Reasons why many athletes use hyperbaric chambers for their sports performance and recovery
Performance may be an athlete’s job, but physical maintenance and recovery is the foundation.
So how could extra oxygen help? And even more than that…how could oxygen administer in a hyperbaric chamber help?
Michael Phelps, LeBron James, Rashad Jennings, Rafael Soriano, and Joe Namath are just a few athletes who have used hyperbaric chambers. Some of the benefits you’ll hear from some of these athletes include:
l Feeling better after sleeping
l Feeling more energy
l Recovering from soreness faster
l Recovering from injuries faster
l Sharpened mental clarity
Let’s talk about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) benefits your tissues more than disciplined breathing. And even more than breathing pure oxygen from a mask or nasal cannula.
Here are 3 benefits of hyperbaric chamber therapy for athletes:
HBOT helps heal challenging injuries
Tendon and ligament injuries are extremely common in the world of sports. The majority of sports injuries are lower limb. The most common are in the ankle. They’re time-consuming and challenging to heal, which often derails an athlete’s performance and plans.
HBOT, however, is an incredible resource for injuries in these areas of the body.HBOT studies with athletes are limited but growing. In one study review, HBOT showed particular promise for sports injuries involving areas of a muscle that have lower blood flow. These include your ligaments, tendons, and bones. These areas can be especially challenging to heal, making HBOT a promising therapy option for speeding healing.
Normally, oxygen travels to your tissues through your circulation. However, if you’ve had an injury, your circulation is usually disrupted. Tendons and ligaments have a slow healing time because they don’t have the same level of circulation as other parts of the body, like muscles. It creates a problematic cycle. Your tissues need oxygen delivered by the blood vessels, but they don’t have sufficient blood vessels to give them the oxygen they need. When torn or exposed, they often struggle to get the oxygen they need to repair.
But HBOT quickly delivers oxygen to the cells that need it. Instead of only relying on blood vessels to deliver oxygen, HBOT therapy pushes more oxygen into the bloodstream with pressure. And this pressure feels no more intense than going down in a submarine.
HBOT promotes the processes needed to recover heavily used muscles
Heavy exercise remodels skeletal muscles. But overuse with intense training is leading to more soft tissue damage among athletes. Long-term muscle use requires extra oxygen.
With HBOT therapy, both your blood and your tissues are supplemented with oxygen. This makes your muscles access oxygen quicker. There’s no faster or more intense way to deliver so much oxygen to your cells. Studies support that HBOT accelerates your myogenesis (muscle tissue formation) in soft tissue muscle injury, like bruising.
The process doesn’t take too long. Safe HBOT sessions are about 2 hours long and in multiple therapy sessions. There’s no need to sleep full nights in a chamber, like some athletes do, to reap the benefits.
HBOT decreases inflammation
After strenuous workouts, your body has an inflammatory response. This helps your muscles recover but gives you soreness. It’s also problematic if you need to perform soon after the previous workout. Too much swelling, or a constant state of swelling from frequent workouts, puts your cells at risk for damage.
The mechanisms aren’t well understood, but HBOT has been shown to reduce inflammation. It helps break the cycle of inflammation, which keeps cells from becoming oxygen-starved from the swelling. This can benefit virtually any kind of tissue. Whether it’s healthy tissue that just needs rejuvenation, or damaged tissue that needs multidisciplinary therapy, HBOT can benefit both.
The combination of pressure and pure oxygen is what creates these dynamic effects. Pure oxygen alone requires a prescription, and when simply breathed, only works as well as your circulation. A controlled pressurized environment is very hard to access other than through a hard hyperbaric chamber. Together, they have exponential results.
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Chris Youakim (Wellness Chiropractor)