many studies show the effectiveness of HBOT in improving brain function and quality of life in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) patients suffering chronic neurocognitive impairments like PTSD. The common conclusion is that HBOT can induce neuroplasticity, leading to repair of chronically impaired brain functions and improved quality of life in mTBI patients with prolonged post-concussion syndrome (PCS) at late chronic stage. Studies also reveal that HBOT can reduce cognitive impairment related to memory performance and connectivity using functional MRI.

“Helping Hands for Heroes” is a non-profit set-up in Dickinson, Texas (near Houston) by a group of patriot divers and other great Americans with a mission to help our disabled veterans by providing HBOT to help their issues.  Funding is through donations and fundraisers.  For more information, contact John or Richard at JPODIVE@yahoo.com today!

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