Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a cell-mediated autoimmune condition characterised by repeated episodes of inflammation of the nervous tissue in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of the insulating myelin sheath.
What Causes MS?
The causes of MS are not completely understood but the autoimmune process appears to be caused both by genetic and environmental factors – e.g. viral infections in early life. Minor viral infections frequently precipitate relapses.
MS may present with:
- Vision Problems
- Numbness and Tingling
- Stiffness, Weakness, Muscle Spasms and Mobility Problems
- Bowel and Bladder Control Problems
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Anxiety and Depression
- Problems with Thinking, Learning and Planning
- Slurred Speech and Difficulties Swallowing
Periods when symptoms worsen are called “relapses”, and periods when symptoms improve or vanish are called “remissions”. While there is no actual cure for MS, there are treatments available to deal with specific MS symptoms or to combat relapses, as well as to reduce the frequency of relapses.
The prevalence of MS recorded in the UK from 1990 to 2010 increased by about 2.4% per year, reaching 285.8 per 100 000 in women and 113.1 per 100 000 in men by 2010.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & MS
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the complementary therapies highly recommended by an increasing number of doctors. HBOT is often used in conjunction with conventional medical therapies.
Here at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre in London, HBOT sessions are administered by co-founder and world-renowned hyperbaric expert Robert Pender. For more information, contact us on 020 3131 6273 or [email protected], or book a consultation at our clinic in Mayfair.
What are the 3 Types of MS?
The 3 main MS types are;
Relapsing Remitting MS
- By far the most common type of MS suffered with people experiencing MS attack symptoms that fade away either in part or in full. Relapsing Remitting MS can often lead to people developing Secondary Progressive MS
Secondary Progressive MS
- This stage of MS tends to be harder to medically diagnose, but is reached when the MS symptoms become steadily worse over time
Primary Progressive MS
- Significantly less common than Relapsing Remitting MS, Primary Progressive MS is where symptoms gradually get worse over time after the first symptoms appear
Living with MS
A crucial life focus for all MS sufferers is to try and stay as healthy as possible. Therefore, doctors and healthcare professionals may often recommend a specific diet plan that could have positive impacts on a patient’s symptoms.
They may also recommend a specific exercise program to meet individual need and advise to remove certain lifestyle activities such as smoking or to significantly reduce alcohol consumption.
Please note that although HBOT having been used for many years as a therapeutic intervention for a variety of indications, the evidence for its use remains uncertain which means that it is not proven by “randomized prospective controlled clinical experiment or trial” which is considered to be the strongest form of scientific evidence by conventional medical standards.
It is always recommended that clients visit their GP or Consultant if there is any medical problem before commencing HBOT. Our HBOT expert, Robert Pender regularly consults GPs and medical consultants or relevant members (MDs) of International Hyperbaric Medical Association when required whilst client’s confidentiality will be respected and protected throughout.
In accordance with UK and EU legislation, we confirm that there is no intention implied or otherwise that HBOT is given so with the intention of it being a cure, diagnosis or as a preventative for any disease. Any references, studies or testimonials on this website do not imply that similar results will occur when the same therapy is experienced by another.