from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...
see also Cold Sponge
- The two sponges are used in alternation,
- Ice may be used instead of the cold sponge
Alternate Sponging to the Spine, Tonic in:
Revulsives and Analgesic in:
Alternate Sponge to Joints
55°C 2min, 15°C 20sec for:
Vigorous drying is not needed, simply wrap in towel, pat dry
55-60°C very rapid in:
- Retention Fever
- Night Sweats of Tuberculosis (to chest and abdomen)
- useful before Cold Mitten Friction or Cold Towel Rub
- Squeeze sponge very dry and applied quickly to small area
- Continue, re-wetting sponge every 30 seconds until skin begins to redden
- Apply cold to that part immediately to prevent chilling
Local Hot Sponging in:
60°C or more wet sponge in...
- Epistaxis to face and other reflex applications
- Haemorrhages - use firm pressure
- Suppuration 82-100°C in saturated sponge 5-10 sec. Don't scald surrounding tissue.
- recent Sprains before swelling, ie 2 hours, water as hot as the patient can bear, temperature raised as tolerated.
Powerful skin stimulation see Mustard Bath
Hot Sponging to Spine in:
- Nervous System Irritability in
Tepid and Neutral Sponge
from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...
- large soft sea-sponge
- soft cotton cloth
- water as hot as can be borne
- treat in same order as Cold Mitten Friction dipping several times for each part
- dry thoroughly
- Mild Tonic (stimulates vasomotors more than plain water)
- 120grams of salt dissolved in a bowl of tepid water.
- Bare hands dipped in salt water and each part lightly rubbed.
- Paraesthesia Relief used locally
- 60grams of bicarbonate soda in a small basin of hot or cool water according to case
- Apply with bare hand or soft cloth
Vinegar and salt sponge:
- Mix 125mls of water and 125mls of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of salt.
- Apply thoroughly to parts that perspire most with bare hand, then dry lightly.
- same effects as Alcohol Sponge
- Use 30grams of menthol liniment (30mls of menthol crystals in 500mls of alcohol) in 100mls of water.
- Bedroom Procedure
- Clothing the Limbs
- Concentrated Food
- Dry Friction
- Dry Shampoo
- Electric Light Bath
- Evaporating Sheet
- General Measures
- Graduated Tonic Cold
- Hot Air Bath
- Immune System Maintenance
- Local Hot Air Bath
- Local Vapor Bath
- Oil Rub
- Russian Bath
- Salt Glow
- Sleep Routine
- Sun Bath
- Superheated Air Bath
- Therapeutic Fever
- Tonic Effects
- Turkish Bath
- Vapor Bath