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Hyperbaric therapy has been shown in studies to improve:

Physical function

Digestive health

Mental function

Behavioral function

Brain healing and repair

Eye contact

Cognitive and sensory awareness

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also known as autism, can be described as a group of neurological as well as developmental disabilities, which causes communicative, social, and behavioral issues. ASD has been used as an umbrella term because the people suffering from this problem can exhibit a wide range of symptoms. Earlier, developmental disorders such as Asperger syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Cerebral Palsy, and many more cognitive issues were diagnosed separately. However, all of these have now been brought under the canopy of Autism Spectrum Disorder and are treated as related conditions.

What is HBOT: 

HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) is a daily treatment where a patient enters a hyperbaric chamber and the atmospheric pressure is increased well-above sea level. After reaching the desired pressure level, one will typically spend a minimum of one hour inside the chamber where they rest and breathe normally. This increase in pressure allows for oxygen to exponentially dissolve into the liquid portion of a person blood system (blood plasma saturation) with every breath they take.

What are the benefits:

By dissolving more oxygen within the blood plasma, oxygen can reach deep into inflamed tissues and areas of the body suffering from low blood flow and oxygen levels. This has been scientifically shown to help decrease inflammation throughout the body, reintroduce blood flow and induce a wide array of positive physiological and bio-chemical effects.

How does it help individuals with autism: 

It has been demonstrated that the majority of patients affected by ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) have high levels of inflammation, compromised blood flow and low oxygen delivery to certain parts of the body. HBOT has been shown in clinical data to help decrease inflammation and reintroduce oxygen and blood flow to affected areas, including affected regions in the brain. This has demonstrated to help improve overall functioning, receptive language, speech and eye contact scores. Additionally, it has been shown to help decrease irritability, hyperactivity and inflammatory markers including TNF-alpha and C-reactive protein levels.

How long before we start seeing benefits: 

Every therapy and medication, of any form, has a unique response rate for every patient. Typically, marked improvements have been seen and recorded after competing 40 hours of therapy within 30 days. However, HBOT is viewed as a process as it is a daily, indefinite therapy, which can be regarded as a life-long treatment regimen for some patients. Completing a minimum of 40 hours of therapy within 30 days is the most highly recommended protocol for HBOT, regardless of the pressure. This recommendation parallels clinical data and directly correlates to the best results that have been seen and recorded.

How much does it cost:

Typical cost per session can range between $100-$150. However, Patriot Clinics offer a special package for $3,200. This package includes 40 hyperbaric treatments in our large 44" multiplace chamber made specifically for multiple people. This package also includes 40 Ion Cleanse foot baths. Thousands of families affected by ASD have purchased a chamber for home use to save on cost and to treat at the convenience of the family‚Äôs schedule. Patriot Clinics has a rental programs in place at a fraction of the cost; $2,200 per month. HBOT is a well-tolerated and exceptionally safe therapy, even when administered daily in a home environment.

Disclaimer:  Patriot Clinics provides general information of interest to the autism community. The information comes from a variety of sources, and Patriot Clinics does not independently verify any of it. The views expressed herein are not necessarily Patriot Clinics. Nothing in this document should be construed as medical advice. Always consult your child's doctor regarding his or her individual needs.