Spondylotherapy Simplified
Alva Emery Gregory, M.D.
1922

CHAPTER 4: DISEASE AND SUGGESTIONS

In this brief chapter, we wish to consider very briefly those special ailments or functional derangements which may be benefited by the use of spinal concussion, nerve pressure or sinusoidal stimulation.  We omit purposely those diseases which cannot be helped by these methods of treatment.

We would refer the reader, who is seeking information concerning the best method of treatment for diseases, which are not mentioned in this chapter, to a set of works by the author, consisting of two books, "Spinal Treatment: Science and Technique" and "Disease and Rational Therapy," published recently by the author of this work.

We take up the different troubles which we consider in this chapter in alphabetical order, so as to make this work a handy reference for the busy practitioner, and usually confine our suggestions to directions for the use of concussion and of the sinusoidal current, to the exclusion of other and often more efficient methods, for which see "Spinal Treatment and Rational Therapy," by the author.
 

ABDOMINAL INSUFFICIENCY

Cause.  Diminished tone of the nerve supply to the abdominal walls and their visceral contents is the cause of the pendulous abdomen, and of the frequent splanchnoptosis, which is so common in people of middle age or subsequently.

Treatment.  An artificial abdominal support will relieve the symptoms of diminished splanchnic tone, by relieving the prolapsed condition of the viscera, but it will not effect a permanent cure.  In fact, an artificial support engenders weakness of the muscles which should normally support the abdominal walls and their visceral contents in a comfortable poise.

The sinusoidal electrodes applied to the central thoracic segments, one on either side, from the third to the eighth inclusive, or more definitely to either side between the sixth and seventh thoracic segments, will contract the visceral supports, and also the walls of the abdomen.

The constant use of the sine current, and the exercise produced thereby, will strengthen the musculature of the abdominal walls and increase the strength of the ligaments which support the abdominal viscera.

Massage and kneading of the abdominal walls will assist in the dissipation of the accumulated fat beneath its integument.  Exercise is also an important matter in the treatment of men of sedentary habits, which are more prone to corpulency and pendulous abdomens.
 

ACID CONDITIONS

Treatment.  The anode or positive pole attracts oxygen from any local zone.  Oxygen is an acid maker, hence removing it, will relieve pain.
 

ALBUMINURIA

Definition.  Albuminuria is due to filtration of the soluble proteids through the glomerular tufts of the kidneys and to degeneration of the epithelial cells of the renal tubules, and is a result of an associated hyperaemic condition and general dilation of the parenchyma of the renal organs.

Treatment.  The elimination of albumen may be stopped by the application of concussion or of sinusoidal stimulation over the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes, which will constrict the parenchyma and also the circulation of the kidneys.

Concussion or the sine current applied over the seventh cervical and the upper three lumbar segments alternately will produce a more decided constriction of the capillary circulation and parenchyma of the kidneys, and will prove a more effective treatment than stimulation applied to either of these centers alone.

Concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied to the spinous or transverse processes of the sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic vertebrae of the spinal column, will cause constriction of the parenchyma of the kidneys, and this treatment may be applied in connection with that which is recommended in the former paragraph.

To Increase Symptoms.  We may initiate the elimination of albuminuria from the normal and healthful kidneys by the use of concussion or other stimulation over the tenth and eleventh thoracic segments.

This treatment will excite dilation of the parenchyma and of the vessels of the circulation of the kidneys, which will cause a condition which will permit the filtration of the soluble proteids.

To accomplish best results in the treatment of Bright's disease or any other pathological condition in which there is decided derangement of the functional and histological alterations of the renal organs, the writer would recommend the methods of treatment described in Rational Therapy (pages 173 to 177).
 

AMBLYOPIA

Definition.  Amblyopia is a condition of dimness of vision, which is often due to diminished vagus tone.

Treatment.  This condition may be helped and overcome by spinal concussion or by sinusoidal stimulation applied to the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes, as this will increase the vagus tone, and consequently the visual acuteness.
 

AMENORRHEA

Definition.  Amenorrhea is an absence of the monthly menstrual periods, and this condition is present normally during pregnancy and after the menopause, and may result from different pathological conditions.

Treatment.  Amenorrhea, which is due to anemia, may be overcome by stimulation of the nerves which supply those organs, which will increase the volume of the blood and the number of red blood cells.

1.  This may be accomplished by concussion applied to the origin of the nerves, which will cause dilation of the tissues of the blood-making organs, and which also will cause general dilation of the system.

2.  To accomplish both an increase in the number of the blood cells and in the volume of the blood stream, apply concussion or sinusoidal stimulation to the tenth thoracic segment of the spinal cord.

3.  A more decided effect may be produced by concussion or by use of the sine current, when it is applied alternately to the tenth thoracic vertebra to excite dilation, and then to the second lumbar vertebra to cause constriction of the blood-making organs.

4.  We may still further enhance the efficiency of our treatment by using concussion or sinusoidal stimulation over the third, fourth and fifth thoracic segments, which contain the centers of origin of the nerves which directly supply the blood-making organs, in addition to the measures of treatment mentioned above.

Anemic Amenorrhea.  When this condition is due to chronic and wasting diseases, relief may be obtained by the application of rational methods of treatment for the restoration of health and freedom from the chronic form of disease, which is the cause thereof.

Neiswanger recommends the following: "Negative galvanism is a vaso-motor dilation, bringing increased blood supply to the parts.  Apply vaginal electrode within the vault of the vagina with the positive pad over the abdomen.  Use forty ma. ten minutes every second day.  The result in one month will restore the normal condition."
 

ANEMIA

Definition.  Anemia is a condition in which there is a deficiency in the amount of the blood corpuscles or some other element or elements or constituents of the blood.

Treatment.  The measures recommended above for the treatment of anemic amenorrhea are the best and most efficient methods of treatment for anemia by any one depending exclusively upon spinal stimulation, but there are auxiliary methods and better methods for the treatment of this condition.  (See Rational Therapy, page 133.)
 

ANEURYSM

Definition.  Aneurysm is a pathological condition of an artery in which there is diminished myo-motor tone of the arterial walls and a consequent dilation thereof, forming an aneurismal sac.

Treatment.  Spinal concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied to the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes will increase the tone of the musculature of the arterial walls and will effect a symptomatic cure.

Much better results may be obtained in the treatment of aneurism by first adjusting the second thoracic vertebra to relieve all interference with the second thoracic pair of nerves, after which the concussion will prove more efficient, and less vigorous concussion will be required to accomplish results.

The sine current or concussion stimulation applied to the upper three lumbar segments of the spine will excite decided vaso-constriction and myo-motor action which will affect the blood vessels of the abdominal cavity, and will assist in restoring to normal the abdominal aneurisms.
 

ANGINA PECTORIS

Definition.  This is a spasmodic paroxysm and a very painful affection of the heart, and is symptomatic of different cardiac affections.  Anginoid pains may be due to aneurysm, and in this and in other cases, the angina pectoris may not be associated with cardiac affections.

Treatment.  Concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied to the seventh cervical spine will effect a cure or will relieve the symptoms of angina pectoris due to cardiac Weakness.

The same methods of stimulation, when applied to the third and fourth dorsal spinous or transverse processes, will produce excellent results in the treatment of angina pectoris, which is due to spasms of the cardiac muscles.
 

ANIMAL PARASITES

Etiology.  Animal parasites are due to a lack of strength and activity of the digestive ferments of the alimentary tract.

Treatment.  The rational treatment for animal parasites by the use of spondylotherapy is to relieve interference with the spinal nerves, supplying the digestive glands, by spinal adjustment and to stimulate their centers of origin, and thus increase the impulses which they supply to the glands which secrete and furnish the digestive ferments of the alimentary tract.

Concussion or sinusoidal stimulation should be applied to thoracic segments from the third to the eighth inclusive, as the neural arches of this portion of the spine contain the centers of origin of the nerves which supply the splanchnic zones.
 

