How it helps MS
MS involves localised patches of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord which may eventually scar (sclerosis). Affected areas are unable to accept enough oxygen from the bloodstream unless more is dissolved in the blood.
The process by which this damage occurs can’t be prevented by Oxygen Therapy, but breathing oxygen under pressure causes the dilated and leaky blood vessels to constrict back to normal size and reduces the swelling. Giving extra oxygen also increases the body’s ability to heal and can limit some of the damage which MS may cause.
Oxygen Therapy is reported by people with MS to help with fatigue, bladder function, balance, eyesight and co-ordination.
How it helps other conditions
Oxygen Therapy is becoming more and more widely used for other neurological disorders and chronic conditions, including damage done to tissues after invasive therapies. It is also beneficial for muscle and tissue damage, including sporting injures – many top footballers use it to speed up their recovery.