What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes debilitating pain all over the body. People with FMS often also suffer from extreme tiredness, difficulty sleeping, brain fog, memory problems and mood issues. FMS affects 2%-4% of the population and is nine times more common in women than in men.
While the exact cause of FMS is unknown, in many cases it appears to be triggered by either severe emotional stress or a physical insult such as traumatic brain injury or viral disease. Recent studies found that the syndrome is related to certain malfunctioning regions in the brain which are responsible for pain sensation, pain tolerance, and the ability to process pain signals.
HBOT and Fibromyalgia
Clinical studies at the Sagol Center found that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can improve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia (FMS) and enhance your overall wellbeing and quality of life.
HBOT involves breathing 100% pure oxygen in a special room known as a HBOT suite. This, combined with the elevated pressure in the suite increases the amount of oxygen in the blood several fold, which helps damaged tissue regenerate and heal faster.
The goal of Aviv’s unique Medical Protocol is to kickstart the healing process in damaged brain tissue. For people with FMS, brain tissue damage generally relates to the central pain sensitization region, which is why it can cause pain throughout the body.
We specialize in diagnosing the severity of brain tissue damage. We then assess your suitability for treatment with physical and neurological tests, and advise on a HBOT treatment plan.
Benefits of the Aviv Medical Program
Benefits for your mind:
- Improve brain fog
- Better brain connectivity and function (the general health of your brain and how it controls thoughts and feelings)
- Stronger mental ability, including: memory, attention and focus
- Faster information processing speed (how quickly we complete mental tasks)
- Sharper executive functions (a set of complex mental skills that allow us to think flexibly, make decisions, and exercise self-control)
- Improve mood
Benefits for your body
- Reduce pain
(strong anti-inflammatory effect)
- Sleep better
- Better physical performance: Fitness, Strength, Coordination, Balance
- Boost energy, power and stamina
Benefits for your cells
- Strengthen your immune system
- Encourage stem cells – the building blocks of tissue rejuvenation – to multiply and migrate
- Lengthen the telomeres – the protective caps at the end of each strand of DNA. Encouraging telomeres to lengthen is associated with extending our biological clock
- Reduce senescent cells – known to contribute to many age-related diseases
- Increase mitochondrial function – the power plant in each of our cells
The Aviv Medical Program for FMS
At Aviv, we treat FMS using a specific research based HBOT protocol. The Aviv Medical Protocol is based on over a decade of research at Shamir Medical Center with proven clinical results.
Our program includes:
In-depth medical assessment
A comprehensive three-day medical, physiological, and mental assessment including the most advanced brain imaging tests suited to your needs – such as perfusion MRI, fMRI and SPECT – and a state-of-the-art pain lab assessment. The tests are conducted by Aviv certified medical staff including physicians, neuropsychologists, physiotherapists, physiologists and nurses.
A unique treatment including HBOT protocol
You’ll have HBOT sessions five days a week for 12 weeks – 60 consecutive two-hour sessions in total.
Alongside your HBOT sessions, our medical team will coach you through a personalized brain training and physical training regime, designed to to maximize the effects of the oxygen treatments and treat your FMS symptoms.
At the end of your treatment, we repeat the tests from the initial assessment to measure results and make recommendations for your ongoing progress. We’ll give you a comprehensive medical report summarizing all of the changes that occurred throughout your treatment, supervised and signed by your professional healthcare team led by our Chief Medical Doctor.
FMS and HBOT:
Clear, proven research
Recent clinical studies at the Sagol Center found that HBOT can improve the symptoms of FMS and enhance overall wellbeing and quality of life. The study provides evidence that HBOT can improve the symptoms and life quality of FMS patients.
Moreover, it shows that HBOT can induce neuroplasticity and significantly rectify abnormal brain activity in pain related areas of FMS patients. HBOT improved symptoms of FMS in 70% of patients.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Diminish Fibromyalgia Syndrome–Prospective Clinical Trial
PLoS One 10, no. 5 (2015): e0127012.