One of the ways through which we understand how Hyperbaric oxygen works is as an anti-inflammatory. There have been numerous studies, using different blood tests and parameters that can specifically show how hyperbaric oxygen lowers multiple inflammatory markers in the blood. I always intuitively felt like it would be good for auto-immune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, but hadn’t seen any recent research.
Now, I have. Last month a new article was published on hyperbaric oxygen therapy and rheumatoid arthritis. I’m excited to see that it lowers inflammation in this particular disease process, but I’m actually more excited to see that it does this by helping to regulate the immune system. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where our immune system attacks our own joints, which of course can cause inflammation and pain. So, yes, we want to reduce inflammation, but ideally we’d like to calm the immune system down so that it stops attacking our joints. This new article shows that hyperbaric oxygen is doing both.
If we can slow down the immune response against our own tissue, we’re actually able to treat patients on a deeper level and potentially get a longer lasting fix. If you have pain and inflammation, please give us a call so we can start to help you get back to good health.