Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is administered by the Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Association for Brain Injuries, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. The organization is focused on assisting those affected with a brain injury to be able to afford its treatments in order to supplement their current medical protocol. HBOT is an addendum to conventional protocols. Dr. Julie Stapleton, MD of Boulder works with the Association to focus its energies on the treatments and well being of its clients.
Many of the patients at the clinic are veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury and/or PTSD. HBOT is FDA approved, designed to enhance the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a chamber where the atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It has been employed for decades to treat a variety of conditions but is particularly useful in the fields of neurology and wound care. The treatment process is safe, painless and comfortable. It has few side effects.
HBOT works by delivering oxygen enriched blood to areas of the brain affected by brain injury. These blood cells activate idling neurons, allowing them to take over the functions of the dead cells. This allows a patient to regain functions to parts of the body which have become compromised by the brain injury.
The Healing Our Heroes program is fully funded by private donor support. As part of a fund raiser, early this spring the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 111 of Louisville Post 111 viewed a video explaining the treatment process and heard a veteran describe his recovery with the aid of HBOT. Auxiliary members and guests were invited to tour the facility and see the chambers in which the treatments are delivered. The address is 225 South Boulder Road, Suite 101 in Louisville. For more information about this program, and the Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Institute, go to http://rmhabi.org.