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.

What is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

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.

Is there any possibility that the air pressure inside the chamber will go beyond the gauge limit?

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.

I hear a hissing sound coming from the rear two ports—is this normal?

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.

While decompressing, do I turn off the compressor or keep it running?

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.

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.

Are the two pressure gauges exactly the same? Do I need to read them differently?

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.