Hyperbaric Treatment for Post-COVID-19 Syndrome Shows Promise in Restoring Mental Function
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) originally began as a way to treat deep-sea divers who had a condition known as the bends. Now it’s in use as part of a functional health treatment plan to oxygenate the brain and encourage healing after a patient has undergone a concussion, experienced a traumatic brain injury, or is recovering from COVID-19.
At DeKalb Chiropractic Center & Midwest Functional Health in Waterloo, IN, we offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help patients recover from the effects of COVID and other brain traumas. Read on to find out more.
How a Hyperbaric Chamber Works
A hyperbaric chamber is an enclosed bed or chamber where pure oxygen is pumped into a pressure level that’s two to three times higher than normal air pressure. This results in more oxygen being pushed into your lungs than you would otherwise be able to gather under normal breathing conditions. The increased oxygen levels circulate through the bloodstream and stimulate the circulatory system to help tissues heal.
Why Brain Injuries Respond to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
An injury to the brain results in decreased blood flow to the damaged area. When blood flow becomes restricted, the injured area can’t heal in a reasonable amount of time because it isn’t receiving the level of oxygen needed to rebuild tissues.
Studies have shown that HBOT therapy reduces intracranial pressure and improves the metabolic activity of brain tissues to engage in self-repair. HBOT also suppresses inflammation in the brain that, if left untreated, could lead to secondary brain injury.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Helps People Recover from Post-COVID-19 Brain Fog
Post-COVID-19 brain fog, also known as long COVID, is a condition that affects the cognitive function of people who have recovered from COVID-19. The science regarding the issue is still in the early stages, but studies have found that hyperbaric oxygen treatment has effectively restored cognitive function to some sufferers of long COVID.
COVID-19 affects the brain by causing inflammatory conditions that impair cognitive function. HBOT can reverse the inflammation in the brain and help the brain heal itself with the excess oxygen in the bloodstream.
Most patients require a series of HBOT sessions. Many who have undergone hyperbaric treatment for long COVID have seen their cognitive function return and have regained the functionality they enjoyed before contracting COVID.
Contact Us Today for More Information
At DeKalb Chiropractic Center & Midwest Functional Health in Waterloo, IN, we offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other functional health treatments. Call us today at (260) 235-1774 to learn more about the types of therapies we offer and how they might work for you. We can set up a consultation appointment for you with Dr. Lee Nagel to determine which treatment is right for you.