ANKYLOSIS

Definition.  Ankylosis is a solid union of one or more of the synovial articulations of the skeletal structure or framework of the body.

Treatment.  For efficient and successful methods of treatment for ankylosis, see Little Ailments (Burgess) or Rational Therapy (Gregory).
 

APHONIA

Definition.  Loss of power of speech.

Treatment.  For cases of simple aphonia, use the galvanic current.  Place a positive felt covered electrode, three or four inches in length, at back of neck.  Bend a flexible electrode over the larynx so that it will cover both sides.  Wet both sides with sodium bicarbonate solution.  Give fifteen ma. and treat ten minutes.  Next apply the negative electrode on one side -and positive on the opposite side of the larynx.  Regulate the current so as to cause strong,, contractions of the vocal apparatus for a few minutes.

After five or six treatments with the galvanic current, use the slow sinusoidal and increase the current from zero until strong, sensible and painless contractions are secured.  A duration of the entire treatment should be about ten minutes and should be repeated three times per week.
 

APPENDICITIS

Definition.  Appendicitis is an inflammation of the vermiform appendix, but in surgical operations it proves more often to be an imaginary trouble.

Treatment.  When there is a spasm or cramp of the appendix or of the abdominal viscera, which sometimes extends to the abdominal walls and to the lower extremities, the symptoms may be quickly relieved by concussion applied to the eleventh thoracic vertebra.  This will produce a decided dilation and relaxation of the tissues involved in the spasmodic phenomenon, and will relieve the pain and distress.

Concussion of the eleventh thoracic segment, together with an adjustment thrust applied to the second lumbar vertebra, will readily relieve a great majority of the cases of acute or chronic appendicitis in from one to ten minutes time, and these measures of treatment have accomplished cures which have proven to be permanent in a great majority of the cases which have come under the treatment and observation of the author.
 

ARRYTHMIA

Definition.  Arrhythmia is an irregularity of the action of the heart, which may be due to diminished vagus tone and consequent loss of inhibitory control, or it may be due to an interference of the accelerator nerves of the heart.

Treatment.  Concussion of the middle or third cervical will accelerate the heart's action.  Concussion of the seventh cervical will usually increase the inhibitory control by stimulation of the vagus tone.  Concussion or pressure applied briefly to the seventh cervical segment will decidedly stimulate the vagus tone and give relief in these cases.
 

ASCITES

Definition.  Ascites is an effusion of the sanguinous elements of the blood into the viscera and into the surrounding tissues of the abdominal cavity.

Treatment.  First increase the vaso-motor tone by stimulation of the subsidiary centers of vaso-constriction, the chief of which are situated in the neural arch of the seventh cervical vertebra, by the use of concussion or sinusoidal stimulation.

The application of concussion o r sinusoidal stimulation to the upper three lumbar segments will also stimulate the vaso-motor tone of the splanchnic zones.  See Rational Therapy for better and more efficient methods of treatment for ascites and its complications.
 

ASTHMA

Treatment.  Asthma may be relieved, when due to cardiac weakness, by concussion of the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes to increase the tone of the heart.

Asthma, due to an emphysemic condition of the pulmonary organs, may be relieved by concussion applied to the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae, which will cause constriction of the lungs.

Asthma, associated with atelectasis of the lungs, is best relieved symptomatically by concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied alternately to the sixth, seventh and eighth spinous or transverse processes.

Bronchial asthma may be relieved by excitation, causing contraction of the lungs.  Apply the rapid sinusoidal current by using one electrode over the spine of the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae, and the other electrode over the sacrum.

The treatment should continue from fifteen minutes to one hour each day.  For better and more efficient and expedient measures for the positive cure of asthma see Rational Therapy, by the writer.
 

ATAXIA, LOCOMOTOR

Definition.  Locomotor ataxia is a disease of the afferent or sensory tracks of the spinal cord associated with slight but an increasing loss of the power of locomotion.

Treatment.  Spinal concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied to the tenth and eleventh thoracic segments of the spine will excite vaso-dilation, and will increase the nutrition of the spinal cord, and these measures will prove excellent auxiliary methods in the rational treatment of this disease.

The sinusoidal stimulation and the muscular contraction which is produced thereby, is an excellent measure in restoring and maintaining the normal tonicity of the musculature.  For other and more effective methods of treatment of locomotor ataxia, see Rational Therapy and also Spinal Treatment, by the writer.
 

BEARING DOWN PAINS

Definition.  This is a heaviness or sense of weight which is felt in the splanchnic zones, and more especially in the pelvic organs of the female.

Treatment.  This symptom may be overcome by simulation of the splanchnic vaso-motor and nervous mechanism.  In case of bearing down pains in the pelvis, the symptoms may be relieved by stimulation of the upper three lumbar segments of the spine.

Sinusoidal stimulation may be applied by placing electrodes upon each side and between the spinal processes of the sixth and seventh thoracic vertebrae, which will excite and stimulate the nerve supply of the splanchnic zones.
 

BLOOD PRESSURE

Blood pressure may vary from the normal, and there may be a decreased or increased blood pressure, which may be due to hypertonia or hypotonia conditions of the vaso-motor system.

Treatment.  Hypertonic, or increased blood pressure, may be relieved by stimulation of the third and fourth thoracic spinal segments, which will tend to increase the inhibitory control of the vaso-motor apparatus.

Hypotonic conditions, associated with subnormal blood pressure, may be relieved by the different methods of stimulation applied to the seventh cervical spinal segment, and this measure of treatment will also reduce blood pressure which is produced because of the failure of the normal strength of the action of the heart.  Hypotension of the circulation may be overcome by stimulation of the vaso-motor mechanism by concussion of the seventh cervical spine or the second lumbar segment.
 

BLOOD CORPUSCLES

To increase number of red cells.  The red cells of the blood may be increased by concussion applied to the tenth thoracic segment of the spine, which will dilate the spleen and other blood-making organs.

A still greater increase in the number of red blood cells may be reduced by alternate stimulation of the tenth thoracic and the second lumbar segments of the spine, by means of which maneuvers, we alternately increase and decrease the blood supply in the cell producing organs.

A further stimulation and increase in the formation of the red blood cells may be induced by adjustment of the sixth thoracic vertebra, and by stimulation of the centers of origin of the sixth thoracic nerves, by the application of stimulation applied to the spinous or transverse processes of the upper three lumbar vertebrae.

The volume of the blood may be increased by the same measure as will increase the formation of the blood corpuscles.
 

BRADYCARDIA

Definition.  Bradycardia is an abnormal and slow action of the heart.

Treatment. Bradycardia may be symptomatically relieved or cured by concussion of the second and third cervical segments of the spine, which will stimulate the centers of origin of the phrenic nerves which exert an accelerating influence upon the action of the heart.
 

BRIGHTíS DISEASE

Definition.  This is a disease of the kidneys associated with marked cloudy swelling of the renal organic tissue structures, and one of the chief symptoms is albuminuria.

Treatment.  The symptom of the elimination of albumin by the kidneys and also the renal enlargement may be relieved by concussion applied to the seventh cervical spine and the effects of the treatment may be enhanced by alternate concussion of the second lumbar segment of the spine.

Concussion applied to the sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic vertebrae will stimulate the centers of origin of the nerves directly supplying the kidneys, and this measure will constrict the parenchyma of the renal organs.

The alternate concussion of the seventh cervical, and of the sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic and of the upper three lumbar vertebrae, will produce the best results in controlling both the condition of the kidneys and the elimination of albumin.

Much better results may be obtained in the treatment of this disease by the use of spinal adjustment first to relieve interference with the nerve supply, which will influence and maintain the renal action, in connection with the stimulation of the spinal centers to control the symptoms. For description and illustration of improved methods of adjustment, see Spinal Treatment, by the writer.
 

BRONCHITIS.

Definition.  This is an inflammation which is usually associated with an excessive excretion of the mucous membranes of the bronchi.

