Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy improves Parkinson symptoms

August 8, 2017

Parkinson's disease is a progressive degenerative neurological disorder that affects both men and women. More than 70% of people diagnosed with Parkinson's are over 65 years old. However, it is not a disease exclusively for elderly people: it is also estimated that between 5 and 10% are under 40, for example the actor Michael Fox who was diagnosed at age 30.
The causes are also unknown although most of the studies refer to genetic causes, environmental causes or a combination of both, but there are no conclusive studies, which is why research continues.


What are the main symptoms?
-Tremor

-Slowness of movements

-Rigidity in the arms, legs or torso

-Problems of balance or postural instability.

-Others: loss of facial expression; have very small calligraphy or a very low voice volume.

Doctors often diagnose Parkinson's when at least two of the main symptoms occur for a long time.

How does it affect daily life?

Being a chronic and progressive disease, the symptoms worsen with the passage of time, significantly affecting the quality of life of people, who begin to present difficulties to perform daily activities such as bathing, dressing or moving normally.

What treatments are there to improve the quality of life?

There are treatments to slow down their evolution and improve the quality of life of patients.

One of them is Hyperbaric Oxygenation Treatment (HBOT), a non-invasive method that consists of supplying oxygen to the blood in high concentrations. The hyperbaric chamber is pressurized to a minimum of 1.4 atmospheres ATM (higher than the normal atmospheric atmospheric pressure that is 1 atmosphere). The person breathes oxygen 100%.

Through this treatment, patients with Parkinson's reach a greater availability of oxygen in the organism, redistribute the blood flow to the level of the Central Nervous System, stimulate the repair of nervous tissues and have effects on neurotransmitters. The person manages to reduce stiffness and tremors and improve the cognitive aspect.

In this regard, the medical director of BioBarica-Dra. Mariana Cannellotto (MN 108482) observed that "more than 80% of patients who make hyperbaric medicine to treat this disease manage to improve their quality of life. Oxygenating the Central Nervous System reduces oxidative stress and inflammation throughout the nervous system; As a result, they improve muscle strength, balance and motor coordination, allowing patients a better quality of life. We have had patients treated with different stages, which presented an evolution response in terms of tremor, walking, coordination and muscle strength”.