So the latest hyperbaric news is that there is a new line of chambers that now produce 1.5 ATA and do not require a special prescription to purchase and are legal in the US. Now while I am all for consumers having better access to this therapy in this country I would like to add my two cents about what everyone is buzzing about when it comes to this higher atmospheric pressure 1.5 ATA option.
What is interesting to note is that all the clinical studies that were done on hyperbaric therapy were done around 1.5 ATA and not under that. A lot of doctors and medical practitioners have been hesitant to jump onto suggesting or offering HBOT(hyperbaric oxygen therapy) because most of the chambers out there only went to 1.3 ATA or under. They felt that this form of mild hyperbaric therapy would not give the same kind of results that were seen in studies. Boy they couldn’t have been more wrong.
Just because chambers have slightly less atmospheric pressure doesn’t mean it’s a useless therapy. Putting the cells in your body under a higher pressure of oxygen like 1.5 ATA does in fact get more oxygen saturation in more efficiently and by efficiently I mean faster. So instead of spending 1.5 hours in a 1.3 ATA chamber you could use a 1.5 ATA chamber and spend 1.2 or 1 hour even. If you have a crazy busy schedule and that 15-30 minutes saved is really going to make all the difference then sure go for the 1.5 ATA where it's ok to use it.
If a lower pressure chamber simply takes longer to get oxygen into cells then the treatment outcomes should be identical with even the really high pressure chambers (hardshell) that we find in hospitals and trauma clinics. Higher ATA means quicker dosage time. Lower ATA means longer dosage time. The dose being Oxygen.
Now that you understand that a person should be able to obtain the same treatment outcomes and benefits regardless of the ATA and that it is just a difference in treatment times, you will not get swooped up into the big marketing promotions coming down the pipe for this industry. You should expect to see a lot of 1.5 ATA higher pressure is better marketing campaigns over the next 6-12 months.
Note: The chambers that are rated for going over 1.5 ATA that are mild chambers are the Newtowne Series 7, and Summit to Sea Dives. Note these have straps. In order to go to a higher pressure you need a chamber that can support the pressure without seams getting weak or putting too much stress on the zipper. Most chambers don't need belts and buckles just to go up to 1.3 ATA. It's redundant if you ask me.