Treatment.  Concussion of the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes, or the application of the sinusoidal current to this segment will constrict the capillary circulation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi, and will thus relieve temporarily the excessive secretion and inflammation.

Adjustment of the second thoracic vertebra is much more effective in accomplishing permanent results in the treatment of this ailment.

The sine, one electrode over the spines of the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae, and the other over the sacrum, fifteen minutes to an hour every day, is also a helpful measure of treatment for bronchitis and bronchial asthma.  (Abrams.)
 

CALCULI BILIARY

Treatment.  The spasm which is produced by the passage of biliary calculi or gall stones may be relieved by exciting or stimulating the ninth thoracic segment, which will dilate both the gall bladder and the gall duct, and facilitate the passage of the gall stones.

Spinal adjustment, to relieve interference with the nerve supply to the liver, will prevent the formation of gall stones, and will also relieve the pain arising from the, passage of them.
 

CALCULI RENAL

Definition.  Renal calculi are concretions which are formed in the kidney tubules and in the pelvis of the kidney.

Treatment.  The spasmodic pain excited by renal calculi may be readily relieved by stimulation of the tenth and eleventh thoracic segments of the spine. Which will excite dilation and relaxation and relieve any spasm of the renal organs.

Diagnosis of the presence of renal calculi may made certain by causing an alternate contraction and dilation of the kidneys, which will also engender alternate paroxysms of pain, especially prominent when the contraction of the kidneys is produced and there is relief from pain when the dilation of them is caused.
 

KIDNEY CALCULI

Since publishing the first edition of spondylotherapy simplified the author of this work has had wonderful results in the treatment of cases of renal calculi ,and we wish to add some information on this subject.

Dr. Miles Hunt was suffering with pain in his back in the kidney region when he came to us for treatment.  It was difficult to make an accurate diagnosis of his case as to what was causing the pain.  We felt sure the kidneys were affected and that they were the cause of the pain but what the trouble was could not be so easily determined.

The following test was made, first we concussed the seventh cervical spine and the second lumbar spine and in this way we contracted the kidneys and the result was that his pain was greatly increased.  We repeated this experiment for four days with the same result each time consequently we decided the cause of the trouble was stones in the kidneys which caused pain when the kidney tissues contracted upon them, but to further confirm our diagnosis we dilated the kidneys daily for four days and we found that following the concussion treatment our patient was relieved of his pain for hours or until he could enjoy a night's rest.

This result followed each treatment so that we decided that he had a stone or stones in the kidneys which would not disturb or cause pain when the tissues were relaxed as they were after this special concussion over the 11th dorsal spine.  I know of no other way to so clearly demonstrate the presence of kidney calculi as this and with such positive correctness.

A course of treatment was given him and the kidneys were kept in a dilated state all the time until the stones w ere completely walled into the kidney tissues so that no further trouble was felt in the kidneys for years after.  The case was symptomatically cured by spinal concussion.
 

CARDIOPTOSIS

Definition.  This is a condition in which the heart is prolapsed slightly from its normal situation.

Treatment.  Concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied to the seventh cervical spinal segment will constrict the walls of the heart and its supporting, tendons, and will draw it upward into its normal position.

Adjustment of the second and fourth thoracic vertebrae will produce more permanent results than will the concussion, in restoring the efficiency of the principal nerve supply to the heart which will maintain the integrity of this organ and its supporting tissues. -
 

CARDIOSPASM

Definition.  Cardiospasm is a spasmodic contraction of the cardiac end or upper entrance into the stomach, which condition is associated usually with dilation of the esophagus, and these phenomena are associated with choking attacks.

Treatment.  Immediate relief from cardiospasm or from choking attacks, may be obtained by concussion of the third thoracic spinal segment or by nerve pressure applied to the fourth pair of spinal nerves, which are beside of and even with the third thoracic spine.
 

CATARACT

Definition.  Cataract is a condition of opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye.

Treatment.  Concussion or other stimulation applied to the upper two cervical segments will stimulate the centers of origin of the upper cervical nerves which enter into the formation of the cervical plexus.

The cervical plexus gives off communicating branches to the optic and other cranial nerves.  Stimulation of the upper two cervical segments, therefore, will assist materially in the treatment of cataracts.

Concussion of the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes will also assist materially in clearing up the condition of opacity of the crystalline lens which obstructs the vision.
 

CATARRH

Treatment.  Catarrh of the nasal passages may be relieved symptomatically by concussion of the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes, or by sinusoidal stimulation of this segment, which measures will reduce the capillary circulation of the mucous membranes of the nasal cavities, and consequently check the catarrhal discharge therefrom.

The electrodes of the sinusoidal apparatus may be applied to the middle cervical region, so as to stimulate the origin of the third and fourth cervical nerves, and this measure will assist in the treatment and cure of nasal catarrh.
 

CHANGE OF LIFE

Change of life or the menopause is a marked period or change in the life of all women reaching that age or period of life, from forty to forty-five years of age.

Treatment.  Excessive hemorrhage, the rather common pathological symptom of this period, may be quickly and easily checked by concussion of the second lumbar vertebra, or by stimulation of the upper three lumbar segments alternately.

Sinusoidal stimulation of the second lumbar and of the middle thoracic segments will tend to overcome the splanchnoptosis due to the lack of visceral tone, which is common at this age of life.

For more rational and more efficient methods of treatment for complications in connection with the change of life, try spinal adjustment, which is more efficient in affections of this nature than is spinal concussion. See Spinal Treatment, by the author.
 

CHEST EXPANSION

Treatment.  The lack of proper expansion of the chest may be due to failure of expansion of the upper parts of' the lungs.  This condition may be relieved by stimulation of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic segments, which will cause dilation and
expansion of the lungs, while at the same time the measure will cause constriction of the splanchnic zones.  This will aid mechanically in squeezing the contents of the abdominal cavity into the thoracic cavity.
 

CHILL

Definition. A chill is a nervous condition, associated with an external subnormal temperature and an internal congestion, and usually there is internal present.

Treatment.  A chill or chilliness may be quickly relieved by concussion of the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes, which will increase the temperature of the body and which will also equalize the circulation.  For other potent, efficient and more expedient methods, see Rational Therapy.
 

CHOKING ATTACKS

Definition.  Stoppage of food in its passage through the esophagus because of dilation thereof in connection with cardiospasm.

Treatment.  Choking attacks, which are due to cardiospasm, may be quickly relieved by nerve pressure or by spinal concussion applied to the spinous or transverse processes of the third and fourth thoracic vertebrae.
 

CHOLERA INFANTUM

Definition.  This is a disease in which there is an inflammatory condition and excessive secretion of the intestines, which is associated with purging and with vomiting.

Treatment.  Relief of this condition may be obtained by concussion or other stimulation of the upper three lumbar segments which will stimulate, and which will also constrict and overcome the hyperemic condition, and the glandular secretions and the consequent discharge from the intestines.

This trouble is easily and quickly overcome in children by physical methods such as spinal adjustment or rapid concussion applied to the second lumbar segment, when medicine will fail to accomplish any satisfactory or permanent results.
 

CHLOROSIS

Definition.  This is an anemic condition more common with girls before or about the time of reaching the age of puberty.

Treatment.  Concussion or other stimulation applied alternately to the tenth thoracic and second lumbar segments, to increase the number of corpuscles and the volume of the blood, will overcome chloro-anemia.  There are other measures which will assist in the rational treatment of this trouble.  See Rational Therapy.
 

CIRCULATION SPLANCHNIC

To increase circulation.  Concussion of the tenth and eleventh thoracic segments will increase the congestion and the circulation of the splanchnic zones.

To decrease circulation.  Concussion of the seventh cervical and the second lumbar vertebrae will constrict the splanchnic circulation.

To stimulate circulation.  Concussion or other stimulation applied to the middle thoracic region, from the third to the eighth thoracic segments inclusive, will cause constriction and decided stimulation of the entire splanchnic areas.
 

