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Are Tick Bites a Cause for Concern? Understanding Lyme Disease  

Every summer, we all look forward to the time we’re going to spend outside with family and friends. Everything that puts a smile on our faces when we think of summer happens outside- beaches, hikes, playing with pets. With all the summer fun, though, we always seem to forget about all the pests that come out in summertime and all the insect bites we end up with… like tick bites.   

Ticks are small parasites often found in wooded areas, grasslands, and areas with dense vegetation. Ticks bite humans and animals and can spread diseases, such as Lyme disease, through their bite. It is important to understand how to prevent tick bites and how to recognize signs of Lyme disease in the event of a bite so that you can seek treatment quickly.    

What is Lyme Disease?

Tick Bite

Lyme disease is an illness caused by borrelia bacteria. This bacterium transmits through the bite of a tick carrying the bacteria. This bacterium is common in parts of the United States, Europe, and Canada. Anyone who experiences a tick bite is at risk of developing symptoms of Lyme disease, which can prove serious, permanent, and even fatal if left untreated.   

Symptoms

Symptoms of Lyme disease can vary and may develop in stages. Not everyone infected with Lyme disease will experience the same symptoms and some individuals may not display any symptoms at all. Common signs and symptoms associated with Lyme disease include:  

Early Localized Stage:  

  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash: A circular or bull’s-eye-shaped rash that expands from the site of the tick bite. It may appear within 3 to 30 days after the bite and is typically not itchy or painful.  
  • Flu-like symptoms: Fever, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, and general malaise.  

Early Disseminated Stage:  

  • Multiple EM rashes: Additional rashes may develop in different areas of the body.  
  • Flu-like symptoms: Persistent fever, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes.  
  • Neurological symptoms: Numbness or tingling in the extremities, facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy), meningitis (headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light), and dizziness.  

Late Disseminated Stage:  

  • Arthritis: Recurrent episodes of joint swelling, particularly in large joints like the knees.  
  • Neurological symptoms: Memory problems, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, nerve pain, and neuropathy.  
  • Heart problems: Irregular heart rhythm, palpitations, and chest pain.  

It’s important to note that these symptoms can overlap with other conditions, making a diagnosis challenging. If you experience any of these symptoms after a tick bite, seek medical attention for proper evaluation and diagnosis.  

Without Treatment

If Lyme disease is left untreated, it can lead to more severe and potentially long-term complications. These complications can worsen as time goes on and can even become permanent if not addressed or addressed adequately. Severe complications may include chronic joint inflammation and arthritis, mobility issues, neurological complications, meningitis, heart abnormalities, serious cardiac issues, eye inflammation, hearing problems, memory impairment, mood changes such as depression and anxiety, and in rare cases- encephalitis and peripheral neuropathy.   

How to Prevent Tick Bites & Lyme Disease  

Lyme Disease can quickly become serious for those infected. It is important to be aware of simple ways to prevent tick bites and Lyme disease, such as:

  • Avoid tick-infested areas: When possible, try to stay away from areas with high grass, dense vegetation, and leaf litter where ticks are commonly found. If you need to be in such areas, walk in the center of trails and avoid brushing against vegetation.  
  • Wear protective clothing: When spending time outdoors in tick-prone areas, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants tucked into socks or boots, and a hat. Light-colored clothing can help you spot ticks more easily.  
  • Perform tick checks: After spending time in areas where ticks may be present, thoroughly check your body for ticks. Pay close attention to areas such as the scalp, behind the ears, armpits, groin, and behind the knees. Promptly remove any ticks you find.  
  • Shower after outdoor activities: Taking a shower within two hours of being outdoors can help wash away ticks that may be crawling on your body. Use a washcloth or loofah to help remove ticks that haven’t attached yet.  
  • Maintain a tick-free yard: Create a tick-safe environment by keeping your lawn well-maintained, removing leaf litter, and clearing tall grass and brush.  

Our Approach

The Oxford Center has developed a Lyme Disease Treatment Program to help you on your way to recovery. Our program includes the following services:   

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)  

Traditional treatment for Lyme disease involves antibiotics in the form of either oral, injections, or IV. Co-infections frequently require a different treatment plan than antibiotic therapy as they are not always effective for Lyme disease. The bacteria associated with Lyme disease is very sensitive to oxygen and is debilitated in a highly oxygenated environment. Research shows that HBOT makes a significant improvement when used to treat Lyme disease, even with patients who have not been successful with antibiotic therapy. HBOT decreases inflammation, oxygenates the entire body, stimulates the growth of new healthy blood vessels, and releases stem cells up to 800% more after twenty sessions. Research shows that the efficiency of antibiotics in the case of Lyme Disease has increased as new blood vessel growth allows the medication to penetrate deeper into tissues.  

Neurofeedback Therapy  

A Quantitative EEG shows us the electrical activity of the brain. We will be able to see if inflammation is present, if there are any areas of hyper- or hypoactivity, and any areas of disconnect. Patients with Lyme disease may experience Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) and may experience pain, neurocognitive or fatigue symptoms, headaches, brain fog, and sleep disorders. PTLDS seems to occur more frequently after Lyme disease has caused neurological complications. Research suggests that the brain becomes more sensitive to pain signals and does not reset after the infection, causing the increased sensitivity to continue. Using the information from the QEEG, we can focus on the area(s) of the brain most affected and bring those areas back into balance through Neurofeedback Therapy.  

Nutrition Services  

Finally, nutrition helps to address co-infections associated with Lyme disease. Our services will look to heal the gut, look at what is wrong, and support your body in anything else going on. Gut healing is a great tool in your health journey, and it can be essential to addressing every issue going on in your body. Nutrition coaching provides the information and support you need to learn to enjoy health-building foods, create a healthy living environment, and feel good in your body.    

