Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is
defined as a chronic degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Gradual destruction of myelin occurs in patches throughout
the brain, spinal cord, or both.
This interferes with the
nerve pathways and causes muscular weakness, loss of coordination and speech, and visual disturbances. It occurs in young
adults and is thought to be a defect in the immune system that may be genetic or viral in origin.
Hyperbaric oxygenation is
not a cure for MS, but is an adjunct therapy used to mitigate progression of the disease. It is widely used in the United
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
(HBOT) should be started as early as possible following diagnosis. An initial series of treatments may help to stabilize
the condition, and occasional booster treatments may help reduce progression of the disease, or lessen an exacerbation of
Patients have reported improvements
· Muscle control
· Sensory perception
· Bowel and bladder control
Suggested treatment schedule:
One to two daily treatments, five days/week for a total of 20-40 treatments is the usual protocol to stabilize
the disease, with booster sessions as needed. Booster sessions are recommended to maintain health or if symptoms flair.
Many patients take 1-2 sessions per month for maintenance. Individual responses vary.