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TBI + Hyperbarics

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is, unfortunately, a major cause of death and disability worldwide.

Digital rendering of human head with the brain lit up to show how it may be injured.

According to the data found on the CDC's website, "There were approximately 223,135 TBI-related hospitalizations in 2019* and 64,362 TBI-related deaths in 2020" (TBI Data | Concussion | Traumatic Brain Injury | CDC Injury Center, n.d.).

However, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), has demonstrated it's ability to enhance the recovery from a TBI and increase brain activity by reducing hypoxia (deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues), and by also helping to reduce the levels of inflammation in the brain, while also increasing circulation to it.

A doctor holds up a sheet of x-ray images of a brain.

HBOT has also been shown to possibly enhance the effects of therapies traditionally used to treat a TBI, which may include the standard intensive rehabilitation.

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

Enhance Neurological Repair and Regeneration with HBOT:

  • Attenuates the effects of hypoxia and inflammation in the brain

  • Promotes neurogenesis

  • Moderates mitochondrial disorders

  • Enhances stem cell mobilization and proliferation

  • Increases penumbra tissue recovery

  • Stimulates neuroplasticity

  • Induces remyelination

  • Augments concussion recovery

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

If you or someone you know has suffered from a TBI and are curious about how HBOT may help, give us a call at 515-421-4002!

Interested in taking a look at the research yourself? Check out this direct link to research articles on hyperbaric treatments and TBI.

You can also check out this video from Dr. Jason Sonners from HBOT USA in regards to hyperbarics + TBIs:


TBI Data | Concussion | Traumatic Brain Injury | CDC Injury Center. (n.d.).

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


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