COLD EXTREMITIES

Treatment.  Concussion of the seventh cervical spine will tend to equalize the circulation and thus warm the extremities, and this measure will also increase the temperature of the body.

Much better results may be obtained by other measures of treatment for cold extremities.  Try the use of the measures recommended in Rational Therapy, which are quickly successful; and also the methods of Father Kneipp, which are excellent.
 

CONSTIPATION

Definition.  A failure of bowel action, because of failure of secretion of the glands of the alimentary canal, or because of an atonic condition and a consequent lack of peristalsis of the intestinal musculature.

Treatment.  For spastic constipation, associated with a costive condition, treat by an application of concussion to the eleventh thoracic vertebra, or by the use of sinusoidal stimulation, using one electrode over the tenth thoracic and the other electrode over the front of the abdomen, or applied by using a rectal applicator while the other is applied to the tenth thoracic segment.

Atonic Constipation.  Concussion may be applied to the upper three dorsal segments or the sinusoidal stimulation may be used by applying one electrode over the second lumbar spine, and the other may be applied by use of the rectal applicator to the rectal sphincters and thus to the coccygeal ganglion.  Treatment by the sinusoidal current should be given twenty to thirty minutes at each seance, and repeated three times per week.

A drugless Physician who was using concussion as per the instruction given in Spondylotherapy Simplified (Gregory) had some difficulty in the treatment of a certain case and we mention it here for the benefit of a special lesson.

When he would concuss the eleventh thoracic spine to overcome the constipation be would by this measure cause the prolapsus of the uterus.

When he would use concussion over the second lumbar spine to overcome the uterine prolapsus he would check the secretion of the bowels and a consequent constipation.

He wrote us for a solution of this difficulty and we wrote him as best we could advise and would in this connection suggest the following in cases of this nature.

First you should consult Rational Therapy (Gregory) for special treatment for the constipation.

When using concussion in such cases where prolapsus is complicated by constipation concuss the eleventh thoracic spine and the second lumbar spine alternately for a period of five minutes and then finish the concussion treatment by concussion of the seventh cervical spine, which will cause a general vasomotor stimulation and will also prevent any tendency to atonicity or consequent splanchnoptosis.
 

CONSUMPTION

Treatment.  Stimulation of the spinal centers of nerve origin is an auxiliary method of treatment of merit in all cases of tubercular infection of the lungs.  One of the most important effects produced by spinal stimulation is the results of the treatment by which we obtain an increase in the number of red blood cells, and in the volume of the blood, which condition is auto-protective against tubercular development.

To Increase Blood Supply.  Apply concussion or other stimulation to the tenth thoracic spinal segment, which will dilate the spleen, increase the production of red cells and help to overcome the anemia of the lungs.

We may obtain better results by applying concussion to the tenth thoracic and the' second lumbar segments alternately, as we may, in this way, secure alternate dilation and contraction of the spleen, pancreas, etc., which will prove more effective in increasing the amount of the red blood cells and of the volume of the circulation.

Still better results may be obtained by concussion applied to the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic vertebrae. to stimulate the blood-making organs, in addition to the alternate contraction and dilation which is caused by the alternate stimulation of the tenth thoracic and the second lumbar vertebrae.

For specific information concerning the treatment of various phases and varieties of pulmonary diseases, see subsequent page under heading of pulmonary diseases.
 

CORYZA

For the best treatment for coryza, see catarrh.
 

COUGHS

There are coughs from various causes, but there is usually some inflammatory trouble of the air passages, and therefore attacks of coughing may usually be relieved by concussion of the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes, which will relieve the hypertonic condition of the mucosa of the air passages and consequently the irritability thereof.

Some doctors report excellent success in relieving the paroxysms of whooping cough, by the application of concussion to the seventh cervical spine.
 

DIABETES INSIPIDUS

Definition.  This is a condition in which there is an enormous amount of the kidney secretion from day to day.  The amount sometimes reaching several gallons in twenty-four hours.

Treatment.  Measures to constrict the parenchymatous tissues and also the blood vessels of the kidneys will no doubt mitigate the symptoms of this malady very quickly and promptly.  Apply concussion to the seventh cervical spine, to the sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic vertebrae and to the second lumbar, and by so doing, you will stimulate the constriction of the blood vessels and contraction of the parenchyma of the renal organs.
 

DIABETES MELLITUS

Definition.  This is a disease in which there is present an excessive quantity of sugar in the renal secretions.

Treatment.  Apply spinal concussion to the seventh cervical and the second lumbar vertebral segments alternately to produce constriction of the renal circulation.

Apply spinal concussion to the fifth thoracic segment which will both stimulate and increase the secretion of the pancreas, and the secretion of these glands will prevent the elimination of the sugar and thus check the glycosuria.

Dugan says that diabetic patients may be so weak that excessive exercise may excite proteid metabolism.  From twelve to one hundred and twenty contractions per minute, produced by the sine current, will exercise the muscles sufficiently without producing the above results.

Apply one moistened pad electrode to the tenth dorsal segment and the other to the abdomen, and next use one electrode on the second lumbar instead of the tenth dorsal vertebra, and continue the seance from twenty to thirty minutes, and repeat the treatment three times a week.
 

DIABETES AND CONCUSSION

Dr. R. Emerson Parker has reported to us some excellent results he has obtained with the use of concussion in the treatment of diabetic patients.

He has been successful in the treatment of diabetes by concussion of the seventh cervical spine in connection with the other treatments he gives.  By concussion of the seventh cervical spine he contracts the liver, spleen and especially the pancreas and he finds by this method he obtains very satisfactory results in diabetic cases by this means in connection with the other treatments he uses.

We would suggest that still more helpful results may be obtained by the following procedure.  First adjust the spine, especially the eighth thoracic spine, to relieve any interference with the nerve supply to the pancreas, and any other lesions that may appear to be evident from spinal palpation, then better results may be obtained by concussion as the nerve channel will be open and the nerve freed so that normal nerve impulse may be transmitted.

First concuss over the eleventh thoracic spine alternating with concussion of the second lumbar spine.  The eleventh spinal concussion will dilate the pancreas and the second lumbar spinal concussion will contract the pancreas and by the alternate contraction and dilation we greatly improve the action of the pancreas, because of the flushing of the organ with blood which will greatly stimulate and increase its action.

The seventh cervical may be used instead of the second lumbar and with practically the same results.  After about three minutes of the above treatment then you can change and concuss the seventh and the second thoracic alternately and this will especially contract the pancreas and leave them contracted and toned up.  With the proper diet (see "Missing Links" by Gregory) and the above treatment, you will have no trouble with your diabetic patients.
 

DIARRHEA

Definition.  Diarrhea or dysentery is an excessive action of the glands of the intestines, and a consequent excessive discharge from the bowels.

Treatment.  Spinal adjustment or spinal concussion applied to the second lumbar vertebra will, because of the vaso-constrictor influence of the nerves from this segment upon the bowels, surely and immediately check the excessive secretion and discharge from the bowels.

The spinal adjustment will prove more permanent in effect than spinal concussion.  Concussion may produce more potent or efficient, temporary results.  Acute cases of diarrhea may be completely and permanently relieved by a single treatment.
 

DROPSY

Definition. Dropsy is due to diminished vaso-motor tone, which permits of the transfusion of the liquor sanguinis elements of the blood into the peri-vascular spaces.

Treatment.  The first and most necessary measure in the treatment of dropsical conditions is to overcome the lack of vaso-motor tone.  Use spinal concussion applied to the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes, and if the dropsy is in the abdominal cavity, we may still further help or abate the symptom by concussion of the upper three lumbar segments.

Dropsy of the brain is best relieved by concussion of the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes, which will constrict the circulation of the brain.

For more specific and more efficient methods of treating the diseased condition, which may be indicated by the presence of dropsical effusion, the reader is referred to Rational Therapy, page 158.
 

DYSMENORRHEA

Definition.  Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation.

Treatment.  If the painful menstruation is due to constriction of the cervix of the uterus, the trouble may be relieved by concussion of the tenth thoracic vertebra.

