Summary HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY is a promising therapeutic methodology for very early cases of Cerebral Palsy. Here are a few research reports on CP or allied brain damage disorders that may help to decide about going in for HBO therapy for a disabled child. Last revised January 21, 2007



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High pressure diver's decompression chambers are being used quite successfully in Cerebral Palsy therapy to force more oxygen at supersaturated state in blood to damaged areas of brain, and bring about significant improvement in spasticity and brain functions. The solubility of air increases under pressure. Using this principle, CP children are placed under 2 atmosphere pressure within an oxygen hood, inside these chambers, for up to 2 hours, at regulated intervals as per a protocol.

Protocol of HBO Therapy

It depends on whose regime is being followed. At some places, sessions are at 1.5 Atmosphere pressure for fifteen minutes, followed by fifteen minutes decompression followed by recompression as before for four such sessions. The person is given an oxygen hood or closed mask in order to administer 100% pure oxygen, though some authorities are beginning to consider adding a little other gasses like Carbon-dioxide. The whole process takes at least two hours in total.
The cycle of therapy may be as follows:
  1. Month One : Five sessions a week for four weeks.
  2. Month Two : Three sessions a week for four weeks.
  3. Month Three : A month off. No treatment.
  4. Month Four : Three sessions a week for four weeks.
  5. For the rest of the year alternate between a month off, and a month of three times a week.

Current approved indications for HBO therapy

The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society through its Committee on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy continually reviews and evaluates current and potential indications for Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Recommendations are made in its "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report."

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is currently indicated as the primary mode of therapy for:

HBO as an important adjunctive therapy for:

Self help groups and UseNet

MUMS has been gathering information on HBO as a treatment Cerebral Palsy or other brain damage for over 3 years. They started publishing information in our quarterly newsletters and parents have been trying HBO on their children with amazing results! They have a list of places that will treat our children and a list of prices.
There is a public list-serv for those interested in Hyperbarics. To find out more visit: To sign up just send a message with the word "subscribe" to: This list-serv is used mostly by professionals who operate chambers and it is interesting to read what they are using HBO for and the discussions of the possibilities. Feel free to ask questions of the experts. Dr. Philip James from Scotland is available on the list-serv. I did see some comments from people who operate chambers in NZ.
Julie J. Gordon, MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network, 150 Custer Court, Green Bay, WI 54301-1243 1-877-336-5333 (toll free) 920-336-5333 920-339-0995 (Fax)

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network

MUMS is a national Parent-to-Parent organization for parents or care providers of a child with any disability, rare disorder, chromosomal abnormality or health condition. MUMS' mission to provide support to parents in the form of a networking system that matches them with other parents whose children have the same or similar condition. Through a database of over 12,500 families from 39 countries, covering over 2300 disorders, very rare syndromes or conditions can be matched. Parents can then exchange valuable medical information, as well as, the names of doctors, clinics and medical resources or research programs. Families provide each other with emotional support and they don't have to feel so alone when they have each other to reach out to in time of need. MUMS networks with other organizations which do matching, thus expanding the possibilities of finding a match. MUMS also connects parents with support groups dealing with their child's specific disability or assists them in forming a group.
These forums are maintained by the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (  )

A new paper on HBO

TITLE - Effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy: a pilot project.
AUTHOR - Montgomery D et al
ABSTRACT - Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy for children with cerebral palsy CP) is not new. Research documenting the effects in this population has been anecdotal. We evaluated the effects of HBO2 therapy for 25 children (X = 5.6 +/- 1.6 yr) with a functional diagnosis of spastic diplegic CP.Pre- and post-HBO2 evaluations consisted of the following measures: gross motor function measure (GMFM), fine motor function (Jebsen test for hand function), spasticity (modified Ashworth scale), video analysis, and parental questionnaire. The protocol for HBO2 therapy was 20 treatments of 95% oxygen at 1.75 atm abs for 60 min. The Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-rank test for non-parametric measures was used to compare pre- and post-treatment data. Results showed improved gross motor function in three of the five items in the GMFM test, improved fine motor function in three of the six hand tests, reduced spasticity in three of four muscle groups when assessed by a physician specializing in CP, and improvements for four of nine questions posed to parents.
SOURCE - Undersea Hyperb Med 1999 Win; 26(4):235-42
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