Prior to doing this I am going to make my comments on the quality of chambers because every time I say I recommend the Oxyhealth hyperbaric chamber people get defensive as if I am tying to make them spend more than they should. For example, why should I pay 20 grand on a chamber when there are others that costs $3,000 that are also FDA cleared. It's the same as getting something infused 5 times or infusing the entire piece. You cannot try and get around it.
There are cheap hyperbaric oxygen chambers and there are more expensive chambers. In this industry a chamber of good quality such as the chamber that Oxyhealth develops, is usually bought for for a lifetime investment, not temporary usage. Their chambers just don’t wear out but you pay for that up front. A cheap chamber is just that. There are numerous articles about the other brands where their chambers have not lasted even throughout their warranty period especially if used in commercial settings.
Most people with limited money buy these chambers that need frequent repairs. It's not a problem unless you can afford $400 every time it needs to be serviced and be without your chamber for 2 to 3 weeks. Again, I have heard no reports of Oxyhealth hyperbaric chambers from all the people that have emailed me that I have called when I started my site and they are all under warranty, usually the extended warranty.
There are certain people that can only afford a few thousand that may want the cheaper models around 3 to 4 thousand but I am very cautious on selling these depending on the person's situation who is using them. This a totally different market and usage. Most people don;t even know if they are gonna keep their chamber or even if its gonna be a game changer so I can see why most people get mad at me when I tell them the price or try to convince them to get a commercial grade chamber (and we are talking about soft shell chambers, not the hard shell chambers that can cost around 80 grand.
Customers who have the cheaper ones are continuously in fights with the manufacturers when they say that they won't replace or fix something because it was the users misuse, not theirs.
With that being said, here is some information about their chambers.
OXYHEALTH HYPERBARIC CHAMBER INFLATION TIME – Each dive in a Hyperbaric Chamber will last between 1 and 1 ½ hours. This does not include the inflation time. Please allow approximately 5 minutes for the chamber to inflate and another 5 minutes for the chamber to deflate. The Oxyhealth chambers, especially the 320 model, is the largest and will take a longer time to inflate than the 23 or 28 inch chambers. This will vary slightly depending on the size of the chamber and the compressor type. You will want to deflate at a slow pace when you have been under pressure for one hour. Some make more noise than others.
BUCKLES ON OXYHEALTH HYPERBARIC CHAMBERS – Some chambers use seat belt type straps. These straps are designed to take the pressure off of the zippers that are used to seal the chamber. The zippers being the weakest part of the chamber and the one area that you are vulnerable to problems in the future the belts help extend the life of the chamber and zippers. These are easy to use and generally cause no problems. They do make it a little tougher to operate than a chamber without buckles and make it especially harder when trying to get in and out of yourself. Oxyhealth is the easiest chamber to get in and out of and has no buckles, straps, or belts. The zipper is far superior than any other and it does not require seat belts.
OXYHEALTH HYPERBARIC CHAMBER ZIPPERS – The Oxyhealth zippers are the weakest part of the chamber and at some point in time in the life of your chamber may have to be repaired or replaced. Commercial clinics will use these chamber for 8 hours a day 6 days a week and go years without needing to replace them but every once in a while a problem will come up in this area. The Oxyhealth chamber uses a double zipper system. This makes their chambers extremely easy to enter into and exit out of – by yourself. Other hyperbaric chambers, use a triple zipper system and they use a belt system to help keep the pressure off of the zippers. This triple zipper and belt system makes it almost impossible to use this chamber without an assistant to help you in and out. However, the difference in price between the two units makes this an option to seriously consider.
OXYHEALTH HYPERBARIC CHAMBER NOISE – All hyperbaric chambers come with a set of compressors to generate the pressure in the chambers. While they all create some white noise, for the most part this is not an issue and most people comment that it helps put them to sleep while they are in the chamber. The noise is not a distraction. There is a different pitch and tone to their compressors than the cheaper compressors on the budget chambers from other brands.
OXYHEALTH HYPERBARIC CHAMBER SEAMS AND WINDOWS – In a quality chamber these are not an issue and you should very seldom ever have any problems with them. In a less expensive chamber, however, these seem to definitely be an issue. All components in a less expensive commercial chambers usually of the same size are of lesser quality so they all become suspect to prolonged use. The seams on Oxyhealth don't have any complaints from anyone I have ever asked that has owned one for at least 5 years.
