How hyperbaric chamber therapy can help athletes
Spring Training in Arizona is here! Healing is crucial in keeping your physical game and your mental game at its best. Whether you’re a baseball player in town gearing up for Spring Training or just looking to heal your mind and body, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be a great way to get your body back on track.
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At Quasar Quantum Healing, we have the largest walk-in hyperbaric chamber in the state with room for up to four people to comfortably fit. This healing modality increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry, resulting in increased blood flow and white blood cell count.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help athletes (or avid gym goers) before and after heavy exertion. There are two ways that hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to boost athletic performance. The first is that it aids in muscle recovery. With athletic exertion, the muscle tissue is depleted of oxygen and can take a while to recover. When someone experiences HBOT, oxygen is replenished to the muscle tissue and allows an athlete to return to their normal performance faster and with less potential for injury. The second way is that HBOT allows the blood to carry more oxygen to the muscle tissue, which helps the muscles operate at a higher level. Athletic performance requires lots of oxygen, both in the muscles and the brain, so athletes receiving more oxygen to their muscles and brain have more physical and mental capacity for athletic performance. Think of it like a sort of energy boost—oxygen allows our cells to convert and use energy and therefore provide energy to the rest of our body.
Hyperbaric Chambers enhance the body’s natural healing process through increased atmospheric pressure, increasing blood oxygen, which aids in tissue function and restoring normal levels of blood gasses. It increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry and carries oxygenated blood to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. This increase in blood oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.
To get the best results, you should do hyperbaric oxygen therapy on a regular basis if you are training. We recommend that athletes practicing or playing every day come in at least twice a week for HBOT. This is because, once again, they require lots of oxygen to perform at that level and HBOT can help them receive that for performance and recovery.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an excellent tool in athletic training and keeps the body prepped for optimal performance. If you are an athlete or hit the gym consistently, consider incorporating this method into your wellness routine to boost your performance and recover quicker.
Author: Alana Samuels is yoga instructor and manager at Quasar Quantum Healing (QQH), which combines cutting-edge, non-invasive technology with yoga, meditation and nutritional guidance designed to detox the body at a cellular level and help achieve whole-body wellness. To learn more or book an appointment, visit www.quasarquantumhealing.com.