Oxygen at pressures above atmospheric (hyperbaric) is used as a therapy to treat injuries, whether from sports, car, bike, or other causes, from acute injury to muscle contusions and ankle sprains. It is also used in the treatment of joint, ligament, and tendon injuries with the main aim of reducing recovery time.
Oxygen is essential to the tissues in the body, and any tissue injury requires oxygen for healing. The body normally heals itself using oxygen from the air: increased oxygen concentration can improve its healing ability. Many professional and amateur athletes are now becoming involved with their care, recovery, and well-being. One treatment they choose is to breathe pure oxygen under pressure.
The benefits can include:
- Increased supply of oxygen to injured areas.
- Quicker healing of soft tissues, ligaments, and fractures.
- Reduction in swelling and pain.
- Prevention of hypoxia of the traumatized tissues.
- Enhanced ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and prevent infection.
- Reduction of scar tissue formation.
- Helping you return to peak performance in your sport sooner.