Which Chamber is Right For You?

There are a number of characteristics that differentiate Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers; HBOT (steel enclosed chamber or hard shell) and mHBOT (Mild Hyperbaric Therapy, portable soft inflatable chamber) including chamber design, functionality and price.

There are two main types of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chambers:

Hard-shell chambers – These chambers are pressurised with or delivering oxygen, and are often found in hospitals and larger medical establishments. These hard-shelled chambers can sustain pressures exceeding 2.0 ATA.

People using these chambers often travel to a site for therapy and pay for scheduled sessions.

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chambers (mHBOT) – Soft-shelled portable chambers are often found in smaller clinics and homes, and can be pressurised between 1.3 and 1.7 ATA.

They are sealed with a safe zip mechanism which can be opened or closed from inside the chamber, and some are reinforced with straps.

Soft-shell chambers come in different shapes and sizes, although the cylindrical shape is most often used as it is the perfect shape for pressurisation without stressing the material. There are varying levels of quality and pricing for these different options.

Hyperbaric World Services has a team of advisors on hand with the resources to recommend the right chamber spec for your needs whether for home or business.

Simply by answering the 10 questions below, our HBOT Advisors will recommend the chamber choices, prices and offers that will best suit your needs.

  1. Is the chamber for home or business use?
  2. Is it for health, beauty or fitness?
  3. Will it have more than 1 person in at a time, e.g. 2 adults, or 1 Adult and 1 child?
  4. Do you want the choice to be able to try the chamber first?
  5. What is the weight and height of the person using the chamber?
  6. What are the 3 main reasons for using the chamber?
  7. Where did you find out about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
  8. Which country and city would the chamber be used in?
  9. How old are the people who will be using the chamber?
  10. Do you have any medical conditions or take medications?

What are the differences between the two main types of chambers: hard-shell and soft-shell portable chambers?

The main differences between the two are the atmospheric pressure, delivery of Oxygen, portability and price.


      Hard-Shell Chamber                        Soft-Shell Portable Chamber

HBOT (Hard-Shelled Chambers) are cleared for the following uses:

  • Air and gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Enhancement of healing in diabetically derived illness
  • Exceptional blood loss (anaemia)
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis (gangrene)
  • Crush injuries
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Decompression sickness
  • Necrotising soft tissue infections
  • Osteomyelitis (refactory)
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Skin grafts and flaps
  • Thermal burns
  • Actinomycosis
  • Cyanide poisoning

HBOT should not be considered as a complete therapy plan for specific medical conditions without a medical prescription and consultation.

mHBOT (Soft-shelled chambers) and Altitude Sickness

In recent years there have been numerous studies confirming the benefits of regular dives (daily) in soft-shelled chambers at 1.3 ATA (Atmospheres). You can see those studies here.

mHBOT (Soft-shelled chambers) and other conditions

Although mHBOT is not approved for the treatment of conditions like Alzheimer’s, stroke or Autism, MS, Spinal injuries and depression, it is believed that mHBOT can provide additional support for individuals living with these conditions, among others.

Over 500 American NFL professional players alone have used the soft, portable chambers to accelerate the repair of injuries with the added benefit of being able to travel with these chambers to games.

Mobile phones and electrical equipment can be safely used in an mHBOT environment

Over the past 10 years, there has been far more research and studies into the benefits of soft-shelled chambers. They are far more affordable than the hard-shell and, with rental options, allow a far greater number of people to have access to this therapy.

Considering buying a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber? You can download one of our valuable Free Buyer’s Guides here.