Chest Pack

Methods of application:

Dr Kellogg

Dr Kellogg says...

Chest Pack

There is no therapeutic agent the use of which rests upon a more thoroughly sound and rational basis than does the employment of the compress in pulmonary affections, especially in pneumonia. (E)xperiments... showed that the temperature of the cavity of the chest is diminished within ten minutes after the application of the cooling thoracic compress. The blood-vessels of the chest are made to contract instantly when contact with the cold compress is made. The tidal air is increased more than one third in volume. p 862

Chest Packs


from Hydrothermic Remedies...



For general procedure see Heating Compresses

  • Wrap chest with cold, wet sheet wrung out, or a wrung out thin cotton undershirt
  • Cover cold sheet with wool flannel, and pin generously
  • Wrap neck with cold, wet compress
  • Cover neck compress with wool flannel and pin
  • Cover entire chest and arms with wool sweater.


from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...


  • Dry Friction over the part where poor cold tolerance or poor reaction
  • 15°C water wring according to strength of patient, more water for the strong,
  • For feeble begin at 22°C and precede with 10°C Wet Hand Rub


Revulsive : for

Preceded by very hot Fomentations 5-8min in:

Removed every 3 hrs for Fomentations 3-5 min then

Lightly Covered (cooling) in


  • No chilling wring towel according to patient strength
  • No air entry
  • finish in morning with cold water and vigorous rub to chest and dry wrap during day