Hyperbarics: A brief history

The concept of hyperbaric therapy is far from a new discovery.

In fact, the earliest references to using increased air pressure to treat ‘afflictions of the lung’ date back to 1662 (more than 100 years before English scientist Joseph Priestley had even discovered oxygen!).

And the first known hyperbaric chamber was built in France as long ago as 1834.

In 1937 hyperbaric therapy was used for the first time to treat decompression sickness also known as ‘The Bends’ (perhaps still its most widely-known application).

Over the following three decades more and more benefits were discovered.

Of course, the technology and our understanding of how the treatment works, have come a very long way since then.

We’re now at the point where it has demonstrated an impeccable safety record and it is increasingly common for hyperbaric chambers to be purchased privately and installed in homes, spas and gyms.