Submitted by Olympia Fire Department
Olympia Firefighters responded to a report of a fallen window washer just before 10:00 on July 17, 2014. Two window washers were working on the back side of the Capitol Terrace Apartments, a six floor complex at 1517 Capitol Way south in Olympia, just up from the capitol Campus.
The first arriving unit, Olympia Ladder Truck found two window washers, believed to be from Ace Window Cleaning, hanging from their safety lines on the back of the building. One window washer was bleeding from the head.
Three Olympia Firefighter crews immediately went to work on the rescue. One crew accessed the patient through a window on the fifth floor. A second crew went to the roof to assure that the safety lines would continue to hold the window washers and their malfunctioning window washing platform. A third crew carefully moved the articulated ladder truck into the narrow alleyway behind the building and extended the ladder up to the window washers.
Crews assisted the first window washer out of their tangled equipment and down the ladder. This person was treated for a head laceration and transported to the hospital. The second window washer was then helped down the ladder. He was uninjured.
Olympia Fire Department responded with one engine, one ladder truck, a medic unit, and a command unit. The County Special Operations and Rescue Team (SORT) was dispatched but not needed. There were no injuries to any of the firefighters during the rescue.
Olympia Fire Department remained on scene until a representative from the state of Washington Department of Labor and Industries arrived.
By Kathryn Millhorn
As much as we revel in long days, cool evenings, and free vitamin D, sometimes the sunny weather can overdo it a little. With this in mind, the wise souls behind Lacey In Tune’s Summer Concerts in the Park are hosting a freebie that’s sure to do the trick: Christmas in July.
On July 26 at 7:00 p.m. make your way to Lacey’s Huntamer Park in Woodland Square for snacks, entertainment, snow (yes, I said snow!), and even a visit from Santa himself.
The fun begins with a concert featuring David Correa and Cascadia, a Latin guitar and international fusion band known for their global influences. With the mood set, the night is simultaneously warming up and cooling down.
“There are just so many fun things about Christmas that we thought we’d bring a little Christmas cheer to Lacey on a warm summer night,” says Jeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor for Lacey Parks and Recreation. “After the concert by David Correa and Cascada featuring world music and summer sounds, we will shift gears and celebrate. We will have snowball fights, snow to play in, a fun ‘gingerbread tent’ making activity (think s’mores meet gingerbread house with a camping theme) and it’s going to snow.”
Sieler enthusiastically adds that Santa will also be making an appearance. “Then we’ll settle in for a showing of ELF on the giant screen in the park,” she describes.
Lacey In Tune offers an array of summertime entertainment, from mid-day musical offerings to evenings of family-friendly comedy. These amazing movie and music nights are BYOB (bring your own blanket or chair) and snacks are available either from on-site vendors, nearby restaurants, or your own picnic basket. Concerts start at 7:00 p.m. with movies beginning at dusk on a large, easy to see screen.
After the music has died down, the last snowball has been thrown, and you’re ready to sit in the dusk digesting a belly full of gingerbread, it’ll be time for the enthusiastic arrival of Buddy the Elf. Whether or not you can finish the quote of “Santa’s coming!” with “I know him!,” you’ll be sure to laugh the night away.
Lacey In Tune is one of our region’s best freebies for a reason. Where else can you be swept away by such a motley cast of characters all for free?
Because Huntamer Park is accessible either through plentiful parking or via any of the busses which pass through the Lacey Transit Center, it’s an easy evening out. Bear in mind that Intercity Transit busses only run until approximately 9:00 p.m. so arrange a ride home if that’s your preferred mode of transportation.
Come early, stay late, and have a wonderful night of community and laughter. If you enjoy the evening and don’t want the fun to end, there will also be movie and concert pairings on August 2 and 9. August 2 features Terry Holder, a performer of original heartfelt songs, followed by The Lego Movie, and the season wraps up with Global Heat’s hip hop soul with break dancing and world beats and a double feature of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.
As Buddy the Elf would say, don’t be a ‘cotton-headed ninny muggins’ and miss this truly magical evening.
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To Ron and Diane Springer plumbing is not just about responding to the drip, drip, drip of your faucet. It is about providing top professional and caring service to a community where they have grown up their entire lives.
