Study: Neurological Function Improved in Post-Stroke Patients with HBOT
In January, 2013 a retrospective, randomized, controlled trial focused on the introduction of HBOT post-stroke patients. A total of 59 participants, who had suffered a stroke 6 months prior to inclusion and had at least one motor dysfunction, were randomly assigned to treated and cross-over groups. The treated group received two months of 40, one hour HBOT sessions, five days a week. Whereas the cross-over group was evaluated after one month with no HBOT and again after one month following HBOT, utilizing the same treatment protocol. The evaluating physicians found the neurological function, brain activity and quality of life of all treated patients improved after HBOT. Brain scan results directly correlated with clinical improvements and indicated that HBOT can lead to significant neurological improvements in post-stroke patients, even at chronic late stages. The observed clinical improvements indicated that new brain connections can be activated long after a stroke occurs.