Oxygen chambers have been used for years. The most common use is actually for athletes who sleep in oxygen chambers to increase their performance at high altitudes. In the case of pop star Britney Spears, she is using the oxygen chamber to protect her billion dollar voice!
“Since her Vancouver show, where she ran off stage as it was too smoky, she`s become paranoid about breathing in too much bad air. She`s keen on an oxygen chamber that will reverse any smoke inhalation damage (source).”
A technician seals you inside an eight-foot-long chamber, increases air pressure to twice that at sea level, and pumps in 100 percent oxygen—instead of the 21 percent found at the beach.
HEALTH BENEFITS:Called hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a one-hour session in the chamber constricts blood vessels, decreasing swelling in injured areas. Despite the reduced flow, the red blood cells carry more oxygen to the damaged tissues, due to the hyperoxygenated air. This is thought to help speed recovery of muscle and connective-tissue injuries. It may also increase the white blood cells’ ability to attack infection-causing bacteria.
DRAWBACKS: Prolonged exposure can lead to oxygen toxicity and seizures—which occur in one out of every 10,000 uses. If overdone, HBOT increases the number of cancer-causing free radicals in the body. Plus it’s highly flammable in there: A spark will ignite a fire- storm—so leave the wool socks at home (source).
Although using an oxygen chamber isn’t a new process; using it to protect your voice against pollution is! The chambers are actually being used for curing other ailments such as cancer, osteoradionecrosis (radiation damage), chronic bone issues, inflammation and much more. If you are considering buying a chamber for yourself, it will cost a bundle ($ 20,000 to be exact!). However, you can pay between 100-600 dollars for an hour at a time at specific locations (http://www.hyperbaricoxygenchamber.com/)
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)
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