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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Sports

Whether you run marathons, play football, golf, rugby or even do regular strength training, you are always at risk of injury.

When injury happens it can take months to recover from sprains, breaks and tears, sometimes even forcing you to give up altogether.

There is however another option. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a great treatment for sports injury recovery, by going under pressure, oxygen is forced into the plasma and able to get into the areas of injury.

This forces the inflammation to go down and the growth of new blood vessels to start accelerated healing, which reduces bruising, swelling and importantly, pain.

As well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, light therapy is a fantastic treatment for sports injuries.

There are around 70 billion cells in the human body, the integrity of these cells has an enormous impact on our daily lives.

The cell’s powerhouse is called the mitochondria which produces ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), the bodies currency for ENERGY.

Without energy our body’s stop functioning, repairing and regenerating.

By administering the combination of red and Infrared wavelengths of light, we are able to energise localised tissue from skin and nerves to deeper tendons, muscle and bone, in turn triggering the repair and healing process.

Both Light Therapy and HBOT can cause a significant rise in cellular energy and have been successful in clinical use when used separately. However, when both applications are applied simultaneously, we see a much greater benefit, particularly in the field of hyperbaric medicine.

Up until now, practitioners could not influence the increased levels of oxygen to go to local areas when a patient is receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

However, when combining pressurised oxygen with light therapy we can target an area and allow greater local effects of HBOT.

The wavelengths that are used in Light Therapy provide an increase in localised circulation and blood flow to the area.

In a hyperbaric chamber the levels of oxygen in the blood is supersaturated, and when combined with Light Therapy we can significantly increase the highly oxygenated blood into areas that we wish to have better function, performance, growth, repair and regeneration.

Let the body do what it naturally knows how to do and just provide the extra support of nature through the advancements made in technology.

Dr. Zayd Ratansi ND, teaches that light therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy have similarities in that they both support ATP cellular energy production, and both can be used for rejuvenation and healing after exercise or injury.

But there are also differences in how these are best used.  Hyperbaric oxygen, when used before a workout, does not enhance performance, but light therapy can.

A recent study showed that light therapy, applied to the biceps before a weight lifting workout, helped the participants increase the number of reps they were able to perform.

Along with light and oxygen you can never underestimate the power of detoxification and good nutrition, when you have all these things in place the body has the ability to function at its optimum capability and as a sports person this is fundamental to your success.