A hypobaric chamber or an altitude chamber is a chamber used to stimulate the effects of high altitude on a human body. It is commonly used in a therapy called the hypobaric chamber therapy; which is used by fitness enthusiasts all around the world. It is mainly used by athletes who have to perform at equal air density and pressure to that of the sea-level air and have to perform for significant events like the Olympics.
How does it work?
Hypobaric chamber is the one in which the athletes breath pure oxygen.In the beginning, person experiences oxygen debt. In case the body is destitute of required amount of oxygen, then it responds by producing a hormone called erythropoietin, which stimulates the production of morered blood cells (RBC). It boosts the oxygen level of the blood plasma and haemoglobin up to ten times; which allows and increases red blood cells’ ability to penetrate restricted blood vessels thus helping the cells and tissues to receive the oxygen they require to heal and regenerate. The therapy enhance oxygen transport in the body and clears waste like lactic acid efficiently that cause muscle fatigue. It helps body to re-oxygenate faster. The damaged tissues or muscles recover in a week rather than four. This allows athletes to get back in to the game faster.
- Faster recovery: the therapy increases blood flow in oxygen which produces ATP, which in turn repairs the body faster than normal.
- Faster injury healing: highly oxygenated blood cells provide oxygen to the area that needs it the most.
- Faster decision making: improved levels of oxygen means improved level of oxygen flow to the brain. This helps the brain to function effectively. This helps athletes to make correct and fast split-second decisions which heightens the chances of winning the game.
The other benefits of hypobaric hypoxia conditioning include mental alertness, reduced swelling and inflammation, better sleeping patterns, increased fitness, low blood pressure and cholesterol, improved immune system, stamina, energy and endurance.Feel better, more energy, run faster further less wear and tear in internals, achieve more, do less.