Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Athletic Performance.

Through hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we are able to up your oxygen levels by between 10 to 15 times that of normal. The mix of increased atmospheric pressure in the chamber +/- 1.4 ATM and breathing 90% pure oxygen achieves this effect. 

So, with that in mind, what effect does an increase in oxygen like this have on you?

  1. Athletes push their bodies to the limit. I am not sure why some people love to do this, but it’s a fact. Some people do all they possibly can to avoid pain, athletes love that moment when the pain sets in as they sprint/ride up a hill or shoot as hard as possible for the opposite side of the pool. Because of this, they are more prone to injury and infection. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy accelerates soft tissue repair by accelerating the growth of new blood vessels and increasing the number of stem cells in the body. These two factors accelerate recovery from injuries. Not only that, but HBOT strengthens your white blood cells, those are the soldiers that march around your body, ever ready to go to war against bacteria and viruses.
  2. Your athletic ability is limited to the amount of energy you can produce. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT increases the amount of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in your body. ATP  is stored in the mitochondria of muscle cells and literally powers them. The more ATP, the more power you have.  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Athletic Performance.
  3. Ever gone through a day/week/month where your brain felt like it was a mush. Some call it brain fog, some are just too tired to even come up with a name. Getting oxygen levels up in the brain is always a good idea. I have written about this in the context of stroke victims. Many people find that they totally relax when in the chamber. I normally go to sleep within a matter of minutes. However, as I get out, I feel far more awake and alert. We have many people experience an unusually good sleep that evening.Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Athletic Performance. Remember, oxygen = life.

Hope this has been of help.

The program is run by Brigette Roscoe – BSc (Hons) Nursing.

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