Painful menstruation due to an inflammation of the endometrium, may be relieved by concussion of the second lumbar vertebra, which will constrict the capillary vertebra. which will constrict the capillary circulation of the mucosa, and thus relieve the inflammatory condition.
 

EMESIS

Definition.  Emesis or vomiting is a reverse action of the stomach which causes the ejection of the food backward instead of passing the contents of the stomach onward.

Treatment.  Temporary relief may be obtained from vomiting by exciting constriction of the cardia and dilation of the pylorus of the stomach, which will cause the stomach to empty its contents into the duodenum, This may be done by concussion of the fifth thoracic spinous or transverse processes, or by nerve pressure applied on the right side of the spinal column, beside of and even with the fourth thoracic spine.

To relieve the cause of vomiting, which is due to reflex neurosis, especial attention should be given to the intervertebral foramina affecting lumbar nerves and to the lower orifices of the body, and especially to the cervix of the uterus in cases of pregnancy.

Vomiting may be checked and controlled by raising the hyoid bone, which will cause a more nearly vertical attitude of the stomach and dilation of the pylorus.  This will cause the stomach to empty its contents into the duodenum.
 

EMPHYSEMA OF THE LUNGS

Treatment.  This condition may be overcome temporarily by spinal concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied to the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae.  See Pulmonary Emphysema.
 

ENDOMETRITIS

Treatment.  According to Rice prepare a large negative pole and place over the lower part of the abdomen.  The writer would suggest placing the electrode over the second lumbar.  Through the speculum introduce an amalgamated sound, connect with positive pole.  Continue treatment five to ten minutes.  Apply from twenty to fifty ma.  Repeat these seances three times per week.
 

ENTERITIS

Definition. Inflammation of the mucosa of the intestines.

Treatment.  Use spinal adjustment or spinal concussion over the second lumbar segment.  Use magnesia sulphate internally in small doses.
 

ENTERO-COLITIS

Definition.  This is an inflammation of the mucous linings of both the small and large intestines.

Treatment.  Quick relief may be obtained by adjustment of the second lumbar or by spinal concussion applied to the second or to the upper three lumbar segments of the spine.
 

ENURESIS

Definition.  Enuresis is incontinence of urine.

Treatment.  This ailment may be overcome by adjustment of the first lumbar vertebra and also may be relieved by concussion of the second lumbar, and of the fourth and fifth lumbar segments.  Enuresis, enteritis, entero-colitis and endometritis may all be relieved by stimulation of the coccygeal ganglion by rectal dilation.
 

EPISTAXIS

Definition.  Epistaxis is nose bleeding.

Treatment.  Nose bleeding may be stopped almost instantly by adjustment of the fourth cervical, vertebra or rapid concussion applied to the seventh cervical spine.
 

ESOPHAGISMUS

Definition.  This is a spasm of the esophagus which is due ordinarily to excessive or increased vagus tone.

Treatment.  If the spasm of the esophagus is due to increased vagus tone, then it may be relieves by paravertebral pressure applied to the intervertebral space between the third and fourth spinous processes.
 

EXOPHTHALMIC GOITRE

Definition.  Enlargement of the thyroid glands associated with protrusion of the eye balls and with cardiac affections.

Treatment.  One of the most successful treatments for exophthalmic goitre is concussion of the seventh cervical spine, in addition to adjustment of the second and fourth thoracic vertebrae.
This treatment will excite vascular constriction of the capillary circulation of the parts affected, and will overcome the cardiac complications.
 

FEVER

Treatment.  Spinal concussion causes an over action of the nervous system, which is a prime factor in the production of fever, therefore, spinal concussion is not a remedy for fever.  For methods to relieve and reduce fever, see Rational Therapy.
 

FLOATING KIDNEYS

Treatment.  For definition and helpful methods of treatment of eases of floating kidneys, see article (p.150) entitled, "Kidney Prolapse."
 

FREQUENT URINATION

For treatment, see methods recommended for enuresis, ante.
 

GALLSTONES

I was called to attend a woman about thirty-five years of age who was suffering with gallstones.  I had her brought to my office and after placing her in a prone position upon my office treating table, I applied concussion over the ninth thoracic spine for about five minutes resting and concussing, changing every 30 seconds.

The patient felt a keen cutting pain in the region of the gall bladder as if a knife was cutting through, when the concussion was applied.  This was evidence of the passing of the gall stones, and the passage was accomplished by the one treatment and complete comfort was given the patient.  The relief proved to be permanent as she has not been bothered since with gall stones.

Dr.  T. A. Johnson, Gooding, Idaho, reports a very interesting experience in a case of gall
stones.  He used concussion as per directions given in Spondylotherapy Simplified, first edition, and continued treatments at intervals for four weeks, after which a very large gall stone was passed, being almost as large as a quail egg.  The woman was restored to health and no further trouble up to the time of the last knowledge we bad of the case.

I mention this case especially because of the continued treatment necessary to accomplish results and to encourage readers not to give up too readily but to continue until they get results.
 

GASTRITIS

Definition.  This is an inflammation of the stomach.

Treatment.  Use the slow sinusoidal current.  Apply one pad over the fourth dorsal spinal segments, and the other over the stomach.  Continue sine current for fifteen minutes, and repeat  treatment daily.  Stimulation of the fifth dorsal segment will empty stomach by dilating the pylorus.
 

GASTROPTOSIS

Definition.  Prolapsus of the stomach.

Treatment.  Use spinal concussion by applying rapid strokes to the seventh cervical spine, and also to the spines of the middle thoracic vertebrae from the third to the fifth inclusive.  Stimulation of these centers will cause the stomach to assume its normal position or elevation.

The use of sinusoidal stimulation, giving five to ten minutes at each seance, daily or on alternate days, will increase the strength of the musculature which supports the splanchnic viscera.
 

GLYCOSURIA

Definition.  The elimination of sugar by the kidneys.

Treatment.  For methods of treatment by spinal concussion, see the recommendations above for diabetes mellitus.
 

GOITRE

Definition.  Goitre is an enlargement of the thyroid glands.

Treatment.  For the best measures of treatment for goitre associated with cardiac trouble, see measures recommended above for the treatment of exophthalmic goitre.  For the fibrous and other forms of goitre, see Rational Therapy (Gregory).
 

HEADACHE

Treatment.  We relieve headache instantly by spinal adjustment in practically every case, but we suggest the use of the sinusoidal current for the less progressive physicians who have not investigated spinal adjustment.

Apply the electrode opposite the seventh cervical spine when there is an increased acidity of the blood.

Apply the electrode opposite the eleventh dorsal spine for alkaline conditions.

Continue treatment ten minutes and repeat the seances daily.
 

HEART DISEASE

Heart disease may be either functional or organic and the treatment should be according to the nature of the ailment.

Treatment.  For heart failure from functional trouble, from accident or from chloroform, drowning and other causes, apply rapid concussion strokes to the spine of the seventh cervical vertebra, which will initiate and strengthen the action of the heart because of the stimulation of those nerve centers which give rise to the principal motor nerves of the heart.  Concussion applied to the central cervical region, which will stimulate the origin of the phrenic nerves, will excite myo-motor action of the heart and will accelerate the rate of the heartís action.

Concussion administered to the second thoracic spinous or transverse processes, will also initiate the heart's action in case of syncope, and will, because of the stimulation of the vagus tone, cause a strong but inhibited rate of action of the heart.
 

To summarize,

We initiate and accelerate the heart's action by concussion of the third and fourth cervical segments.

We initiate and strengthen the heart's action by concussion of the seventh cervical spine.

We initiate and inhibit the heart's action by concussion of the second thoracic segment.

For further potent and efficient methods of resuscitation of the heart's action in case of asphyxia, see Rational Therapy, (Gregory).

Concussion of the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes is an efficient method of treatment in cases of cardiac insufficiency, and this measure of treatment will overcome dilation of the heart and functional weakness and consequent valvular lesions.

