The Household Osteopath
Francis J. Feidler, D.O.
1906
 
FIGURES
 

FIGURE 1.
VIBRATING THE EYES.

    With the patient's eyes closed place all the fingers of each hand around each eye-ball; then with a gentle pressure use the ball of the eye to treat the blood vessels and nerves behind the eye. Tilt the eyes from side to side and vibrate them. Treat for a few seconds at a time, and repeat four or five times.

FIGURE 2.
JARRING THE EYES.

    With the patient's eyes closed, place two fingers firmly upon the eye and tap gently with a finger of the other hand. Repeat several times.

FIGURE 3.
CLASSIC TREATMENT FOR HEADACHES.

    While pressing firmly with one, hand on each side of the spine, about an inch from the middle line, and close up to the skull, make counter pressure on the temples with the other hand. Hold firmly for two minutes, rest a minute and repeat two or three times.

FIGURE 4.
CLEARING THE HEAD AND NOSE
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    Press firmly with the thumbs upon the forehead, between the eyebrows, for a minute, then rest a moment and repeat four or five times. A variation, giving the same effect, may be used, by pressing hard with the open hand upon the forehead in the same way.

FIGURE 5.
TREATING THE SUPRA ORBITAL NOTCHES.

    With a finger of each hand press firmly on the two notches, which may be felt where indicated in the illustration, hold firmly for a minute, and repeat three or four times. Steady pressure will inhibit. A vibratory motion will stimulate.

FIGURE 6.
TREATING THE NOSE.

    With the thumb of each hand on each side of the nose, begin at the inner corner of the eyes, press firmly and with a circular motion creep down the sides of the nose, without allowing the thumbs to slip on the skin. Repeat five or six times.

FIGURE 7.
TREATING THE TEMPLES.

    Begin at the middle of the forehead, with a firm, steady pressure of the fingers, work with a circular, creeping motion over the forehead and temples to the ear. Repeat six times.

FIGURE 8.
TREATING TENDER SPOTS ON THE HEAD.

    Place the hand on the tender spot, then with a circular motion, without letting the hand slip on the skin, work the deep tissues until a good circulation is established in the engorged blood vessels. A gradually increasing pressure should be used, as the patient can bear it.

FIGURE 9.
FOR NOSE BLEEDING.

    Place the thumbs on the upper lip, just beneath the nose, and the fingers at the angle of the jaws, upon a notch that is found there. Hold with a firm steady pressure for three or four minutes. Repeat, for a longer time, if the first trial is not sufficient.

FIGURE 10.
TREATING THE NOSE AGAINST RESISTANCE.

    Place your thumbs on each side of the patient's nose, at the inner corners of the eyes, and the fingers beneath the chin. Have the patient slowly open the mouth, wide, against the resistance you offer. Do not allow the thumbs to move.

FIGURE 11.
SPRINGING THE JAWS.

    Place a finger in front of each ear where the jaw hinges, press firmly while the patient slowly opens and shuts the mouth. Repeat several times. Sometimes this treatment is painful, therefore use no more pressure than the patient can bear.

FIGURE 12.
TREATING THE FIFTH CRANIAL NERVE.

    With gentle pressure work the muscles beneath, and close up to the ear, drawing them downward. Increase the pressure as the patient is able to bear it. Treat two minutes.

FIGURE 13.
GENERAL NECK TREATMENT.

    With the patient on his back place one hand on his forehead, while with the fingers of the other hand close to the spine, near the base of the skull, pressing firmly, you draw the deep muscles upward toward you, at the same time with the other hand you turn the head away from you.
    Never let the fingers slip over the skin. Repeat an inch lower on the spine until the level of the shoulder blades is reached. The treatment should be continued longer where there are tender spots.

FIGURE 14.
INHIBITING THE PHRENIC NERVE.

    With the fingers press against the front of the spine in the middle of the neck, using considerable pressure, which must be maintained for two minutes.

FIGURE 15.
SUPERIOR CERVICAL GANGLION.

    With the fingers on the side of the upper part of the neck, an inch below the skull, and a half inch on each side of the spine, press firmly for three minutes.

FIGURE 16.
INHIBITING THE INFERIOR CERVICAL GANGLION.

    With the patient lying face downward, and head hanging over the edge of the table, press firmly, for two minutes at lower part of the neck, close to the spine.

FIGURE 17.
TREATMENT FOR WHOOPING COUGH.

