HBOT Helps Patients with Stroke Recovery


As you know, strokes can be devastating, and it can take many excruciating years to recover. Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) clinic has helped hundreds of stroke patients return to a normal life over the past 20 years. A recent study (Eftati et al 2014) showed that up to 55% of stroke participants experienced significant improvement after HBOT, while 72% had at least a mild improvement.

We have seen the near miraculous, such as patients regaining eyesight, regaining the ability to walk up a set of stairs without assistance, and improvements in speech that enable people to return to work. Some have regained the ability to read, others to think clearly and articulate thoughts, and some have gained greater strength and hand movement. We have been helping stroke patients to regain their lives by increasing the amount of oxygen by 1200x, which stimulates idling neurons in their brain, encouraging them to function again.

Strokes impact our bodies in many different ways. A patient can encounter challenges in speaking, walking, dressing, bathing, cooking, eating, talking on the phone, driving, playing with a grandchild, reading and writing, just to name a few. Each of these can continue for years. Strokes can rob us of many of the enjoyable and necessary aspects of being alive. The challenge is that strokes cause different challenges in different people, which makes it difficult to predict with any accuracy which benefits will appear with HBOT.

At a milder level, some patients and their families observe slight improvements, such as improved strength, balance and the ability to assist in moving from their bed to their wheelchair. Others have regained the ability to sing on key, push themselves to a standing position from their wheelchair, turn their head over their shoulder while driving, or regain the ability to recognize faces.

If you are interested in finding out more about stroke, traumatic brain injury and how hyperbarics can help, give us a call. We can also tell you what your insurance covers or what your other financial options are. HBOT.

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How Hyperbarics Helps

  • Improves brain tissue oxygenation
  • Stimulates brain tissue regeneration
  • Regrows nerve fibers
  • Forms new neural connections (neuroplasticity)
  • Regrows new blood vessels and improves blood flow, stimulating idling brain cells to function
  • Speeds recovery and rehabilitation time
  • Increases stem cell mobilisation
  • Improves cognition, thinking and multitasking performance
  • Reduces brain damage from swelling

Patient Experiences

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    Greg, 56

    Recovered from his difficult-to-understand and slurred speech.
    Greg was a PhD psychologist whose clients, all but one, had terminated therapy with him because his slurred speech was just too hard to understand. Our staff had a difficult time understanding him too. When he finished, his speech was easy to understand and 4 clients had already returned to him for therapy. Continue reading
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    Marlee, 76

    Stroke affected her ability to think and make decisions, but she recovered with HBOT.
    Marlee was a quick talking, fast moving, slender woman. There was nothing the stroke had affected in her movements that we could see. But, she complained loudly that her brain “just didn’t work right.” After her hyperbaric treatments, she was so pleased with having “gotten her brain back” that she wrote to the local newspaper about us. The newspaper came out and wrote a feature article on Bay Area Hyperbarics, to talk about what an amazing new technology HBOT was! Continue reading
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    Doug, 81

    His ability to walk, balance and get in and out of his car had diminished, but HBOT helped.
    Doug was tall with a batch of thick white hair and a friendly way about him. He drove his old car with fins and had sung in a barbershop quartet. But since his stroke he had trouble getting in and out of his car. He said his balance and walking wasn’t good enough. After treatments he got in and out of his car with ease, said he felt stronger than he had felt for years. He also said his voice was so much better that he had started singing again. Continue reading

Get Started with Hyperbarics

Give us a call

Did a physician refer you? If so, they can download and fax us back a patient referral form. If not, our medical staff will discuss whether hyperbarics is right for you.

We talk with your insurance

Our medical staff contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization and create a plan with you.

You get on the road to recovery

We do a medical intake, explain everything you need to know, and you get started on your hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions

Still looking for answers?

To learn more about HBOT, take a look at our FAQs.

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  • What is Hyperbaric Medicine?

    Hyperbaric medicine, also called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT, is a medical treatment where a patient sits or lies in pressurized chamber and breathes 100% oxygen. In HBOT, oxygen dissolves into the blood, thus raising the oxygen concentration to very high levels.This increased oxygen is a primary building block for tissues, muscle, and bone repair. Among other benefits, it kicks off cell reproduction, heals injuries and infection more rapidly, and decreases inflammation.

  • Can HBOT help Neuropathy?

    Hyperbaric treatments help heal neuropathy by regrowing small blood vessels and nerves that have died from disease, injuries from radiation and aging. Patients often experience numbness and or pain when they start treatment. Hyperbaric treatments most often bring back sensation and make, for example, walking easier and more enjoyable.

  • Does HBOT kill cancer cells?

    Current research indicates that hyperbaric oxygen does not kill cancer cells. However, there has been a small amount of research indicating that hyperbaric oxygen might reduce the size of certain tumors. Also, there has been a study on mice using hyperbaric oxygen, along with a ketogenic diet, to reduce tumors. Hyperbaric oxygen causes many different healing modalities to kick into gear. Could its effect on strengthening the immune system inhibit the growth of cancer cells? Nobody knows. There are numerous studies conclusively showing that hyperbaric oxygen does not encourage cancer cells or tumors to grow. Some patients claim the hyperbaric oxygen makes them feel a lot more comfortable and functional after chemotherapy and also during healing. Note that some chemotherapy drugs are not to be used with hyperbaric oxygen, as the chemotherapy drugs can be enhanced and thus become toxic. A good hyperbaric oxygen facility (such as Bay Area Hyperbarics) will always call the chemotherapy manufacturer to ensure that hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be helpful and not damaging to the patient.

  • Why would a physician consider HBOT?

    A physician would consider using hyperbaric chamber therapy under a variety of situations. Physicians most typically refer patients to hyperbarics when the patient is not healing with traditional medical interventions and hyperbaric chamber therapy is approved by Medicare for this condition.

    Some patients experience significant unresolved pain and unremitting disease states that the mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber are known to affect, such as the down regulation of inflamatory genes. For an example, some patients have experienced severe, unremitting hives with itching, which did not improve with any specialists interventions.

    Some physicians will consider hyperbaric chamber therapy if the patient has no other good avenues for improving their failing health, and they know the hyperbaric chamber therapy is safe and will not harm the patient.

  • What is the CPT code for HBOT?

    The CPT code for HBOT is G0277.

  • What is Hypebaric Oxygen Therapy?

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HB0T) is a medical treatment where you inhale 100% oxygen in a chamber with increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT injects 400x the oxygen into your tissues and bones and mobilizes stem cells. It regrows healthy tissues in the brain, blood vessels, skin and bones. It also reduces pain and swelling, and speeds recovery.

    It is simple, effective and painless.

  • Does Medicare cover HBOT?

    Medicare covers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for approved conditions, and many insurance companies also cover approved conditions. If your condition is not approved by your insurance, we can discuss our special rates. Give us a call at (408) 356–7438. We are happy to discuss your options with you.

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