Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves the administration of 100% oxygen at a controlled pressure, which is greater than surface pressure. Treatment takes place in hyperbaric chambers, more commonly used to treat divers with decompression sickness.
Research has found that oxygen delivered at a high pressure can promote healing of damaged tissues. HBOT for cerebral palsy is a controversial treatment as there can be increased risk to children with respiratory or hearing impairment. There has been little research carried out and studies have been inconclusive. There are currently very few centres in the UK offering HBOT.
For further information
The Henry Spink Foundation - www.henryspink.org
The MS Society – www.mssociety.org.uk