How it works
Medical researchers have discovered that while some of a stroke victim’s brain tissue may be damaged irreversibly, surrounding tissue is merely dormant and may be restored. These surrounding areas (the ischemic penumbra) are responsible for much of the disability present in stroke. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can revive these areas and dramatically restore functionality.
Often, the death of brain tissues may be accompanied by the swelling of tissue in the surrounding area. This results in restricted blood flow and decreased oxygen to the brain. HBOT allows oxygen to penetrate affected areas and decrease swelling in traumatized tissue. Oxygen is dissolved in the plasma and nourishes tissues, regenerating new blood vessels and aiding in the repair and restoration of glial cells, extracellular matrix and injured neurons.