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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive, degenerative disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  MS is demonstrated as a loss of myelin (a protective sheet of protein and lipids covering the nerve fibers) leading to improper distribution of nerve signals which can cause: tremor (shaking), extreme weakness, numbness, paralysis, in-coordination, visual impairment, bowel and bladder dysfunction.

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

In a recent publication in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, a Randomized, Placebo Controlled, Double-blind Study,” researchers demonstrated significant objective improvements in a variety of MS symptoms in 70% of patients treated. At one year after treatment, deterioration was noted in 55% of MS patients not treated as compared to only 12% of patients who underwent hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Joe Borlinha

B.Sc, Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine

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