Hyperbaric Chamber

Hyperbaric Chamber

What is it?

The mild hyperbaric chamber is an oxygen-rich, raised pressure environment where the patient benefits at the cellular level from increased oxygen levels into the body.

How does it work?

The hyperbaric chamber works on the principle that when liquid is put under pressure it absorbs gases. The human body, being comprised mostly of liquid, absorbs oxygen from the surrounding atmosphere when subjected to a high-pressured environment. By exposing the body to an increased pressure of 4psi, the blood plasma and tissue fluids become super saturated with oxygen. The body begins to function more efficiently when its oxygen level is increased to its higher normal range.

Improved nutrition also should accompany treatment.

Benefits and conditions treated

Oxygen therapy helps to restore and maintain health, fitness, stamina and endurance. The body can begin to utilize oxygen better. This helps reverse the physical and psychological effects of oxygen deprivation from air pollution, water pollution, food pollution and aging.

Researchers have found that besides people with specific oxygen-deficient related health problems those who live in certain areas or work under certain conditions are more at risk of becoming oxygen depleted and are therefore candidates for the hyperbaric chamber. These include:

  • the elderly
  • smokers
  • those who participate in sports or regular heavy exercise
  • those who work in a sealed building, in a high-stress environment or those who work excessive hours
  • those who live at high altitudes
  • those who are frequent airplane flyers
  • those who frequently travel across time zones
  • those with frequent work schedule changes from day to night
  • those who live in cities with high pollution.

Oxygen deficiency is often overlooked as a cause for: acid stomach; anxiety or hostility; circulatory problems; digestive disorders; drowsiness; fatigue; forgetfulness; headaches; high blood pressure; muscle or tendon aches; skin disorders; stress; anger or sadness; dizziness; bacterial, viral or parasitic infection; depression; excessive colds and infections; exhaustion; heart palpitations; inflamed, swollen or aching joints; memory loss; premature aging; sleeping disorders and weakened immune systems.

Why are we not getting enough oxygen?

Atmospheric oxygen is declining: This is caused by toxic gases and pollutants from industrial factories, auto exhaust, pesticides, an increase in polluted water tables, rivers, streams and oceans as well as the cutting and burning of the earth’s rain forests and woodlands.

Today’s lifestyle of convenient and tasty fast foods depletes oxygen from our bodies: By eating more over-processed foods which are low in oxygen and high in toxins our bodies require more oxygen to eliminate the toxins and absorb the few nutrients in these foods.

An increase in daily stress, lack of rest and a lack of proper exercise depletes oxygen: Physical, mental and emotional stresses all leave the body oxygen deprived. Lack of proper exercise prevents organs, muscles and cell tissue from absorbing more oxygen needed to revitalize. The absence of proper rest means all body systems must continue to work. This requires more oxygen and leads to oxygen deprivation.

Aging decreases our oxygen level: With aging our ability to consume sufficient oxygen decreases 5% to 10% per decade between the ages of 25 and 75. The respiratory tract deteriorates as does lung function. Cells lose the ability to carry sufficient oxygen and, as a result, all body systems must work even harder to eliminate the toxins and wastes.

Preparing for your session and expectations

Do not use perfume before your session. To avoid discomfort, wait several hours after consuming a heavy to begin your session. A light meal prior to the session is fine. Do not drink large amount of fluids before the session.

Treatment in the chamber may follow other medical, chiropractic, physical or massage therapy.

Heavy oils should be avoided as they may cause the skin to burn under pressure. Loose cotton clothing is advised. Women should remove nylon stockings, shoes, jewelry or any potentially sharp or restrictive objects.

The chamber will take a few minutes to inflate. The chamber will not inflate instantly. This is normal. The air inside the chamber will be continually exchanged and there should be no difficulty breathing. Breathe normally. The chamber can be depressurized and opened from the inside, and there is also a buzzer for help. While in the chamber, both verbal and visual communication is possible with the practitioner.

The treatment duration is 45 to 60 minutes. Treatments will be scheduled individually as required.

The mild hyperbaric chamber offers a safe, effective, non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive means of treatment. Although mild hyperbaric chamber therapy has been reported to be beneficial for a wide range of health conditions; this therapy is not meant as a cure for any condition or disease.

Contraindications and precautions
  • Never use the chamber while suffering from a head cold or flu symptoms, upper respiratory infections or sinus infections.
  • Never use the chamber if any alcohol has been consumed.
  • Never use the chamber if ear canals are blocked or if you have a perforated eardrum or any condition that would prevent the occupant’s ability to equilibrate the pressure across the tympanic membrane.
  • The mild hyperbaric chamber is not recommended for pregnant women as there has not yet been enough research into this matter.

With the increased oxygen uptake an individual with a high level of toxins in their body may perspire profusely and cause the chamber view window to fog up. This is an uncommon occurrence. The chamber can be depressurized and the person removed.