Cold Towel Rub
from Hydrothermic Remedies...
Usually water temperature is 10-15°C, 10°C is best.
Friction over a cold towel spread over the surface.
Effects and Indications
Because of little chance of internal congestion, can be used where the Wet Sheet Rub is contraindicated ie
- Acute Renal Congestion or Inflammation
- Pulmonary Haemorrhage or Intestinal Haemorrhage
- Cardiac Insufficiency especially chest, arms and legs, begin on arms and finish on chest
- Fevers - saturated towel, repeated applications, renewed frequently, heavy rubbing
- Feebleness - Hot Towel Rub - 60-70°C - same procedure - little effect so rub longer
Sedative or Depression
- after Fomentations or prolonged heat treatments - Very Cold, very dry towel.
- Debility in ...
- Chronic Indigestion
- Neurasthenia - especially back
- Tuberculosis - or lungs, glands (scrofula), skin (lupus) or bones
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- High uric acid level in Gout
- Scurvy and Purpura
- Gastric Ulcer
- Cardiac Insufficiency of any cause
Do not apply to chest in...
- Very weak heart
- Cold towel for head
- Several linen towels for application
- Sheet or towel for drying
- Sheet and blanket for wrapping
- Basin of water for application
- Another basin 10°C lower
Friction over a cold Towel spread over the surface.
Order of treatment:
The patient should assist by holding the towel, wet and dry.
- Each arm
- Each leg
- Back of each leg
- Finally the feet.
- Wet the face, head and neck with a towel using the colder water then wrap as a turban.
- Uncover the part to be treated, wring a linen towel very dry, apply smoothly to part, rub rapidly until towel is warm.
- Hands are rubbed on the towel, NOT towel on skin. Intermittent pressure assisting the circulation is important not irritation.
- Move hands in long, rapid, alternating strokes over the whole area, to avoid chilling. Alternate with gentle percussion.
- Remove the now warmed towel. Place it in the colder basin.
- Cover the area with a dry towel and rub until dry and Reddened from the reaction.
- Repeat on opposite side
- When wet towel is needed take it out of the colder basin, wring, place in warmer, wring again and place on patient.
- Usually water temperature is 10-15°C, 10°C is best.
Completion of Treatment
- Cover patient so they are dry and warm. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...
- Cold towel for head
- 3 linen towels for application
- a sheet or towel for drying
- sheet and blanket for wrapping,
- 2 basins of water for application, one at 10°C the other 15°C
- Rub over the wet towel then a dry towel
- Towel wrung from cool or cold water, spread out over a large area
- Rub over the towel, one area at a time until whole towel is warm
- Remove towel, dry area and cover
- Dip in cold water, wring, and apply to opposite or adjacent area
- Repeat until whole body is done especially limbs.
where Wet Sheet Rub is contraindicated ie for
- Superficial Anaemias and Visceral Congestion in:
- Feeble - Hot Towel Rub - 60-70°C - same procedure - little effect so rub longer or
- begin at 15°C and gradually lower to 10°C
- After Fomentations to the spine or abdomen (locally or generally always begin with heated part)
- Before vigorous general cold baths
- Acute Nephritis - every 3 hrs between heating treatments
- Debility begin with a very dry towel and lower temperature daily until 5°C in:
- in mild fevers or feeble or Retention Fevers saturated towel, repeated applications, renewed frequently, heavy rubbing
Do not apply to chest in:
from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...
- Graduate by decreasing the temperature of the water. 20-15°C
- Rub over the towel not with the towel
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