Hypobaric Chambers are also known as altitude or decompression chambers. They are primarily used for training and experimental purposes. They are used during high altitude research or training to simulate the effects of high altitude such as hypoxia i.e. low oxygen and hypobaria i.e. low ambient air pressure on the body. Chambers for temperature and relative humidity control are also available. In home hypobaric chambers can be used by athletes to improve their athletic performance.
A Hypobaric Chamber or Altitude Chamber is used to simulate the effects of high altitude on the human body without having to visit high altitude training camps. High altitude conditions are simulated by reducing the ambient pressure as would be experienced while ascending to a certain altitude. Hypobaric chambers are also used to enhance physical endurance and gain considerable health benefits. Increased physical endurance leads to an increase in the production of red blood cells. Research has shown that being at a high altitude even for four hours a day, can stimulate a hormone erythropoietin, which causes more red blood cells to be produced. Due to the increase in red blood cells, more oxygen is carried in the blood to the muscles causing them to work at a higher level, thereby increasing your aerobic capacity.
Oxygen Bar proponents claim that purified oxygen produces a blitz of health benefits, including Reduced stress, Increased energy,Increased alertness, Alleviation of the symptoms of hangovers, headaches and sinus problems.While some people claim to feel long-term effects, others report feeling no difference. Some say it helps them sleep better and wake up with more drive. However, scientific data says that purified oxygen does very little, as our blood is already saturated with 99% oxygen. Any effect that may occur would dissipate within a few minutes, as the blood re-circulates. Although oxygen bars offer a respite from the many air pollutants found in large cities, many believe that it's the same as stepping into any building or car with an air filtration system.