HBOT for Lyme Disease Treatment Hyperbaric ChambersWritten by admin on September 16th, 2010
The first pilot study was conducted by Montgomery et al. and showed that 25 patients with CP presented a significant increase in their gross motor functions (5.3%) and fine motor functions, along with a decrease in spasticity, following 20 sessions of HBOT (95% oxygen at 1.75 ATA for 60 minutes.
The video exams of the children before and after HBOT were blindly evaluated and the post-HBOT
exams were picked as the better exam about 65% of the time.Later studies also demonstrated positive results: seeTable 3. Collet et al. conducted a study intended to fill in the gaps of the study by
Montgomery et al. Collet et al. studied 111 children: The “study” group of 57 received 40 sessions of HBOT with 100% oxygen at 1.75 ATA. The “control” group of 54 received air at 1.3ATA, also in a hyperbaric chamber. Both groups had 60-minute sessions 5 days a week for 8 weeks. Of the 111 children, 107 completed the treatment series, and 101 had a 3-month follow-up. Gross motor function was assessed using the GMFM (Gross Motor Functional Measure), a standardized tool that is considered the most reliable and objective way to measure gross motor function in children.
The children stopped all other interventions while they underwent HBOT, so the improvement in GMFM occurred in the absence of other therapies.
Both groups, receiving two different dosages of hyperbaric treatments, improved very significantly
following the interventions. The progress persisted after 3 months. During the 2 months of treatment the rate of progress was 15 times faster than during the 3 months follow-up when all usual therapies
were reintroduced. No significant differences were noted between the two groups. Scores improved by 2.9 units in the HBOT group and 3.0 in the pressurized air (“control”) group, = .544. Other assessments included performance in daily activities, attention, memory, and language. Both groups improved significantly in these areas, with no significant difference between them.
The researchers postulated that either the two treatments were equally effective or that the mere act of participating in a trial that promoted communication with other motivated children and parents had a positive effect.
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