TOC Talks Episode 15: “Making HBOT Accessible for Veterans!”

In this very special episode of TOC Talks, Andrew talks with Kevin Hensley to hear his incredible story with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)! Kevin is a veteran who served from 1995-2015 and was deployed 8 times to serve his country. During his time in service, Kevin developed a terminal lung disease that he was first told was just asthma until he finally got a correct diagnosis. Once Kevin did some digging, he found he also has toxic encephalopathy and found that his brain was 90% deprived of oxygen. After his diagnosis, Kevin did 80 rounds of HBOT in Arizona and was amazed about the healing potential of hyperbaric oxygen therapy! Now, it is Kevin’s mission to make HBOT accessible for all veterans who might need it through funded grants and legislation! Don’t miss out on this unique episode to hear from an amazing person trying to make a difference!

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Gracie Kistner: A Journey to Finding Hope Again 

“I don’t think you realize you’ve lost hope until you find it again.”

-Emily Kistner

If you have been to our Brighton location of The Oxford Center or if you have visited our website, you are probably familiar with Grace Kistner. For those who are not familiar with Gracie, she is an adorable little girl who loves exploring, watching Candy Crush, watching the minnow in the Axolotl tank, and giving hugs. Gracie’s journey began long before discovering The Oxford Center, but it changed her life and her family’s life once treatment began here. 

Gracie’s Beginning

Born at 5lbs 1oz, Gracie was tiny, but always happy and healthy. At 6 months old, she began missing milestones and the doctor noticed low tone. At 9 months old, she still had low tone, head lag, and was not meeting milestones. Gracie began Physical Therapy, and her parents, Andrew and Emily, were encouraged not to worry. Gracie’s parents were often told that every child is different, they grow at their own pace, and that she would probably just catch up one day. 

At 12 months, the developmental delays and low tone continued, and Gracie’s parents found a new Physical Therapy clinic to try, as not much progress was made with the current PT they were in. After several months, Gracie began to make progress, eventually sitting up on her own, but it was slow, and Gracie hated every minute of Physical Therapy. Watching their baby cry through 45 minutes a week of therapy was devastating to Gracie’s parents, but they pushed on, knowing it was what she needed. Aquatic Therapy was mentioned to Gracie’s parents, and as Gracie had loved the water since she was an infant, they enrolled her. Gracie loved it from the first session, and seeing Gracie’s joy and not one tear during this new Physical Therapy brought her mom to tears. 

Diagnosing Gracie

At 24 months, Gracie was still developmentally delayed, still missing milestones, and started displaying spasms and twitches. This led to a new part of Gracie’s journey, with consults to Neurology, Genetics, and Physical Medicine and Rehab. Blood tests were done and an MRI of the brain, but everything came back normal. The lack of answers to explain Gracie’s delays and spasms was frustrating but was the start of a pattern that would be repeated often throughout Gracie’s journey.  

At 3 years old, Gracie was still delayed, still not speaking, and progress was slow, so a new consult was placed to a Developmental Delay Pediatrician. Within minutes of walking into the doctor’s office, Gracie was given a diagnosis of Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy. As Gracie’s parents had been told for years to be patient and that Gracie may still just catch up one day on her own, this was devastating. They were told that there was no cure for Cerebral Palsy, and the only treatment was therapies. After learning this, Gracie’s parents began every therapy they could find for her, eventually adding OT, Speech, and Hippotherapy to her current aquatic and clinic Physical Therapy. Gracie began to gain strength in her core, using a gait trainer, and a reverse walker with a seat sling and pelvic stabilizer. Gracie’s parents took her everywhere to let her explore with her newfound mobility using this equipment. Gracie’s parents tried alternative therapies to help as well, including chiropractor and cranial sacral massage. 

Finding The Oxford Center

In December 2019, Gracie’s parents discovered The Oxford Center after a family member heard an ad on the radio about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Cerebral Palsy. Willing to try anything that could help Gracie, a Discovery Session was scheduled, and an hour drive was made from Toledo, Ohio to Brighton, Michigan to learn more about it. From the moment Gracie’s parents walked into The Oxford Center, they were made to feel at home. Gracie connected instantly with the staff, and this was so important to her parents as they knew she needed to trust and love the people who would be working with her. After learning how HBOT could help with Cerebral Palsy, Gracie’s parents were told about Intensive Physical Therapy that used TheraSuit. Willing to try anything, appointments were scheduled, and arrangements were made to relocate for eight weeks to begin this new journey in February 2020, and oh, what a journey it was. Gracie’s parents found something they didn’t realize they had lost. Hope.  

Wanting to document the therapy sessions and the progress hoped for, Gracie’s parents took pictures and videos to share with family and friends back home who were praying for Gracie. The progress that Gracie made was phenomenal, both from HBOT and TheraSuit. Cognitive improvements were seen as Gracie learned how to safely slide down the stairs, something her parents had worked on for months. Physical progress was seen as she learned to take steps with parallel bars and push from sitting to standing. Gracie’s trip was cut short due to COVID, but her parents scheduled her to return for another round of both therapies in September of 2020, and again saw much progress both physically and cognitively.  

Oxford Kids Foundation

After the second trip for therapies in September 2020, Gracie’s parents wanted to schedule another trip, but as they had paid out of pocket for two rounds of each therapy already in addition to housing and living costs, they were out of money. That was when they heard about the Oxford Kids Foundation. The Oxford Kids Foundation is a 501(3)c non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers that helps provide funding and access to essential therapies that are not covered by insurance in the state of Michigan. Immediately, Gracie’s parents applied for a grant to help with costs for another trip. They were approved for a grant and with the help of a GoFund me started by Andrew’s sister, a third round of therapies began in January 2021 and eventually a fourth round in May of 2021. Gracie’s parents are so incredibly grateful for the opportunities that were made possible for Gracie through the help from the Oxford Kids Foundation. 

