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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the result of damage to myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. When the myelin is damaged, this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.

For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not a cure for MS - but it seems to offer effective help with such critical symptoms as fatigue, poor balance and mobility, sensory perception difficulties, incontinence and, in some cases, speech problems.

Extensive international medical research has established hyperbaric oxygen therapy as part of an effective multiple sclerosis treatment program. In some European countries, it is not only the primary treatment, but also covered by insurance.  In 1983, in Dundee, Scotland the first charity-run HBOT centre dedicated to the treatment of multiple sclerosis opened. This was an initiative of the former charity ARMS (Action and Research for Multiple Sclerosis). Since then the U.K. has provided more than 1.5 million HBO treatments for MS in 100 MS dedicated centers.

Unfortunately today, HBOT it is not considered a mainstream MS treatment and is not covered by insurance. However, the discrepancy between how North America perceives HBOT in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and how widely it is used in other countries is worth closer examination.




Articles, Studies & Additional Information


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for MS: My Experience
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The Controversy over Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Patients
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis: My Experience
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More on Multiple Sclerosis and Hyperbaric Oxygen
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Multiple Sclerosis
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Long-term Hyperbaric Oxygenation Retards Progression in Multiple Sclerosis Patients
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From the UK's Multiple Sclerosis site; Living with MS - Press report -http://www.mssociety.org.uk/applications/discussion/view.rm?post_id=1028054&id=14320

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