Oxygen Therapy and Its Effect on Muscle Aches and Pains
OXYGEN AND ITS EFFECTS ON MUSCLE ACHES AND PAINS
The Earth is composed of more than 100 elements, the most abundant of which is Oxygen. Oxygen is essential to the survival of all living matter. We can live without food for weeks and without water for days, but take away our supply of oxygen for 4 minutes and death is almost assured.
For athletes, a lack of oxygen will severely hamper performance by causing an increase in lactic acid in the muscles and a loss of energy. Without sufficient oxygen, your muscles will reduce glucose into lactate and release hydrogen ions into the muscles, leading to pain, cramps, and fatigue.
Nancy Datoni, 54, swears by the benefits of pure oxygen for the body. For 10 years, Datoni suffered from the debilitating condition fibromyalgia (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome). Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is classified by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and multiple tender points. The American College of Rheumatology estimates that it affects three to six million Americans. “Having fibromyalgia was a painful experience, it was hard to do the simplest of tasks on certain days,” Datoni said. “Some days I felt too weak to even lift my arms about my head.” For Datoni, finding the miracle that would give her a second chance to be more active in life, without pain, started out as a mere joke in Las Vegas. “Some friends of mine and I were in Vegas and we saw the oxygen bar, and so we figured we would try it out,” Datoni said. “It was just for fun.”
After just a 10 minute session of pure oxygen, Datoni felt more alive, energized and, as she puts it, “bright-eyed and bushy tailed” after a long night of drinking. “After the oxygen I felt normal, my hangover disappeared and my friends were really shocked [at] how peppy I was,” Datoni said. “Some people say that it gives you a 10-minute high, but in my case that is not true. I had energy and felt great the entire day.”
After this experience, Datoni consulted with her doctor. She started incorporating pure oxygen into her daily life. She goes in for 10-minute oxygen treatments twice a week after her Pilates class. “I find that taking the oxygen after my workouts, it puts oxygen back into my muscles, and the huge thing is, I am never sore the next day,” Datoni said. “I truly think oxygen can benefit everyone.” “I really wish everyone could try [receiving oxygen] at least once,” Datoni said. “I want to spread the word and tell everyone how great it is and how it helped me.”
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