Cerebrovascular accidents, hypoxic-anoxic encephalopathy, ‘fatigued neurons’ owing to age, traumatic cerebral lesions, autism… these and many other neurological diseases can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen at the Hyperbaric Medical Centre of Estepona.
The Centre, which opened its doors in July, 2014, has earned a reputation as the premiere establishment for the treatment of illness and neurological damage with hyperbaric oxygen, in Málaga and Andalucía. The centre has treated dozens of patients with cerebral palsy or autism, since in the initial stages of neurological damage, there tends to be a lack of oxygen in the brain. This need can be addressed by hyperbaric medicine.
THE OLDER WE GET, THE LESS OXYGEN IS IN OUR BRAIN
In her book, The Hyperbaric Chamber: Science, Not Miracle, Dr. Nina Subbotina, a world expert in Hyperbaric Medicine, explains how Hyperbaric Medicine can help those with cerebral lesions. She speaks of ‘fatigued neurons’ which arise as we age. The condition is known as senile dementia; in a few cases, it can be attributed to a lack of cerebral irrigation. This is the case in Binswanger Disease or in frontal-subcortical syndrome, which affects between one and four persons aged over 65.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hiper=greater, bar=unit of pressure) is a treatment in which patients breathe pure oxygen at an increased pressure (double or triple the pressure at sea level). Under these conditions, oxygen is converted into a medication and commences therapeutic activity within the organism as it flows through the blood at a higher concentration.
A lack of oxygen in certain parts of the brain results in dementia. Cells are ‘turned off’ or become ‘groggy’, although they can remain alive for some time and can be revived. How? By providing them with hyperbaric oxygen.
CEREBRO-VASCULAR ACCIDENT (CVA)
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy has an important role to play in cerebro-vascular accidents (CVAs), or acute ischemic CVAs, as explained by Dr. Subbotina. CVA ensues when diseased cerebral arteries become blocked by the formation of a blood clot within the brain, resulting in damage to a part of the brain. Neurons become incapable of producing energy and neuronal death occurs.
However, various studies have shown that not all damaged cerebral tissue is irreversibly lost; rather, there are peripheral cells in an ‘ischemic twilight zone’ state; these cells can be recovered through hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The same case occurs in some patients with cerebral palsy, for whom oxygen therapy can help activate ‘lazy’ neurons, improving blood flow in affected areas of the brain. Hyperbaric medicine, alongside other treatments, can control convulsions, relax extreme spasticity, and alleviate pain.
The Hyperbaric Medical Centre of Estepona is staffed by a prestigious team of doctors and nurses who are trained in these therapies. The hyperbaric chamber at The Hyperbaric Medical Centre of Estepona is completely transparent and offers direct communication between staff and patients. We follow the strictest technical and sanitary controls, and offer the ultimate in exclusivity, since ours is a monoplace chamber. Clients also enjoy great flexibility when it comes to booking a session.