Oxygen is involved in 5,769 known cellular processes and controls more than 8,000 genes. Many conditions thrive in a low-oxygen environment. Lack of oxygen and blood flow to cells plus inflammation causes the following:
Chronic lifestyle related diseases are a growing concern worldwide. Doctors are linking these conditions to chronically high levels of inflammation. HBOT and especially the mild therapy targets inflammation directly as seen in studies on Autism. Research shows a dramatic reduction inflammation resulting in significant behavioral changes Research also shows that HBOT stimulates the development of new blood vessels in areas of the body where circulation is compromised. It also has a neurogenesis effect and enhances immune system function and is therefore utilized by some physicians to treat a number of chronic diseases. Additionally, HBOT helps promote collagen activation to help battle the signs of ageing including skin damage and elasticity.
“Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment can provide an important weapon in the fight against numerous disorders.” Dr. Richard Neubauer.
Dr Harch, one of the leading American experts on hyperbaric medicine, describes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as “biological therapy”, in other words, the increase of oxygen in the blood enables the body to better repair itself. Dr Harch points out that most ordinary drugs only treat the symptoms of ailments whereas HBOT enables the natural repair of damaged body tissues, releases stem cells and “is a DNA signalling drug…… that spike of oxygen is turning (switching) on the DNA.” These factors collectively form a very powerful treatment process. hbot.com
“The reason why I and so many NFL players engage in sleeping [in] these chambers is because a hyperbaric chamber reduces swelling, promotes the healing of wounds, helps fight off dangerous infections, and increases the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream.”- Rashad Jennings , New York Giants (ESPN.COM)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy facilitates rapid recovery from competitions and practices. Sports involve strains and sprains leading to fluid accumulation in the connective tissue, which can result in more serious injury. This natural reaction of the body compresses blood vessels and restricts the natural flow of vital oxygen, oxygen that leads plasma and red blood cells to the injury site ,limiting the pace of healing.
Increasing the oxygen supply to the musculoskeletal system when in a state of fatigue, activates cellular activity, increases adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis and promotes the metabolism of fatigue substances. HBOT is considered as a method of promoting recovery from fatigue. (Ishii et al, “Hyperbaric Oxygen as an Adjuvant for Athletes.” Sports Med. 2005). Research has shown that increasing oxygenation levels consistently facilitates healing from injury and surgery, reduces inflammation, and decreases ligament and tissue healing time. It enhances the body’s ability to fight infection by positively influencing the body’s complementary healing mechanisms.
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“I have used hyperbaric technology with my clients to maximize recovery from injury, enhance endurance performance, and accelerate post-workout recovery. Hyperbaric sessions benefit all serious athletes, from beginner to elite. One client in particular, professional triathlete Dan MacKenzie, was in a serious bike accident during a race this year. His doctors told him that he would not be able to swim for at least two weeks. The use of a hyperbaric chamber accelerated his recovery from the injuries and cut his recovery time in half. For a professional athlete, getting back to training one week earlier is a big deal." - Ken Mierke, World Champion Triathlete, author, coach, and owner of Fitness Concepts.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps advanced and beginner athletes to be ready for any competition. On average, an individual consumes about 2.7 kg of oxygen per day, far outweighing any other nutrient demand. Oxygen’s primary role is in the production of energy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows a massive increase in the amount of oxygen carried in tissues and muscles, and results in super oxygenation of the musculoskeletal system, resulting in increased performance and increased endurance.
“I would without hesitation recommend the Hyperbaric Chambers to any sports person seeking “The Edge” that will allow them to reach higher levels of performance. It’s safe, it’s easy and more importantly … it works.” Karen Shinkins Irish Olympian and 400m record holder