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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides greatly increased oxygen saturation throughout the body, allowing the body to get the oxygen it needs to create ATP for energy and flush out the lactic acid that causes muscle fatigue. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment enhances the recovery of blood flow and functional capillary density in post-workout  muscle. The elevated oxygen levels help athletes recover quicker not only from competition but from a workout. 

Inflammation following a sports workout is also known as secondary injury and is often  destructive. Swelling interrupts blood flow, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the area.  It is this damage that we are trying to prevent whenever we use ice or compression wraps to reduce inflammation. With the application of hyperbaric oxygen we can reduce secondary injury. Thus by increasing oxygen to the area and reducing the inflammation hyperbaric oxygen reduces the pain associated with recovery or injury. The higher concentration of oxygen with Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy reaches the muscles, bones, tendons and joints, supporting the body’s natural recovery process at a much faster rate.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy improves an athlete’s performance by helping accelerate recovery. Those who are able to recover faster can train again sooner. 

And those who are able to train more frequently have more opportunity to improve their performance.

Joe Borlinha

B.Sc, Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine

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