The use of oxygen for healing is becoming a popular therapy with many families in the market for owning personal hyperbaric chambers so they can get their hyperbaric oxygen therapy done in the comforts of their homes. Once used as a means to provide supplemental oxygen for people admitted to the hospital, many people are now using personal hyperbaric chambers to help in the conventional treatment of a variety of medical conditions and diseases, such as asthma, breast cancer, fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, headaches, chronic fatigue, the healing of wounds and stroke. Personal hyperbaric chambers are also being used to increase the speed at which people heal from injuries and surgery.
Personal hyperbaric chambers and hyperbaric oxygen therapy have been is use for treating medical conditions for many centuries, dating as far back as 1662. Clinical and professional use of the therapy began in the 1880’s with the 1930’s seeing hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a primary treatment for deep sea divers with decompression sickness. The 1950’s saw a great number of clinical trials being run to test the use of this treatment for many other medical conditions. Because personal hyperbaric chambers find themselves mostly for home and family use, they tend to be portable and easily maintained. They also tend to have pressures between three and six times the atmospheric pressure so that more oxygen is allowed to enter the body.
Personal hyperbaric chambers are available in several formats. One is a Mono-Place Hyperbaric Chamber that is designed to hold one person lying down. The chamber is shaped as a cylinder and its exterior is typically made of a crystal clear acrylic so that the person inside can view their surroundings and be more comfortable and mobile. The chamber is pressurized with near 100% oxygen so the person inside does not need to wear a mask, hood or head tent. The advantage of using monoplace personal hyperbaric chambers is that the treatment can be designed to specifically suit an individual’s needs.
Another type of personal hyperbaric chambers is the Multi-Place Hyperbaric Chamber which can hold from two to ten people at time and enables them to sit up in the chamber rather than having to lie down. The pressure in this type of chamber is usually higher than that of the monoplace chamber, which enables a greater number of conditions to be treated. Mulitplace personal hyperbaric chambers usually have a set of doors so that the person administering the treatments can enter and exit the chambers without disturbing patients or their treatments.
There is another type of personal hyperbaric chamber that also holds one person but is larger in size so that the occupant can use the chamber in a sitting position. When inflated, it is almost eight feet in length with a diameter of 33 inches. Its pressure is in the mid-range at 4 psi and has a rigid frame so it can maintain its form when deflated. Unlike multiplace chambers which allow the person administering the treatments to enter the chamber, this personal hyperbaric chamber has a medical pass through so that external devices can be hooked up to the chamber. It is highly efficient and delivers clean, compressed oxygen.