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Cerebral Palsy + HBOT

A young man cerebral palsy smiles up at a women standing next to him.

According to the CDC, cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability found in children. Per their data, approximately 1 in 345 children are affected by this disorder. Cerebral palsy affects movement and other motor skills, and may result in an individuals need for care throughout their entire lifetime.

"In 2010, a study was conducted that found 58.9% of children with CP could walk independently, 7.8% walked using a hand-held mobility device, and 33.3% had limited or no walking ability" (Data and Statistics for Cerebral Palsy | CDC, 2020).

For a child, the inability to move freely can be devastating.

There is good news, however! As explained by the International Hyperbarics Association, "Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown to help ameliorate the effects of CP. Many forms of CP result from a lack of oxygen to the brain at birth. The affected brain tissue, or penumbra, can be recovered or improved by introducing increased levels of oxygen" (International Hyperbarics Association, 2019).

A young child in a wheelchair smiles at the camera as a nurse crouches next to him.

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

Enhance Neurological Repair and Regeneration With HBOT:

  • Attenuates the effects of hypoxia on the neonatal brain

  • Promotes neurogenesis

  • Moderates mitochondrial disorders

  • Enhances stem cell mobilization and proliferation

  • Increases penumbra tissue recovery

  • Escalates neuroplasticity

Improve Overall Function With HBOT:

  • Advances cognitive function

  • Improves gross/fine motor skills

  • Enhances speech and language

  • Alleviates spasticity

  • Lessens frequency of seizures

  • Stimulates better eye contact

  • Improves balance and walking

Interested in checking out the research for yourself? Check out this data on HBOT and cerebral palsy.

To learn more about hyperbaric therapy for CP or to get scheduled for a dive, give us a call at 515-421-4002!


Data and Statistics for Cerebral Palsy | CDC. (2020, December 30). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

International Hyperbarics Association. (2019). Cerebral Palsy & Hyperbarics [Brochure].


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