Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Reduce Pain and Fibromyalgia-Related Symptoms

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Reduce Pain and Fibromyalgia-Related Symptoms
A team led by researchers at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center and Tel-Aviv University in Israel recently revealed that therapy based on high-pressure oxygen can improve fibromyalgia symptoms in patients. The study was published in the journal PLoS One and is entitled “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Diminish Fibromyalgia Syndrome – Prospective Clinical Trial”. Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterized by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, incapacitating fatigue, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, painful response to pressure, headaches, unrefreshing sleep (poor sleep quality), anxiety or depression and mood alterations. The disorder has been associated with abnormal brain activity. Fibromyalgia can affect people’s ability to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising their quality of life. It is estimated that 5 to 15 million Americans are affected by this disorder, especially women (9:1 female-to-male incidence ratio). The diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be challenging, with the disease often misdiagnosed by other disorders. In addition, only a few therapies are available that can effectively ease the disease symptoms. It has been previously reported that the exposure of patients to pure oxygen at higher-than-atmospheric pressures in hyperbaric oxygen chambers offers clinical benefits in the treatment of conditions like decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns and embolism
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