“We have helped many grateful customers who have been told their plumbing fixes will be thousands of dollars, often resolving the problem for a fraction of the cost,” say Diane Springer. “Because of our decades of experience and our genuine care for customers we get to the root of the problem.”
It is the reason people have come to trust Springer Plumbing over the more than a quarter of a century it has been in business. The local company was voted the 2013 Best of South Sound for Plumbing Service. And, for the last two years they were recognized with the Super Service award on a national online business referral website, Angie’s list.
Their experience goes back for generations
Ron Springer is a third generation master plumber who has followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Ron’s grandfather, Art McMurry was a plumber, a school bus driver and he helped start the Black Lake Fire Hall. His example left a legacy, not only with Ron who used to tag along when Art was on a job, but also with the community where Art lived.
“We actually have people who call for help and say, ‘I rode the bus with your grandpa and we want you for the job.’” Diane Springer relates. “The legacy speaks volumes about the heritage and experience that Springer Plumbing brings to a job.”
Ron Springer’s dad, who was also a plumber, owned Olympia Plumbing and Heating. Now Ron and Diane’s daughter, Kara, serves as the company’s administrative manager and is taking the business into its fourth generation. It is truly a family business.
Ron and Diane Springer were both born and raised here in Thurston County and met in high school at the age of 17. This is their home and they take their obligation to the community very seriously.
“We grew up here and our name is on our business,” Diane emphasizes. “We wanted to take the fear out of calling for plumbing service. It is not just a repair call to us. People can trust our family to care for theirs.”
From beginning to end, they understand a plumbing system
Ron and Diane opened the doors of Springer Plumbing in 1989 debt-free with one step van and were focused on new residential construction.
Both Ron’s grandfather and father had relationships with many contractors, which helped the third generation of plumbers launch their business.
“Our years of experience in new construction provide the background for understanding plumbing systems from the beginning to end,” says Ron. “Plumbers are the first subcontractors in after a home is framed and they begin with just a water source and lay out the entire system.’
Diane can remember bringing her three daughters Crystal, Kara and Courtney to their Dad’s job site where Ron was proud to show them the accuracy and detail of his work. He would even be somewhat disappointed when the walls went up and covered over the well-laid pipes.
After several years, Springer Plumbing diversified beyond new construction and included plumbing service and repairs, answering calls for help from individual homeowners, landlords and tenants, the bulk of their business today—the people they call friends and neighbors.
It is about community service
Ron and Diane both work for Rebuilding Together, volunteering their time to provide critical home repairs for women with children, veterans, their widows, disabled people and the elderly. Diane has served on the board of the non-profit for two years.
“We want to give back to the community,” says Diane. “We also want to be great role models for our daughters. I volunteered every year at their schools as they were growing up. That was a huge blessing.”
“We love to be out in the community meeting other business owners, Realtors, property managers, landlords and homeowners,” says Diane. “We help them and they help us. It is all about relationships and community.”
Springer Plumbing has the highest skills
Ron Springer is a master plumber, the highest level for the profession, which requires thousands of hours of experience, rigorous testing and continuing education requirements.
“Code books and manuals change constantly and you need someone who stays up to date on that information,” says Ron. “Plumbing helps protect the health of our nation and our community’s access to clean water and sanitation. It is something that often people take for granted, but we are very serious about our profession and the service we provide.”
The Springer Plumbing crew includes another master plumber, Darin, and an apprentice plumber, Tim.
“We are proud that we have more than 50 years of plumbing experience to address any problem a homeowner might have,” Ron says about his crew.
In addition, the local company strives for premium customer service that matches its superior plumbing skills and knowledge.
“We have worked with the folks at Springer Plumbing for several years now,” says one client with several rental properties. “Springer is who we always go to with our needs as they are professional, courteous, neat, reliable, experienced and competitively-priced. They always respond quickly, arrive on time and get the job done with minimal disruption to the home.”
Office Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Photos by Morgan Willie
Summer wouldn’t be the same without the popular Lacey In Tune summer events. Huntamer Park, centrally located in Lacey, hosts a series of summer entertainment including outdoor concerts and evening movies. The family-friendly affair is perfect for people of all ages. Bring a picnic and enjoy a concert during your lunch break or an outdoor movie with the kids that night.
To find out more details, including the complete schedule, click here.
South Sound Solar is the local leader in sales, engineering, design and installation of solar electric and solar hot water systems. They specialize in both commercial and residential turnkey systems.
