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Frequently Asked Questions About Hyperbaric Chamber Oxygen Therapy

1. What is Mild Hyperbaric Therapy?

  • Mild Hyperbaric Therapy (HBT) is a safe method of delivering more oxygen to the body at the cellular level. 
  • HBT provides the optimal environment for the body to carry out vital cell processes, thereby increasing the capacity for the body to heal itself.
  • HBT utilizes filtered pressurized ambient air to dissolve oxygen directly into the plasma, cerebral and spinal fluids, flooding tissues and vital organs with oxygen.
  • Mild Hyperbaric Therapy allows for healing at the cellular level, which is critical for changes to be made which in turn affect healthy tissue formation, making it possible for  healthier organs and ultimately a healthier body overall.

2. Is Mild Hyperbaric Therapy Safe?

  • YES! The hyperbaric chamber uses filtered ambient air, so there is no risk of oxygen toxicity to the body even with regular use.
  • The chamber can be depressurized and opened from the inside.
  • Once inside the chamber, both visual and verbal communication is possible with the outside, and there is also a buzzer for help.
  • Most people report a comfortable, relaxing experience and emerge from the chamber feeling refreshed.
  • This therapy is non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and there are no dangerous side effects reported.

3. How Does it Work?

  • The mild hyperbaric chamber is filled with compressed ambient air from 2 to 4.5 pounds per square inch. (1.3 ATA max) This is the equivalent of 11 feet below sea level.
  • The increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen thus greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and fluids of the body.
  • The resulting uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation to areas with swelling or inflammation. At the same time, the increased pressure decreases swelling and inflammation.
  • Oxygen is then utilized by the body for vital cell functions, healthier cells equals healthier tissues, and organs.
  • The human body is capable of healing itself when it has what it needs. There is NOTHING the human body needs more than OXYGEN.

4. Why Does it Work?

Henry's Law of Physics:

  • An increase in atmospheric pressure allows for more gas to be dissolved into any given liquid.
  • Oxygen, the 8th element on the Periodic Table, exists as a gas  at room temperature.
  • The human body is composed almost completely of water.
               Gas … under pressure …    dissolves in water

5. Are there Side Effects?

No dangerous side effects have been reported with Mild Hyperbaric Therapy.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for your first session in a chamber:

  1. Some people experience a mild discomfort to the ears when pressurizing the chamber, not unlike during the ascending part of an airplane ride.
  2. Some people following their first few sessions experience slight fatigue as the body sweeps itself clear of toxic debris that has built up in the body. This is safe and necessary.
  3. It is advisable that you wear comfortable, loose clothing. (Pantyhose and other tight garments may contribute to feelings of claustrophobia.) Bring something to read, as the sessions last about 60 minutes. You may want to bring a favorite cd, dvd player, portable game, etc.
  4. Do not drink large amounts of fluids before entering the chamber.
  5. Do not wear perfume or cologne when you are coming for your session.

6. What can I expect to happen during my session?

The chamber will seem smaller when deflated than it is when fully pressurized. Within one minute the chamber will inflate completely, allowing enough room for an adult to sit upright or lie fully extended. 

After the chamber inflates, it will begin to pressurize. This is the time when you may experience pressure in your ears. The easiest way to relieve any discomfort this may cause is to equalize your ears using one or more of the following methods: 

  1. Close your mouth and firmly clamp your nose shut with your fingers and thumb. Blow, as if you were blowing your nose, but keep nose and mouth closed. You will feel the air come out through your ears when you have done this procedure correctly, and this should relieve the pressure.
  2. Yawn. Stretching your mouth as wide as possible, even stretching your tongue out. This will cause the sinus passages surrounding your ears to drain and relieve the pressure. 
  3. If you are the parent of a small child who is having trouble with their ears during pressurization, try massaging the area just below the ears and right behind the jaw. A baby still on the bottle or pacifier should be given either of these, but if your child is likely to spill drinks in the chamber please try to monitor them with liquids. 
  4. Sit upright. Turn your head completely to the right, then completely to the left. Repeat earlier steps until the ears are cleared. 

7. How Long Does a Session Last?

The sessions last around 60 minutes.

8. What Can I Do During My Hyperbaric Session?

  1. Listen to music, (we have CD players and a selection of music, or you may bring your own) 
  2. Talk on your cell phone. 
  3. Play handheld games. 
  4. Watch movies on portable DVD player. 
  5. Work on laptop computer. 
  6. Read books or magazines. 

9. Are There Any Reasons a Person Should NOT Go Into the Chamber?

Yes. You should NOT go into the chamber if you are inebriated (drunk), if you have ear canal problems or an ear infection, or if you are experiencing flu or cold symptoms. Also please do not enter the chamber wearing perfume or cologne. We do have individuals who are sensitive to chemicals that might enter the chamber after you.

10. How Frequently Should I Schedule My Sessions?

We will make a recommendation for you based on your needs after an initial evaluation.

11. How Much Do Sessions Cost?

Sessions vary in cost according to the package purchased. Please contact the center by visiting the Contact Us page. 

Special rates may apply.


3 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. My daughter is 18 and she has been diagnosed with:

    ADD/ADHD, Bi-polar, ODD, Sensory Integration Disorder, anxiety, Achlonic Seizures, tremors, asthma, social phobia, sleep disorder.

    I was wondering if this treatment would help her out, any suggestions?

    Thank you,

    Melissa Conaway

    • Hello Melissa Conway, we are sorry to her about how many troubles your daughter is having and going through..  As Hyperbaric treatment is an amazing treatment, it is not a cure all. What is does is significantly increase oxygen tissue saturation and the levels of oxygen available for uptake by the brain. 

      The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This helps your blood carry more oxygen to organs and tissues in your body, that in turn will start a process known as

      Angiogenesis, angiogenesis is the physiological process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels, it occurs in several well-characterized stages. First, biological signals known as angiogenic growth factors activate receptors on endothelial cells present in pre-existing blood vessels. Second, the activated endothelial cells begin to release enzymes called proteases that degrade the basement membrane to allow endothelial cells to escape from the original (parent) vessel walls. The endothelial cells then proliferate into the surrounding matrix and form solid sprouts connecting neighboring vessels.

      It can cause your daughters cells to hopefully start a healing process in the brain, and in time help her brain along the path to recovery! After all it is the most important part of our body to make it function right.

      The pressure in the chamber is at 1.3ata or 11-12feet under water as projected safe for in home use by the FDA. With a prescription your daughter may need a higher pressure treatment depending on diagnosis and what the physician may think is safe and or recommended. We have many patients who come into our clinics 

      who have anxiety,sleep disorders, and many others. But all these things your poor daughter has may be worth the try using a chamber if all other treatments fail, as most hospitals usually send patients out to hyperbaric treatment after all else has failed. It is pretty amazing what these chambers can do.  I myself was in a horrible accident and suffered massive brain injury and tissue damage and suffered through many of the same ailments your daughter has. I now can speak, 

      talk, run, jump, and think straight, have very low anxiety, and can concentrate very very well! I contribute most the healing to these chambers. My story along with many others are a living fact that these machines can do great things! Feel free to call us anytime for more information or to set up a time to bring your daughter in to be evaluated.

      Thank you for taking the time to come to our site and ask questions!

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