    With the patient on his back gently stretch and soften the deep tissues under the jaws, drawing them towards the chin.  When loose enough the hyoid bone, which hold the tongue up, can be felt, and should be drawn forward as much as possible, several times.  This can be easier done by drawing on one side at a time.

FIGURE 18.
TREATMENT FOR NAUSEA AND VOMITING.

    With the thumb press hard between the ribs on the left side, about an inch from the spine, near the upper part of the shoulder blade, while the patient's left arm is raised above the head and lowered with a backward motion. Repeat the same treatment with the thumb pressing between the next two lower ribs only.

FIGURE 19.
TREATMENT FOR THE TONSILS.

    Begin very gently, increasing the pressure as the patient can bear it, and loosen the deep muscles under the angle of the jaws, by stretching with a downward motion. Continue for several minutes until the impediment to the blood circulation and the lymphatic congestion is removed.

FIGURE 20.
TREATING THE TRACHAE
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    Gently stretch and loosen the tissues close up, on both sides, the full length of the wind pipe, and as deeply as possible under the collar bone. Move the windpipe from side to side to separate the cartilages and make them pliable.

FIGURE 21.
INHIBITING THE VAGUS NERVE.

    At the junction of the collar bone and breast bone, and under the muscle that goes from the side of the skull to the collar bone, press upward against the collar bone firmly and steadily for a minute.

FIGURE 22.
STIMULATING THE VAGUS NERVE.

    Place the fingers beneath the muscle that goes from the side of the skull to the collar bone, at the place indicated in the illustration, and with some pressure roll the muscle between the fingers for half a minute.

FIGURE 23.
SPRINGING THE JAWS.

    Place the fingers of each hand behind the angle of the lower jaw on each side. While the patient is opening his mouth press the jaw forward with a little pressure. Now, while you offer some little resistance, have the patient slowly close the mouth. Repeat three or four times.

FIGURE 24.
STRETCHING THE NECK.

    With one hand at the base of the skull, and the other hand under the chin, pull steadily until the body moves. Repeat several times.

FIGURE 25.
TREATMENT FOR THE VOICE.

    Take hold of the windpipe, above and below the Adams Apple, and gently stretch apart, then gently twist from side to side. Repeat several times.

FIGURE 26.
DEPRESSING THE FIRST RIB.

    Grasp the patientís shoulder, with the thumb pressing deep beneath the collar bone, with the other hand pull upon the head to stretch the muscles of the neck, and at the same time depress the first rib with the pressure of the thumb.

FIGURE 27.
RAISING THE COLLAR BONE.

    With the patient on his back, while pressing deeply with the fingers of one hand beneath the collar bone, raise the patientís bent arm over the face and head. Repeat changing the position of the fingers along the collar bone.

FIGURE 28.
SPREADING THE RIBS.

    With the patient's arms elevated, stand behind the patient, grasp the ribs with both hands, and spread and raise them while the patient lowers his arms. Repeat several times.

FIGURE 29.
TREATING THE ARM PIT.

    Raise the arm and thoroughly stretch and loosen all the tissue deep in the arm pit. Treat one minute under each arm.

FIGURE 30.
TREATING THE BRACHIAL PLEXUS OF NERVES.

    With the patent on his back, thoroughly stretch and loosen all the deep tissues in the lower part of the neck, above the shoulder and under the collar bone, giving particular attention to any sensitive spots that may be found.

FIGURE 31.
HEART, HEAD, VASO-MOTORS.

    With the patient lying on either side. The tips of the fingers of the upper hand show where treatments are made for the heart, and to regulate the blood supply to the head. The tips of the fingers of the lower hand show where the treatments are made for the lungs.

FIGURE 32.
DIAPHRAGM, SPLEEN, STOMACH, KIDNEYS, BOWELS.

    With the patient lying on his right side. Tips of the fingers of the upper hand show where treatments are made for the diaphragm, stomach, pancreas, and the spleen.
    Tips of the fingers of the lower hand show where treatments are made for the kidneys and bowels.

FIGURE 33.
BLADDER, RECTUM, LEGS.

    With the patient lying on either side. The tips of the fingers of the upper hand show where treatments are made for the rectum and bladder. The tips of the fingers of the lower hand show where treatments are made for the legs.

FIGURE 34.
LIVER, DIAPHRAGM, KIDNEYS, APPENDIX.

