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Skaggs Chiropractic, LLC Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

If your child suffers from the neurological condition known as cerebral palsy, you're no doubt determined to find the most effective methods of controlling or even improving his motor control and overall function. Fortunately, modern techniques and technologies are opening up new, non-pharmaceutical possibilities for treating the disorder. One of the most promising of these techniques is called hyperbaric oxygen treatment, or HBOT. Our Joplin chiropractor at Skaggs Chiropractic can make this treatment method available to your loved one.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition in which the brain has trouble communicating with muscles in various parts of the body. A sufferer may have:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy, in which the muscles are constantly right and rigid
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy, in which the muscles move uncontrollably
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy, which affects the muscles that control physical coordination and balance

Cerebral palsy differs not only in type and severity but also in the area of the body affected. Some children have trouble with their legs, for instance, while others have issues with their arms or speech. While assistive devices may provide enormous benefits in helping these children function and achieve their goals in the everyday world, treatment up to now has largely been limited to physical therapy and surgery to control the disorder's effects on the limbs. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment offers an exciting option for treating the problem at its source -- the brain itself.

How HBOT From Our Joplin Chiropractor Can Help

HBOT is a method of exposing the body to concentrated oxygen. Oxygen is a critical element for a variety of physical functions, including tissue healing and organ function. Deprived of oxygen, the human brain suffers extensive damage within minutes. But the reverse also appears to be true. By placing a patient in an atmosphere of almost 100 percent oxygen (at pressures of sea level or higher), our Joplin chiropractor can infuse the body and brain with concentrated levels of oxygen for accelerated tissue repair.

HBOT has shown some remarkable abilities to help people with cerebral palsy. In one large-scale study, the treatment reduced symptoms in spastic patients by nearly 42 percent and improved motor control by 18 percent. Study participants have also enjoyed improvements in their attention, speech, memory, and functional skills.

Learn More From Our Chiropractor in Joplin, MO Contact Skaggs Chiropractic, LLC Today!

HBOT is just of the many advanced techniques Skaggs Chiropractic, LLC can provide to help your entire family overcome health challenges. If you'd like to learn more about the amazing potential of this healing modality, call 417-624-4242 to schedule a consultation with our chiropractor in Joplin!