Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a blanket term for a group of conditions that affect movement, posture and other motor skills and may result in the need for life-long care. Two to three children out of every 1,000 have CP in the U.S. Studies have yielded rates as low as 2.3 per 1,000 children to as high as 3.6 per 1,000 children.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown in some studies to alleviate the effects of CP. Many forms of CP result from a lack of oxygen to the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after. Affected brain tissue can be recovered or improved by introducing increased levels of oxygen. HBOT has been shown to be a promising treatment with multiple studies reporting improvements with its application.
Studies have demonstrated the following benefits of HBOT for CP.