OXYHEALTH HYPERBARIC CHAMBER VIBRATION - There is no vibration issues in the Oxyhealth chamber and with the compressors there is no noticeable vibration. Their compressor they use are the highest quality and are the expensive types that most companies don't use.
OXYHEALTH HYPERBARIC CHAMBER AIR QUALITY – If you are using an Oxygen Concentrator with your chamber then you will be using a mask to breathe the oxygen generated by your concentrator. With most units you will be breathing somewhere between 93% to 95% oxygen. If you are not using a concentrator then you will be breathing around 21% room air. When air is under pressure it naturally gets warmer.
HEAT – In all hyperbaric oxygen chambers heat can be an issue especially during the warmer months. It is also more of an issue in smaller chambers than it is in larger chambers. Even with this being said, some will be affected by this and others won’t. Some people want a fan when they get into a chamber and others want a blanket. Same chamber, same day, same room, same temperature. You may find that a battery operated fan is all you need to keep you comfortable. There are also cooling units that can be purchased and they run approximately $350. I would recommend waiting to purchase a unit such as this until you see whether you really need it.
OXYHEALTH RELEASE VALVES – While the majority of these are made out of plastic you should not have a problem with the valves on the OxyHealth chambers. I do not promote companies that use the plastic valves.
ENTRY INTO CHAMBERS – Typically there are two ways to enter into a chamber. One is from the top and the other is from the side. All chambers can be adapted to enter from the side just by putting them on a platform and turning the chamber sideways. Chambers designed to enter from the side though typically cannot be adapted to enter from the top. A word of note is that seniors sometimes have a harder time entering from the top. This usually is not such a problem in getting in but is hard for them to get out because of knee and or back issues.
There are some companies that have used Oxyhealth hyperbaric chambers and the newer ones with a year or two to date are the most expensive. Chambers that are 4 to 7 years old are much cheaper. Make sure you buy from a trusted source that has inspected them.
The newer used hyperbaric chambers are the quickest to usually sell. If you need to try the Oxyhealth brand, there is almost always a clinic in every state that you can try one.
If someone can afford an Oxyhealth or can finance it, that is most preferred by most people who are looking for a buckle type chamber.
The detail of the craftsmanship is not like the Oxyhealth but as long as both are FDA approved and inspected and certified for sale, its really up to the person if they want the extra craftsmanship in an Oxyhealth. The Oxyhealth is just more durable, that is the best way to probably say it. Not everyone wants the best of the best. Oxyhealth is a true commercial grade sauna.
Most of the problems happen with the oil type compressors and with oxygen concentrators that people don't clean regularly. Some chambers have dual intake filters and others have single filters. Some people even buy air purifiers for the room. Breathing in dust particles under pressure is not a good thing and not the same as breathing it under normal pressure.
Note: For the best air quality, it is best to have a conditioner to cool the air during a session. Warm air can harvest bacteria and it can stick to the walls and it is very important to wash the entire chamber out between patients, especially the people that have yeast infections. I check everyone's tongue for white haze on the back to make sure they aren't breathing out yeast all in the chamber. Please have a tongue scraper. If not, I always keep several on the stand right next to it. If your tongue is white, then your probably won't even notice another person's foul breath or taste in their mouth even when kissing them. It's ruined so many of my relationships, especially in movies when she tries to kiss me. Very awkward for me. The last girl walked out and slammed the door when I reached into the glove compartment for the tongue scraper. Are you kidding me? She got mad at me for trying to be clean. Not many people understand what I have to go through.
With a commercial Oxyhealth chamber you get the piece of mind that the chamber has the most accurate settings you can get.
I have spent a lot of time dissecting hyperbaric chambers. Some are really cheap and some are just the opposite, very sophisticated and high end. Some are not powerful enough for the long haul while others are fine just for treating issues that don't require accuracy such as a delicate injured brain. The reason most people return chambers is because they don't have the right parameters for what they are treating or they take too long to work. If you are looking to get a hyperbaric chamber, you may ask me any questions pertaining to your needs.