    With the patient lying on his left side. The tips of the fingers of the upper hand show where treatments are made for the liver and diaphragm.
    The tips of the fingers of the lower hand show where treatments are given for the kidneys, bowels and appendix.

FIGURE 35.
GENERATIVE ORGANS.

    With the patient lying on either side. The tips of the fingers of both hands show where treatments are made for diseases of the generative organs.

FIGURE 36.
SCIATICA.

    The tips of the fingers of both hands show where treatments are made for sciatica, by deep kneading and stretching on the affected side only, special attention given to any tender spots that may be there.

FIGURE 37.
GENERAL BACK TREATMENT.

    With the patient lying on his side, with the arms laid loosely at the side, begin between the upper part of the shoulder blades and work all the way down the spine. With the cushions of your fingers (not the tips) placed close to the spine, press firmly, and draw the muscles up towards you, not relaxing the pressure nor allowing the fingers to slip on the skin.
    Move the hands down the spine few inches and repeat until the end of the spine is reached.
    Turn the patient over and treat the other side in the same manner.

FIGURE 38.
LIFTING THE SPINE.

    With the patient lying on his side. With the cushions of your fingers placed on the opposite side of the spine, press firmly and draw the spine up towards you, thus stretching the muscles on the opposite side.

FIGURE 39.
ROLLING TREATMENT.

    With the patient lying on his side, draw his upper leg up, placing his knee against your hip. Now with the cushions of your fingers pressing firmly close to the spine push his knee with your hip, giving the body a rolling motion. About six inches of the lower spine should be treated in this manner. Turn the patient over and treat the other side in the same way.

FIGURE 40.
SPRINGING THE SPINE WITH BOTH ANKLES BENT.

    Patient laying on his side, place both his bent knees against your hip, supporting them with one hand. With the fingers of the other hand pressing firmly close to the spine, draw the deep muscles strongly towards you, not allowing the fingers to slip on the skin, at the same time push the knees with your hip.
    About six inches of the "small of the back" should be treated this way.

FIGURE 41.
ELBOW PUSHING TREATMENT.

    With the patient on his side, grasp his bent elbow with one hand and push hard away from you, while pulling toward you with the other hand, the fingers of which are pressed firmly between the ribs close to the spine. Repeat each time, changing the fingers at the back to the next ribs.

FIGURE 42.
FIGURE EIGHT MOVEMENT.

    With the patient lying on his side, with one of your hands placed on the lower ribs, close to the spine, pull towards you, while your other hand is pushing the hip away from you. Reverse the motion by pushing the shoulder and upper part of the body away from you, while pulling the hip towards you. Turn the patient over and treat the other side in the same manner.

FIGURE 43.
LIFTING THE SHOULDER BLADES.

    With the patient on his side, place your fingers under his shoulder blade and lift upwards until the body lifts from the table. Repeat several times. Treat both sides.

FIGURE 44.
SPRINGING THE UPPER SPINE.

    With the patent sitting on a stool, place your knee between the shoulder blades, pressing firmly with the knee while slowly raising the patient's arms, high, above the head, and then bringing the arms down by a backward movement.
    The patient should slowly inhale a long deep breath, through the nose, while the arms are being raised, and slowly exhale while the arms are being lowered. Repeat the movement twice, lowering the knee two inches each time.

FIGURE 45.
CLASSIC TREATMENT FOR DIARRHEA.

    With the patient sitting on a stool, place your knee against his spine just below the last rib. Draw the shoulders well back while pressing firmly against the spine with the knee. Hold for a minute and repeat two or three times in the same place.

FIGURE 46.
THE SWINGING TREATMENT.

    With the patient lying face downward. With one hand press firmly on each side of the spine, an inch below the last rib, while with the other hand you raise and lower the legs with a circular motion. Repeat several times, moving the pressing fingers an inch higher or lower each time, until all the spine from the shoulder blades to the small part has thus been treated.

FIGURE 47.
RAISING THE RIBS.

    With the patient lying on his side, with the fingers of one hand raise the lowest rib, while your other hand stretches his arm above the head, hold a moment then lower the arm, but continue the steady lift on the rib for a minute longer. Repeat by lifting the next rib above. The patient should inhale a deep breath, through the nose, while the arm is being lifted, and exhale while the arm is being lowered. Treat all the ribs on both sides in the same manner.

FIGURE 48.
DEPRESSING THE RIBS.

    With the patient lying on his side, with one hand firmly push down each rib while you stretch his arm above his head with the other hand, hold a moment and then lower the arm. Treat all the ribs on both sides m the same way.

