Traumatic Brain Injury & Hyperbarics

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy sessions last 60 minutes. Schedule Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy daily for the number of sessions recommended by your physician and/or based on the purchased package. Consider a baseline Hyperbaric Brain Map or QEEG before starting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to evaluate concerns and observe benefit overtime.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can range from headaches and dizziness to seizures and vomiting. Individuals may also complain of difficulty with cognitive tasks required for work or school and possibly changes in personality and mood. The injury becomes increasingly harmful the longer it goes untreated, through edema (swelling), hypoxia (deprivation of oxygen supply), and the release of excitotoxins which overstimulate neuron receptors causing them to be damaged or die.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been demonstrated to reduce hypoxia and neuroinflammation, while increasing circulation in the brain, supporting the blood-brain barrier, promote angiogenesis (new blood vessels), and neurogenesis (the growth and development of nervous tissue). Studies conducted with HBOT for the treatment of TBI show a reduction of brain edema even after three 45 minute sessions and inhibited apoptosis (the natural death of cells) after just two 45 minute sessions. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is helpful after any brain injury, particularly when cognitive, mood, or personality changes follow.

Functional medicine takes a proactive approach and begins treatment with hyperbaric therapy daily, possibly combined with neurofeedback and frequency specific microcurrent (FSM) therapy, to reduce the symptoms arising from brain injury. These therapies directly treat the negative results of the head trauma resulting in an improvement in cognitive functioning, reduction in headaches, and return of optimal functioning. Clinical studies have demonstrated the positive benefits of HBOT for TBI with the following:

Enhance Neurological Repair & Regeneration
  • Reduces Inflammation in the Brain
  • Promotes Generation of New Tissue
  • Improves Neuroplasticity
  • Induces Remyelination
Improve Overall Function
  • Advances Cognitive Function
  • Improves Gross/Fine Motor Skills
  • Enhances Speech & Language
  • Alleviates Spasticity
  • Lessens Frequency of Seizures
  • Stimulates Better Eye Contact
  • Improves Balance & Walking
  • Decreases time for complete recovery
  • Increases chances for optimal recovery


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Study: Motor Function Improved with HBOT

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the medical therapeutic use of oxygen at a higher atmospheric pressure. The United States Food and Drug Administration have approved several clinical applications for HBOT, but HBOT in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients has still remained in controversial. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the benefit of HBOT on the prognosis of subacute TBI patients. We prospectively enrolled 44 patients with TBI from November 1, 2004 to October 31, 2005. The study group randomly included 22 patients who received HBOT after the patients’ condition stabilization, and the other 22 corresponding condition patients were assigned into the matched control group who were not treated with HBOT. The clinical conditions of the patients were evaluated with the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) before and 3 to 6 months after HBOT. The GCS of the HBOT group was improved from 11.1 to 13.5 in average, and from 10.4 to 11.5 (p < 0.05) for control group. Among those patients with GOS = 4 before the HBOT, significant GOS improvement was observed in the HBOT group 6 months after HBOT. Based on this study, HBOT can provide some benefits for the subacute TBI patients with minimal adverse side effects.


  1. Lin JW, et al. (2008.) Effect of hyperbaric oxygen on patients with traumatic brain injury. PubMed NCBI. Retrieved from pubmed/18642650

These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. All of the statements made on this document are not anecdotal and have been taken directly from clinical data.