KMSTC Oxygen Therapy chamber

Oxygen Therapy awareness evening at Kent MS Therapy Centre

Our hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber is the only one of its kind in East Kent. While it’s well known that many of people with multiple sclerosis rely on it to help ease daily symptoms, fewer realise it’s available for people who are suffering from other conditions, too.

In November 2015 we hosted an awareness evening about the benefits of Oxygen Therapy at Kent MS Therapy Centre. Professor Philip James, the UK’s leading Oxygen Therapy expert and medical advisor of the many MS therapy centres up and down the country, joined us from the University of Dundee.

Expert speaker

Professor James advised on the Oxygen Therapy treatment that helped L/Bombardier Ben Parkinson take his first steps again. Ben sustained major injuries while serving as a paratrooper in Afghanistan in 2006 and since starting Oxygen Therapy in early 2015 he’s even been able to kayak 250 miles down the Yukon River in Canada.

Almost 60 health professionals and members of the public listened as Professor James explained how oxygen can help with healing. Guests included GPs, neurophysios, occupational therapists and sports physios and osteopaths. There were also people suffering from non-MS conditions who were interested in hearing more about how it might help them.

First-person stories

After people had a chance to ask Professor James questions, it was over to those who’d all benefited personally from Oxygen Therapy. The five success stories who gave interviews and testimonials were:

  • Gwen Frost, who’d suffered tissue damage after radiotherapy for cancer
  • Maria Apps, a rheumatoid arthritis patient
  • Ruth Epps, who’d been diagnosed with cancer
  • Trish McCombe, whose granddaughter has cerebral palsy
  • Scott Sinden, who lives with a rare inherited motor neuron disease, Kennedy’s Disease

Karen Middlemiss, KMSTC’s support manager, said: “Seeing such a great turnout at our event confirms what we’ve thought all along – that Oxygen Therapy can help so many more people. We’ve had several new bookings since the event and are very hopeful numbers will rise as the word gets out.” [ends]