What are the Bends?

The bends is a condition where the blood gases that are normally ‘dissolved’ in the blood form bubbles in the blood stream. This causes people to double over in pain, hence the name the bends. Untreated the bends can release one of these bubbles can move to the brain or heart causing death. The bends is caused by Rapid decompression so while scuba diving never rise faster then you bubbles and come up slowly allowing the blood gases to redistribute properly.