Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen is essential to every one of the tissues in the body and any tissue injury requires oxygen for healing. Research at the University of Dundee has shown that, in the inflammation that is typical of MS, the transport of oxygen is severely limited by tissue swelling.
The body normally heals itself using oxygen from the air – giving additional oxygen extends the body's ability to heal and can limit some of the damage which the disease causes. This is because breathing oxygen under pressure causes the dilated and leaky blood vessels in MS to constrict back to normal size and reduces the swelling, due to fluid gathering, which can lead to cells dying. At the same time, more oxygen is delivered to the bloodstream so increasing the amount available to help undertake repair.
The aim, therefore, of oxygen treatment in MS is to minimise the amount of damage being caused, promote rapid healing and limit scar formation, which can prevent nerve function being restored. It is best to start treatment early after diagnosis, as soon as symptoms become apparent. Although many people report improvements in their symptoms, oxygen therapy is not a cure for MS. Oxygen therapy is available at the centre Monday to Friday.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also widely used for the treatment of many other conditions including cerebral palsy, autism and stroke. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about whether or not oxygen therapy can help you.
In recent years professional and amateur sports teams have started using HBO to treat sports injuries, the benefits are:
- Increased supply of oxygen to injured areas, resulting in quicker healing of tissues, ligaments and fractures.
- Reduction in swelling and pain.
- Prevention of hypoxia of the traumatised tissues.
- Enhanced ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and prevent infection.
- Reduction of scar tissue formation.
- Helps you return to your sport sooner.