My name is J.R. (age 30) and I suffered a stroke at birth in the left side of my brain that affected the right side of my body. This left me with severe muscle atrophy and significant disabilities with the use of my entire right hand and upper extremity. I had numerous surgeries growing up. I always knew my right hand would not be as strong as my left hand. I met a great, caring physician, Dr David Dornfeld, who asked me if I ever tried Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. I didn’t know if it would help me since my Stroke occurred 30 years ago.
I’ve been going in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber working on my right hand and entire right upper extremity-doing numerous exercises, while in the chamber. I am very proud to say I have not only gained strength, improved my muscular atrophy, and greatly improved both my shoulder and my hand’s range of motion. I am able to do more things easier with my right hand as opposed in the past, when I struggled daily because of the tightness I felt in my hand. My middle and ring finger would not be able to be straightened out completely and could not function independently prior to the mHBOT sessions. That is the only new therapy that I have done and I have been amazed on the recovery of my hand and the independence of those 2 fingers is improving daily with continued Hyperbaric Therapy and exercises while in the chamber!
I owe a lot of thanks to Dr Dornfeld for introducing me to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber as I’ve seen results in the improving function of my hand in everyday activities.
I have to date accumulated 23 hours at pressure and feel very comfortable with the staff, and the care I receive at Family Wellness Center.