during a hospital visit last week, a fibromyalgia patient informed me that he was getting noticeable relief from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. I was fascinated. My mind started racing as to whether it could help me. Having researched into this 'treatment', I discover that this 'novel' treatment modality is growing in popularity for chronic pain management. Notably, it HAS NOT been passed by the FDA. I am interested to hear your thoughts.
".Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is breathing 100% oxygen while under increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT is a treatment that can be traced back to the 1600s. The first well-known chamber was built and run by a British clergyman named Henshaw. He built a structure called the domicilium that was used to treat a multitude of diseases.......................
.....................The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is hyperoxygenation -increasing oxygen within the plasma. HBOT also induces a reduction in blood flow that allows capillaries to resorb extra fluid, resulting in decreased edema. As a gradient of oxygenation is based on blood flow, oxygen tissue tensions can be returned, allowing for the host defenses to properly function. Reperfusion injury is diminished, as HBOT generates scavengers to destroy oxygen radicals"
mads264-2006_HBOT_chronic_pain.pdf (93.6 KB)