Cerebral Palsy is a condition where the brain receives damages before, during or after birth. The damage incurred will have an impact on how the brain processes muscular and control movement. It could be of the spastic kind where muscles are rigid or contracted or could also be athetoid, a condition that is worse where limbs or the whole body suffers from uncontrolled jerking. Although mental skills may be possible, some cerebral palsy patients may have this impaired. Symptoms could include exaggerated reflexes, inability to control muscular movement, movements are usually done in favour of a certain side of the body, delayed motor skills, too much drooling, and difficulty executing specified movements like picking up a toy. Neurological signs of cerebral palsy could include the likes of intellectual impairment, oral illnesses, urinary incontinence, psychiatric problems, seizures, troubles with vision and hearing and atypical pain or touch perceptions.

Birthing factors were always thought of as responsible for cerebral palsy condition, however, it seems that only a small portion of cerebral palsy patients suffered from their condition due to these causes. While there is still no conclusive evidence about the real causes of cerebral palsy, there are speculations that this may also be caused by abnormalities that the developing brain may have suffered from during pregnancy. Such abnormalities may have been brought about by toxicity, infection or could be a result of genetic mutation. Premature babies are at the risk of developing this condition by 60%. Treatment options could include medicines to control muscle movement, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or surgery.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now currently being explored as a possible means to cure cerebral palsy. Although not yet recommended by health regulatory bodies as a treatment for cerebral palsy, several studies conducted in different nations show that cerebral palsy patients were observed to have improved symptoms. Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, the funding agency for health research in Canada, conducted a study on the use of HBOT for the use of cerebral palsy patients. The research showed promising results where patients belonging to both spastic and athetoid groups subjected to low pressure hyperbaric treatment exhibited improvements in mobility, neuropsychological and language evaluations. Because of this, scientists had reason to believe that HBOT could be beneficial to the patients on a cerebral level.

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