Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy For PTSD

HBOT has been investigated as a treatment for PTSD and TBI  because of the “microscopic and macroscopic wounds to the white matter of the brain“. It’s been utilized everywhere from between 3 to 71 weeks post-injury for moderate TBI and over 24 hours for medium to severe TBI. Among those who maintain mild TBI, up to 85 percent report persistent post-concussion symptoms (PPCS). Of these with PPCS, at least 90 percent have at least co-occurring behavioral health state, like PTSD, and these states are tagged “post-deployment syndrome”. Among individuals with PPCS, moderate TBI, PTSD, along with post-deployment syndrome, so many don’t reach remission with recommended remedies, so treatments like HBOT are explored for further use. 


Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy promote post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms?

According to research published in Medical Gas Research, Hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) showed a substantial reduction in post-traumatic anxiety illness (PTSD) symptoms and suicidal ideation in a fresh study of laboratory employees.

Researchers treated 29 active-duty or retired military employees (aged 18–65 years) with ≥1 mild-to-moderate blast traumatic brain injury (TBI) for over one year. All participants had persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS) with or without PTSD, and this had been matched to a control group.

After completion of all treatments, half (52 percent ) of those subjects who met the PTSD Checklist-Military (PCL-M) for analysis, no longer met the threshold standards; the typical decrease was 18.8 points in PCL-M. The authors write how this decrease is among the largest in PTSD symptoms at a 4-week interval ‘with any documented remedy’.

"The authors write how this decrease is among the largest in PTSD symptoms at a 4-week interval 'with any documented remedy'."

HBOT Gaining Traction In Government

In recent news, on September 18th, 2019, Congressmen Biggs and Gosar and Senators Hoeven and Cramer introduced the TBI and PTSD Treatment Act to direct the Veterans Administration (VA) to furnish Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As noted by  American HBOT, some prominent doctors and soldiers have spoken out on the topic:

“Arizona was the fifth State to join this grassroots effort to enact legislation in support of this treatment in a unique Private-Public partnership. Through private donations, the two private facilities in our network have treated over 60 veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD in the past 18 years. We are currently treating two veterans and have requests for a further seven. All Board members and senior staff members at HAV are volunteers. If this legislation is approved and the VA funds the treatment, we will be able to treat up to 300 veterans a year. Based on our analysis, there are over 13,000 veterans in Arizona suffering from TBI.

“As Chairman of the Board of Healing Arizona Veterans, a Vietnam veteran, a military field surgeon in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a recipient of HBOT, this cause is close to my heart.” – Dr. Robert Sexton, M.D., Healing Arizona Veterans.”

“As a traumatic brain injured veteran, I received Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy that has given me the quality of life back to enjoy time with family. I suffered for 1 and 1/2 years before I received HBOT,” said Ouart, a Purple Heart Recipient and member of Senator Cramer Veterans Advisory Board. “My symptoms of migraines, that kept me in a dark room, vertigo causing nausea three times daily, speech deficit that I could not talk to my own children, using a cane for balance and issues lifting my right leg all were helped tremendously. I have the blood flow back in my brain. The SPECT scan imaging of my brain showed that half my brain was not getting blood supply and the MRIs were all read as normal. After HBOT, I have color in my world and I feel like I have my life back!”

World-Class HBOT in Century City, Margate, and Woodland Hills

At Aalto Hyperbaric, we have three state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen treatment centers in Century City, Margate, and Woodland Hills.  Our treatments are safe, painless, and non-invasive. They are scientifically proven to treat a number of temporary and chronic conditions that traditional medicine may not address. Schedule an appointment with us today at 1-888-303-HBOT, or email us anytime at info@aaltohyperbaric.com.


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