VIEW THE MOBILE VERSION of www.homemedicine.ca Informational Site Network Informational
Privacy


Home


Medical Articles


Mother's Remedies


Household Tips


Medicine History


Forgotten Remedies


Search

Medical Articles

Sleep

No greater mistake could be made than to curtail the hours of ...

Electrical Classification Of Diseases

There are two, and only two, primary classes of disease--thos...

Freshness Of Fruits And Vegetables

Most people do not realize the crucial importance of freshnes...

The Relation Of The Principal Bloodvessels Of The Thorax And Abdomen To The Osseous Skeleton Etc

The arterial system of vessels assumes, in all cases, somewha...

Head Soaping

Have a piece of M'Clinton's soap, a good shaving brush, and a ...

Soapy Blanket The

It seems necessary, in getting people to use the best means fo...

Diarrhoea

Sudden attacks of this, though in a mild form, are very troubl...

The Woman At The Next Desk

IT may be the woman sewing in the next chair; it may ...

Diet For Middle Age And The Aged

In advancing years when less exercise is, as a rule, taken, a ...

Hysteria

This is usually brought on by some excessive strain upon the b...

Brain Rest

The need for this is often indicated by irritability of temper...

Heartburn

See Acidity in Stomach. ...

The Direction Of The Body In Locomotion

LIFTING brings us to the use of the entire body, whic...

To Mothers

MOST mothers know that it is better for the baby to p...

The Ammonium Carbonicum

recommended by Peart, has been considered by many as a specif...

The Three Great Classes Of Food-fuel

Food is Fuel. Now what is the chief quality which makes one k...

Physical Care

REST, fresh air, exercise, and nourishment, enough of each in...

Penetrating Projectiles

Foreign bodies that have penetrated the chest wall and lodge...

Prussic Acid

Almost hopeless. Emetic; artificial respiration. ...

Length Of Pack Perspiration

To make quite sure of the reaction, the single sheet may be t...



Sprains Or Racks






Source: Papers On Health

A sprain is usually the result of some involuntary
stress coming upon the part. If the injury be to the muscular substance
only, it is easily healed; hot fomentations should be given to the
sprained parts, with perfect rest and every possible ease and comfort
by position, etc., and nature will soon effect a cure. If the injury be
really to the nerves which control the muscles, as is generally the
case, the matter is more difficult. The muscle swells, but this is
primarily due to the overstrain of the nerves in the sudden effort they
make to bear a crushing load on the muscle. The pain is from pressure
in the swelling, and also from inflammatory action.

The cure, then, must be applied to the motor nerves controlling the
muscles, and is best applied at their roots in the spinal cord. If the
arm, hand, or wrist be sprained, rub gently the upper spinal region
with warm olive oil, continuing the rubbing gently down the arm to
the injured part (see Rubbing) until the whole shoulder and arm glow
with comfortable warmth. But all rubbing such as causes pain must be
avoided. If such rubbing cannot be managed, then a hot BRAN POULTICE
(see) must be placed between the shoulders, and a warm fomentation
given to the shoulder and arm. The treatment should be given once a
day, and ere many days the sprain should be cured. For ankle and knee
sprains, the lower back and leg must be treated on similar principles.

Where the chest muscles that cover the ribs are sprained, rubbing and
moist heat should be applied over the back and round the side where the
sprain is, paying especial attention to the spine opposite the sprain,
and using hot olive oil before fomentation and after, as well as to rub
with.

If the belly be sprained, similar treatment should be given lower down
the back.

If the back muscles are sprained, then the same treatment should be
applied, taking special care to stimulate with moist heat and rubbing
the part of the spine on a level with the injury, where the roots of
the nerves lie which supply the sprained muscles. Care must ever be
taken to avoid giving pain--to give pain is to increase the injury. To
produce a glow of heat all through the parts is to cure it. (See
Muscular Pains.)

For a sprained heel, when there is some degree of inflammation about
it, we should pack the whole foot in fine soap lather. Let it be in
this all night, and also during the day when resting. Wash the foot
with a little weak acetic acid, after being packed in the lather, to
keep it quite clean. Now rub the whole limb from the ankle upwards in
such a way as to press the blood onwards in the veins. Use a little
oil, so that the skin may not suffer till a fine heat is raised in the
whole limb. This may be done for a quarter-of-an-hour twice or thrice a
day. It relieves the heel of all congestion, and lets good arterial
blood flow to it, as it would not otherwise. An elastic bandage, not
very tight, put on above the knee will help the cure. Sprained joints
and muscles should have perfect rest for a fortnight, and be used
very cautiously for some time longer.





Next: Spring Trouble

Previous: Spine Weakness Of The



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 859