As a small family owned business, Dever Kuni, Vice President proudly admits “Solar is all we do.” And according to customer feedback they do it well.
One example of South Sound Solar’s plethora of satisfied customers provides proof that solar panels do not always have to be placed on the roof of a house. They installed solar panels on their backyard pergola. One family even rebuilt their chicken coop so solar panels could be the roof.
South Sound Solar advises on possible locations of a solar system as well as types of solar such as photovoltaic (PV, Solar Electric) which is the most cost effective form of solar in Washington as well as passive solar and solar hot water.
Additionally, South Sound Solar recently completed an installation of thirty-three solar panels on the Olympia branch of the Timberland Regional Library. The solar panels produce enough free energy from the sun to power the lighting in the library. The installation was the outcome of a collaborative energy and water conservation effort from the City of Olympia, LOTT, Puget Sound Energy, Washington Department of Enterprise Services, and Ameresco.
The Timberland Regional Library as well as all residences and businesses can track their solar system’s performance online.
One of the best ways to learn more about how South Sound Solar powers our community is at the annual Thurston Solar Tour. South Sound Solar has been a lead sponsor and organizer of the event for 6 years. The tour opens local homes and businesses that have solar installed, giving the community a chance to speak with homeowners, not sales people. The Thurston Solar Tour takes place the last Saturday of September.
Wednesday, July 16th, 8pm
Cancelled, bummer! Maybe next time…
Tuesday, July 15th, 8pm
Brightside - Olympia Indie/Alternative Rock
CD release show for their new EP, ‘Common Decency’
The Dirty Nil – Punk rock from Ontario, Canada
In support of their new 7″ on Fat Wreck Chords!
Noise Brigade – Anchorage, AK Pop-punk
Submitted by L. Jeanette Strole Parks for Kluh Jewelers
The process of creating a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry may actually be less cumbersome than you think. If you have ever considered designing a custom piece for yourself or a loved one, this might be a story you will want to read through. Ian Kremer, recently found himself working closely with the staff at Kluh Jewelers to make a sentimentally inspired and very unique ring for his fiancee Haley Crew. Three years ago, Kremer – who works for the Department of Agriculture – met Crew, who just graduated from The Evergreen State College this spring. Neither of them had grown up in the area, but were pleased to discover the family-owned jewelry store that has served generations of Thurston county residents.
Back in January of 2014, the couple began collaborating with Kluh Jewelers owner, Matt Kluh on Haley Crew’s custom ring. “We were not customers prior to this. We had noticed the Kluh sign in passing, and wondered aloud at the possible pronunciation of the name. We were unsure if it was pronounced like ‘Kloo’ or like ‘Kluhhh.’” (For the record, it rhymes with Clue.)
Thus the pair brought their design into the store to create a ring to match a pendant that Ian had designed as an engagement gift for Haley, with the help of a jeweler in California two years ago. “It incorporates a triple infinity symbol in a true Celtic knot, entwining around a band of white gold, with a diamond in the center and three small light green diamonds running down either side.” Selecting a “previously loved diamond for cost as well as sentimentality” allowed them to incorporate a budget-conscious choice that also features “an older style cut called a European cut, which probably dates the craftsmanship back 100 years or more.”
Kremer describes the nostalgia surrounding this particular pattern. “The original design of the engagement necklace was that of a platinum infinity symbol which surrounded a green diamond that had been passed down to me from my paternal grandfather. The green diamonds that run down the sides of the ring’s wedding band match this diamond from the necklace.”
Getting Crew involved in the process also allowed them to oversee the step-by-step process, and know that the customer service at Kluh’s was top-notch. “We liked their staff very much. Everyone seemed friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We particularly enjoyed working with Matt – which we did almost exclusively during the process. Matt was extremely knowledgable, and able to answer all of our questions with great detail as well as humor and goodwill. There was zero sales pressure. In fact, on occasion, the lower cost options were what was recommended and emphasized. Matt seemed to be working on “our side” during the whole process.”
Of course, with most projects there are always some detours or small snags, and Kremer and Crew were glad to see those situations handled with care. Initially, Crew had drawn up sketches of what the ring should look
like, and the sketches would be rendered on a computer program before the mold was created for casting the ring. “Matt [...] worked with the molding process and was able to show me a very rough mold of the actual white gold ring. It was not finished yet. In fact it was in two pieces and they needed to cut the ring and add the knot. This way the infinity/knot was never cut.”
