Dr Kellogg says...
...local calorific effects are indicated...(where) it is desired to quicken the functional activities of a part. Heat production is so intimately associated with all other forms of vital activity that it may be considered as a good measure of vital action in general. A subnormal temperature means vital depression whether general or local. By increasing the calorification of a part, we at the same time increase its activities in all directions... p 259
from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...
Local heating effects of a strong thermic reaction
Used where any local activity is depressed and needs Stimulating
- short, very cold or prolonged heat
- short very Cold Douche with strong pressure
- Heating Compress wrung very dry from very cold water and protected (ie flannel then plastic)
- local Cold Mitten Friction
- immersion of part in cold water (15sec-3min) with constant, vigorous friction
- prolonged Hot Water Bottle or Fomentations or Local Hot Air Bath,
- local Electric Light Bath or Local Vapor Bath
To prepare for a cold application
- friction with cold water (colder than main treatment)