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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

 “The only criterion for the success of treatment of chronic multiple sclerosis must be that it prevents deterioration”

 – Dr. George Schumacher
Former chairman, International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis Societies

Dr. Schumacher, the renowned neurologist who established the core clinical principles for diagnosing multiple sclerosis, made this statement more than four decades ago, yet it remains relevant and true to this day.  

Current medical treatment of multiple sclerosis focuses on modifying disease progression by modulating the overactive immune system. Most of these medications are administered via injection and carry serious health risks. While these treatments have yet to strike the perfect balance between safety and efficacy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been widely used worldwide, especially in the UK to safely arrest MS progression since the early 1980s.  

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a natural, non-invasive treatment that creates an oxygen-rich environment in your body by dissolving a substantial amount of oxygen in the liquid portion of our blood (called plasma).  The dissolved oxygen rapidly reaches the cerebrospinal fluid, bathing the brain and spinal cord (collectively referred to as the central nervous system) in oxygen-rich fluid.  This oxygen-rich fluid reduces over-activity of the immune system, easing inflammation and preventing further destruction of the protective covering of our nerve connections (called myelin sheath).  

Along with preserving healthy nerve connections and repairing damaged myelin sheath, hyperbaric oxygen therapy enhances the brain’s adaptability (a process referred to as neuroplasticity) by revitalizing and awakening dormant nerve cells in the brain and facilitating the establishment of new connections within the central nervous system. In addition, the therapy activates neural stem cells to further strengthen those connections weakened by multiple sclerosis.  

These processes work together to alter the course of multiple sclerosis in a favorable manner and provide you with significant symptomatic relief.  With consistent exposure to hyperbaric oxygen therapy your walking and balance improve, your strength and coordination increase, you recover lost sensation, and you regain bladder control.  

Similar to other disease conditions affecting the brain, prospects are best when hyperbaric oxygen therapy is initiated early.  Nevertheless, long-time multiple sclerosis sufferers undergoing the therapy can still experience significant and sustained improvement in quality of life.

You don’t have to be weighed down and frustrated by multiple sclerosis and the lack of a safe medical treatment.  Let hyperbaric oxygen therapy safely arrest disease progression, prevent deterioration, and optimize your health and well-being.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen in nervous system problems:

  • Reduces muscle spasticity
  • Relieves numbness (improves regeneration of peripheral nerves) and allows better sensitivity
  • Increases energy level and exercise capacity (helps in better outcome of physical therapy)
  • Reduces fatigue and tremor
  • Improves mobility and coordination

Hyperbaric Oxygen in bladder and bowel problems:

  • Reduces bladder spasticity (muscle tension), urinary urgency and frequency
  • Increases bladder capacity, muscle strength and improves bladder emptying (coordination in relaxation and contraction of the muscle)
  • Increases bowel movement by strengthening and regulating rectal sphincter control
  • Prevents infection to occur by generally strengthening immune system and increasing capacity to fight infection by enhancing antibiotics activity, directly killing bacteria or indirectly helping in leukocyte killing mechanism
Further reading:
  1. Efrati S, Golan H, Bechor Y, Faran Y, Daphna-Tekoah S, Sekler G, et al.  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Diminish Fibromyalgia Syndrome – Prospective Clinical Trial 2015 PLoS ONE 10(5): e0127012. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127012 CNS Neurosci Ther. 2010 Apr;16(2):115-24
  2. Maxfield,W. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Mutiple Sclerosis: My Experience. 2005 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeon. Vol10(4)
  3. Jain, K.K. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in multiple sclerosis; Textbook of Hyperbaric medicine 3rd ed. Ch 20, pp 373 – 381; 1999
  4. James, PB.  MS as diagnosis, Lancet, 359:1178, 1997
  5. Kindwall, E. Treatment of multiple sclerosis with hyperbaric oxygen, Arch Neurol. 1991, 48,195-199
  6. Kleijne, J. Hyperbaric oxygen for multiple sclerosis, Acta Neurol Scand 1995, 91(5): 330-4
  7. Mc Donald, WI. Multliple sclerosis : diagnostic optimism, Brit Med J , 1992, 304: 1259-60
  8. Oriani, G. Long-term hyperbaric oxygen in multiple sclerosis, J Hyperbaric med 1990,5(4), 237-245
  9. Webster, J. Long-term results of hyperbaric oxygen  therapy in multiple sclerosis, two years results in 128 patients Stansted: ARMS,1989
  10. Fischer, B. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of multiple sclerosis; A randomized , placebo-controlled , double-blind study; The New England Journal of Medicine; 308 (4): 181-6; Jan.1983
  11. Sukoff, MH. Hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of acute cerebral edema, Neurosurgery 1982, 10:29-38

Dr. Maxfield: “Although HBOT does not cure MS, my impression was that it provided significant symptomatic relief and delayed or decreased progression.

Maxfield,W. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Mutiple Sclerosis: My Experience. 2005 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeon. Vol10(4)


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