Autism Diagnosis

Gracie made incredible progress during her therapies at The Oxford Center, but her parents noticed some things that were concerning. Gracie seemed to be very sensitive to certain sounds, was overly focused on spinning objects, would crawl or walk away from her parents, and many more. She had been evaluated for Autism at age two, but as she looked at the psychologist and reached for her, a diagnosis was dismissed, and her parents were told “Autistic kids don’t do that”. If you are unfamiliar with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it presents differently in girls than it does for boys. Girls tend to be more social naturally, while boys may not be. After learning more about ASD, Gracie’s parents decided to have her evaluated again in June of 2021. This new specialist was experienced in evaluating girls for concerns of Autism, but also separating the characteristics of Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay from ASD. After many questions and an in-person evaluation with Gracie, it was confirmed that Grace was on the Autism Spectrum. This diagnosis added a new path to Gracie’s journey in the form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  

Gracie is Walking!

During Gracie’s Discovery Session in December of 2019, a nurse asked her parents what their goals were for her. While they had many goals, the primary goal was for Gracie to be able to walk. While she was small at that point, they knew there would come a time when they would no longer be able to carry her, and the ability to walk would greatly change all of their lives. In the fall of 2021, Gracie began walking independently. Her parents will forever remember the “firsts” that happened at The Oxford Center. The first time she stood up from sitting, the first time she stood independently, and the first time she walked across the lobby of The Oxford Center to get to her favorite nurse, Elizabeth. So many firsts that at one point Gracie’s parents weren’t sure they would ever see, and so many “firsts” to come. 

What is Gracie up to Now?

Gracie attends ABA and also has Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. While she is still nonverbal, she is learning to communicate on a “talker” and has been able to make her need and wants known this way. She is continuing to gain strength and new skills, and her parents can’t wait to see what else is in her future. 

Want to Learn More About the Oxford Kids Foundation?

The Oxford Kids Foundation helps hundreds of children, like Grace, get access to the therapies they need every year! This Foundation has the power to change the life of a child, a parent, and an entire family. This mission is one that is close to the heart of us all here at The Oxford Center. That is why The Oxford Center is hosting the Oxford Kids Foundation’s 13th annual ‘Be The Change’ Fundraising Gala

The ‘Be The Change’ Gala will take place on April 22nd at 5 P.M. Buying a ticket to the Gala will get you access to an elegant multi-course plated dinner, access to our live auction, and amazing entertainment. Plus, you’ll have a chance to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. All proceeds from the event go directly towards helping children receive the therapies they desperately need! 

We’re also offering an online auction, open to the public, which includes unique and exciting baskets, vacations, experiences, and more! Even if you can’t make it to the event, you can still bid on some amazing items and help support a great cause. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to give back and have a great time doing it. Visit theoxfordkidsfoundation.org to get your tickets and access the auction today! 

TOC Talks Episode 6: “Jeff Mosteller: The Man, The Myth, The Legend!

In this week of TOC Talks, Andrew sits down with Jeff Mosteller, the Director of Training and Certification and Safety Director at The Oxford Center, to talk about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy! Together, they dive into what Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is, how it works, and all of the AMAZING possibilities that Hyperbarics offers. This is truly one special episode… listen in as an expert in the field shares some great insight into Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy!

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Cerebral Palsy & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: An Alternative Method for Hope

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that affects approximately 500,000 people in the United States while Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is widely unknown in the States. Following a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis, many individuals and families seek specialists to provide ongoing care and treatment. These specialists may include a physical therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, and/or neurologist. Many individuals and families who seek out these services find that they progress… but they also seem to plateau after a certain point. After this point, it can seem that there is nothing left to do but continue the same path of managing but not really progressing. That is, until Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy steps in.  

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a noninvasive and specialized form of medical treatment administered by delivering 100% pure oxygen to the body. Normal air only has oxygen levels of 21% so the difference is dramatic! The body naturally uses oxygen to heal, so increasing the amount of oxygen delivered to the body and into the bloodstream accelerates the body’s ability to heal and progress. The only thing the patient has to do? Breathe.  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has widespread benefits that improve and treat symptoms for many different conditions. The general healing power of HBOT makes it a promising option for what seems to be an endless list of injuries and conditions. Especially when used in conjunction with other types of therapies and/or treatments, HBOT is a tremendous tool to help individuals progress and heal.

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Benefits Cerebral Palsy  

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects movement and posture. CP is caused by damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth. In essence, the damage to the brain that causes CP is a traumatic brain injury, so CP can be treated very similarly to a brain injury. HBOT is effective in the treatment of CP because it can increase the amount of oxygen that reaches the damaged areas of the brain. This increased oxygen can help to reduce inflammation and promote the repair to bone and soft tissue. 

Studies have shown that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is effective in improving some symptoms of Cerebral Palsy, such as spasticity, motor function, and cognitive function. HBOT is able to decrease inflammation, enhance vascular activity, encourage nerve cell growth, and improve gross motor function. Research has also shown a decrease in muscle spasms and sleep disorders for individuals with CP who have used HBOT.  

Overall, while there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a wonderful option to help manage symptoms, progress, and improve quality of life. Treatments can be especially effective when HBOT is used in conjunction with other therapies, such as physical therapy, intensive TheraSuit therapy, speech therapy, and more.  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at The Oxford Center 

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The Oxford Center is proud to be a leading provider of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Michigan. Our facility uses the highest quality technology available, and we follow strict guidelines to ensure our patients receive the best possible care. Children who participate in HBOT love sitting and playing during their therapy, and we offer access to many different streaming services so that patients can lay back and watch their favorite movies or shows during their therapy!  

