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Autism + Hyperbarics


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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability, and may cause those that have it to behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from other individuals. According to the data presented by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, "CDC estimates that about 1 in 44 8-year-old children have been identified with ASD" (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, 2022).


However, there has been recent studies demonstrating hyperbaric therapy as an effective treatment to help ameliorate the effects of autism. This treatment is non-invasive and simple, making it an ideal choice for parents and physicians both.


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The International Hyperbarics Association lists these as demonstrated benefits of HBOT for ASD:


Enhance Brain Healing & Repair With HBOT:

  • Increases oxygen delivery to hypoxic tissues

  • Reduces neuroinflammation

  • Moderates mitochondria dysfunction

  • Promotes neurogenesis

  • Stimulates stem cell proliferation & mobilization

  • Reduces seizure frequency

  • Actuates neuroplasticity

Improve Physical Function With HBOT:

  • Promotes receptive/expressive language

  • Improves movement & walking

  • Stimulates better eye contact

  • Improves gross/fine motor skills

Advance Mental Function With HBOT:

  • Improves sensory/cognitive awareness

  • Increases attention span & alertness

Improve Behavioral Function With HBOT:

  • Improves sleep pattern

  • Advances social skills & interaction

  • Reduces aggression

Improve Digestive Function With HBOT:

  • Reduces gastrointestinal issues

  • Decreases inflammation

  • Enhances nutritional absorption


You can also check out this video from Dr. Jason Sonners and HBOT USA on autism and hyperbarics:


If you're ready to take the next step and get on our schedule, give us a call at 515-421-4002! We're looking forward to working with you along this health journey.


References:


Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. (2022, December 15). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/addm.html


International Hyperbarics Association. (2019). Autism & Hyperbarics [Brochure]. International Hyperbarics Association.

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