ANATOMY OF AN EAR The ear is the organ of hearing and balance. Understanding its anatomy can help better illustrate why it’s essential to equalise. The ear consists of three distinct spaces filled with either air or liquid: the external, middle and inner ear. As divers descend in the column of water, environmental pressure on [...]
Compressed air has been the standard and most widely used breathing mix in recreational diving for decades. Breathing gas mixtures with a lower nitrogen content and higher oxygen content (enriched air nitrox) have gained popularity among divers looking to increase their bottom times or reduce the decompression stress of typicalduration dives. Today, after some 25 [...]
    When you started diving you may have begun in a swimming pool somewhere, wearing a wetsuit that had spent most of its long and overworked existence doubling up as an adult nappy. Weight would have been generously supplied with the overall effect of gluing you to the pool floor like an electromagnet. During [...]
David’s day of diving became marked by frustration after he had trouble equalising during his first dive. He was patient though, eventually reaching a maximum depth of about 27 metres (90 feet). The bottom phase of the dive continued without complications, but while ascending at a normal rate he experienced an onset of acute vertigo [...]
What is the connection between diving, medical problems and acupuncture needles? uw360 delves into the ancient art of acupuncture with Dutch physiotherapist and acupuncturist, Janneke Vermeulen, as she reveals the remarkable impact of acupuncture on diving maladies in her new book Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture originated in ancient China and has evolved over [...]
Diving injuries involving the nervous system, including decompression sickness (DCS), arterial gas embolism (AGE) and ear barotrauma (EBT), are blessedly rare, but when they do happen, these conditions require prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent serious and lasting injury. 1.Cerebral DCS vs. 3. Spinal DCS  Common symptoms: Distinguishing between spinal and cerebral manifestation of DCS [...]