The hypertrophied heart may be reduced in size, and the heart which is prolapsed from its normal situation may be restored to its normal location by concussion of. the seventh cervical spinous or transverse processes.
 

DILATED AND LEAKY VALVES OF THE HEART

A few mouths ago I had sent to me for treatment a rather extreme ease of dilated heart with leaking valves.  This condition followed the treatment and diet received in the army as he was in perfect health before joining it.

He had gone to the best specialists and had tried many of them like the woman mentioned in Mark-5:-25 and 26, also in Luke 8:-43.

He was told after they had tested their utmost skill upon him that no one could restore him to health and that his case was a hopeless one.

He responded to our treatment rather rapidly considering his condition, so much so that those who were associated with him were astonished at his rapid change in appearance.

We had him on a special diet and used concussion to contract the heart each day following adjustment, and our combined methods accomplished wonders for him.

I have seen cases of dilated heart respond very quickly in many instances.  One lady in Detroit was expecting to become a mother and she had bad leakage of the heart and the outcome of the case was unfavorable to her physician.  After concussion of the seventh spine for five mornings she had no leakage of the heart that could be discerned and she was symptomatically cured of what was considered an incurable condition.

In the same class and clinic a child was brought to us suffering with a very bad dilation of the heart and the absence of one of the heart sounds because of the bad leakage of the valves of the heart.

After treatment three mornings by concussion of the heart, the valves closed perfectly as far as we could determine, the sounds of the heart were perfect and no murmur could be detected.
 

HEMATURIA

Definition.  The passage of bloody urine.

Treatment.  Apply spinal concussion to the upper three lumbar segments, which will probably control this condition by contraction of the parenchyma of the kidneys and of mucosa of the bladder walls.

If the hemorrhage is from the bladder, apply concussion to the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae.  If the hemorrhage is from the kidneys, use concussion of the seventh cervical, spine in connection with stimulation of the upper lumbar segments.
 

HEMOPTYSIS

Definition.  This is a symptom in which there is blood in the sputum.

Treatment.  We believe that hemoptysis may be controlled by the application of concussion, or the sinusoidal current to the seventh cervical segment, and nerve pressure on either side of the seventh cervical spine will also prove an effective measure.  These measures will constrict the vessels of the circulation of the parts and thus cause the loss of blood to cease.
 

HEMORRHAGE

Definition.  Sudden loss of blood caused by traumatism and augmented by vaso-motor
insufficiency.

Treatment.  For nasal hemorrhage, adjust and also apply concussion to the middle cervical region and to the seventh cervical spine.

For pulmonary hemorrhage, apply concussion to the spinous processes of the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae, and also to the seventh cervical spine.

For hemorrhage from the stomach, bowels or the uterus, apply concussion to the upper three lumbar segments.

Concussion of the seventh cervical spine is very important as this stimulates the chief subsidiary centers of vaso-constriction, which centers are situated in the neural arch of the seventh cervical vertebra, hence, concussion of the seventh cervical spine is indicated. in all cases of hemorrhage.
 

HEMORRHOIDS

Treatment.  Galvanic electrodes should be applied as follows, according to Rice : Select rectal electrode for treatment of case.  To avoid holding electrode so that the copper bulb is in apposition to the growth, the short electrode with hard rubber arm is of great service.  Fit a piece of chamois over the copper bulb so as to leave no rough surfaces, place patient on the left side with the wet pad with negative pole on abdomen.  If any of the hemorrhoids are prolapsed and difficult to replace, lay a little dry cotton over the part, and with the ball attachments to a mechanical vibrator, apply massage gently, then connect rectal electrode to positive pole.  Apply fifteen ma. and treat ten minutes daily.
 

HYPERTROPHY OF THE PROSTATE

Definition.  This is an enlargement of the prostate gland, a trouble which is common to men of advanced age.

Treatment.  Prostate enlargement may be reduced by a stimulation of the twelfth thoracic spine by concussion or by the use of the sinusoidal current.  Stimulation of the upper three lumbar segments by spinal concussion or sinusoidal stimulation is an auxiliary method of merit in the treatment of an enlarged prostate.
 

HYPERTHYROIDISM

Treatment.  For measures of treatment, see recommendation for the treatment of goitre which should prove effective also in the treatment of hyperthyroidism.
 

ICTERUS

Definition.  Icterus is a condition in which the bile is absorbed into the general circulation of the blood, which will produce a condition known as yellow jaundice or icterus.

Treatment.  In case of catarrhal jaundice in which there is more or less occlusion of the bile duct, we may assist the passage of the contents of the gall bladder, or the gall stones, into the duodenum by the use of spinal concussion applied to the ninth thoracic segment.  This will excite dilation of the gall duct and the gall bladder.
 

INFANTILE PARALYSIS

Treatment.  Use the slow sinusoidal current by applying both electrodes opposite to the tenth dorsal spine and also opposite the second lumbar spine daily, and continue treatment from ten to twenty minutes.

For more effective methods of treatment, see Rational Therapy, page 371.
 

INSOMNIA

Definition.  Inability to sleep.

Treatment.  Armstrong recommends the slow sinusoidal in cases of insomnia and claims that recovery is rapid by its use.
 

INTERCOSTAL NEURALGIA

Definition.  Pain between the ribs on the side or in front of the chest.

Treatment.  Concussion will not help.  Freezing tender nerves at or near their exits is an irrational treatment, which may help in some cases, and which may do harm in other cases.  Absolute, instantaneous and permanent relief from intercostal neuralgia may be obtained by spinal adjustment.

See Spinal Treatment, Science and Technique, (Gregory).
 

INTESTINAL, OBSTRUCTION

Definition.  Intestinal obstruction is an occlusion of the lumen of the bowel and a consequent reverse action of the peristalsis.

Treatment.  Intestinal obstruction may be due to impaction of feces or to intersusception of the bowel.  Either of these conditions may be overcome by exciting dilation of the intestinal walls, which will also increase the secretion of the intestinal mucosa.

Dilation of the intestines may be caused by rapid concussion strokes or by sinusoidal stimulation applied to the tenth and eleventh dorsal segments.

By the proper use of these physical methods, we may avoid the dangerous and unfavorable results which usually follow surgical methods of procedure in such cases.
 

INTESTINAL HEMORRHAGE

Treatment.  Hemorrhage of the intestines may be quickly overcome by adjustment of the second lumbar or by spinal concussion applied to the upper three lumbar segments to constrict the vessels of the circulation of the intestinal wall and mucous linings.
 

INVOLUTION OF THE WOMB

Involution, retroversion, antiversion, prolapsus and all other abnormal conditions of this organ as to location are due to lack of tone and of the normal support of the uterine ligaments.

Treatment.  To overcome an atonic condition of the supporting ligaments of the uterus, apply concussion to the upper three lumbar segments.

When uterine displacement is due to splanchnoptosis, use spinal concussion from the third to eighth thoracic spine inclusive.  Apply the sinusoidal current, one electrode on either side between the spinous processes of the sixth and seventh thoracic vertebrae.  These measures of treatment will restore the abdominal organs to their normal location and thus relieve the superimposed weight of them upon the pelvic viscera.
 

JAUNDICE

Definition.  Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the surface of the body due to absorption of the biliary secretions into the general circulation.

Treatment.  Yellow jaundice may be helped symptomatically by dilating the gall duct and thus allowing the passage of the bile into the duodenum, which is its normal channel for usefulness and elimination.

Concussion or other methods of stimulation applied to the spinous or transverse processes of the ninth thoracic vertebra will cause dilation of the gall bladder, which will permit the normal discharge of its contents.
 

KIDNEY PROLAPSE

Definition.  A prolapsed kidney is one which is displaced downward to a greater or less extent due to weakness of the muscles or ligaments which normally support it in its proper location.

Treatment.  Sinusoidal stimulation applied by placing one electrode on either side of the spinous processes of the sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic vertebrae will cause a contraction of the ligaments which support the renal organs.

