Making Sense of MS Research

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for MS

What is this treatment?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen in a specially designed, pressurised chamber. It gained popularity as a proposed treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) in the 1980s. HBOT is typically delivered over multiple sessions (20 sessions within a month), lasting for up to 90 minutes and may involve top up sessions after this time. In Australia, HBOT is not covered by Medicare as a treatment for multiple sclerosis. However, people with MS may choose to pay for it privately.