The Oxford Center has a long, personal history with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Our CEO and Founder, Tami Peterson, found HBOT while searching for something to help her daughter after doctors said there was nothing more to be done. HBOT was able to give Tami her hope back after everything else was lost, and that is what we have found to happen with many of our clients. Now, it is our mission to spread the healing power of HBOT so that others can hope again as well.  

Other Cerebral Palsy Services at The Oxford Center  

Just like every person is different, every child has different needs and therapies that will work best for them. Here at The Oxford Center, we offer a number of therapies that can help improve symptoms related to a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis. I.e., Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Neurofeedback Therapy, Intensive Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and our Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner. This integrative approach allows every individual with Cerebral Palsy to get the therapies they need. No matter what needs you or your child may have, The Oxford Center is here to help!  

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Help Stroke Patients

Having a stroke is often a terrifying and debilitating event in someone’s life that comes with many health complications. Many stroke patients find themselves with severe challenges but little to no options for how to recover from those complications. That’s why The Oxford Center offers hope in combining Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and stroke.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a serious medical condition occurring when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted. This may be due to a blood clot (ischemic stroke) or bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Because this interruption of blood flow deprives the affected brain cells of oxygen and nutrients, the affected brain cells can die. Stroke can cause permanent disability or death, depending on the severity and location of the brain damage. For this reason, it is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment to minimize brain damage and increase the chances of recovery. 

Side Effects & Recognizing Signs of a Stroke

The side effects of a stroke can vary depending on the location and severity of the brain damage. Some of the common side effects of a stroke can include paralysis or weakness on one side of the body, trouble speaking or understanding speech, vision problems, loss of balance or coordination, numbness or tingling in the face, arm, or leg, difficulty swallowing, cognitive and memory problems, and emotional changes, such as depression, anxiety, or irritability. 

It’s important to recognize the signs of a stroke and seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know is experiencing them. To help you remember, the most common signs of a stroke follow the acronym “FAST”: 

  • Face drooping: One side of the face may droop or be numb, so the person may not be able to smile evenly. 
  • Arm weakness: One arm may be weak or numb, so the person may not be able to raise both arms evenly. 
  • Speech difficulty: The person may have slurred speech or difficulty speaking or understanding others. 
  • Time to call for emergency help: With this in mind, if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs, call for emergency medical help right away. Time is critical when it comes to treating a stroke and quick medical attention can reduce the risk of permanent brain damage and disability. 

Health Concerns Post-Stroke 

There are many potential health concerns that can arise after a stroke. These concerns can vary depending on the severity and location of the stroke, as well as the individual’s overall health and medical history. For example, these health concerns include: 

  • Physical impairments (weakness or paralysis, balance and coordination issues, changes in sensation) 
  • Cognitive and emotional changes (memory and concentration difficulties, depression, anxiety) 
  • Speech and communication difficulties 
  • Swallowing problems 
  • Bladder or bowel control issues 

Because of these concerns, it is important to monitor and manage your concerns with the help of a healthcare team. Your team may include a neurologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychologist, and other specialists as needed. Prompt recognition and treatment of any new or worsening symptoms is also important, as it can help prevent complications and improve outcomes. 

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?  

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) utilizes 100% medical grade vaporized oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure which increases the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood and delivered to the tissues. HBOT has been used for decades to treat various conditions, such as decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, diabetic foot ulcers, and chronic wounds. HBOT decreases inflammation, oxygenates the entire body, stimulates the growth of new healthy blood vessels, and releases stem cells up to 800% more after twenty sessions! In recent years, HBOT has been investigated for its potential benefits in stroke patients, both in the acute and chronic phases. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Stroke Research  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy offers a promising alternative or complementary option for stroke recovery. Several studies have shown that HBOT can improve neurological and cognitive function, and quality of life in stroke patients by enhancing the brain’s natural healing mechanisms. Research studies have shown a significant improvement in long and short-term memory, processing speed, gait velocity, upper extremity mobility, sleep, and overall recovery with HBOT. 

A randomized controlled trial conducted by Boussi-Gross et al. (2017) compared the effects of HBOT versus no HBOT in 60 chronic stroke patients. The results showed that the HBOT group had significant improvements in brain metabolism, brain perfusion, and brain activity, as measured by PET and SPECT. Furthermore, the HBOT group had significant improvements in neurological function, cognitive function, and quality of life, as measured by various clinical scales and questionnaires. The authors concluded that HBOT can induce neuroplasticity and improve the function of chronically damaged brain tissue in stroke patients, even years after the initial event. 

Stroke Recovery at The Oxford Center 

The Oxford Center understands how important you and your loved one’s health and longevity is. We provide personalized care that is tailored to your specific needs and health through our therapy services including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Physical Therapy, Intensive Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Neurofeedback Therapy, and our Functional Nutrition Therapy practitioner to optimize health and recovery.

If a stroke has left you or a loved one debilitated with a loss of fine motor skills or inability to walk call The Oxford Center. Call us at 248-486-3636 to schedule a FREE consultation with one of our nurses to learn more about our therapies and how they can help you on your journey to recovery after a stroke.

Boussi-Gross, R., Golan, H., Fishlev, G., Bechor, Y., Volkov, O., Bergan, J., Friedman, M., Hoofien, D., Shlamkovitch, N., Ben-Jacob, E., & Efrati, S. (2017). Improvement of memory impairments in poststroke patients by hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Neuropsychology, 31(6), 636–644. 

