Oxygen is essential to every one of the tissues in the body and any tissue injury requires oxygen for healing. Recent research at the University of Dundee has show that, in the inflammation that is typical of Multiple Sclerosis, the transport of oxygen is severely limited by tissue swelling
Oxygen Therapy, where the normal amount of oxygen in the air is many times exceeded, is now being widely used in medical practice, notably in the USA, mainland Europe, Japan, Russia and China.
Use in Multiple Sclerosis has been controversial, largely because function and expectations have been widely misunderstood although studies have shown that it is beneficial.
The process by which damage to the nervous system is caused in Multiple Sclerosis clearly cannot be prevented by oxygen therapy.
However, as the body normally heals itself using oxygen from the air, additional oxygen can extend the body’s ability to heal and can limit some of the damage which the disease causes.
Breathing oxygen under pressure causes the dilated and leaky blood vessels in Multiple Sclerosis to constrict back to normal size and reduces the swelling.
At the same time, more oxygen is delivered to the bloodstream so increasing the amount available to help undertake repair.
The aim of oxygen treatment in Multiple Sclerosis is to minimise the amount of damage being caused, promote rapid healing and limit the scar formation which can prevent nerve function being restored. High Dosage Oxygen Therapy is available at the Therapy Centre.
It is conducted within strict regulations and all operators are comprehensively trained in its use.
The initial course consists of 20 sessions which are carried out on the three consecutive days we are open until complete. These are then followed by ‘top up’ sessions which may vary from once a week to once a month.
The most significant benefits are in improved balance, sensory perception and control of incontinence. Other symptoms also show beneficial change in different people. Oxygen Therapy is not a cure for Multiple Sclerosis – but it does seem effective in helping people with Multiple Sclerosis to slow down the disease progress. In addition, it often succeeds that patients feel there is an improvement in their general condition.