Since the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, Ryan is undergoing “Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments”, commonly called by its acronym “HBOT”. Twice each day he spends 90 minutes in the chamber. This therapy does two primary functions: 1) Delivers a high percentage of oxygen to the body’s cells, and 2) applies increased atmospheric pressure to his entire body, pushing higher levels of oxygen and blood to each cell to promote healing. Professional athletes are now using this to get back to the line-up sooner (Remember T.O. and the NFC Championship game a few years back?).
He will cycle his treatment by having 30 days active HBOT, 3 weeks idle, HBOT, idle, and so on. It’s believed that when HBOTs are used continuously the benefits will decline as the body adjusts. The body often will show noticeable healing during this downtime. Just from the few weeks he has used it, his passive range-of-motion has improved significantly.