February 2023 Newsletter

Launching our New Nutritional Services

The Oxford Center is thrilled to welcome Nicole Cunningham to our team as the head of our nutritional services program. Nicole is a certified Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) and Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP). Nicole offers individual and whole group nutrition classes that are highly personalized and customizable to what will best suit each individual. Our nutrition coaching seeks to help you learn more about food and how it interacts with your body, learn what foods and diets will work best for you and your specific needs, and support you on your journey to making ever-healthier nutritional choices. Clients will find that it is empowering knowing that you can change and improve your health without needing help from anything else.    

Nicole’s journey with nutrition began 10 years ago with the birth of her son, Cameron. Cameron was born with over seven true food allergies and about a dozen food sensitivities that caused his body to break out in rashes and made eating exceedingly difficult. She spent countless hours poring over research, trying different foods, and tracking the effects different foods had on her and her son’s body.  Eventually Nicole’s efforts paid off, and she eliminated all but one of her son’s food allergies. Through this journey, Nicole discovered a passion for nutrition and understanding the effects someone’s diet might have on their body and overall health.

Nicole has personally gone through everything a client would go through and is here to help guide every client on their way to understanding food and their body and improving their overall quality of life. 

“TOC Talks” Podcast

The Oxford Center is excited to launch our new podcast, “The Oxford Center Talks” (or TOC Talks for short!). Our new podcast will be released on Thursdays once a week and will be able to be found on all streaming platforms with a video podcast on our Facebook and YouTube page. Every week, follow our Marketing Director Andrew Kistner as he dives into different issues and stories here at The Oxford Center with a new special guest every week! In our podcast, you can hear the personal stories of some of our patients and their journey with The Oxford Center, learn more about how some of our services can benefit different conditions, learn more about some of our staff here at The Oxford Center, discover new techniques and tips to help improve your life, and more! If you have any topics or ideas you’d like to hear about in our podcast, let us know! You can submit any thoughts, suggestions, or questions by emailing our podcast host himself, Andrew Kistner, at andrew@theoxfordcenter.com.  

Check out our first episode below and don’t forget to subscribe! 

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Tips and Tricks for Managing ASD at Home

Any parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) knows what a challenge it can be to manage the condition at home, ON TOP of managing everything else at home. Being a parent is such a wonderful gift, but it is also a full-time job and can be exhausting at times. Adding on managing an ASD diagnosis could very easily prove to be exhausting for many parents. Thankfully, The Oxford Center can share some tips and tricks to help you manage while providing the best environment possible for your children and yourself.    

Jessica Dodson, our ABA Program Director, says “At The Oxford Center, we help create routines within a successful environment to not only help the child grow, but the whole family. I have so many parents that focus on comparing how their child is doing against how another child is doing, so I always remind my parents and caregivers that everyone has their own separate path and journey. Most importantly, remember that we will all make it through our paths with a little teamwork and perseverance.” 

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COMPASS Program Update

Our COMPASS program is underway! All of our students have been working very hard this past month. Our COMPASS program is targeted towards teens and adults diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders. In this program, we help these individuals learn the skills needed to move on to the next stage of their life whether that be going to and succeeding in higher education, living independently, obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment, and more. 

We talked to Matt Nivison, our COMPASS Coordinator, and he has this to say about the first class of COMPASS students. “The first class is going excellent. I am so incredibly proud of them all. You can see how hard they’re working, how quickly they’re picking things up, and just how much they want this. Every day, they’re actively taking steps to succeed and grow and it’s so cool to watch it happen in an environment where they don’t have to worry about the negative consequences that we all faced in our first jobs. They’re learning what works for them while gaining experience and confidence! It’s really, very cool”. 

The program will run for approximately 6 months, 5 days per week, for 3 hours per day. If you would like to learn more about the program or ask about enrollment, please feel free to contact us at 248-486-3636.

Oxford Kids Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala

Don’t forget The Oxford Center will be hosting the 13th Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner and Auction for the Oxford Kids Foundation on April 22nd! This event is a longstanding and beloved tradition in raising funds to support children with disabilities, chronic illness, and traumatic injuries.  

Tickets for the Gala are available for purchase now. Tickets will feature fine dining, access to our silent/live auction, and drinks will be available. For more information on the Gala and how to purchase tickets, please click here.  

If you or anyone you know is interested in sponsoring the “Be the Change” gala event, please click here for more information or contact andrew@oxfordkidsfoundation.org to look over a sponsorship packet. The Oxford Kids Foundation is also accepting donations of any unique quality to be included in the Gala’s silent/live auction. If you would like to make any item donations to the Gala auction, please contact Andrew Kistner at andrew@oxfordkidsfoundation.org.

We can’t wait to be a part of the change with you!

You’ve Just had a Heart Attack… Now What? 

I know from personal experience how terrifying it is when you hear that a loved one is having a heart attack. Your stomach drops, your body turns cold, and time seems to freeze. Everything that may have been taken for granted previously is suddenly called into question. What’s happening? Will they be okay? What do I do? What if…? 

Despite the fear and uncertainty that comes with a heart attack, it’s important to remember that recovery is possible. Whether you or a loved one have recently experienced a heart attack, or if you’re simply looking for ways to protect your cardiovascular health, we can help provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your care and well-being. 

What Causes a Heart Attack?  

A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked, causing damage or death to part of the muscle. The most common cause of heart attacks is coronary artery disease, where plaques in the arteries restrict blood flow. High blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history, obesity, and physical inactivity are also common causes. To reduce the risk of heart attacks, people can make lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and working with their healthcare team. 

Heart attack symptoms in men and women.
Heart attack symptoms in men and women.