When the ring was finished, Kremer and Crew ranked their satisfaction at a 9 out of 10. “The only thing I would change is that we weren’t able to match the small green diamond on the sides of the ring band exactly to the color of the diamond in the necklace. This was because my grandfather’s diamond had likely been colored during the 1930s or 1940s and was not easily replicated. Matt did everything he could to help us come as close as possible.”
They both rave about how astonished they were to see the final product, and the details that went into the creative process. “We were very happy to see all of our decisions, sketches, and ideas turned into something so real – and so shiny! It was a creative birth process.”
With that level of contentment, they have already recommended Kluh’s to other friends and family. “We learned how easy and rewarding it is to make custom jewelry. There is no reason to not get something totally custom if that’s what you want to do. It was an extremely enjoyable process, and we both feel much more attached to and responsible for the creation of this ring now. It’s very special, and I think it has more meaning.”
Submitted by The City of Olympia
Olympia’s annual Lakefair festival starts this Wednesday. The City of Olympia is proud to support Lakefair with variety of safety, crowd control, and public works services. For a schedule of Lakefair activities, check the event website: http://www.lakefair.org/
To safely accommodate festival activities, several streets will close at various times. Please plan ahead and enjoy your Lakefair visit.
Main Event Area: Water Street from Fifth Avenue to Columbia and Legion between Columbia and Water are closed through Monday, July 21. During Lakefair, customers to Olympia Supply can access that business’s parking lot from Columbia Street.
Deschutes Parkway Closed for Car Show on Friday: Deschutes Parkway is closed from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, July 18 for the Lakefair Car Show at Marathon Park.
Capital Lakefair Grand Parade, Saturday, July 19: The parade starts on Capitol Way at 20th Ave and ends on 5th Ave at Simmons St. Pre-parade activities begin at 4:45 pm to get the crowd warmed up for the main event, which officially begins at 5 pm. The parade is televised live on TCTV, Olympia cable channel 77.
To allow for parade staging, Olympia city crews close Capitol Way in three stages:
Kids Day at Sylvester Park: Also on Saturday, Legion Way and Washington Street next to Sylvester Park are closed all day for Lakefair’s Kids Day at the Park.
Lakefair Marathon and Walk/Run: The marathon and walk/run sponsored by On The Run Events is Saturday morning, July 19. There may be temporary road closures or closed portions of roads along the route. Please be courteous to participants. Route map is posted on the Run’s website: http://ontherunevents.com/lakefair/.
Grand Finale Fireworks on Sunday, July 20: For safety, 5th Avenue from Deschutes to Columbia is closed from about 6pm until the Fireworks are over.
By Tom Rohrer
Bowen, soon to be a senior at Tumwater High School, wanted to make sure her volleyball accomplishments spoke for themselves.
“I don’t want it to seem like I think I’m really good,” said Bowen, who has been a varsity player at Tumwater since her sophomore season. “I don’t want that at all.”
While her teammates, coaches, friends and family members have been aware of Bowen’s modesty, the Thurston County athletic community can now be put on notice.
“I think I’ve always not thought of volleyball or team sports as an individual opportunity,” said Bowen. “Not what can I win by doing this but what can we do to get better. I don’t think about myself first, I think about my teammates.”
Along with her team-first attitude, Bowen’s biggest asset on the court is her versatility and the ability to play multiple positions within a team’s formation.
That versatility was put on full display this summer during the club season. A member of Capital Volleyball Club since the seventh grade, Bowen needed to fill in for an injured teammate early on in the summer.
“She is a setter and a hitter and we traditionally ran a 6-2 (meaning) that she would set when she was in the back row and hit when she was in the front row,” said Capital Volleyball Club 17s coach Mike Henry. “The other setter broke her leg in our first tournament which forced Mackenzie to be a full time setter and not able to hit.”
“At 17’s, you try to get seen by a lot of college coaches and this year she had to play in a position that did not benefit her as much but helped our team tremendously,” Henry continued. “She did not complain once about it and actually when I tried to change things to help her, she was the one that asked to go back to where we were the strongest because she knew the team would be better.”
Such a selfless decision came naturally for Bowen.
