The brain’s primary function is to make sure that the neuron signals are being transmitted and transported throughout the entire body. These neuron signals are responsible for functioning the feelings and sensations that the body is going through, while also helping the gut to digest food, the heart to regulate heartbeat rate and normalize blood pressure. All of the major systems need the neuron signals to be transferred back to the brain in a bidirectional connection as the brain makes sure that everything is working properly. When the brain suffers from a traumatic injury that causes the brain to be damaged from the inside and can be developed into long-term complications over time. In this article, we will be taking a look at what hyperbaric oxygen therapy is, its benefits, while also looking at what is mild brain trauma injury and its symptoms. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers who specialized in neurological services. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
So hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used for individuals that have been dealing with chronic risk factors like decompression sickness, diabetic wounds, anemia, or smoke inhalation. Research has shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps individuals breathe 100% pure oxygen in a pressurized chambered environment. Other research studies have found that HBOT has been used to help individuals who are suffering from decompression sickness and carbon monoxide poisoning. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the (pharmacologic) use of greater than atmospheric barometric pressure and oxygen as a therapeutic option to treat basic disease processes/states (pathophysiology), and their diseases. There are two ways individuals can get the HBOT treatment by either a mono chamber where a person is in a tube-like chamber and inhaling the pure oxygen, while the multi-place chamber holds many individuals and they were a mask, a hood, or a tube to breathe in pure oxygen, as research shows.
Beneficial Properties For HBOT
Some of the beneficial properties that HBOT can provide to the body, as research has found is that HBOT can help treat chronic wounds that the body has endured, improve oxygenation and neovascularization, and even decrease inflammation from chronic wounds in the body. When individuals use HBOT as a therapy option to lower chronic inflammation, the largest clusters of genes are upregulated causing anti-inflammatory and growth/repair hormones genes. Without HBOT, the largest clusters of genes will be downregulated causing pro-inflammatory and cell death genes to the body. Other research studies have found that the beneficial properties for individuals to use HBOT to help with decreasing air or gas embolism, improve compromised grafts and flaps, and even treat acute thermal burn injury.
Stem cells* or HCTP (human cellular tissue products) is a form of regenerative medicine that is used to help give the body’s own natural healing process a little boost. In both affiliated clinics and distribution organizations uses HCTP to help repair and regenerate damaged cells, diseased organs, and tissues back to their original state and function in the body. With more and upcoming research on the beneficial uses of HCTP, individuals can begin their wellness journey pain-free without chronic illnesses.
What Is Mild Brain Trauma Injury?
Studies have found that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a nondegenerative, noncongenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with an associated diminished or altered state of consciousness. Research studies have shown that many many individuals from infancy to the elderly tend to be more prone to losing their balance, falling, and hitting their heads is common for mild brain trauma injury. The primary injury in brain trauma includes an acceleration/deceleration with sheer, stretch, compression, tearing of white matter in the brain. While the second injury deals with the inflammatory reaction, biochemical, and neurotransmitter storm that is occurring in the brain.
Studies have found that when individuals have suffered from mild brain trauma injury will have typical acute or chronic postconcussive symptoms that can cause problems to not only the brain but also the body as well. Some of the symptoms include:
- Physical problems: Headaches, dizziness, visual disturbances
- Cognitive impairments: Memory and attention dysfunction
- Behavioral problems: Anxiety, depression, irritability
All in all, the brain’s main function in the central nervous system is to transport and transmit neuron signals from the brain to the entire body. These neuron signals make sure that the body and the brain are functioning normally and doing their jobs properly. When unwanted factors like mild brain trauma injury can cause many chronic symptoms to pop up in the brain. Through the usage of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), can help alleviate the symptoms that were caused by brain trauma injury and even alleviate other symptoms that individuals didn’t know they have. With HBOT, many people can begin to feel better and continue on their wellness journey.
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