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Hyperbaric therapy worked like a blessing of the Modern medical science to little Isaac and his family. Isaac, son of Michael (a military man) and Tara has been suffering from autism. Isaac is non-verbal and he was deprived of the happiness he deserves like all the children of his age. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) came into his life as a ray of hope. He started using the treatment since August 2016.

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Tara, Isaac’s mom, observed certain things since he started taking HBOT. He showed a sign of recovery in his non-verbal state. During 1st four weeks of HBOT, he started putting commands together to communicate effectively to his family and relatives. He started to express himself in various ways, like pointing to a direction he wanted to go or an object he wanted to have. Tara had never seen her son doing all these things earlier. What’s exciting is Isaac can read books and listen to others telling stories or reading books to him.

Isaac’s story is really an inspirational one for those parents who are spending sleepless nights for their exceptionally blessed autistic children. They might be curious to know more about hyperbaric therapy. This article dives in the details about hyperbaric treatment.

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What is Hyperbaric Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical method to supply pure oxygen to human body. Generally, a patient is taken to a hyperbaric chamber where the atmospheric pressure is kept above the sea-level. In this medical environment, patients can breathe normally and take rest for one hour or more. This method makes oxygen get dissolved into the plasma with every breath a patient is taking.

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How can Hyperbaric Treatment Help Autism?

In most of the cases, children with autism have high levels of inflammation, irregular blood flow, and lack of oxygen supply to certain crucial areas of their body. As per a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial, HBOT decreases inflammation and regulates blood flow to affected areas by supplying oxygen. It has been said that HBOT improves overall functioning of human body including receptive language, speech and eye contact scores. It also impacts behavioral patterns of the children having autism such as irritability, and hyperactivity.

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Let’s have a quick glimpse of two significant impacts of HBOT on autism:

  • Hyperbaric Treatment Promotes Blood Supply

HBOT benefits autistic indications by increasing the amount of oxygen in plasma and body tissues. In this way, it actually reduces the symptoms of hypoxia. This is the main benefit of HBOT followed by a pile of other benefits for autism. Many studies have claimed that hyperbaric oxygen treatment has significant impacts on pathophysiological autistic indications.

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  • HBOT Reduces Encephalopathy

It has been reported by a recent study that hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy can be reduced with HBOT at 1.4, 1.5, or 1.6 ATA. This same process needs to be continued once in a day for seven days. Encephalopathy is defined as a disease that affects the brain functioning by certain agents such as viral infection or presence of toxin in the blood.

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When Should Improvement be Visible?

Every treatment requires a certain time to treat a particular problem. Doctors and professors term this time as “response rate”. This response rate might be varying for patient to patient. In most of the cases, parents of children having autism have recorded significant improvement after the children spend 40 hours in a hyperbaric chamber within 30 days. In this context, it is important to note that hyperbaric therapy can be a daily and life-long treatment for some patients. However, the duration entirely depends on the indications and severity of the disorder.

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Ending Note

The case of Isaac is not the single instance that establishes the positive impacts of hyperbaric therapy on autism. There are many other references that can guide the parents in the right direction.These instances give a serious message to the parents who are waiting for a smile of their child with autism for so long - they should never give up. Like Tara, they can also one day find themselves amazed by the normal life and activities of their children.

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For more updates and news about hyperbaric therapy, keep an eye on the upcoming blogs!

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