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Treat Autism At Home: What Should You Consider Before Buying Hyperbaric Chambers

Autism, medically known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, is an umbrella term used to identify a range of neuro-developmental disorders, causing behavioral, social, and communicative challenges for the person. Other disorders such as Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and many more cognitive conditions have now been included under ASD, as they exhibit similar to identical symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that approximately 1 out of every 68 children in the United States suffers from autism¹. As of now doctors and researchers are uncertain as to what triggers the onset of ASD early in childhood. However, a number of studies have held untreated medical conditions, genes, and environmental pollution to be the main reasons behind the outset of autism. While there are many traditional ways of treating autism, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is slowly and steadily gaining prominence among parents with autistic kids.

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT is a treatment that uses pure, 100 percent oxygen, at high pressure, solely for therapeutic purposes. The concentrated oxygen is administered to the patient in a sealed compartment called the hyperbaric chamber. These specialized chambers are filled with pure oxygen so that the person can breathe in the air.

Initially, this mode of therapy was restricted only for the treatment of deep sea divers ailing from decompression illness. However, with the passage of time and advancement in the medical field, it was found that HBOT therapy can be used to treat several other conditions and diseases, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Treating Autism

Although Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been categorized as an off-label treatment for ASD, it has been used as an alternative care approach for autistic patients since 2004. While HBOT therapy for treating autism is yet to be approved by the FDA, this mode of treatment is increasingly becoming popular and many children suffering from ASD has already benefited from it.

Autistic patients are placed inside hyperbaric chambers, where they inhale unadulterated 100 percent pure oxygen to boost the natural healing capabilities of the body.

HBOT therapy benefits in treating a number of autism-related complications such as cerebral hypoperfusion, inflammation, and oxidative stress. This form of treatment is commonly carried out in clinics and healthcare facilities. However,  parents can also start or continue it at home by using portable hyperbaric chambers available in the market. Portable hyperbaric chambers are a cost-effective way of continuing the therapy without subjecting the child to the external unfamiliar environment and causing discomfort.

Factors to Consider before Purchasing a Portable Hyperbaric Chamber

Discussed below are some of the key features one needs to heed to choose the best portable hyperbaric chamber from the market.

Type of Therapy You Would Like To Pursue:

The first determinant of choosing a portable hyperbaric chamber is not the design or size of the structure. But the type of therapy the doctor has prescribed for the patient. There are basically two types of portable HBOT chambers, namely, soft side hyperbaric chambers and hard side hyperbaric chambers. Which can be used to get HBOT therapy benefits.

The major difference between the two chambers is the level of air pressure that can be accommodated. The air pressure inside the chamber influences the level of oxygen that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Soft-side hyperbaric chambers are generally used for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is also known as mHBOT. Where the air pressure inside the chamber is slightly higher than that of the sea level. For instance, if the air pressure at sea level is 1.0 ATA or atmosphere absolute, then the pressure inside the chamber can range somewhere around 1.3 to 1.5 ATA.

The hard-side chamber used in HBOT therapy can accommodate an air pressure  up to 6.0 ATA. Thus purchase a chamber according to the type of treatment that has been recommended for your child.

The Supplementary Parts of The Hyperbaric Chamber

Portable hyperbaric chambers are shipped with a number of additional accessories such as an internal mattress, air compressors, medical grade hoses, installation DVD, and more. The pieces and parts sold along with the hyperbaric chambers differ from one company to the other. Therefore, cross check the additional components offered with the chamber with the doctor’s prescription before purchasing the portable hyperbaric chamber. While some companies offer the air compressor along with the chamber, others tag it as an add-on item sold separately, only through doctor’s prescription.

The Length, Circumference, and Diameter of the Portable HBOT Chamber:

Once all the above-mentioned parameters have been decided on, take into consideration the diameter, length, and circumference of the portable hyperbaric chamber. The physical framework of the hyperbaric chamber is essential as there is no point in purchasing a compartment where the patient won’t fit. Generally, portable hyperbaric chambers with a diameter ranging from 21 inches to 27 inches are ideal for children suffering from ASD.

The Reputation of The Company:

Once all the above parameters are ticked off, make sure to get unbiased neutral reviews about the company from which you will be purchasing the portable HBOT chamber. To give good  health and development of your child would depend on the quality of the HBOT chamber. It is best to conduct a thorough research about the companies before buying. Consult with your doctor when you conduct this. Essential background check and run by your choices through a medical professional before buying the product.

Final Takeaway

Choosing a right portable hyperbaric chamber requires thorough research and unbiased reviews. Hopefully, this article will assist you in purchasing the right hyperbaric chamber in accordance with your doctor’s prescriptions & enabling your child to reap the HBOT therapy benefits. Consider the above-mentioned factors before purchasing a portable hyperbaric chamber and start a simple yet empowering journey.



  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Autism Spectrum Disorder: Data and Statistics.” Doi:

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