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Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Help with Autism?

April 25, 2014

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we here at Washington Hyperbarics thought this would present an ideal opportunity to talk about autism as it relates to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

According to the most recent numbers from the CDC, one in 68 children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which means that more than 2 million children in the United States currently have autism. While the disorder is far more common among boys than girls, who are five times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD, as a whole, it is ranked as the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

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How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Benefit Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Patients

March 05, 2014

Did you know that more than 1.7 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year? While these cases range from mild to severe, one thing is for sure; a lot of Americans have experienced the damaging effects of a traumatic brain injury. In fact, according to this study, “2% of the population lives with long-term disabilities following head injuries.”

However, despite its prevalence, we here at WA Hyperbaric Therapy Center understand there’s often a lot of confusion surrounding traumatic brain injuries, and even less understanding of how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help. As a result, we thought we’d outline some of the more important points below.

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How Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Help Your Lyme Disease?

January 30, 2014

In addition to antibiotics, physicians will often include hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment to help patients fight off Lyme disease. This is because the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is known as “anaerobic,” which simply means that it cannot exist in oxygen. One of the primary benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is that the process safely increases oxygen levels within your body, which can ultimately cause a reduction of harmful bacteria.

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Crohn’s Disease and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

January 03, 2014

You may have heard of Crohn’s disease before, but did you know that it is thought to affect more than 700,000 Americans, most of whom are between the ages of 15 and 35.

Unfortunately, despite being widespread, there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease, though there are a wide variety of processes that can help reduce the effects. Here, we’d like to discuss Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), and many of its benefits for Crohn’s disease.

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Bone Health and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

July 30, 2013

As we age our bodies naturally loose bone density, for most people this is not an issue; however an unhealthy diet, poor lifestyle choices, and certain diseases can reduce bone density to dangerous levels. As medicine advances there have been studies that show that oxygen plays a very important role in the regeneration of bone mass, these benefits are enhanced through hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and can lead to a quicker recovery.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

September 06, 2012

They call Carbon Monoxide (CO) a silent killer because you often do not even know that it is hurting you until it is too late. To protect us from this ‘silent killer’ we have all know to install a CO detector, but what happens if this fails? What needs to happen to prevent serious damage being done to you or someone you love? Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a key weapon in the physicians quiver to fighting CO poisoning.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Chronic Illness

August 22, 2012

Think of the worst pain you have ever experienced. Got it in mind? Now imagine that the pain never goes away. Doctors try to help, but the best they can do is reduce the pain temporarily. The pain persists, and soon you start losing sleep, you stop eating, and before you know it, your overall health begins to diminish. You do not know what to do. This is an experience, that sadly, is a reality for many people. While the pain can be caused by many different things, all can agree that they would rather live without it. Thankfully there is hope for those who suffer from chronic pain.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Offers Relief for IBD Suffers

August 02, 2012

The healing benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) have been known for some time, recent research is giving hope to suffers of IBD. This is exceedingly good news for the Center for Disease Control’s estimated 1.4 million Americans living with IBD today.

IBD or Inflammatory Bowl Disease is a condition that encompasses conditions such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Both of these conditions affect the digestive tract causing chronic pain which is treated with various medications but in many cases surgery is necessary at some point.

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Migraines: The Story Behind the Pain

July 20, 2012

We all have days that are less than perfect. Heavy traffic, misplaced keys, lost wallets, the list is endless. Yet imagine having a headache so strong you cannot bear the idea of even opening your eyes, so severe you cannot even take care of yourself. For many people this nightmare is a reality.

Headaches which induce pain of sever intensity are normally called migraines. These manifest themselves for various reasons, some of them explicable, others not. What can be agreed on, however, is that various forms of treatment work better for some than others. To better understand the treatment, it is necessary to firts examine the problem.

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A Breath of Fresh Air for Migraine Sufferers

July 16, 2012

It starts with a dull throb behind your eyes and before you know it you cannot even bare to get out of bed because of the excruciating pain. This is an all to often experience for individuals who suffer from chronic Migraines.

This debilitating condition is more than just an inconvenience, it can in worst cases lead to job loss from absence and add stress to your relationships. Many sufferers have tried numerous solutions to their condition; Botox, pain killers, diet adjustment, and acupuncture, but to no avail. 

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