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The first documented use of hyperbaric therapy was in the 1600’s prior to the “discovery” of oxygen.  In the early 1800’s, the medical community started to experiment with pressurized therapy for pulmonary afflictions.  By the late 1800’s, hyperbaric chambers were widely in use throughout Europe for a variety of afflictions.  As yet, there was no targeted science prescribing the use of this new therapy.

Save the HipposIt was not until the second half of the 20th century that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) started to enter the mainstream of medical thought.  The first International Congress on Hyperbaric Medicine was held in Amsterdam in 1963.  The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine was formed in 1983.  The International Society of Hyperbaric Medicine was formed in 1988.  The use and effects of HBOT continues to evolve with many FDA-approved as well as emerging off-label treatments being discovered around the world.

The hippocampus – named after its resemblance in size and shape to a seahorse – is a small area just below the cerebral cortex which appears to have many important interactions with key areas of brain function.

  • The hippocampus is one of the first areas to show deterioration in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Spatial memory and navigation ability are thought to be key areas supported
  • Long term potentiation (a form of neural plasticity) occurs in the hippocampus
  • The hippocampus has a definite, but yet little understood, role in memory
  • The hippocampus is particularly susceptible to damage from long term stress
  • Damage to the hippocampus is often seen in epilepsy and schizophrenia
  • In cases of severe depression the hippocampus has been found to shrink
  • The hippocampus is easily damaged by oxygen deprivation
  • Military and others suffering from PTSD frequently show damage to the hippocampus

With all of the existing and rapidly emerging evidence of the importance of the hippocampus, the impetus for the formation of AAHA, and our particular commitment to the health and healing of our military, “Save the Hippos!” became a logical embodiment of our mission.  Our logo is easy to remember for adults, easy to explain to children, and describes an important focus of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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