Suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, CRPS/RSD, or MPS affects every facet of your life. Pain that persists for months may start from an initial injury or illness, but it can also arise without a clear cause. Chronic pain affects sleep, stamina, appetite, and mood, and can lead to reduced flexibility and strength. With good reason, chronic pain can create feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and sadness. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses pressurized oxygen to decrease inflammation and accelerate healing. Chronic pain sufferers report less pain and swelling, and more freedom from pain medications following hyperbaric oxygen therapy regimens.
Fact Sheet: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a debilitating condition. Its invisibility can result in frustration from patients who feel ignored by practitioners who do not have effective tools to diagnose and treat the pain. Sufferers of chronic pain seek relief of immediate symptoms and prevention of future bouts of pain. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an effective treatment for many of the symptoms of chronic pain like inflammation, fatigue, limited mobility, and nerve pain. HBOT provides relief for chronic pain.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months. It is sometimes caused by past injuries or surgeries. Chronic pain may also be a symptom of chronic illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), fibromyalgia, arthritis, and Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Long-term local pain will form complex local pain syndrome or central pain, making ordinary pain very severe and difficult to treat, leading to dysfunction of various systems of the body, reduced immunity, and various complications, even disability or disability. endanger the patient’s life.
common chronic pain
Common Pain Diseases
Trigeminal neuralgia, diabetic neuralgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, radicular pain, post-amputation pain, post-paraplegia pain, peripheral nerve entrapment tenderness, genetic disorders, immune neuralgia, post-operative or traumatic Post-Neuralgia, Cancer Pain, Post-Stroke Neuralgia
Manifested as: a certain part of the body (nerve innervation area) paroxysmal pain, lightning pain, burning pain, acupuncture pain, touch pain, numbness pain, vertebral piercing pain, heavy tenderness, etc.
Trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, sphenopalatine neuralgia, migraine, cluster headache, cervicogenic headache, atypical facial pain, nasopharyngeal cancer pain, post-stroke pain
Manifested as: Unexplained paroxysmal lightning pain, burning pain, acupuncture pain or persistent dull pain in one or more parts of the head, forehead, orbit, teeth, palate, face, tongue, ear, etc. Aggravated, may be accompanied by tears, runny nose.
Cervical spondylosis – divided into 6 types
Nerve root type, cervical type, sympathetic type, spinal type, mixed cervical spondylosis, vertebral artery type
Manifested as: Pillow, top, arm, shoulder, chest, or back pain, or numbness in hands or arms, or dizziness, ringing in the ears, or unexplained hiccups, nausea, palpitations, sweating, tightness of breath, or weakness in walking or bowel movements Or the feeling of stepping on cotton, or the feeling of foreign body infarction in the throat and esophagus.
lumbar discogenic pain
Lumbar disc herniation or bulging, lumbar intervertebral space inflammation, lumbar endplate inflammation, low back or leg pain or numbness due to lumbar instability
Manifested as: waist or leg pain from prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, prolonged walking or numbness.
low back pain
Lumbar compression fracture pain, lumbar disc herniation, spinal soft stenosis pain, lumbar and leg myofascial pain, lumbar degenerative pain, osteoporosis pain, post-traumatic pain, ankylosing spondylitis and other pain
Manifested as: persistent pain in the lower back and legs, pain when turning around or bending over, pain in the middle of the night, pain when getting up, pain when going to the ground, pain in sitting or walking for a long time, etc.
Frozen shoulder pain, knee pain, facet joint pain, sacroiliac joint pain, ankle pain, traumatic arthritis pain, gouty arthritis, reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis and other immune Arthritis pain etc.
Manifested as: joint pain, movement pain, start pain or night pain, local tenderness or redness, swelling and so on.
Cervical, lumbar, thoracic disc herniation, myofascial syndrome, vertebral instability, facet joints, osteoporosis, intervertebral disc disease, retroperitoneal irritation, vertebral metastases, sacral canal or nerve sheath Cyst, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Unexplained Headache, Low Back Pain, Limb, Abdominal, Chest, Perineal Pain
Manifested as: body pain of unknown cause, mainly referred pain, radiating pain, burning pain, acupuncture pain, persistent pain or nocturnal pain. May be accompanied by skin numbness or muscle weakness, and a history of collision, trauma, or surgery.
Primary cancer pain, metastatic cancer pain, cancer treatment-related pain, other pain associated with cancer
It is manifested as: local or distant pain in the lesion at the same time or after the history of cancer pain has been diagnosed. And unexplained sudden pain, persistent pain, nocturnal pain, local pain, deep pain, pain with local swelling, etc.
Sympathetic cervical spondylosis, pain after nerve injury, diabetic neuralgia, immune pain, Raynaud’s syndrome, hyperhidrosis, erythromelalgia, Parkinson’s disease, pain after stroke, depression, etc.
It is manifested as: a certain part of the body is particularly cold, burning, itching, light tenderness or wind-blown pain, abnormal sweating for no reason, red, dark purple, poor sleep, palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus.
How does HBOT help chronic pain?
- Reduces edema and swelling
- Decreases pain
- Increases range of motion
- Speeds & deepens healing of injuries
- Promotes circulation & stem cell growth, which reduces inflammation & supports the immune system
- Increases ability to tolerate pain
- Decreases tender points & psychological distress in fibromyalgia patients
- Decreased disability & higher pain threshold remain for at least 3 months after treatment
Multiple studies have found HBOT to be highly effective at treating chronic pain related to fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, and CRPS.
At Holistic Hyperbarics, we have successfully improved the quality of life of many chronic pain patients. These patients suffer from a range of pain causes: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (and other connective tissue disorders), arthritis, sports injuries, car accidents, and more. We believe HBOT can help all chronic pain patients, even those who haven’t identified a cause for their pain.
Give us a call for more details about our HBOT protocol for chronic pain, and to book your first treatment. Our state-of-the art spa features knowledgeable staff, a relaxing environment, and comfortable hyperbaric chambers. We’d love to answer your questions, and look forward to working with you.
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- Hyperbaric chambers are a class 2 medical device