Frequently Asked Questions

1. WHAT IS HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY?

  • Hyperbaric Therapy is a safe method of delivering more oxygen to the body at the cellular level.

  • Hyperbaric Therapy provides the optimal environment for the body to carry out vital cell processes, thereby increasing the capacity for the body to heal itself.

  • The hyperbaric chamber utilizes filtered pressurized ambient air to dissolve oxygen directly into the plasma, cerebral and spinal fluids, flooding tissues and vital organs with oxygen.

  • 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 forhealthier organs and ultimately a healthier body overall.

 

2. IS IT 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.

  • 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.

 

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.

Hyperbaric Therapy works with the laws of physics to increase oxygen in the body.  Since the body is composed of mostly water, the increased air pressure inside the chamber allows oxygen to be absorbed more easily into every cell. All of the fluids in the body become saturated with life-giving oxygen, including blood, plasma, synovial, lymph and spinal fluids. This allows for all the critical and vital cell processes to be performed. Healthier cells = healthier tissues. Healthy tissues = healthy organs. Swelling and inflammation are reduced, while circulation and blood flow are increased or restored to restricted areas. Wounds and injuries heal more rapidly. Recovery from surgery is much faster. Detoxification is also promoted. Anaerobic Bacteria, most viruses, yeast and fungi cannot survive in an oxygen enriched environment. It stands to reason, therefore, that increasing oxygen uptake plays a significant role in health and wellness as well as therapeutic applications.

 

5. ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

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

 

 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 75 minutes.

 

8. WHAT CAN I DO DURING MY HYPERBARIC SESSION?

  • Listen to music.

  • Talk on your cell phone.

  • Play handheld games.

  • Watch movies on portable DVD player.

  • Work on laptop computer.

  • Read books or magazines.

  • Sleep.

 

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?

90 minute sessions are $80.  This includes an 8 minute session on the QRS equipment which is Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field Therapy.