Autism: Benefit From Sessions in the Hyperbaric Chamber?

By | March 14, 2009

Autism: Benefit From Sessions in the Hyperbaric Chamber?Thanks to Patrick who sent this with the comment, “Talk about your shots in the dark.” I’d be interested to hear other people’s thoughts and/or experiences with this:

Boston (HealthKnowItAll) – Results of a new study published in the journal BMC suggest that treating autistic children with sessions in a hyperbaric chamber may have numerous benefits.

The study was performed by researchers from the US, and lends hope to a possible new approach when it comes to treating children diagnosed with the social disorder.

In the small study, children with autism who spent time in a hyperbaric chamber exhibited fewer symptoms associated with the condition, than other autistic children who did not receive the treatment.

The children treated in the hyperbaric chamber, were subjected to 40 1-hour sessions over a 4 week period.

Hyperbaric therapy involves breathing in 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than 1 atmosphere in a pressurized environment.

Currently there is no cure for autism which is said to effect as many as 1 in every 150 US children.

via Children With Autism Benefit From Sessions in the Hyperbaric Chamber : HealthKnowItAll.net.

2 thoughts on “Autism: Benefit From Sessions in the Hyperbaric Chamber?

  1. Corinne

    My son is going to hyperbaric oxygen therapy 5 day’s a week at 1-hour a day and his pressure is at 2. I have seen small results at 40 sessions. My seven year old son is doing his one month break right now and than we go back for another 40 sessions.
    His results are that he is hearing me better and better eye contact. He still goes through stages of not hearing me and understanding me. He now babbles and laughs to himself all of the time still no talking. Is this normal not to see much? I hope these are enough treatments to me it seems people are kinda of up in the air to how many day’s to do it. What are your idea’s on this? I am doing the Dr. Dan thing’s that I know about, but still. He is still pacing and not talking.

    Corinne

  2. Tom

    I’m not sure what the right number of visits is.

    But, if your son is having success with hyperbaric oxygen therapy then you might want to consider getting him a sleep study to find out what his AHI is. Even if his AHI is relatively low he may still make more improvement with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. If his AHI was high then you might want to consider a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy (especially if snoring runs in your family or he has many sore throats). In addition, you may want to consider massage therapy of the temples or cranial sacral therapy or something like that. When you massage the temples the Slow Wave Oscillations that the brain uses to store information are increased. Ever notice that some people deep in thought massage their temples when they are thinking. This may be instinct. Anyway, I would highly recommend a sleep study to see what his AHI is. All the Best!

    Tom

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