Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sports Injuries and HBOT

If the sport you play includes football, tennis, baseball, golf, running, jogging, athletics or any other kind of physical activity, you may benefit from HBOT. If you have suffered an injury or surgery of any kind, HBOT may be an excellent adjunct therapy to help speed up the healing process. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been shown to reduce the healing time due to sports related injuries by 70%. It also helps with sore muscles from overuse, due to starting a new exercise program or working too long in the yard!

Our Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) safely increases the body’s oxygen uptake by raising the barometric pressure. Hyperbaric chambers are simpy enclosures, which can be pressurized to allow the person inside to experience atmospheric pressures greater than normal environmental pressures. Hyperbaria is based on Henry’s law of physics, which states that more gas is dissolved in a liquid by increasing the pressure of the gas.

Blood is made up of three main components: white blood cells that fight infection, red blood cells that carry oxygen, and plasma, the fluid that carries both kinds of cells throughout the body. Under normal circumstances, only the red blood cells carry oxygen. Since HBOT forces oxygen into the body fluids, under pressure, oxygen dissolves into all of the body’s fluids, including the plasma, the lymph, the synovial (joint) fluid and the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. These fluids can carry the extra oxygen even to areas where circulation is poor (or blocked), either by trickling past blockages or by seeping into the affected area.

Since a mild hyperbaric chamber utilizes ambient air, purified through filters, combined with an oxygen concentrator, it is completely safe. It can be used regularly without any danger of oxygen toxicity in the body. There is no risk of the negative effects that can be experienced from the elimination of ions and valuable gases such as nitrogen, as with regular treatments in 100% pure oxygen chambers. There are none of the hazards that exist with the pure hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

In addition to being beneficial to injuries, HBOT also aids the body in fighting bacteria and viral infections. Has been proven to be effective in recovery from strokes and head injuries, and helps Parkinsons disease, Lyme Disease and Autism.

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