The Station has two main functions – 1) it is home to our “Spaceship” and 2) it’s where we do a lot of “real” physio.
The Spaceship is our nickname for our hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) unit. Hyperbaric oxygen means that a machine concentrates the oxygen in room air and then pushes it under pressure into the body. The oxygen is carried at first by the haemoglobin and then, when that is fully loaded, extra oxygen is loaded into the plasma. This oxygen-loaded blood is then pushed deeper into tissues than it can normally reach by the pressure the machine generates – equivalent to about 3.5m below the surface of water if you were diving.
Now as you know, Whole Family Health is a family affair, so when our hyperbaric oxygen therapy unit arrived, we got the whole family involved in setting it up and testing it! Sean, a doctor, led the process, supervised by the family dog (a rottie named “Linc”, who also features on our windows).
One by one, our sons had a turn in the chamber, having fun waving to us and showing us their pulse oximeter readings (this is a little machine that clips on your finger and shows your heart rate and the level of oxygen in your blood).
Both people and pets can go in the HBOT – a child must have an adult accompany them and likewise, a pet must have an owner accompany them. Typically, kids lie in the chamber and read a story, while the pets and their owners tend to doze off to sleep!
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is cutting edge – research is still being conducted on how it might help wound healing, cerebral palsy, recovery from exercise and more, so please get in touch if you have questions about it!
The Station is also where we keep our physiotherapy plinth and a lot of the other equipment required to do “real” physiotherapy. With backgrounds in exercise physiology and now masters degrees in physiotherapy, our Canadian duo, Eric and Brendan, can often be found in The Station, using weights, K-tape, theraband and much more, to help people with musculoskeletal problems get the best out of their bodies. If you need help after joint surgery or a muscle tear, Brendan and Eric are your go-to guys!
We also keep neoprene, thermoplastic and velcro in The Station should anyone need one of our fabulous OTs or physios to make a splint.