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Hyperbaric Chamber

Condensed air under pressure = more oxygen in your body

This chamber is NOT meant to treat serious conditions. If you have a serious medical concern,  you should seek immediate medical treatment or go to a hospital. This chamber is for muscle recovery, inflammation reduction or general health and well-being. 


The chamber is inflated with condensed  ambient air to the equivalent of 11 feet below sea level or 4.4 PSI. The increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb a higher volume of oxygen in your blood, thus increasing many beneficial effects oxygen has on your body. This greatly increases the oxygen uptake by your cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and fluids of  your body. At the same time, the increased pressure decreases swelling and inflammation. Oxygen is used by the body for vital cell functions and healthier cells equals healthier tissues, and organs. Oxygen is the element most vital to sustaining human life. More essential than food or water, oxygen feeds the body and provides protection against a variety of harmful agents. Every cell in the body needs oxygen to complete the metabolic processes that give life and energy to everyone of us. Oxygen provides the fuel needed by the brain to function properly, and it helps the body fight-off infection by boosting the immune system. Our chamber Should NOT be confused with an oxygen chamber in a hospital. 

Medical Prescription Required

Ask your doctor to prescribe Hyperbaric Therapy for general health and well-being. We can provide you with a benefit sheet to share with your medical provider.

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Benefits

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More Oxygen (Hyperoxygenation)

By increasing the oxygen dissolved in the plasma (the liquid portion of the blood), the lymphatic fluid, and the cerebrospinal  fluid, more oxygen is available to damaged tissues, stimulating healing.

Creation of New Blood Vessels (Neovascularization)

More oxygen and better circulation stimulates blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) and  collagen (connective tissue) formation in areas that were previously resistant due to lack of oxygen.

Hyperoxia enhanced antimicrobial activity

Temparairily reduces or eliminates the effects of toxic substances by increasing the tissue oxygen levels.

Hyperoxia enhanced immune response

Supports and activates the white blood cells to fight infection, promoting resistance to infection, as well as wound healing.  More oxygen also helps to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.

What to expect

Ear Pressure

During compression and decompression you may experience  a sensation of fullness in your ears, which can be alleviated by yawning or a chewing motion. The sensation is very similar to taking-off and landing in an airplane.

Temporary but Possible

In rare cases, barotrauma (temporary ear pain) mild sinus discomfort, and temporary myopia (nearsightedness) is not unheard of but not at all common.

Hot or Cold

Temperature in the chamber may seem to fluctuate. We provide you with a light blanket in case you get a little cold. If you tend to get warm easily, let us know before your session.

Relax

You may get sleepy. This is the perfect time to take a lititle nap. We will gently wake you before the conclusion of your session.

Electronic Devices

Go ahead and bring your electronic devices into the chamber. You will have plenty of room to lay down and read, listen to music, or watch videos. If you don’t have a device, you are welcome to use ours.

Claustrophobia

There is plenty of room to move around, sit up or lay down. You are in able to communicate with the staff. In the unlikely event of an emergency, we can get you out in 30 seconds..

Before your session

Things to Remember

It’s all about the ears. Practice equalizing your middle ear pressure outside of the chamber. The more comfortable you are with this procedure the better you will be at preventing ear pain during treatment. You may find sitting up in the chamber and looking up helps with ear pressure. The hyperbaric technician will show you all the valves and how to zip the chamber up. Next the chamber pressurization will begin. For many people, it’s simular to an airplane flight. You need to able to clear your ears to be comfortable. Once you have descended to pressure and your ears adjust, you will feel completely normal in the chamber. 


On the day of your treatment, shower or bathe and dress in loose-fitting clothing with cotton socks. Avoid using body oils, perfumes, lotions, nail polish and deodorants.


If at all possible, we recommend you have a driver accompany you to at least your first few treatments to assist in case you experience fatigue following your treatment.


Have a light, nutritious meal one to two hours before your scheduled treatment. If you have diabetes, your blood glucose should be checked before and after each treatment, because hyperbaric oxygen treatments can occasionally lower blood glucose levels. If you have diabetes, please let us know if you feel your glucose level is low.


