We have two oxygen chambers at our centre in Warminster, that are operated on a daily basis at varying times throughout the day.
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 shown that, in the inflammation that is typical of Multiple Sclerosis, the transport of oxygen is severely limited by tissue swelling.
Damage to the nervous system caused by Multiple Sclerosis clearly cannot be prevented by oxygen therapy. However, in the same way 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 can cause.
Breathing oxygen under pressure causes the dilated and leaky blood vessels in Multiple Sclerosis to constrict back to normal size and reduce the swelling. At the same time, more oxygen is delivered into the bloodstream, increasing the amount available to help undertake repair.
Oxygen therapy is not only for people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but for a variety of other neurological and medical conditions. It can help to relieve symptoms associated with a range of life-limiting conditions such as cancer, stroke, diabetes, fibromyalgia and, increasingly, long COVID. It can also help to aid recovery from infections, wounds, broken bones and sports injuries.
Sessions run Monday to Friday at varying times. If you have MS or any other condition and you want to explore oxygen therapy, please email Sarah Williamson or call 01985 217728.