A bit of history…
The history of hyperbaric therapy is closely linked to underwater diving, which is thought to date back to 4500 years BC. It all started in Britain in 1662 when Mr. Henshaw used a pressurized sealed chamber to treat his patients’ ailments. In 1830 France in turn became the leader in hyperbaric medicine, with Fontaine, a French surgeon, designing the first mobile chamber for this purpose in 1877.
In America, the first hyperbaric chamber would be built in Ontario in 1860. From 1950-1960, it was reported to produce tremendous benefits in a variety of areas of application, including cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. Over the past fifteen years, the angiogenic properties of hyperbaric therapy have ranked among the leading high tech treatment processes.
- Provides the fuel needed by the brain to function properly
- Helps the body to fight off infection by boosting the immune system
- Assists in post-operative healing and sporting injury recovery
- Aids in the treatment of chronic disease and maximizes the benefits of other modalities
- Promotes accelerated and enhanced wound healing
- Decreases post-operative inflammation and infection and encourages normal healing processes
- Is an adjunctive therapy in sports medicine to accelerate recovery for athletes?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Is a safe, drug-free therapy that can be used regularly without any danger of oxygen toxicity. Thousands of people have had dramatic and in many instances life changing improvements in their conditions as a result of using mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Proponents for hyperbaric therapy include numerous doctors, health care providers and individuals for whom this therapy has been beneficial.
No dangerous side effects have been reported with mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, however, some individuals can experience a few minor contraindications such as slight fatigue as the body detoxifies (this is safe and necessary). A person can also experience a mild discomfort to the ears when pressurizing the
This depends on the state of an injury or the time a disease has been present. There are benefits to be had from every session where exposure to higher than normal levels of oxygen takes place. When in the chamber your oxygen levels are boosted by up to 400% which acts as a sanitizer in helping to rid the body of bacteria and viruses.
The pressure should never exceed 1.3 or 1.4 ATA (depending on the model), as the release valve at the end of the chamber is specifically calibrated to this effect.
Keeping the compressor running will allow you to better control the release of pressure. Decompression should take approximately 15 minutes. Turn the handle very slowly. For example, decompressing from 1.4 to 1.3 takes about 5 min; 1.3 to 1.2 another 5 minutes; and 1.2 to 1.1 still another 5 minutes. At the end, the handle should be fully open.
Yes, installation is very user-friendly. In fact, we pride ourselves on offering the safest, most user-friendly, and easiest-to-use chambers and concentrators. The chamber and all the components come with a well-documented manual, as well as phone and online technical support.
Does the chamber include a mattress? If I want to put a pillow and a blanket inside, what kinds of materials should I purchase? Do you have any recommendations?
There is already a special mattress inside the chamber. The best material for use inside the chamber is 100% cotton.
You can wear any clothing which is loose fitting and comfortable to lie down in. One hour in this environment is equivalent of 4 hours of quality sleep. Cologne and other perfumes should not be worn.
Yes, there is a difference. On the outside gauge the 0 is on the left side, while on the inside gauge, it is on the right side.
Oxygen is a vital part of our lives and is used for all of the body’s essential functions. For example, the brain which is only two per cent of our total weight, uses more than 20% of the body’s oxygen. Only 10% of our energy comes from our food and water, while the remaining 90% comes from oxygen.
Bacteria, toxins, viruses and parasites cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment.
If the body’s intake of oxygen is insufficient, for whatever reason, then the body will be thrown out of balance. In today’s world, the most important factor that causes diminished oxygen intake is pollution. Cooked, processed and canned food also tends to be lower in oxygen content, as are foods that are higher in fat.
Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT) is a natural therapy in which a person is exposed to increased atmospheric pressure inside an inflatable chamber. The typical pressure reaches between 1.1 and 1.4 atmospheres, which can be expressed as 1-4 pounds per square inch. The increase in pressure allows more oxygen to reach the body’s cells, delivering a multitude of healing and therapeutic benefits.
Because oxygen deficiency is often overlooked, it’s not seen as being a cause for symptoms or diseases.
Symptoms that may result from an imbalanced oxygen flow include:
- premature ageing
- dullness and a general feeling of sluggishness.
If the imbalance is chronic, the immune system is weakened and we are left more susceptible to germs and viruses and therefore, diseases.
Yes, this is normal, as the two valves are adjusted to a pressure of 1.3 or 1.4 ATA and release any excess pressure. That is the hissing sound you hear.
The chamber is not inflated using oxygen but rather using a compressor intended for this purpose. Filling takes approximately 5 minutes. Oxygen is only used to fill the chamber.
Regarding HBOT for ASD, can the patient use the chamber every day or is it necessary to take a break (say, 1-2 months) after 1 round of the protocol (say, 40 dives)?
The most-used protocol is 40 dives, and there are two ways to go about it: 1 time/day with 1.5 hrs/dive, or 2 times/day with 1 hr/dive. This is followed by a 4-week break before starting again. We suggest 40 dives/day, then 28 days off.
There are several benefits to mild hyperbaric oxygen, including:
- improves strength, energy and endurance
- relieves tension and stress
- improves concentration and memory
- detoxifies the blood
- promotes healing and counters ageing
- strengthens heart and lungs
- natural remedy for headaches and migraines
- improves metabolism and aids digestion
- reduces fatigue and improves sleeping patterns
- relieves muscle stiffness
- improves skin conditions
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment takes place inside a specially-designed inflatable chamber that uses ambient air with an additional oxygen concentrator to deliver oxygen to the body safely. Neil will discuss your lifestyle and health goals before you start any treatment.
Because you will be fully clothed during the treatment, it is recommended you wear loose, comfortable clothing. The chamber inflates within one minute and upon full inflation there will be enough room to sit upright or to lie down comfortably. There is enough room for an adult and small child to be in the chamber at the same time. After the inflation, the chamber will pressurize and this is a similar feeling to ascending or descending in a plane. Once at full pressure, you just breathe normally. You may take a book or magazine into the chamber, meditate, listen to music or simply sleep.
Depending on your personal health goal, each treatment usually lasts for one or two hours although longer periods can be safely undertaken if desired. Afterwards, you can carry on with your day as normal.
An oxygen concentrator works much like a window air conditioning unit: it takes in air, modifies it, and delivers it in a new form. An oxygen concentrator takes in air and purifies it for use by people requiring medical oxygen as a result of low oxygen levels in their blood.
More specifically, it works by:
- Taking in air from its surroundings;
- Compressing the air, while the cooling mechanism keeps the concentrator from overheating;
- Removing nitrogen from the air via filter and sieve beds;
- Adjusting delivery settings with an electronic interface; and
- Delivering the purified oxygen via a nasal cannula or mask.
For the 1.4 ATA chamber, will the oxygen concentrator have enough pressure to fill the chamber with oxygen without worrying about the issue of back pressure?
The concentrator that we will send you is specially made for this purpose and has a capability of 30 psi. The chamber will be at 5.7 psi, so there is an ample margin. All the other concentrators only go up to 5 psi.