West Grange, Clyst Heath, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7EY | Tel: 01392 447411

Oxygen therapy refers to breathing a high level of oxygen for a short time to correct a lack of oxygen in the tissues of the body. To raise the level of oxygen in damaged tissues, pure (100%) oxygen can be breathed with a tight fitting mask or hood, but because oxygen is poorly soluble in blood it is also necessary to use a higher pressure. Individuals receiving oxygen therapy therefore need to sit in a pressure chamber, known as a barochamber. We have two steel chambers, one seating 3 people and one seating 7. Barochambers are pressurised up to twice normal atmospheric pressure (2ata). The pressure inside is increased by using compressed air, and oxygen is provided by a built-in breathing system. This is exactly the same technology used in pressurised commercial aircraft. Oxygen therapy is administered by trained operators.

What is it used for?

People with MS find that oxygen treatment assists with the alleviation of symptoms, particularly fatigue, incontinence, pain and muscle control. Many have been using it successfully for over 25 years. Oxygen treatment has been shown to reduce deterioration with long-term use. Click here to read the research, which was carried out in the MS Therapy Centres.

It also helps people with many conditions apart from MS. We all breathe oxygen all the time, but, in times of greater need when we are ill, we can speed up recovery by increasing the dosage of oxygen by using a barochamber. There can be rapid recovery from sports injuries (see below).

At the South West MS Centre, we provide oxygen therapy for a wide range of conditions at a relatively low cost (capacity allowing) such as diabetic ulcers, non-healing wounds, cerebral palsy, autism, stroke and other neurological symptoms to name but a few. Please contact the Centre if you have a condition other than MS.

What is an Oxygen Treatment session like?

Each session consists of three phases.

1. Pressurisation

Oxygen treatment sessions are simple, non-invasive and painless, and once they have become accustomed to the procedure most users find the sessions pleasurable and relaxing.

2. Treatment

The session begins when the pressure reaches the prescribed level (you will hear a whoosing sound, which stops as soon as the required pressure is reached). This is between 1.25 atmospheres absolute (ATA) and 2.0 ATA, depending on the type of condition. Users may then rest, read or listen to music. Each session lasts approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes – 10 minutes to reach pressure, 1 hour breathing oxygen and 10 minutes to return to normal pressure.

3. Depressurisation

The operator advises users when the session is complete and reduces the pressure slowly, until it is the same as the ambient atmosphere. At this point, the barochamber door can be opened and the session ends.

Charges - MS

First 15 sessions for MS - 75.00

Subsequent appointments ts. £10.00 (variable with mileage allowance.)

Charges - Non MS

First 15 sessions for non MS £150.00

Subsequent apts. £15.00 per session

People wanting to access oxygen treatment are advised to contact the Centre directly to discuss details either by telephone 01392 447411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


South West MS Centre

Call : 01392 447411
West Grange
Clyst Heath
Exeter, Devon

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The South West Multiple Sclerosis Centre was established

  • to provide a range of therapy treatments, guidance and support
  • to encourage self-help
  • to promote an enhanced quality of life for people with MS, their families and carers.

Want to help us?

We are a self-funding charity and receive no statutory core funding support. Finding adequate funding remains crucial to the Centre to allow us to offer our therapies at an affordable subsidised cost .This year, it will cost over £175,000 to run the Centre. There are many ways that you can help us to continue providing support to people with MS.