“Again, it’s about helping the team first,” said Bowen. “I felt like I was the best replacement at that position.”
In the club’s final tournament of the summer, the Emerald City Classic at the University of Washington, Bowen moved back to her 6-2 roll and promptly made the most of the opportunity. She was named to the tournament’s six player “All Tournament Team,” a testament to Bowen’s ability to quickly adjust back to her normal position.
“(Making the all-tournament team) felt so great,” Bowen said. “I was so hungry to hit and get back to my original position. I was so shocked and surprised by the recognition but it felt great.”
Armed with momentum from her performance at the Emerald City Classic, Bowen will attend a variety of summer camps before the start of the high school season in August. It has long been a dream of Bowen’s to play at the collegiate level, and recruiters from school’s such as Western Washington University and Linfield University have taken noticed. Realizing that she is on the brink of her dreams is an exciting prospect for Bowen.
“It’s so crazy, surreal. When I was younger, seeing older girls in high school, I would be so in awe,” she said. “They seemed so old, so good. Now that’s me and it doesn’t seem real.”
College scouts and coaches are present throughout CVC’s summer season, an intimidating experience that has made Bowen better as a player.
“There’s a lot of pressure in club play. You’re always playing in front of big scouts at big tourneys,” she said. “I just try to think about the team and how we’re playing. But if I make a nice play, I’m hoping they saw it.”
Bowen shared these pressure filled summers with close friends Marissa Ottesen (libero) and Rachel Erickson (outside hitter), two key components of Capital High School’s second place finish at the 2014 2A state tournament. Teammates one season and opponents the very next, Bowen enjoys the bittersweet experience of taking on her friends.
“We love each other, but hate each other at the same time. If they make a good play, I’m so mad, but so happy,” Bowen commented in relation to playing during high school season. “If I hit it and (Ottesen) digs it, I get so mad but relieved she didn’t shank it.”
During her two years on Tumwater’s varsity team, Bowen has been able to play with her older sister Courtney (2013) to earn a 2nd place 2A finish (2013) and a sixth place finish last year. Playing for a prestigious program like the one overseen by head coach Tana Otton is a driving in Bowen’s improvement as a player.
“We all want to live up to that legacy. It’s something we’ve grown up with and there are high expectations. I like it that way,” Bowen said. “I want to do my part to help the team. Everyone has that feeling of not wanting to let the others down.”
The team-first mindset Bowen revolves around is a byproduct of the coaching she’s received from Henry and Otton.
“I wouldn’t want to play for any other coach,” Bowen said. “I admire their passion for the game. It has really rubbed off on me.”
It appears Bowen has made an impression on her coaches as well.
“You couldn’t find a kinder, more humble, unselfish player than Mackenzie Bowen,” said Henry.
Sorry to embarrass you, Mackenzie.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
Aaron Goings, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history at Saint Martin’s and a specialist in labor history, will spend the 2014-15 academic year in Finland as a Fulbright Scholar. He will teach and conduct research while he is based at the department of history and ethnology at the University of Jyvaskyla.
The Fulbright Program is the premier international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and those of other countries.Participants for the program, which operates in more than 155 countries worldwide, are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.
As part of Goings’ studies, he will continue to research Finnish immigrants who settled in the lumber regions of Southwest Washington, Northwest Oregon and along Puget Sound. He plans to concentrate on immigrants of the 1920s and ’30s who were involved in the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), commonly known as “Wobblies.”
“Finnish Americans were the largest group in several radical movements during the first half of the 20th Century, yet few historians have placed Finns at the center of the history of these movements,” he says.
“My year in Finland will allow me to devote considerable time to study the working lives and labor struggles of Finnish American unionists and radicals, particularly those men and women who settled in Western Washington.
Goings, who graduated with a degree in political science from Saint Martin’s, earned his master’s degree in history in 2005 from Central Washington University. He completed his doctorate in history in 2011 at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
His interest in labor unions goes back to his roots in his hometown of Aberdeen, Wash; his scholarly study of unions, dates to his undergraduate years at Saint Martin’s, where he became the first recipient of the University’s Father Jerome Toner, O.S.B., Award for outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of social justice and labor issues.
Along with fellow labor historian Gary Kaunonen, Goings is co-author of the book, “Community in Conflict: A Working-Class History of the 1913-14 Michigan Copper Strike and the Italian Hall Tragedy,” published in 2013 by Michigan State University Press. They received a State History Award from the Historical Society of Michigan for their scholarly work on the project.
