A Movement Toward Better Movement
Cerebral Palsy is a group of disorders that primarily affect movement, muscle tone and coordination. This condition may also include seizures, learning disabilities, vision and dental problems, arthritis and other issues. Cerebral Palsy is primarily caused by a traumatic injury to the brain while in utero or shortly after birth. The severity and symptoms of CP vary depending on how much damage and where in the brain the injury occurred.
Traditional treatments for CP mostly involve physical therapies and medications for muscle spasticity/rigidity. Most physicians view this condition as a life-long diagnosis that rarely improves or gets worse. While there is no known cure for Cerebral Palsy, some research suggests that many patients can see improvements with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
There have been numerous studies regarding the use of hyperbarics for CP. One study in particular found that subjects saw improvements in fine motor skills, brain function and neuroplasticity at 3 different dosage levels (1.3 ATA, 1.5 ATA and 2.4 ATA). It can be presumed that mild hyperbaric therapy can be an effective modality in treating CP.
Since Cerebral Palsy is considered a form of traumatic brain injury, you can click here to read more about hyperbarics and TBIs.