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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 Kingdom.

 

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 symptoms.

 

Patients have reported improvements in:

 

  Muscle control

  Sensory perception

  Vision

  Balance

  Speech

  Bowel and bladder control

  Stamina

 

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.

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