Side Effects of a Heart Attack 

A heart attack can have a range of physical and emotional side effects that may persist for varying periods of time after the event. Here are some of the most common side effects: 

  • Chest pain or discomfort: You may experience chest pain or discomfort, which can range from mild to severe, for several days or weeks. 
  • Shortness of breath: You may experience shortness of breath, especially during physical activity, for a few weeks or months.
  • Fatigue: You may feel very tired for several weeks or months, which can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks and activities. 
  • Weakness: You may feel weak, especially in your arms and legs, for several weeks or months. 
  • Swelling in legs, ankles, or feet: You may experience swelling in your legs, ankles, or feet, which can be a sign of fluid buildup in your body. 
  • Irregular heartbeats: You may experience irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmias, for several weeks or months. 
  • Depression: You may experience feelings of depression, anxiety, or stress, which can be common among people who have experienced a major health event. 
  • Cognitive changes: Some people may experience cognitive changes, such as memory loss or confusion, which can be temporary or permanent. 
  • Sexual dysfunction: You may experience sexual dysfunction, such as decreased libido or erectile dysfunction, for several weeks or months. 

These side effects can vary from person to person and can persist for different lengths of time. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and any concerns you have, so that you can receive the support and treatment you need during your recovery. 

What to Expect After a Heart Attack 

After a heart attack, physical and emotional symptoms are common along with the recovery process. Physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and swelling in the legs can persist for a few days or weeks. Hospitalization is necessary for most people, and medications will be prescribed to manage heart health. Additionally, lifestyle changes and follow-up appointments with the doctor are recommended. Emotional symptoms are common (like anxiety, depression, and stress) and support from friends, family, and mental health professionals can help. It’s essential to work closely with your healthcare team and make positive changes to increase your chances of a successful recovery and reduce the risk of future heart attacks.

How The Oxford Center Can Help 

At The Oxford Center, we know how important it is to make sure our loved ones are receiving the best care possible. That’s why we offer multiple therapies and options to help heart attack survivors on their way to recovery and prevention. Our medical center uses research-based, alternative treatments to provide you with the highest quality care. We are here to offer you hope for healing when you may not have had many options.  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments are extremely successful in helping to promote health after a heart attack.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. This increased oxygen flow can help to speed up the healing process and promote your recovery. Some benefits of HBOT for heart attack survivors include:  

  • Improving Heart Health: HBOT has been shown to improve heart health by increasing the oxygen supply to the heart and reducing inflammation. This can reduce the risk of having another heart attack and improve overall heart health. 
  • Stimulating Healing: HBOT can stimulate the body’s natural healing process, which can repair damaged tissue and reduce inflammation. This can speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of having another heart attack in the future. 
  • Reducing Inflammation: HBOT can also reduce inflammation in the body, which is a common contributor to heart disease. By reducing inflammation, HBOT can improve heart health and reduce the risk of having another heart attack. 

Research suggests that HBOT treatments may decrease mortality rate by 50%. HBOT can reduce the volume of damaged muscle and decrease the risk of adverse cardiac events. According to research, HBOT induces neuroplasticity and significantly improves symptoms in those with cognitive impairment after a heart attack. Research has also shown that the addition of HBOT can make it possible to increase the 5-year survival rate after a heart attack from 84.4% to 95.9%.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have been extremely successful for heart attack patients here at The Oxford Center. We have had patients swear their HBOT treatments are the only reason they’re alive today, and patients that have reported back to their doctor showing no signs of damage or scarring after having HBOT treatments following their heart attack.

Nutritional Services 

Nutritional changes can help promote health after a heart attack.

Your diet is a common thing to change after having a heart attack. Nutritional services can play a critical role in the recovery and long-term health of heart attack survivors. Luckily, we offer nutritional services at The Oxford Center to help you on your journey. Nicole, our Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) is ready to help you learn more about food, your body, and what foods will work the best for you, your life, and your health. We offer highly customizable individual and group classes that can give you whatever level of support you need while providing guidance in what will work best for you. We will work with the you to develop a personalized nutrition plan that takes into account your specific health needs and dietary restrictions Clients find that it is empowering knowing that you can change and improve your health without needing help from anything else.  

Physical Therapy  

Physical therapy can help teach new exercises and regain mobility after a heart attack.

Heart attack survivors often struggle with physical endurance and strength after an attack, and some may have even sustained physical impairments as a side effect. Physical therapy can be a critical part of the recovery process for heart attack survivors. It can help rebuild strength, increase flexibility, and improve overall physical function after the event. At The Oxford Center, a physical therapist will work with you to develop a program that is tailored to your individual needs and abilities. This can include a variety of exercises, such as cardiovascular activities, strength training, and range-of-motion exercises. Your therapist may also work with you on balance and coordination exercises, which can be especially important for older adults who may be at increased risk of falls after a heart attack. By working with a physical therapist, heart attack survivors can regain their physical abilities and improve their overall health and well-being. 

How to Cook Heart-Healthy, Romantic Meals!

Imagine this: You see your significant other standing behind a cloth-covered table, a tender smile showing through soft lighting and candlelight, the aroma of a freshly made meal wafting around you, piano keys playing quietly in your ear… Whoa. SUPER romantic, right? It’s like every teenage girl’s dream.  

But in all seriousness, mealtimes are important in relationships. Whether it’s a friendship, family, or romantic relationship, mealtimes are where we all break away from the stresses in our lives and take the time to connect. Maybe that’s why a romantic dinner is the most common event on Valentine’s Day for couples. But sometimes that can be hard to plan when we have to take health concerns into consideration and be mindful of the foods being used. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 deaths each year. Having a heart condition can be a great mental and emotional burden, so we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to care for our loved ones with heart conditions. For most, the first step to caring takes place in the kitchen.  

What are Some Ingredients to Boost Heart Health?  

