Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for PTSD?

Kings Island is honoring members of the U.S. military with free admission Memorial Day weekend. (Kings Island Photo/Don Helbig)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Reports that pumping pure oxygen into the brain is helping our military veterans who suffer from emotional and physical injuries. Patients say it works and some scientists are saying vets are receiving benefits, but the government is not approving it, yet.

In this country, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, or HBOT, is being used at 900 locations for hard to heal diabetic wounds and brain swelling after radiation treatments for cancer. In war, brain injuries are common and the aftermath of battle – post traumatic stress disorder leaves emotional pain. Now, HBOT is being used to reduce the painful and stressful symptoms of PTSD and mild traumatic brain injuries.

Bill Wall is a clinical social worker at the Dayton VA with patients who are hurting mentally and physically. He says non conventional therapies like yoga, acupuncture and chiropractic approaches are being used to treat some war related conditions. He feels HBOT is another different approach that can heal.

Studies being done by the Pentagon and and The Department of Veterans Affairs have not found any differences between Marines with mild brain injuries who were HBOT treated and those who were not.

If you are a veteran who is interested in more information about HBOT call Teri Rich at  801 -964 2008.



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