The proper adjustment to relieve interference with the principal nerve supply to the kidneys and to their supporting tendons, is very important in the treatment of floating kidneys.  See Spinal Treatment, Gregory.

After spinal adjustment and before the application of the sinusoidal current, the kidneys should be manipulated, while the patient lies on the back, into their normal position.  After they are once in their normal position, they will be retained there by the mesentery
as well as by the increased tonicity of their supporting ligaments.
 

KYPHOSIS

Definition.  A posterior curvature of the spine.

For treatment see scoliosis.
 

LARYNGITIS

Definition. Laryngitis is a condition of inflammation and hyperemic condition of the mucosa of the larynx.

Treatment.  Sinusoidal stimulation applied to the seventh cervical segment, or spinal concussion applied to the spinous or transverse processes of the seventh cervical vertebra, will diminish the capillary circulation, and consequently the inflammation of the mucous membranes of the larynx.

Spinal adjustment to relieve interference with the nerve supply to the larynx is much more effective in restoring the normal condition of the mucous membranes of the larynx than is spinal concussion.
 

LEUCORRHEA

Definition.  Leucorrhea is an excessive discharge of a whitish mucous nature.

Treatment.  The hyperemic condition of the mucous linings of the genitalia may be overcome by exciting vaso-constrictor influence, by stimulation of the spinal centers of origin, or by stimulation of the nerves directly supplying the parts.

Spinal concussion applied to the spinous or transverse processes of the upper three lumbar vertebrae or the sinusoidal current applied to the three upper lumbar segments, will excite vaso-constriction and consequently the hyperemia and excessive exudation will disappear.
 

LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA

Definition.  Locomotor ataxia is a disease of the spinal cord in which there is a decided involvement of the integrity of the afferent or sensory tracks thereof.

Spinal stretching, spinal adjustment, and rectal dilation, are much more efficient measures of treatment for this so-called incurable ailment than is stimulation of the spinal centers by concussion or sinusoidal stimulation.

Spinal concussion and also the sinusoidal current are very potent auxiliary methods of treatment, and will hasten results materially, and these measures should not be overlooked by any progressive physician.

It is claimed by Marie Jaworski that a ten minutes' treatment by the use of spinal concussion applied to the eleventh dorsal spinous or transverse processes will accomplish more results than six months' treatment by former conventional methods, and that after several repeated treatments, the results become permanent.

For treatment, see Ataxia Locomotor, ante.
 

LORDOSIS

Definition.  A lateral curvature of the spine.

Treatment.  See scoliosis.
 

LUMBAGO

Definition.  Lumbago is characterized by pain, which is induced by impingement upon lumbar nerves, caused by settling of the spine or by contraction of the musculature approximating the vertebrae, thus causing a thinning of the intervertebral discs and a consequent narrowing of the foramina for the exit of lumbar nerves.

Treatment.  Spinal adjustment, in connection with spinal traction, will completely and permanently relieve the majority of cases of lumbago in from five to ten minutes' time.

We would not give any other treatment, except for the non-progressive who have not investigated our late and improved methods of overcoming spinal lesions, and who may depend upon stimulation of the spinal centers by concussion or the sinusoidal current to the exclusion of a more rational system in which we embrace methods of overcoming spinal lesions and consequent interference with spinal nerves.

Sinusoidal Treatment.  Use the surging or slow sinusoidal modality by placing one pad on the cervical spines and the other on the sacrum.  Give fifteen to twenty minutes' treatment every day to relieve the pain.

If the reader will try stretching and adjusting the patient under traction, and note the quick and positive results, he will thereafter refuse to dally with palliative methods, such as the sinusoidal current, freezing tender nerves and hot and cold applications.
 

LUNG DISEASES

Definition.  We have various lesions of the pulmonary organs, which may be relieved by stimulation of the spinal centers of origin of the nerves which supply and affect the lungs.  Permanent cures may be accomplished by relieving the interference with the nerves which are associated with the various pulmonary ailments, and which make the stimulation of nerve centers necessary.

See Pulmonary Diseases, or Consumption, ante.
 

MALARIA

Definition.  An infectious disease characterized by paroxysms of chills and fever.  Spinal stimulation is not a successful method of treatment for this malady, but it may be used as a method of diagnosis, and concussion may also be used to contract the glandular organs, which may be enlarged as a result of malarial infection.

Diagnosis.  It is known that the spleen is a favorite repository for the plasmodium malariae, and it 's also known that malarial infection will remain with a patient for years.

In cases in which there is latent malaria, a paroxysm of chill and fever may be initiated by
concussion applied to the spinous processes of the third and fourth thoracic, or the second lumbar vertebrae.  This will constrict the spleen and force the microbic organisms or plasmodium of malaria into the circulation.

If quinine is administered in the treatment of malaria, only the plasmodia which are in the circulation are destroyed.  If the spleen is made to contract by stimulation of the proper spinal center, the plasmodia may all be forced into the circulation, and then the specific medicine cinchona will cleanse the system of the infection.

There is no doubt that the results of the plasmodium of malaria remain after symptomatic cure by the use of quinine.

Spinal treatment will remove the results or effects produced by the plasmodium of malaria upon the liver, spleen and kidneys.
 

MAMMARY GLANDS

To Increase Secretion.  An increase of the amount of the secretion of the mammary glands may be produced by concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied to the third, fourth and fifth thoracic vertebrae.  The sinusoidal current applied to the third, fourth and fifth thoracic segments or between the third and fourth spines, will stimulate and increase the lacteal supply, making nourishment abundant for the support of an infant.

To Decrease Secretion.  Administer rapid spinal concussion to the spine of the seventh cervical vertebra, or the rapid sine current to the seventh cervical segment to constrict the circulation, and this will decrease the secretion of the mammary glands and the flow of milk.
 

MELANCHOLIA

Treatment.  Dr. Armstrong claims that cases of melancholia are benefited by the use of the slow sinusoidal current.  He recommends that we apply one pad on the sacrum and the other on the abdomen in case of intestinal disorders.  Seance to continue fifteen minutes, and should be repeated daily.
 

MENORRHAGIA

Definition.  An excessive menstrual flow.

Treatment.  When this trouble is associated with hyperthyroidism, it may be relieved by concussion of the seventh cervical spine, which will diminish the hyperthyroidism and increase the vaso-motor tone, which is auto-protective against excessive discharges.  Also apply concussion to the second lumbar vertebra to constrict the capillary circulation of the endometrium of the uterus, which will check menorrhagia.
 

MENSTRUATION PROFUSE

Treatment.  Apply concussion to the seventh cervical spine And also to the second lumbar spinous process.
 

MILK, LACK OR EXCESS OF

To Increase.  Stimulate the centers of nerve origin which supply the mammary glands, which may be done by stimulation of the third, fourth, and fifth thoracic segments, by concussion or by sinusoidalization.

To Decrease.  Apply concussion to the seventh cervical spine to constrict the circulation, which will reduce the lacteal secretion, and consequently the excess of milk.  See Mammary Glands, ante.
 

MORNING SICKNESS

Definition. This is a common symptom of pregnancy, and is due to a reflex neurosis from pelvic conditions, due to the connection of the lumbar nerves with the terminal fibres of the vagus nerves.

Treatment.  Apply pressure beside the fifth thoracic spine, which will produce dilation of the pylorus and thus cause an emptying of the contents of the stomach into the duodenum.  This will cause the passage of the contents of the stomach into its normal channel and this will prevent the vomiting.  Raising the hyoid bone will prohibit vomiting and also cause the stomach to empty its contents into the duodenum.  See Rational Therapy.
 

MURMURS

Definition.  Sounds indicating abnormal conditions of the valves of the heart.

Treatment.  When murmurs are due to valvular weakness, they may be easily overcome by concussion of the seventh cervical spine, which will strengthen and increase the myo-motor tone of the heart and of the cardiac valves.
 

MUSCLE ATROPHY

Treatment.  Dugan recommends the slow sinusoidal current for atrophy of the muscles.  The use of the sinusoidal current will cause rapid muscular development if daily applications are made.