Just like there are “superfoods” that are great for your health in general, there are many foods that are particularly good for your heart and promote heart-health. Here are some of the best options: 

  • Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which can help to reduce inflammation and improve heart health. Some of the best options include berries, leafy greens, avocados, and tomatoes. 
  • Gluten-free whole grains: Gluten-free whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and millet, contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can promote heart health. Fiber helps lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, gluten-free whole grains regulate blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.
  • Fatty fish: Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and help to improve heart health. 
  • Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, fiber, and antioxidants, all of which can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Examples of heart-healthy nuts and seeds include almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. 
  • Legumes: Legumes, such as beans, lentils, and chickpeas, are high in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, and help improve heart health. 
  • Avocado and olive oil: Avocado and olive oil are high in monounsaturated fats, which help improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Avocado oil has a neutral taste, which makes it a great versatile option to use in cooking. Olive oil is an excellent choice to use in salad dressings and dipping.

It’s important to keep in mind that these foods are most effective when consumed as part of a balanced diet that is low in unhealthy fats, added sugars, and iodized salt. Incorporating a variety of these foods into your diet and limiting your intake of processed foods can help to promote heart health. 

What Ingredients Should You Avoid for Heart Conditions?  

When cooking heart-healthy meals, it’s important to limit or avoid certain ingredients that can contribute to heart disease. Here are some ingredients to be mindful of: 

  • Trans fats: Trans fats can raise cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. Trans fats, also known as partially hydrogenated oils, are found in many processed and packaged foods.
  • Refined Salts: Unlike refined salt, unrefined salt contains all of its original trace minerals (including magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, and phosphorus) and doesn’t feature any additives or preservatives. Processed and packaged foods, canned soups and vegetables, and restaurant foods often contain refined salts and are high in sodium. A healthy choice for salt is a real mineral salt such as Himalayan salt or Celtic salt.
  • Added sugars: Consuming too much added sugar can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease. Added sugars are often found in sweetened beverages, baked goods, and processed snacks. 
  • Refined carbohydrates: Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pasta, can cause spikes in blood sugar levels and increase the risk of heart disease. 
  • Hydrogenated oils: Hydrogenated oils contain trans fats and should be avoided. These include shortening, soybean, and canola oil. These oils are commonly found in processed snacks and fried foods. Anything on the food label that says hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil is a trans fat and should be avoided.

By limiting or avoiding these ingredients and focusing on whole, nutrient-dense foods, you can help to promote heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

Let’s Try Some Heart-Healthy Recipe’s!

Now that you know a bit more about how different foods affect someone with a heart condition you can start to plan a meal for the special someone in your life! Each of the recipes below is written specifically to be heart-healthy, romantic, and delicious! 

Heart-Healthy Venison Steak 

Seared wild venison deer steak is an excellent heart healthy choice for lean red meat.
Seared wild venison deer steak is an excellent heart-healthy choice for lean red meat.

Ingredients: 

  • 4 venison steaks, about 6 oz each 
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado oil 
  • Mineral salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon of honey 
  • 2 cups of sliced mushrooms 
  • 1 cup of sliced shallots 
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves 

Instructions: 

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  1. Season the venison steaks with mineral salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until browned and cooked to your desired doneness. 
  1. Remove the steaks from the skillet and set aside. 
  1. In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of olive oil and the minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. 
  1. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and honey, stirring to combine. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the mixture has reduced and thickened. 
  1. Add the sliced mushrooms and shallots to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and the shallots are slightly caramelized. 
  1. Add the spinach leaves to the skillet and stir until just wilted. 
  1. Serve the venison steaks topped with the mushroom and shallot mixture, drizzled with the balsamic glaze. 

Venison is a lean and healthy protein source, low in unhealthy fats and high in essential vitamins and minerals. This dish is also loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds from the mushrooms, shallots, and spinach. Enjoy! 

Heart-Healthy Lemon and Herb Salmon Pasta 

Fresh salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3's in heart healthy meals.
Fresh salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3’s in heart-healthy meals.

Ingredients: 

  • 8 ounces gluten-free pasta 
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil 
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 pound salmon fillet
  • 1 lemon, juiced 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Mineral salt and pepper, to taste 
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional) 

Instructions: 

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside. 
  1. In a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Add the yellow onion and cook for 5-7 minutes or until softened. 
  1. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for an additional 30 seconds. 
  1. Add the salmon to the skillet and cook for 4-6 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through. 
  1. Stir in the lemon juice, fresh herbs, mineral salt, and pepper. 
  1. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and stir until the pasta is well coated with the lemon and herb mixture. 
  1. Serve hot, topped with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. 

This pasta dish is a nutritious and flavorful option that provides a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. The lemon and herbs add a touch of brightness and flavor to the dish, while the use of avocado oil helps to promote heart health. The Parmesan cheese is optional and can be used sparingly to add a touch of richness and flavor to the dish. 

Heart-Healthy Ratatouille

Roasted vegetables serve as a heart healthy meal.
Roasted vegetables serve as a heart-healthy meal.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 large eggplants, sliced 
  • 2 large zucchinis, sliced 
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced 
  • 1 large onion, sliced 
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil 
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced (about 3 cups) 
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil 
  • Mineral salt and pepper, to taste 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). 
  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, onion, garlic, avocado oil, thyme, basil, mineral salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine. 
  1. Pour the diced tomatoes into a large, prepared baking dish.  
  1. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a large baking dish and spread out evenly. Arranging the vegetables in neat, even rows enhance the appearance! 
  1. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the sauce is thick and bubbly. 
  1. Serve the ratatouille hot, either on its own or over a bed of gluten-free pasta or brown rice. 

This heart-healthy ratatouille recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy a delicious and flavorful meal while also taking care of your heart. The eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers are all rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, while the avocado oil provides healthy monounsaturated fats. Tomatoes are also a good source of antioxidants, including lycopene, which has been shown to have heart-protective benefits. By using fresh, whole ingredients and avoiding processed foods, you can enjoy a delicious meal that supports your heart health. 

