In an article from The Ledger, Joe Namath speaks about the long term benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and his recovery after the five concussions / traumatic brain injury.
“I tried to take care of myself over the years, but I questioned myself,” said Namath, 75, who spoke to a small group of reporters Wednesday during a private reception at the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine in Royal Palm Beach. “After seeing some friends and associates take their own lives, questioning myself, going from one room to the next and asking, ‘Why did I come in here?’ You start questioning yourself, knowing that you had at least a handful of concussions.”
In 2012, Namath decided to have his own brain checked out, and he was concerned with the results.
“My initial brain scan showed cells that weren’t getting enough blood,” he said. “There was a dark side of my brain.”
In August of that year, Namath had his first session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment at Jupiter Medical Center.
HBOT helps enhance the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100 percent oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments, but has not been cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to treat brain injuries.
Namath, though, swears by the treatment.
After 40 HBOT sessions, he says his brain is sound again.
“My brain scan made me feel so good after the first 40 times,” he said. “I’ve had a scan nearly each year since 2013. The brain has stayed healthy.”