Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT)?
Hyper means greater than normal, baric means pressure. So, the mild hyperbaric oxygen chambers are simple enclosures, which are pressurized to allow the person to breathe greater than the normal pressure of air at sea level. This type of therapy helps to balance hormones in tissue, reduce swelling and inflammation, stimulate cell growth and regeneration, increase growth of new blood vessels, help discharge toxins and metabolic waste products, accelerate the healing process, improve neurological functions, boosts the body's immune response to lessen the symptoms of chronic illnesses and pain, and fight infections. It is also beneficial to conditions with poor circulation. At the very least, one would feel rejuvenated, arrested the aging process and cope with daily stress. 

What are the different types of hyperbaric oxygen therapy? 
There are two kinds of hyperbaric therapy – high pressure and low pressure. High (or sometimes hard) pressure operates at/or above 2 atmosphere absolute. Low (or sometimes mild) pressure refers to pressures below 1.5 atmosphere absolute (ATA).

What are the advantages of mHBOT?
In order to compare the two types of hyperbaric therapies, we need to look at Montgomery/McGill research for the treatment of cerebral palsy. The experiment was intended to be a double blinded study with mild HBOT at 1.3 ATA as the placebo group, and hard HBOT at 1.75 ATA as the treatment group. What they found is that the results for patients at 1.3 ATA and 1.75 ATA were almost identical in improvement, and that the patients at 1.3 ATA experienced better results with far fewer side-effects in many cases. Later, an extensive study led by an Indian scientist named Dr. Arun Mukherjee of Majeedia Hospital cross-validated the results. Clearly, this study highlights the advantages of mHBOT over the other type of therapy. 

The fees for hard hyperbaric oxygen therapy can range from $420 to $1,200, or more, per dive depending on the type of treatment center, physician consultation fees, and other factors. Furthermore, the uses of hyperbaric chambers have been restricted to large hospitals. However, with the recent advent of portable chambers, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now both affordable and convenient.

What are its uses?
Mild HBOT is used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, and it forms a part of your total medical care regimen. Additionally, it enhances performance in competitive athletics and helps with healing from rigorous training.

Is mHBOT good for children?
Yes, this therapy yields wonderful results with children. In fact, research with children suffering from brain-injuries and genetic disorders shows positive results and great promise.

Is mHBOT good for the elderly?
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is great for those in their later years. It provides an immeasurable boost which counteracts the signs of aging. In fact, new research indicates that hyperbaric oxygenation slows Apoptosis (cell death).

Do I have to see a doctor first?
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBOT) does not require a prescription, but we strongly advice consulting with your PCP (Primary Care Physician) before scheduling a dive with us. iHyperbarics works in conjunction with several doctors. One of our physicians can perform an examination, if you do not have your own PCP already.

What are the effects of increased pressure?
The volume of air in the body is affected. The body is capable of equalizing most of these air spaces all by itself; however, there are certain air spaces which may need assistance. Your lungs maybe equalized simply by breathing normally.

You may hear popping sound in the ears, a variety of noises, and other feelings which may be unfamiliar to you when you start your hyperbaric therapy.  This is normal, please continue to breathe normally.

You may notice that your voice sounds slightly different. This is temporary and will only occur while at pressure. The temperature increases through the heat of compression. As pressure decreases, the temperature will decrease reciprocally.  There is also some fog or mist in the air. This is normal and it is caused by the humidity in the chamber air. All discomfort/pain should go away once the pressure returns to normal, if there is any.

How are treatments/dives carried out?
You will be asked to fill out an intake form and sign it. After going through the paperwork, you will be assisted to enter the chamber. The chamber will seem smaller when deflated as compared to when it is fully pressurized. The chamber will inflate to 4.4 pounds per square inch (psi) where you will breathe pressurized air up to 1.3 ATA, similar to diving 9-11 feet of water beneath the sea (the name “dive” is adopted here to mean a specific treatment in hyperbaric chambers).

Subsequently, you will be informed of when descending (pressurization) and ascending (depressurization) will start, so you can better prepare yourself and minimize the effects of changing pressures. Note that prior entering the chamber, you will learn effective techniques to minimize these effects.

Lastly, because of time factor, please ensure that you arrive at least 5 minutes early in order to facilitate the necessary procedures above, and in order to answer all questions that you may have before beginning of each dive.

How is the use of mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy different from breathing oxygen in normal atmosphere?
We breathe about 2.7 kg of oxygen in which 900 grams goes to our body. This means that we have not maximized our ability to capture and distribute oxygen to all our trillions cells. This is because our normal human physiology is limited to transport oxygen only through the use of red blood cells in the blood. However, based on Henry’s law of physics, oxygen is forced to dissolve into plasma/serum, the liquid part of the blood. Through forcing the gas into liquid by increasing its pressure, we are able to maximize the ability to capture and deliver oxygen to all cells, tissues, and organs.

I am feeling down these days, would mHBOT be beneficial to me?

Yes, mHBOT actually increases serotonin in the body significantly. Serotonin
 is the hormone that regulates our mood in order for us to be happy. In addition, it is also known to increase glutathione, which is the body’s potent anti-oxidant molecules, levels by 15% according to scientific research.

What can I do during the therapy?
Once the chamber is to full pressure, there should be no discomfort/pain in your ears since the pressures on both your outer and middle ears have been equalized. Then, you can sleep, meditate, do some yoga poses, read a book or magazine, chat with your friends from your cell phone, do your homework, surf the internet, do some exercises, or listen to music as you please.

What can I do after the therapy?
mHBOT speeds up the body's detoxification process. After the therapy please do not forget to drink plenty of water to help with the detox.

Why is your pricing the lowest in the market? 
We feel the healing power inherent in this therapy will bring about a 360 degrees change in one’s own well-being. And in order for everyone to benefit from it, we have come up with the most affordable pricing. Obviously, we want everyone, regardless of their condition, to feel better now!

Do you accept insurance coverage?
No. At this moment we are not aware of any insurance provider who accepts insurance claims for mHBOT.