Integrative Sports Medicine
It is not surprising that professional athletes are amongst the occupations with the highest injuries. As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletes suffer more than 2,000 injuries per 10,000 workers. If you as an athlete have been to specialist after specialist and felt like you were not really listened to, and that the root causes of your injuries were not really addressed, then Integrative Sports Medicine might be the right approach for you. Rather than resorting to drugs and surgery, Integrative Sports Medicine is about using diagnostic tools to address your history and solve root causes with solutions. Through treatments such as NAD and IV Infusion Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Neuroptimal, diet consultation, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you can reach your physical and mental health peak.
NAD and IV Infusion Therapy
NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a coenzyme that participates in the production of cellular energy (ATP) and DNA repair. As published in the US National Library of Medicine, elite athletes have been found to have a higher maximal rate of oxygen consumption, higher maximal mitochondrial enzymatic activities, and ultimately improved performance. NAD IV Infusions are growing increasingly popular amongst athletes for this reason–increased mitochondria ATP production and DNA repair, leading to increased levels of concentration, focus, recovery ability, and performance. IV infusion therapy goes directly into the bloodstream, making it the most direct and complete way to deliver nutrients to the body. Athletes participating in IV Infusions of NAD experience improvements in endurance, strength, stamina, and athletic performance. By supporting your cells’ mitochondria, increased levels of NAD can affect energy metabolism and maintain proper cell function for high-performing athletes.
IV Therapy is not only for serious athletes, but for any person who is pushing their body in sports, competitions, or work sessions. Our IVs are customizable for each athlete’s needs. Using a micronutrient test, we can determine your body’s need for additional minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Shorten your recovery time and boost your performance with standard IV infusions for athletes, including:
- Saline to fully replenish the loss of fluids and electrolytes
- A mix of B vitamins, magnesium, and zinc to drive cellular and mitochondrial energy production
- Vitamin C and glutathione, powerful antioxidants to strengthen collagen, repair muscles, and reduce inflammation
- Amino acids to encourage muscle growth and combat stress on the body
Benefits of Ozone Therapy for Athletes
Ozone therapy refers to medical practices that use ozone gas. In 2011, a study in the Jornal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine demonstrated that ozone therapy can have many medical benefits, including:
- Treating arthritis
- Activating the immune system
- Disinfecting wounds
- Treating cancer
- Fighting viral diseases
- Treating skin conditions
In the case of athletes, ozone therapy soothes muscles and calms nerves. For high-performing athletes, it is extremely common to experience strains and sprains that cause swelling, pain, and buildup of excess fluid. Ozone therapy causes oxygenation of tissue at a cellular level, ensuring that nutrients can be delivered to areas of injury and inflammation much quicker.
While ozone therapy is a relatively new natural medicine practice, it is safe and effective for patients and athletes. If you have any questions about whether this treatment could be beneficial for you, do not hesitate to reach out to us and learn more!
NeurOptimal and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Athletes
Physical health and well-being are extremely important for high-performing athletes. Similarly, mental health and focus are vital for successful athletic performance and progress. The brain must function at an optimal level, in order for athletes to perform their best. NeurOptimal is about training your brain to reach its peak performance, giving athletes an edge in their sport. Through mimicking communication of your Central Nervous System (CNS) by ‘mirroring’ negative brain activity, NeurOptimal is designed to give the brain the information it needs to make its own adjustments, to ultimately reach optimal brain function. Elite athletes report improvement in their physical performance and mental stamina when using NeurOptimal.
Our Psychiatry and Counseling team at Ballen Medical and Wellness is well equipped to help you find the right treatment for you. Whether that is individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, or a combination of these, we’ll help you find the treatment that is best suited for you. Through teaching coping skills and evaluating any traumas from injuries or competition, therapy can help athletes heal so they can overcome mental barriers in training and in competition.
Reach Out Today
Integrative Sports Medicine is about helping athletes with injury prevention, rapid recovery, nutritional support, and mental health treatment to improve performance and quality of life. If you are an athlete looking to learn more about how to fine-tune your performance and health, please do not hesitate to reach out. Ready to learn more or schedule your first session? Fill out the form below or call us today at (720)738-8531. We’d love to hear from you.