It is recommended you use the restroom immediately before treatment.


Note: Both nicotine and caffeine cause blood vessels to constrict, and reduce the effectiveness of hyperbaric therapy. We strongly advise avoidance of all tobacco during the period of your treatments and thereafter if at all possible. If it is not possible for you to quit tobacco or caffeine, we advise avoidance for as long as possible before and after each treatment. Nicotine gum and patches are not permitted in the hyperbaric chamber.

During your session

Equalize

Even before the chamber zips, you should begin to equalize your ears. The maximum pressure difference between the chamber and your middle ear occurs in the first few moments of pressurization, and it is important to begin equalization before significant increase in pressure makes this more difficult. 


If you experience pain of any type, immediately say “STOP”. The technician can pause compression until you are comfortable continuing.


During your session, air will flow continuously through the mask. This produces

a flow noise, which can vary from time to time, but which is a normal sound associated with chamber operation. It is also normal during pressurization to experience warming within the chamber. This will normalize once treatment pressure is achieved.

Once the chamber reaches treatment pressure, you are unlikely to experience difficulty equalizing your ears, since pressures are no longer changing. During this period, you can use your electronic device or rest.


At the end of your treatment, pressure will be reduced within the hyperbaric chamber. Depressurization is performed slowly, but you may experience cooling inside the chamber. It is particularly important during this time to maintain normal breathing. Holding your breath could result in expansion of gas within your lungs, which could lead to injury. Never hold your breath when in a hyperbaric chamber.

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After your session

Driving

It is normal to experience mild fatigue immediately following your session. Infrequently, this may be accompanied by lightheadedness. For this reason, we suggest you have a driver accompany you to your first one or two treatments until you are aware of how you feel.


Remember to call the center if you anticipate missing a scheduled session. If you are experiencing any health issues or possible side effects, make sure you bring them 

to the attention of the hyperbaric technician or your physician.

this therapy is not for you!

Very Important

You MUST NOT USE THIS THERAPY if you have Untreated Tension Pneumothorax it is an Absolute Contraindication. Tension pneumothorax is the progressive build-up of air within the pleural space, usually due to a lung laceration which allows air to escape into the pleural space but not to return. Positive pressure ventilation may exacerbate this 'one-way-valve' effect.


If you experience a fever or symptoms of infection such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, aches, sinus pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, please notify us immediately. It may be necessary to cancel your treatment until your symptoms improve. 


Relative Contraindication, Not recommended unless under a physicisns direction.

• Congenital Spherocytosis

• COPD/Emphysema with air trapping

• Asymptomatic air cysts or blebs in your lungs

• History of thoracic or inner ear surgery

• Uncontrolled High Fever

• Pregnancy

• Clausterphobia

• Upper Respiratory Infections (can make it difficult for you to clear  your ears, which can result in inflammation of sinuses, or sinus squeeze).


If you are currently taking any of the following medications, then hyperbaric  therapy should be avoided:

• Cisplatin - a chemotherapy agent

• Disulfiram (Antabuse®) - an oral tablet used to treat chronic alcoholism

• Doxorubicin (Adriamycin®) - a chemotherapy agent

• Mafenide Acetate (Sulfamylon®)—a topical cream used to prevent and  treat bacterial or fungal infections(think national and even international) are great article fodder, too.

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Difference between Mild Ambient Air Chambers and 100% Oxygen Chambers (like the hospitals use)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the use of oxygen chambers due to the dangerous nature of compressed oxygen‘s flammability, and the effects of compression on the human body. The FDA has classified this hyperbaric chamber as a class 2 medical device and makes no distinction between a hard sided chamber used for life threatening conditions and the gentler, soft sided or mild chamber used for general wellbeing. Even though we DO NOT USE 100% compressed oxygen, a medical prescription is required to use this chamber. No exceptions. There is a 30 minute base for this treatment to allow time for compression and decompression.

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