Multiple Sclerosis and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Multiple sclerosis is a devastating disease that can ravage the body and mind. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, its sufferers can finally find relief.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an essential part of a multiple sclerosis treatment plan and it should be an option that’s available to anyone with multiple sclerosis.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Anyone who has ever had a family member with multiple sclerosis knows how devastating it can be. It is a demyelinating disease that attacks the central nervous system[1].  Depending on the severity of the disease, patients can live regular, productive lives for many years or decades after diagnosis, or they may experience rapid, crippling deterioration.

People with multiple sclerosis often experience balance problems, which may eventually relegate them to using a walker or wheelchair for mobility. Loss of vision and increased pain are also common symptoms, caused by slower nerve impulses. If the multiple sclerosis attacks the part of the brain that controls continence, bladder and bowel incontinence may occur. Limited movement, spasticity, and cognitive disorders also commonly follow a multiple sclerosis disorder.

Unfortunately, until recently, there was very little in the way of treatment for multiple sclerosis. Experimental medications were often all that patients could use, at possible detriment to their health and physical condition. Other options included possibly addictive pain medications that did not have any effect on multiple sclerosis symptoms but masked the pain that patients had to deal with every day. For many multiple sclerosis patients, getting their diagnosis was the worst day of their lives. All they could do was wait and see how destructive the disease was in their particular case, hope for slow deterioration, and wait to see if the disease attacked their neurological function.

multiple sclerosis patients can experience relief and a better life with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

However, America is beginning to accept a therapy that countries all over the world have accepted for decades. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an essential part of a multiple sclerosis treatment plan and it should be an option that’s available to anyone with multiple sclerosis.

Research shows a promising future for the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for patients with multiple sclerosis. Statistically, patients who undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy experience less pain, less spasticity, and an improvement in motor function than those who did not undergo therapy[2].  Many patients also report an increase in energy, a relief for patients whose multiple sclerosis has left them with chronic fatigue, and an improvement in cognitive function.

Talking with patients who have undergone HBOT for multiple sclerosisalso yields exciting results. One patient who suffered from multiple sclerosis for 15 years signed up for 40 sessions. Initially, her muscle stiffness and spasticity left her unable to move in the chamber. After three sessions, she experienced great improvements in muscle looseness and flexibility. Her ability to walk around the house, use her exercise bike, and retain urinary control returned throughout her HBOT sessions[3].

With promising results like those described above, multiple sclerosis patients can experience relief and a better life with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. HBOT can reverse and halt the damaging effects of multiple sclerosis on the body and return hope to its sufferers.

 

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