Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Fibromyalgia is known as a syndrome and it has puzzled researchers and physicians since it first began to be recognized as a legitimate syndrome, and given a name.
Even today, the scientific community does not know much more about Fibromyalgia than it did 15 years ago.
And I certainly do not have all the answers either.
However using hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a therapy that is much more widely used in Europe and Asia than in the USA, there have been enough successes to make it a therapy worthy of being studied and examined as it is in the US, today. And while it is still being studied in the USA to “prove” its usefulness, not everybody wants to wait for the USA to catch up to Europe and Asia to obtain the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen.
Using SPECT Scans, a study from the University of Alabama found that there is a lessened brain blood flow in people suffering from Fibromyalgia than in people without Fibromyalgia.
Hyperbaric therapy works by greatly increasing cellular oxygen intake, which is one of the main results of increasing blood flow. Perhaps this is one explanation as to why hyperbaric oxygen has been found to help people suffering from Fibromyalgia.
Hyperbaric oxygen is not a cure; but it does help patients to feel better and do more, and this often revives their desire to do even more.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a safe, effective method of delivering increased oxygen to the body’s cells, tissues, organs, and fluids.
Breathing oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber gives us up to a 400% increase from the amount of oxygen available in normal air.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy dissolves oxygen directly into the plasma, brain and cerebrospinal fluids.
The increased pressure causes the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb MUCH LARGER QUANTITIES of oxygen, greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, brain, other organs, and fluids of the body.
The resulting increased uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation to areas that may have swelling or inflammation. At the same time, the increased pressure decreases the swelling and inflammation.
Oxygen is then utilized by the body for vital cell functions. Healthier cells equals healthier tissues, organs, and bodily functioning.