My Uncle Rick has just purchased a portable hyperbaric chamber. A portable what now? That was my family’s response, too. Personally, I think it looks kind of interesting. I don’t really understand precisely what he’s planning to do with it, but time will tell.
Rick’s explanation for it is pretty reasonable. He’s a big scuba diver, and he’s also a certified trainer. He sometimes runs weekend courses from his cottage up north on the coast, and has occasionally expressed concern about the health risks that diving can sometimes pose. According to him, it’s specifically the ascent from depth that can bring on problems for some people, and pretty major ones at that.
He tells me that he’s recently become really interested in ‘therapeutic recompression’ as a treatment for this decompression sickness, and he’s concerned that there aren’t any facilities that could provide it in the vicinity of his training location. His solution has been to hunt around for a company that produces portable versions of these oxygen chambers that can be rigged up anywhere. Makes sense to me.
I mean, I definitely don’t know enough about it to say whether this is a great investment or not. Rick reckons that no certification or special training is required to administer treatment using one of these things, and that they’re not harmful – he said it’s kind of comparable to ascending in a plane. He seems to know his stuff about gizmos and gadgets, and especially about anything related to diving, so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt for the time being.
I’m guessing he’s one of a relatively small number of people who know about hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Melbourne, or surely I would have heard it mentioned by now. I wonder how long it will be until Melburnians dream up a way to employ it as a beauty therapy, mindfulness tool or new-age productivity facilitator? Again, time will tell.