Revitalair Hyperbaric Chambers are very easy to use.
After assembling the chamber according to the instructions manual, the air compressor is turned on, the patient gets into the chamber and closes the lid and the compressor starts to inflate the chamber. The patient must lay down for the compression process to begin. During the compression period, the patient may experience some discomfort in their ears, similar to when getting on and off a plane.
This annoyances may take place during the compression and decompression stages, going from 1 to 1.3 ATM, and from 1.3 to 1 ATM respectively, and last no longer than 3 or 4 minutes.
This discomfort is caused by the difference of pressure between the outer ear and the inner ear, deforming the eardrum and causing annoyance and pain. An effective way to prevent this annoyance is to open the mouth and yawn, letting the Eustachian tubes open, balancing the pressure between the outer space and the inner ear.
Another way to open these conducts is swallowing saliva or just swallowing, breathing with the mouth open and the nose covered. If these maneuvers do not work, it will be required to cover the nose, close the mouth and blow, or move the lower jaw from one side to the other.
It is important not to let the discomfort increase. As soon as the annoyances appear, the maneuvers must start in order to compensate the differential pressure. If, after trying all these techniques, the discomfort continues, the chamber must be depressurized and pressurized again, in order to perform the compensation maneuver more often. Once the outer pressure is equaled to the inner pressure -that is, when the chamber gets back to 1ATM-, the chamber door can be opened and the patient can get out. A Hyperbaric Chamber session takes one hour average, but the duration of the each session must be prescribed by the physician according to the treatment.