MEDICAL AND REHABILITATION
Oxygen delivery to damaged muscles is CRUCIAL in speeding recovery from injury
Hypoxic training has been proven to increase oxygen delivery to damaged tissue. Localised oxygen treatment at the point of injury is an established rehabilitation aid. Unfortunately when the oxygen device is removed from the damaged area the beneficial results are also removed. Hypoxic training on the other hand, increases your own individual ability to get oxygen to the damaged area. When you are not doing the hypoxic training (the remaining 23 hours of the day) you are left with an increased oxygen supply to the affected area naturally.
- New red blood cell production
- New blood capillary growth
- Improved anti-oxidant balance
- Micro-organism efficiency
Inflammation is part of the body's immune response. Initially, it is beneficial when, for example, your knee or ankle sustains a blow and tissues need care and protection. However, sometimes inflammation can cause further inflammation; it can become self-perpetuating. More inflammation is created in response to the existing inflammation.
There are many times when it can be beneficial for inflammation to be reduced. Following a procedure like hip, knee or shoulder reconstruction, there can be a benefit in reducing the inflammation as the patient needs to be up and moving quite soon after the operation. Although post operatively the amount of actual physical exertion is reduced due to the injury, in athletes their fitness levels can be maintained due to the benefit of the altitude training and for the not so active it can actually increase fitness levels.
Weight Loss is a natural progression of altitude training due to the additional burden on the body whilst adapting to the reduced oxygen environment. It is said that a 30 minute walk on a treadmill at altitude has the same effect on the body as a 45 minute run at sea level. It is recommended that people who don't want to lose weight during altitude training should increase their calorie intake. People have been known to lose 4 to 6 kilograms in as little as 4 to 6 weeks with no change to their diet.
FITNESS DURING REHABILITATION
The most sought after benefit for the athlete is to maintain their fitness level during rehabilitation. Altitude Training is the easiest way to maintain fitness without further aggravation to the injury. We are happy to work with the General Practitioner or Specialist to ensure rehabilitation is within their guidelines for each individual injury and the patients requirements.
More recently we have been working with clients who have been referred by their GP or Specialist due to the swelling around tumours. We are happy to report that we are having some success in reducing the oedema surrounding tumours. For one patient in particular this gave her back the ability to get her balance back and to be able to start working and exercising again.