Huntington’s Disease and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. The disorder affects muscle coordination and leads to cognitive decline and psychiatric problems. It typically becomes noticeable in mid-adult life, however, Juvenile Huntington’s Disease (JHD) accounts for approximately 10% of the 30,000 asymptomatic Americans.
Symptoms of Huntington's Disease
Symptoms of HD typically include personality changes, mood swings and depression; forgetfulness and impaired judgement; unsteady gait and involuntary movements (chorea), slurred speech, difficulty swallowing and weight loss.Ultimately the weakened individual succumbs to pneumonia, heart failure or physical injury from falls.
How Can HBOT Help?
Hyperbaric therapy is a method used to treat neurodegenerative disorders. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the administration of pure oxygen (100%) at pressures greater than atmospheric pressure, i.e. more than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA), for therapeutic healing. HBOT is administered by placing the patient in a multi-place or in a mono-place (one man) chamber typically pressurized to 1.5–2.0 ATA for a period of 60-90 minutes 3-5 days a week. Patients who receive HBO to treat their neurodegenerative disorder commonly report improvement with memory, concentration, motor control, cognitive abilities and quality of life. They also report a reduction or elimination of headaches, depression and anxiety.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can help:
HBOT has successfully been used to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as HD, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons and Alzheimers disease. HBOT does not cure these diseases but rather serves to slow the progression and minimize symptoms and maintain the body and brain at a functional level. The earlier treatment is initiated in relationship to the early diagnosis, the greater the benefits will be.