FIGURE 49.
TREATING THE SPLEEN.

    With the patient sitting on a stool, raise his left arm high above the head with one hand, while pressing the thumb of the other hand between the ribs, where shown in the illustration. Continue the pressure of the thumb while you lower the arm with a backward circular motion. Treat three adjoining ribs in the same manner, on the left side only.

FIGURE 50.
TO STIMULATE THE CIRCULATION TO THE HEAD.

    With the patient lying on his side, raise his arm well above the head, at the same time pressing with the thumb of the disengaged hand on the rib about on inch from the spine. Continue the pressure of the thumb while you lower the arm with a backward and downward motion. Lower the thumb to the next rib and repeat the movement until the lower border of the shoulder blade is reached. Treat the other side in the same way.

FIGURE 51.
THE SPINAL TONIC.

    With the patient lying face down and arms hung loosely over the sides of the table, place your thumbs, one on each side and one inch from the spine, one thumb being an inch lower than the other, now give a quick sharp push, using moderate pressure.
    Lower both thumbs an inch and repeat the sharp push. Continue down the full length of the spine. Now reverse the thumbs, placing the lower one an inch higher than the other, and in the same manner work over the entire length of the spine.

FIGURE 52.
STRETCHING THE LATISSIMUS DORSI MUSCLE.

    With the patient lying on his side, push on the hip bone with one hand and pull his arm in the other direction with the other hand, while the patient takes a deep breath through his nose. Repeat several times on both sides.

FIGURE 53.
KNEADING THE ABDOMEN.

    With the patient on his back, legs well drawn up and arms at the side. Place the flat of the fingers of one hand on the farther side of the abdomen, and with a little pressure draw the bowels up toward the navel, and then push them back again with the other hand, with a motion somewhat similar to kneading bread. Go over the entire abdomen in the same manner, always drawing the bowels upward towards the navel.

FIGURE 54.
KNEADING THE STOMACH.

    With the patient on his back, legs well drawn up and arms at the sides. With the fingers of one hand press gently on his stomach, up close to the breast bone, while drawing up the opposite ribs with the other hand. Move the pressing fingers and repeat until all the space between the ribs down to the navel has been treated.

FIGURE 55.
TREATING AND SNAKING THE LIVER.

    With the patient lying on his back, his legs drawn up and arms at the sides. With your left hand press, with a little force underneath the ribs on the right side, while pulling the ribs upward from the spine with the other hand. Treat for two minutes under all the ribs on that side. Now change the position of the left hand, placing it flat upon the right ribs, the right hand remaining in its first position, then with a little pressure shake the liver thoroughly for a minute.

FIGURE 56.
TREATING THE GALL BLADDER.

    With the patient lying on his back, his legs drawn up, and arms at the sides. With your thumbs knead deep under the edges of the right ribs, from the breastbone downwards for about four inches, using a downward drawing motion.

FIGURE 57.
TREATING AND SHAKING THE SPLEEN.

    With the patient lying on his back, legs drawn up, and arms at the side, with your right hand press with a little force under his left ribs while pulling the ribs upward from the spine with the other hand. Treat for two minutes under all the ribs on that side. Now change the position of the right hand, placing it flat upon the left ribs, the left hand remaining in its first position, then with a little pressure shake the spleen thoroughly for a minute.

FIGURE 58.
TREATING THE APPENDIX AND RIGHT OVARY.

    With the patient on her back, the knees drawn up and arms at sides, gently knead the tissues in the lower right side of the abdomen, always drawing upward toward the navel. Increase the pressure as the patient can bear it.

FIGURE 59.
TREATING THE SIGMOID FLEXURE AND LEFT OVARY.

    With the patient on her back, the knees drawn up and arms at the sides. Gently knead the lower left side of the abdomen, always drawing upward toward the navel. Increase the pressure as the patient can bear it.

FIGURE 60.
INHIBITING THE SOLAR PLEXUS.

    With the patient on his back, knees well drawn up and arms at the sides, make a steady pressure a little above and to the left of the navel, gradually increase the pressure and hold for one minute.

FIGURE 61.
INHIBITING THE LOWER BOWELS.

    With the patient on his back, knees well drawn up and arms at the sides. With the flat of the fingers of both hands placed low down on the abdomen, using considerable pressure, draw the bowels up toward the navel, and hold for several seconds. Repeat several times.

