HBOT Chamber FAQ’s
At Natural Balance Hyperbarics, we pride ourselves on providing the information you need to make an informed decision – especially when it comes to something as important as your health.
Please take a moment to review the below frequently asked questions about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), as well as what our satisfied clients have to say about their experience with our HBOT chambers.
FAQs About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Yes, you will need a prescription from your doctor for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). We can assist if you do not already have a clinician familiar with HBOT.
During the compression stage of an HBOT treatment session, you may feel a fullness in your ears and a slight warmth in temperature. It is similar to what you experience when traveling in an airplane. Yawning or swallowing can help alleviate the fullness sensation in your ears and the temperature should stabilize once the desired pressurization is reached.
The treatment stage of an HBOT treatment session is entirely painless. You will breathe in concentrated oxygen in a pressurized environment. You should feel comfortable enough to relax, sleep, read, or listen to music.
During the decompression stage of an HBOT treatment session, you may notice a slight cooling in the chamber. You may experience a popping sensation in your ears – again, similar to what you might experience during airline travel.
In most cases, the compression and decompression stages last about 10-15 minutes each.
There is no downtime after HBOT. You will be able to immediately resume your regular activities after your HBOT session.
In most cases, patients will need to undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy repeatedly before noticing its effects. How often you should use your HBOT chamber will depend on the reason you are undergoing therapy.
In many cases, we’ve found the most effective use of a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber is to undergo one-hour treatment sessions conducted once or twice a day for 4-8 weeks. There is no medical benefit to receiving HBOT for longer than 2 hours at a time.
Please check with your physician about the ideal treatment duration and schedule for you.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is safe and effective with proper use. This includes clearing the ears during decompression and administering the correct amount of oxygen. Be sure to follow the medical device guidelines as well as instructions from your physician. When these precautions are followed, HBOT therapy has virtually no adverse side effects.
Breathing in extra oxygen using an oxygen mask will increase the amount of oxygen carried by your blood’s hemoglobin. However, your red blood cells can only carry so much oxygen with hemoglobin. By using an oxygen mask, you miss the opportunity to significantly increase the amount of oxygen carried in your blood plasma, which typically only contains 3% oxygen.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) allows more oxygen to dissolve into blood plasma with an ingenious solution: by increasing the atmospheric (barometric) pressure while breathing in concentrated oxygen. This not only increases the amount of oxygen that binds to your blood hemoglobin – but more oxygen is pushed into the blood plasma than is possible at normal air pressure levels.
Find out more about HBOT and how it works.
No alcohol or carbonated beverages should be consumed for four hours prior to undergoing an HBOT treatment session.
If you wear contact lenses, you will want to remove them before entering the HBOT chamber.
If you have a wound, make sure no ointment or covering is applied to it.
To avoid a fire risk, it is advised to avoid wearing alcohol-based products as well as oil, lotions, perfumes, nail polish, hairspray, aftershave, makeup, and deodorant during your HBOT treatment sessions. You should also take off any removeable items before a session such as eyeglasses with a metal trim, jewelry, hearing aids, dentures, or prosthetic devices. Nothing flammable should be taken into the chamber.
Please consult your physician what is safe for you to wear or take into the HBOT chamber with you.
It’s best to delay an HBOT treatment session until your cold or flu symptoms subside.
No. Modifying a portable hyperbaric chamber – even if you purchase it outright from us – is illegal and potentially harmful. The chambers are approved by the FDA for a specific amount of pressure. A modified chamber is considered adulterated by the FDA and it automatically loses its safety compliance approval. For your own health’s sake, it is important that you do not modify a HBOT chamber.
Find out what Natural Balance Hyperbarics of Ann Arbor, Michigan, can do for you. Call (855) 942-7246 for more information; we are happy to answer any questions you may have. You may also request a complimentary consultation now.