The Research

Evidence showing the healing relationship between Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy & Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia occurs due to a lack of oxygen to some areas of the brain which are oxygen dependent. These areas control postural muscles (cerebellum), which contribute to tension and pain in the muscles and surrounding soft tissues. Also effected is the frontal lobe which becomes hyper-excitable and lowers a persons pain threshold.

An individual diagnosed with Fibromyalgia has a lack of oxygen throughout their daily life, leading to an accumulation of toxins throughout the body and in muscle and soft tissues. This causes fatigue, brain fog, lack of good sleep, tension, inflammation and pain throughout the body.

How we can help

At Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Christchurch we use Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Pulse Electro Magnetic Field Therapy, along with recommending vitamin B12 injections, anti-oxidant supplements (e.g. fish oil) and a change in diet. In Fibromyalgia sufferers this leads to a increase in blood flow to the brain and tops up the oxygen levels to the frontal lobe and cerebellum. It also results in more oxygen to the cells of the body, increasing metabolism of the cell, and help to alleviate toxins from the body

These mechanisms can improve quality of life by reducing pain in muscles and soft tissue, inflammation, brain fog and sleep.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Diminish
Fibromyalgia Syndrome

“The study provides evidence that HBOT can improve the symptoms and life quality of FMS patients. Moreover, it shows that HBOT can induce neuroplasticity and significantly rectify abnormal brain activity in pain related areas of FMS patients.”

A New Treatment Modality for Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

“There is no information about Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy for managing Fibromyalgia Symptoms (FMS) in the current literature. The proposed role of hypoxia in FMS, however, prompted us to evaluate the effectiveness of hyperoxia provided by HBO therapy. In our study, we think that HBO therapy was successful in breaking the pain-hypoxia vicious cycle since it decreased the number of tender points and VAS pain scores by increasing the pain threshold. HBO may be an effective and relatively cheap alternative treatment modality for patients with FMS, especially for those with chronic pain.”

Low-frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic
Field Therapy in Fibromyalgia: A Randomized, Double-blind, Sham-controlled Clinical Study

“The PEMF group showed significant improvements in FIQ, VAS pain, BDI score, and SF-36 scale in all domains at the end of therapy. These improvements in FIQ, VAS pain, and SF-36 pain score during follow-up.

Conclusion: Low-frequency PEMF therapy might improve function, pain, fatigue, and global status in FM patients.”

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