What The Oxford Center Offers for Heart Health

Adjusting your diet is one of the first of many steps someone with a heart condition will be recommended to take. Still, even with taking these steps, having a heart condition can be scary for the individual and for their family and loved ones. The Oxford Center offers many services to help alleviate and prevent heart disease and help you on your way to healing. We even sell high-quality mineral salt here at The Oxford Center for you to try!

Nutritional Services

Our nutritional services offer both individual and group classes that focus on finding the best foods/diets for you and your specific needs. Our certified Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner (FNTP)/ Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) will work directly with you to identify any problems affecting you and help guide you to discover all the possibilities our program holds for improving your life and your health. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy  

Hyperbaric Chambers

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has also proven to be immensely effective in improving heart disease. This therapy applies 100% pure oxygen to the body through increased atmospheric pressure. Once a person is in the increased atmospheric pressure, the body responds by reducing inflammation. With the inflammation reduced, blood flow to cells increases, enhancing the delivery of oxygen to oxygen-deprived areas. At this point, the body’s healing process accelerates. Past heart attack and heart condition clients have said their doctors were amazed by their progress, stating that they no longer show any signs of having a heart attack previously! 

Having a heart condition can be scary and stressful for yourself and your loved ones, but it does not mean there is nothing you can do. Contact The Oxford Center today to discover how we can help you on your way to healing by calling 248-486-3636.  

Concussions: More Than “Getting Your Bell Rung”?

Most people know someone who has had a concussion or has even had one themselves. If you are an athlete in a high impact sport, odds are you’ve had a concussion of your own. Because concussions happen so frequently, there is a common misconception that they aren’t a big deal. You just, “got your bell rung.” No big deal… right?

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs when the brain is jostled inside the skull. This can happen because of a blow to the head, a fall, or a sudden stop in motion, such as in a car accident. The effects of a concussion can range from mild to severe, and can include symptoms such as headache, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. Typically, once you have had one, you are more likely to get another one.

Concussions are a common injury, particularly in sports such as football, soccer, and hockey. In fact, studies show there are as many as 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States each year. However, concussions can also occur in other ways, such as from a fall or a car accident.

It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect that you or someone you know has sustained a concussion. A doctor will be able to evaluate the individual and provide appropriate treatment.

How To Identify

Concussions can be difficult to identify, as the signs and symptoms can vary from person to person and may not always be immediately obvious. However, there are some common signs and symptoms of a concussion that can help to indicate that an injury has occurred.

  1. Physical Symptoms: These can include a headache, nausea, dizziness, balance problems, double or blurry vision, sensitivity to light or noise, and fatigue.
  2. Cognitive Symptoms: These can include confusion, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and feeling dazed or disoriented.
  3. Emotional Symptoms: These can include irritability, sadness, anxiety, and changes in mood or behavior.
  4. Loss of Consciousness: A loss of consciousness, even briefly, can be a sign of a concussion, but it is not always the case.

It’s important to note that some of these symptoms may not appear until days or even weeks after the injury. Also, if someone has a history of concussions, the symptoms may be more severe.

If Left Untreated

If a concussion is left untreated, it may lead to a number of serious complications. Some of the potential consequences of untreated concussions include:

  1. Second Impact Syndrome: This is a rare but potentially fatal condition that can occur when a person sustains a second concussion before the symptoms of the first one have fully resolved. The brain swells rapidly and can cause severe brain damage or death.
  2. Post-Concussion Syndrome: This is a group of symptoms that persist for weeks or months after the injury. These can include headaches, difficulty with memory and concentration, and changes in mood or behavior.
  3. Cognitive Impairments: Long-term cognitive impairments can occur if a concussion is left untreated such as difficulty with attention, memory, and concentration.
  4. Emotional Changes: People who have had a concussion may experience changes in mood or behavior, such as irritability, anxiety, or depression.
  5. Increased Risk of Further Injury: If a person returns to activities, such as sports, before fully recovering from a concussion, they are at risk of sustaining another concussion, which can have more severe consequences.
  6. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE): This is a progressive degenerative disease that can occur due to repetitive head injuries. Symptoms include cognitive and emotional difficulties, as well as Parkinsonian symptoms.

The standard approach to treating concussions is to watch and wait. The problem with this is that when it comes to concussions, the sooner the treatment, the quicker the healing. While concussion symptoms may improve through simply resting, they could also worsen. So why take the risk?

The Oxford Center’s Approach to Concussions

HBOT helps with concussions

The Oxford Center takes a proactive approach to treating concussions and TBI. We understand you do not want to take risks when it comes to your health, and we can help you avoid any long-term effects from concussions. That’s why we turn to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy decreases inflammation, oxygenates the entire body, stimulates the growth of new healthy blood vessels, and releases healthy cells, up to 800% more after twenty sessions. Research has shown that HBOT has a significant improvement in cognitive symptoms, improves brain perfusion (blood flow), reactivates neuronal activity in stunned areas of the brain, reduces brain edema and repairs tissue. 

No physical injury can heal without oxygen and the same applies for the brain. The improvement of symptoms is most ideal if a patient is treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy within 48 hours of the injury. However, dramatic improvement of symptoms is possible even years after the injury occurred.

In an HBOT chamber, the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen and air pressure is raised above normal atmospheric pressure. Normal air only has oxygen levels of 21% so the difference is dramatic. As patients breathe normally in the chamber, their lungs absorb increased amounts of oxygen and super-oxygenated blood carries throughout the body. This initiates and supports the body processes that help the brain recover and improve the symptoms of a concussion.

No matter how severe, The Oxford Center can help you on your way to recovery.

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