Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may relieve symptoms of peripheral neuropathy (NP) by reducing inflammatory damage and stimulating new nerve and blood vessel growth(2). Nerve damage in NP causes inflammation in the surrounding neurons and non-neural cells(3). HBOT can combat the damage that such inflammation causes by significantly reducing pro- inflammatory markers, increasing oxygen supply, and stimulating the growth of new blood vessels(4).
Additionally, HBOT can stimulate the growth of new nerve cells by increasing the availability and proliferation of stem cells, positively effecting vascular and nerve tissue responses(4). When combined, these effects provide relief and potential recovery from NP.