TORONTO STROKE RECOVERY PROGRAM
Join our 4-month, private pay, multi-disciplinary stroke recovery program, operating out of Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital.
Treatments include naturopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, speech language therapy, physical medicine and physiatry and combined with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), all supervised by doctors.
Positive and Promising Results:
improvement in the reversal of paralysis
increase in physical sensation
renewed use of language
improvement in coordination of fine motor skills
improvement in mood and mood stability
improvement in memory and cognitive speed
Oxygen breathes new life into neurons
A 2013 clinical trial, similar to the one our clinic uses, results indicate that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can lead to significant neurological improvements in post stroke patients even at chronic late stages https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23335971
A 2018 clinical trial found similar positive benefits of HBOT therapy for stroke, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30402285
A 2015 clinical trial exhibited positive results using HBOT therapy for post-stroke depression, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26157204,
Through the use of hyperbaric, oxygen-rich chambers combined with functional medicine, nutritional and physical therapy, medical researchers have found a way to restore a significant amount of neurological function in brain tissue thought to be chronically damaged by stroke, traumatic injury, and metabolic disorder -- even years after the original injury. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0053716
Multi-Disciplinary Program Details:
Covers the 3 areas of support patients are searching for once their acute care in-hospital ends: Treatment, Ongoing Stroke Rehabilitation and Stroke Prevention.
4-months total: 1 month pre & 1 month post, weekly visits
2 months, daily on-site treatments, multi-disciplinary HBOT protocol
Pre- & Post Treatment Lab Testing, Physical Testing, Speech Assessment
Pre & Post -HBOT Assessment by Hyperbaric Physician, Naturopathic Doctor, Physiatrist, Speech Language Pathologist
Our goal is to track your progress with you, until you reach your goals. Goals of the program are to help patients walk and talk again, as well as regain fine and gross motor movements, balance and coordination, and stabilize mood, and at the end of the day, re-gain their independence.
The program can be completed concurrently with the standard of care for outpatient rehabilitation as early as 3 months post-stroke.
Using HBOT to Re-Perfuse the Brain
A stroke affects the patient by depriving their brain and neurologic tissue of oxygen. After a stroke, there are cells that are dysfunctional, but still alive. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, HBOT wakes up these stunned neurons and stimulates proliferation of new neurons, facilitating the brain's ability to compensate for deficits.
There are several degrees of brain injury. Neurons impacted by metabolic dysfunction have the energy to stay alive, but not enough to fire electric signals. HBOT aims to increase the supply of energy to these cells.
The pressurized chamber forces oxygen into all areas of the body, resulting in a re-awakening of dormant areas of the brain prevalent in persons who have suffered a stroke. The pressurized oxygen saturates the blood and nourishes tissues and increases cellular metabolism, which decreases swelling of chronically traumatized areas of the brain as well as other swollen tissues. When given simultaneous oral and injection therapy of vitamins, minerals and supplements, promotes growth of new blood vessels in damaged areas.
HBOT for the Treatment of a Stroke
Hyperbaric therapy is also known to regenerate new blood vessels to damaged areas of the brain and aids in the repair and restoration of glial cells, extracellular matrix and injured neurons. Many of our patients have finished treatment with improved speech, balance, motor skills, ability to have an improved quality of life.
The brain consumes 20 percent of the body's oxygen, but that is only enough oxygen to operate five to ten percent of neurons at any one time. The regeneration process requires much more energy. The tenfold increase in oxygen levels during HBOT treatment supplies the necessary energy for rebuilding neuronal connections and stimulating inactive neurons to facilitate the healing process.
While HBOT alone has tremendous effects on reducing inflammation and reawakening dormant cells, we use conjunctive therapies in clinical nutrition, functional medicine, speech and physical therapy to increase neuron growth, increase cellular detoxification of the brain, to help the brain heal and the patient regain activities of daily living.
The multi-pronged approach helps the brain improve mitochondrial function and cellular respiration to regenerate neurons, restore functional integrity to dormant areas following a stroke, stabilize integrity of the phospholipid bilayer of all cells to improve their communication and nerve signaling, as well as balancing neurotransmitters based on biochemistry and physiology of the brain and neuro-endocrine system.
The sooner the better for treatment. We recommend patients use this program if they have had a debilitating stroke in the last 4 years. We can support patients as soon as 3 months post-stroke.
Stroke Symptoms Our Program Supports:
Many of our patients have one or more symptoms of:
imbalance and difficulty walking
difficulty gaining muscle mass
For the first time, all these symptoms are addressed in the same program, providing synergy, which exponentially increases the opportunity for results. We communicate back and forth with your neurologist to ensure trust and compatibility with your treatment plan.
It is our goal to get your Independence Back -
This program is not covered by OHIP or any government funding. Direct billing to your insurance company is available for a portion of the program. Payment plans are available and will be discussed in person, with a team doctor. Many of our patients raise money for the program through crowd sourcing or a go-fund-me account, from supporters and loved ones.
Patients do not need a referral and are able to self refer by calling the clinic to book a complimentary discovery call or meet and greet. Come see our hyperbaric clinic, we’d love to show you around.
How to Book an Appointment
Patients are encouraged to apply to the program and a complimentary meet and greet phone or in-person consultation will be booked for them, to review what the program entails and the commitment it will require. Patients who then wish to move forward, will be asked to book an initial assessment with our anesthesiologist, to determine if they are a good candidate for the full program.
This program is not covered by OHIP but private billing to your insurance company is available.
Our staff will work with you to help coordinate transportation. For Toronto residents, the most common mode of transportation is with wheel trans pick-up and drop off, at the rear wing of the hospital, where a member of our reception team will greet you.
This evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approach, is the only one of its kind in Canada. Patients come from all over Ontario to determine if they are a candidate and then proceed with the 4-month treatment in our state-of-the-art facility, operating out of Rouge Valley Hospital.
RESEARCH ON HBOT TREATMENT FOR STROKE RECOVERY:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23335971, A 2013 clinical trial, similar to the one our clinic uses, results indicate that HBOT can lead to significant neurological improvements in post stroke patients even at chronic late stages.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30402285, A 2018 clinical trial found similar positive benefits of HBOT therapy for stroke
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26157204, A 2015 clinical trial exhibited positive results using HBOT therapy for post-stroke depression