At Saint Martin’s, Goings teaches courses on labor studies, as well as U.S., women’s, world and Latin American history survey courses. This past spring, he team-taught a course entitled “Working Class Literature.” He also is director of the University’s Pacific Northwest Social Action Speaker Series that works to raise awareness of the area’s rich history, especially that of its social justice movements.
More and more, people are taking charge of their own health. While meeting regularly with a physician is still a part of the puzzle for most, adding alternate or supplemental treatments has become more the common. From seeing a nutritionist and taking natural supplements to utilizing acupuncture and massage, adding additional therapies to your health routine reaps benefits that traditional and non-traditional health –care providers agree on.
One additional therapy with a long history behind its use is mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (MHBOT), now available in Olympia at H3 Therapy Services Inc. Located on Olympia’s Westside, H3 provides patients with education, assessment, and treatment in their state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers. A therapy used for years to treat “the bends” in deep-water divers as well as to treat acute injury in elite athletes, this therapy is now becoming more widely used to address a variety of conditions.
What’s the “3” in H3 Therapy? Michael Pfeifer, RRT Clinical Director at H3 Therapy Services in Olympia shares, “There are three main pillars that we build our treatment plans around. One is the use of Kangan Ionized Water. The second is the increase and mobilization of stem cells and their use for multiple therapies. The third, and really the key one, is the use of the Hyperbaric Chamber for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy.”
The hyperbaric chambers at H3 Therapy Services in Olympia are soft-sided chambers, manufactured specifically for use in small clinics and at home. H3 Therapy uses the Vitaeris 320, a large chamber big enough to accommodate patients comfortably, even allowing a parent and child to participate in a dive session together. Dives usually last about an hour and patients may take a book or mobile device into the chamber with them. While productivity is tops on most of our lists, Pfeifer encourages patients to simply close their eyes, breathe deeply and relax during their time in the chamber.
While inside, pressurized air fills the chamber and pure oxygen is delivered to patients via a mask. In a MHBOT chamber, pressures are raised to 2 to 4.5 pounds per square inch (psi) or 1.3 atmospheres. This has been found to be the most effective therapeutic level for treatment of chronic conditions and expedited healing.
Most patients will require a series of treatments to address their health concerns and packages are available from H3 Therapy Services helpful staff. Insurance companies are also becoming more and more open to covering MHBOT treatments and Pfeifer works personally with patient’s physicians to make sure all the bases are covered.
What are the benefits of MHBOT? As with any treatment, outcomes vary from patient to patient, however much research has been done over the last century on MHBOT and the results are conclusive. Under pressure, your lungs are able to take in three to four times more oxygen then at normal pressure. This results in increased oxygenation of the blood and increased delivery of oxygenated blood cells to tissues throughout the body.
These tissues need a consistent and adequate supply of oxygen to function and an increased supply when they are injured. For this reason, MHBOT is particularly effective in reduction of inflammation and healing of wounds and injured tissues. Use of MHBOT post-surgery has shown a shortening of healing time. Use by athletes to reduce inflammation and promote healing of an injury is common, getting them back on the field more quickly. Damage done by radiation treatments is addressed using MHBOT regularly, mitigating some of the cellular “collateral” damage.
The increase in blood oxygen, the hallmark of MHBOT, will temporarily restore normal levels of blood gases and tissue function thereby promoting healing and fighting infection. This increase in function can help improve mental clarity, stamina, and reduce fatigue as well.
When patients experience their first dive, they are coached to chew gum, pretend to “yawn” and pop their ears as the chamber pressurizes. The sensation is similar to flying on an airplane and generally causes no discomfort for the patient. In fact, many patients enjoy the benefits of MHBOT so much that they end up purchasing a chamber for home use. While this may not be the right option for everyone, when using the chamber daily to treat a chronic condition, the cost may be worth it. For others, renting a chamber for a short time is a better fit. Still others simply prefer to visit the clinic regularly, benefitting from the knowledge and support from the staff each time they visit.
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber isn’t a scary place. It’s a comfortable, restful environment promoting healing and health throughout the body. Combined with education and consultation with your physician, MHBOT at H3 Therapy Services Inc. is an excellent addition to living a full and healthy life.