U.S. Army veteran Chris Liby says hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) saved his life after surviving an IED explosion while he was deployed to the Middle East in 2008. But Liby is just one success story in many.
So why won't the VA or insurers pay for this treatment? HBOT is only approved for thirteen conditions including: decompression sickness, thermal burns, non-healing wounds. But not Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
Dr. Henricks, as well as many other doctors, claim they've seen HBOT work to heal brain injuries in Veterans and also assist with the symptoms of PTS.
TBI and PTS make up a large portion of the "wounds" Service members suffer from without a lot of success seen for brain injuries in terms of current medically approved treatments. Also with TBI, one of the issues is suicidal ideations. So treating that wound is tantamount to stopping many Veteran suicides, of which the VA says about 20 Veterans take their lives each day.
"On a basic level, over multiple hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments, oxygen flow stimulates the body's own natural healing processes at the cellular level, plus it promotes the release of stem cells from the bone marrow," explains Henricks.
Henricks believes in the treatment so much so that she opened a clinic to treat Veterans as a nonprofit.