Cerebral palsy is an ailment that affects a person’s motor skills, movement, and muscle tone. Patients with cerebral palsy often have issues with posture and balance, and some may experience difficulty with speaking. This muscle control disorder, which affects 10,000 babies each year in the U.S. (according to United Cerebral Palsy),
occurs after there is neurological damage that prevents the brain from developing properly. This may happen before, during, or after birth. The issues with this disorder are not with the muscles or nerves themselves, as one would think, but with the parts of the brain that control motor function.
The cause is unknown for the majority of babies born with cerebral palsy. Premature birth, low birth rate, blood clotting issues, lack of oxygen and nutrients from the placenta, and infection of the carrying mother are just some of the risk factors that are thought to raise the chances of babies being born with this disorder. For babies who develop cerebral palsy one month after birth, stroke is the most common cause.
Unfortunately, no cure exists for cerebral palsy; however, there are ways to help improve some of its symptoms, if done at an early age. Since children with cerebral palsy have cell damage in the central nervous system, it is thought that hyperbaric therapy may help boost brain tissue growth.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a type of treatment that supplies the body with 100 % pure oxygen. During procedures, patients are placed in pressurized chambers. The increased air pressure in the chamber, allows the lungs to take in a significant amount of pure oxygen, drastically raising the amount of oxygen in the body’s bloodstream, which speeds and multiplies the absorption of Oxygen molecules to damaged and impaired tissues helping to promote healing and restore tissue function. Patients with cerebral palsy receiving HBOT have shown improvements with gross motor function, speech, attention, memory, and functional skills.
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