from Hydrothermic Remedies...
from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...
Aim: relieve pain and relax muscles by:
- large Fomentations or very hot immersions (be careful not to burn or blister)
- then set the limb
Once limb is in good alignment, improve circulation to shorten recovery, maintain movement and promote healing.
Take care not to displace bone fragments
Daily as soon as no danger of bone movement
- Heat 15-20min
- short infrared lamp
- light Fomentations
- followed by...
- Superficial stroking - gentle, slow and rhythmical - the aim is reflex relaxation of muscle and vasodilation NOT mechanical
- long light strokes, omitting only directly over fracture - direction does not matter
- after 10-15min of stroking when muscles are relaxed...
- Isometric exercises - must not cause muscle spasm or pain can be done may times a day
After splint is removed
- Heat for muscle relaxation and vasodilation
- Infrared lamp
- whirlpool bath 40-44°C for 15-20min
- local Alternate Baths
- Massage - superficial stroking followed by heavier Centripetal Peripheral Rub, stroking, petrissage or kneading to accelerate lymph and venous flow and removal of wastes. 10-15min then...
- Exercise - from active assisted through to resisted and work on pulleys and gym equipment till full function is reached