Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is dangerous and should never be taken lightly or ignored. A person can suffer a TBI by experiencing a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. According to the CDC, in just the United States alone, TBI is responsible for 30% of all injury deaths and 153 people a day die from injuries that include TBI. The leading causes of TBI are falls, being struck, motor vehicle accidents and sports-related injuries. However, it’s important to note not all TBI’s are severe, and some are mild commonly called concussions. When a TBI occurs, the brain undergoes a delayed trauma, called a secondary injury. The brain will swell and push itself against the skull reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood.
So how does HBOT help those who’ve suffered from a TBI?
When the cells in our brain expire, from either trauma or a lack of oxygen, blood plasma oozes out into surrounding brain tissue causing it to swell which then prevents our blood, that carries oxygen, from entering the brain. These normal cells will go dormant because they can’t function without the proper amount of oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment will increase the oxygen that’s transported in our blood plasma, allowing this oxygen to heal damaged capillary walls, stop further plasma from leaking out and reduce inflammation. When the swelling in the tissue surrounding our brain decreases, blood flow will continue being able to reach the underlying tissue (neovascularization), allowing the cells in our brain to regenerate and function properly again.
At the Eustache Institute, we have treated many people who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries obtained from sports injuries, strokes, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. Our patients responded favorably to Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and because of this, we have been able to improve their quality of life, which is the ultimate goal, helping people.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.