Autism is a spectrum disorder that is quickly increasing in rates across the world. Here in the United States, it is one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities affecting up to 1. 5 million. Commonly, social interaction and communication dysfunction are prevalent. While there are degrees of the spectrum disorder and impacts, the most common is Pervasive Developmental Disorders/
The causes of Autism are still unknown, but many medical professionals and researchers feel that hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) is a key element. Some also feel that infections, toxins, inflammation, and deficiencies also contribute to the disorder.
Hyperbaric Therapy for Autism – Worldwide, medical researchers are discovering promising results with the effects of hyperbaric therapy on persons with Autism. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases oxygen levels, reduces inflammation, helps the body remove toxins and regenerate tissues.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that delivers 100% oxygen to a patient’s pulmonary system while they are within a pressurized chamber. This saturation of oxygen allows high-levels of life-sustaining oxygen to be delivered to the tissues and organs. This increase of the partial pressure of oxygen at the cellular level accelerates the healing processes and assists in the recovery from numerous indications.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is therapy is an FDA approved and lifesaving remedy for multiple conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness (the bends), and it has many off-label uses such as autism spectrum disorder.
HBOT Autism Research
A highly publicized study in the BMC Pediatrics Journal concluded that HBOT helped children with Autism improve language skills, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory awareness.
This was a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial. During hyperbaric treatment, patients inhale pure oxygen in a sealed chamber that is usually pressurized at more than 1.5 times the normal atmospheric pressure.
During this study, 30 children at eight centers underwent 40 one-hour treatments in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which contained 24 percent oxygen at 1.3 atmospheres of pressure. A control group of 26 children received 21 percent oxygen, at 1.03 atmospheres, which is similar to average oxygen levels.
The researchers found that 30 percent of the children in the treatment group had significantly improved compared with only 8 percent in the control group. These improvements included reductions in irritability, hyperactivity, and repetitive behaviors.
It’s always important to speak to your specialist, talk to other parents that have tried HBOT, and also to research any alternative options on your own. If you decide to try HBOT for your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, finding a reputable, experienced, trustworthy clinic is critical.
Hyperbaric Centers of Florida is a premier hyperbaric treatment facility located in the Tampa Bay area. Their state-of-the-art hyperbaric clinic provides therapy to outpatients on a 7-day per week basis, closing only on major holidays.
Currently, There Are 15 FDA Approved HBOT Conditions:
• Air or Gas Embolism
• Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
• Compromised Skin Grafts or Flaps
• Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome
• Decompression Sickness (Bends)
• Diabetic & Other Non-healing Wounds
• Enhancement of Healing in Selected Problem Wounds
• Exceptional Anemia: Resulting of Bleeding
• Gas Gangrene
• Intracranial Abscess
• Radiation Injury
• Refractory Osteomyelitis
• Thermal Burns
• Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
HBOT is used “off-label” for various disease states and disorders and HBOT may be ordered by a physician for off-label indications. Hyperbaric Centers of Florida makes no claims as to the efficacy for any indications other than the fifteen approved by FDA.
Common Off-Label Indications:
• Brain Injury
• Bell’s Palsy
• Cerebral Palsy
• Cosmetic Surgery
• Lyme Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Nerve Injuries
• Oral Disease
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Severe Migraines
• Sports Injury
• Tendon Injuries
• Ulcerative Colitis
• Venomous snake and spider bites
Hyperbaric Centers of Florida is a premier Hyperbaric Treatment Facility. We serve all of North America as well as Caribbean, Latin & Central American Markets. The Hyperbaric Clinic is equipped with Real 3ATA Monoplace and Multiplace Hyperbaric Chamber Systems that are ASME, PVHO, National Board, NFPA, and FDA 510(K) cleared and compliant systems. We are treating all approved indications and selected off-label indications, as directed by a licensed physician with written orders.
Hyperbaric Centers of Florida provides a clean, professional and caring environment for all of our patients. The founders of our new center have over 40 years of cumulative experience in Hyperbaric Medicine and providing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for a broad spectrum of indications.
With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy It is always more important to find a safe clinic with a fully trained knowledgeable staff rather than a close clinic. This is one reason people from all over the world travel to Hyperbaric Centers of Florida. We use Real ASME PVHO Chambers capable of 3 Atmospheres Absolute of pressure (29.4psi), Medical Grade oil-less / oil-free breathing air compressors, 100% Medical Grade Oxygen, Sea-Long Hoods, and 100% Cotton Scrubs. Hyperbaric Centers of Florida has a reputation of providing the safest and most comfortable treatments available.
*DISCLAIMER This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a physician! Anyone who wishes to embark on any medical program intended to prevent or treat a specific disease or condition should first consult with a qualified physician!
To find out more, or to schedule your appointment today, please call Hyperbaric Centers of Florida at 813-788-3969.