FIGURE 62.
LOCATION OF THE APPENDIX.

    In this illustration, the finger is pressing over the appendix. In appendicitis this spot is hard, hot and exceedingly painful to the touch.
    The appendix is midway on a line from the navel to the nearest edge of the hip bone.

FIGURE 63.
INHIBITING THE SACRAL NERVES.

    With the patient lying face downward. With the fingers of one hand press hard upon the sacrum, into the depression on each side of the center, while with the other hand the legs are lifted up and held for a minute. Move the fingers an inch lower to the next pair of depressions and treat the same way. Also treat the third set of the depressions in the same manner.

FIGURE 64.
TREATMENT FOR SUPPRESSED MENSES.

    With the patient lying face downward. Place one hand flat upon the sacrum and with the other closed fist strike it a sharp hard blow, once only.

FIGURE 65.
STRETCHING THE PERIFORMIS FOR SCIATICA.

    With the patient on his back. With one hand press firmly upon the front margin of the hip bone, with the other hand you raise and stretch the leg across the body as far as possible. Repeat several times.

FIGURE 66.
RELAXING THE ABDUCTOR MUSCLES OF THE LEG.

    With the patient on his side, with one hand press hard upon the hip while lifting the leg up with the other hand, hold for a minute. Repeat several times.

FIGURE 67.
STRETCHING THE SCIATIC NERVE.

    With the patient on his back, raise the leg at right angles to the body, supporting it with the shoulder while pressing down upon the knee. Repeat several times.

FIGURE 68.
TREATING THE POPLITEAL SPACE.

    With the patient on his back, thoroughly work the tissues beneath the bent knee for two minutes.

FIGURE 69.
FREEING THE SAPHENOUS OPENING.

    With the patient on his back, and the knee bent, stretch and soften all the muscles in the groin, as shown in the illustration.

FIGURE 70.
KNEADING THE MUSCLES OF THE LEG.

    With the patient on his back, thoroughly stretch the muscles of the entire leg.

FIGURE 71.
SPREADING KNEES AGAINST RESISTANCE.

    With the patient on his back the legs well drawn up. Have him spread the knees apart while you are retarding the movement with some force. Next, reverse the movement by having the patient close the knee against your resistance. Then force his knees apart while he resists, and finally close his knees together against his resistance.

FIGURE 72.
SPREADING TOES AGAINST RESISTANCE.

    With the patient on his back the legs extended. Have him spread the toes apart while you are retarding the movement with a little force. Now reverse the movement, by having the patient close the toes together against your resistance. Next, you spread his toes while he resists, and finally close his toes together while he resists.

FIGURE 73.
STRETCHING SHOULDER JOINT.

    With the patient on his side, place one arm deep under his arm pit while with the other hand you bend his arm down over it with some pressure.

FIGURE 74.
KNEADING THE SHOULDER JOINT.

    With the patient sitting, place your foot upon the chair, the knee coming well under the arm pit. Now stretch and knead all the muscles about the shoulder joint, thoroughly.

FIGURE 75.
TREATMENT FOR CRAMPS.

    With the patient on his back, and the legs extended, with one hand press on his knee while bending the foot upwards with considerable force.

FIGURE 76.
BENDING THE KNEES OVER THE ABDOMEN.

    With the patient on his back, double both his knees up over the abdomen as shown m the illustration. For a variation, raise the straight legs over the head.

FIGURE 77.
ROTATING LEG OVER THE ABDOMEN.

    Take hold of the patient's ankle with one hand, and the knee with the other, now flex the leg strongly on the abdomen, and continue by turning the bent knee over across the abdomen, at the same time the foot is turned outward the other way. Repeat several times with each leg, and every other time reverse the motion by turning the knee outward, instead of inward across the abdomen.

FIGURE 78.
FREEING THE BLOOD VESSELS FOR THE LEGS.

    With the patient face downward, press upon the pelvis with one hand while the other hand grasps the angle, lifting the leg up, and out the same time bending the knee, using a little force.

FIGURE 79.
TREATING A STRAINED ANKLE.

    With the fingers of one hand press between the different bones of the ankle joint, while the other hand rotates the foot in every direction.

FIGURE 80.
OSTEOPATHIC MUSTARD PLASTER FOR THE CHEST.

    Place both hands flat upon the patient's, chest, then with a circular motion, using some pressure, work the tissues between the skin and the bones for a minute or two. The hands must not slip on the skin.