Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition marked by persistent exhaustion that isn’t caused by physical exertion, and doesn’t go away with sleep or rest. CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis.

The condition comes with countless other symptoms, including:

It’s estimated that CFS/ME affects over a million people in the US. It’s more common in women than men and usually develops between the ages of 20 and 40. One in four CFS sufferers has severe symptoms, namely significantly reduced mobility and brain fog.

Unfortunately, CFS is shrouded in mystery. There is no known cause and it’s usually quite difficult to diagnose and treat. However, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is proving highly effective for improving health and wellbeing for those with CFS.

While there is no known cure for chronic fatigue/ME, complementary therapies like Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are available to help alleviate the symptoms. Treatment plans vary because of a lack of medical and scientific understanding of the illness, and because all patients’ symptoms and responses to treatment are different. However, scientists and medical practitioners are seeing positive results in an increasing number of cases where Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to improve symptoms of CFS.

So, what is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? Basically, it’s a pain-free, non-invasive way of giving your body more oxygen than it can get from the air.

Why is more oxygen good for you?

It’s simple really. Oxygen is vital for life, you cannot live without oxygen. That means it’s essential for wellness, fitness and recovery too. More oxygen, especially under pressure, enhances our body's healing mechanisms. In a typical HBOT session, patients enter am FDA approved chamber and breathe in pure oxygen at 2 times the normal atmospheric pressure. The hyperbaric chamber increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, allowing it to absorb 10-15 times more oxygen than normal.

Administering extra oxygen through HBOT is known to reduce swelling and inflammation, improve blood flow, boost energy and enhance the immune system. The sports world has already embraced HBOT. Hyperbaric chambers are used by prominent sports stars like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Peyton Manning to recover quicker from injuries, boost their endurance and performance, and improve their resilience to exhaustion.

But does HBOT really relieve the symptoms of CFS/ME?

As mentioned earlier, no treatment for CFS/ME works for absolutely everyone. However, more and more chronic fatigue sufferers are experiencing positive results with HBOT, and there is scientific evidence to support its use in CFS treatment

A 2013 study saw 16 CFS patients receive 15 HBOT sessions over three consecutive weeks. Three fatigue and quality of life measures were assessed before and after the 15 sessions, and patients’ scores were higher on all measures after the HBOT. The conclusion of the study was “We, may infer that HBO2 therapy decreases the severity of symptoms and increases the life quality of CFS patients. It may be a new treatment modality for the management of CFS “

We would be happy to discuss your unique situation, individual needs and what an appropriate protocol would entail.

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