If the sinusoidal current is used on the abdominal muscles we will see improvement in the nerve function. together with a marked improvement in the tone of the muscles.  The repeated contraction produced by the sinusoidal current will assist in developing muscular tone of any part of the body.
 

MUSCULAR PARALYSIS

Treatment.  Muscles may be caused to contract by applying the sinusoidal current directly to the muscles, or the sinusoidal current may be applied to the centers of origin of nerves which supply the involved muscles.  Continued action of the muscles will develop strength in them.
 

NASAL POLYPI

Definition.  Abnormal growths in the nasal cavities.

Treatment.  Stimulation of the nerve supply to the nasal cavities and of the vaso-constrictor nerves, which supply them, will remove the cause and help to remove by absorption the abnormal enlargements.

Apply concussion or sinusoidal stimulation to the third and fourth cervical segments and to the seventh cervical spine to constrict the capillary circulation of the tissues of the nasal cavities.
 

NEPHRITIS

Definition.  Inflammation of the kidneys.

Treatment.  Concussion of the tenth dorsal spine will dilate the kidneys, but for conditions of nephritis, a more rational treatment would be to constrict the blood vessels and parenchyma of the kidneys by concussion of the spines of the seventh cervical and also the second lumbar vertebrae or by adjustment to relieve interference with the direct nerve supply to the kidneys, which will accomplish much more in effecting relief and a cure.

See Spinal Treatment, Science and Technique.
 

NEURALGIA

Definition.  Neuralgia is pain produced by impingement or injury to a nerve or nerve fibers.

Treatment.  The most rational treatment is to remove the interference or impingement of the nerves, which may be done by spinal stretching and spinal adjustment.

For those who do not understand rational methods of treating cases of neuralgia, we would recommend the slow sinusoidal.

Abram says the slow sinusoidal is often, in cases of trigeminal neuralgia, helpful.  He recommends that one electrode be applied to the back of the neck and the other over the gasserian ganglion from ten to twelve minutes.

Neuralgia Visceral.  Dugan recommends rapid sinusoidalization, and claims that visceral neuralgia is removed by the analgesic effect of this current which will relieve the congestion.  We should use the large electrodes, and place one over the lumbar region, and the other on the abdomen or over the painful part.  Seances should continue for ten minutes daily.
 

NOSE BLEED

Treatment.  Stimulate the seventh cervical segment by concussion and also the third and fourth cervical segments by concussion, or by the use of the sinusoidal current.  Adjust the middle cervical, and either the former or the latter methods will check nose bleed very quickly and without fail.
 

OBESITY

Treatment.  The slow sinusoidal is recommended by Dugan.  A general application of a slow sinusoidal current will cause contraction of the muscles over the entire body.  In obesity a large amount of muscular action is needed to burn up the surplus fat.  The sinusoidal electric full bath and physical exercise are both helpful measures in reducing fat.
 

OBSTRUCTION OF THE INTESTINES

For measures of treatment, see Intestinal Obstruction, ante.
 

OPTIC ATROPHY

We have restored cases of blindness of as long as nine years standing by relieving interference with the spinal cervical nerves, which give off communicating branches which join the optic nerves.  This proves that spinal nerves affect integrity of the cranial nerves.

Dr. Coleman in his new book, Electricity in Diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat, tabulates many cases of atrophy of the optic nerve, where vision was greatly increased by the application of the rapid sinusoidal current with a double eye sponge electrode and an oval pad at the nape of the neck.  Treatments should continue twenty minutes daily.
 

PALPITATION OF THE HEART

Definition.  A rapid and bounding heart action due to lack of the integrity of the inhibitory control.

Treatment.  Increase vagus tone by concussion of the seventh cervical spine, or by sinusoidal stimulation applied to the third and fourth thoracic segments briefly, in connection with concussion of the seventh cervical vertebral spine.
 

PARALYSIS AGITANS

Definition.  A form of paralysis, associated with shaking palsy.

Treatment.  This trouble has been considered incurable and is truly so, when using former
conventional methods of treatment.

The author believes that from the experience he has had, with two or three cases which be has treated, that the methods recommended in Rational Therapy will check this disease and improve the condition of the patient, and no doubt in may cases will effect a cure if we persist in the treatment.
 

PELVIC DISEASES

Treatment.  If we relieve interference with the nerve supply, which is responsible for the integrity of the pelvic organs, normal function and normal health will be restored.

For those who do not understand relieving interference with nerves, we would call attention to another recommendation of Dugan, who recommends the use of the rapid sinusoidal.

Directions.  In pain, due to neurological condition of the ovaries or tubes, in cases in which the uterus is very sensitive, but no acute or chronic endometritis is present, the rapid sinusoidal will afford most satisfactory results.

Whenever passive congestion is present, we should use one electrode on the abdomen and the other should be applied to the uterus.  Use the rapid sinusoidal for ten minutes, then use the slow sinusoidal current for five minutes.
 

PERTUSSIS

Definition.  This is commonly known as whooping cough.

Treatment.  The paroxysms of coughing may be mitigated, made less frequent and overcome in two or three days' time, by concussion of the seventh cervical spine.  There are better methods of physical treatment for cases of pertussis which the progressive physician may use.  See Rational Therapy.
 

PLEURISY

Definition.  A sharp, lancing pain in the pleura of the lungs.

Treatment.  Pleurisy may be instantly relieved in every case by a thrust to relieve impingement of the nerves which supply the pleura, usually relieved by adjustment of the third thoracic vertebra.

For those who do not understand adjustment, and for those who are prejudiced against this rational method, we would suggest the rapid sinusoidal.

Treatment.  In pleurisy or intercostal pain of the chest wall, use one electrode over the eighth or ninth dorsal spine, and one over the seat of pain, and continue the application for ten minutes.  This is claimed to be an efficient remedy for the relief of the pain.
 

POLYPI OF THE EAR

For measures of treatment, see Nasal Polypi, ante.
 

PNEUMONIA

Definition.  An infectious pathological process involving the tissues of the lungs.

Treatment.  It is conceded that pneumonia is a very fatal, acute disease, and that there is no specific medication for the cure of this trouble.

Concussion is a good auxiliary method in the treatment of this ailment, especially in the advanced stages of the disease when the heart is enfeebled and not able to do its work properly.

Concussion should be applied to the seventh cervical spine to establish and maintain the tone and strength of the heart action in case of weakness of its function.

If the measures recommended in Rational Therapy are used, practically every case of pneumonia will be broken up in one or two days' time, and we believe that no case will run its regular course, as cases have done under conventional methods of treatment, in the past or present.  We trust that the people may learn better than to depend upon the non-progressive medical doctors, who trade upon the traditions of ancestors.
 

PULMONARY ANEMIA

Definition.  A condition in which there is a lack of normal circulation, more especially in the upper segments of the lungs.

Treatment.  As this condition is favorable to the invasion and development of tubercular bacteria, it is necessary to overcome it by exciting dilation of the blood vessels of the lung tissues.

This may be done by concussion applied to the spinous or transverse processes of the middle thoracic vertebrae, from the fifth to the eighth inclusive, which will contract the splanchnic zones and dilate the lungs, and increase the circulation thereof.
 

PULMONARY ATELECTASIS

Definition.  This is a condition in which the lungs or some part of them are collapsed, and do not expand normally during respiration.

Treatment.  Excite the phenomenon of dilation of the lungs by concussion of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic vertebrae.  This measure of treatment will constrict the splanchnic zones as well as cause dilation of the pulmonary organs, and this will mechanically force the contents of the vascular system of the abdominal cavity into the dilating and expanded vessels of the pulmonary circulation.
 

PULMONARY EDEMA

Definition.  This is a dropsical condition of the lungs from serious effusions.

Treatment.  For pulmonary edema, apply concussion to the middle cervical segments to
produce constriction of the lungs, and to promote absorption of the edematous accumulation.

An alternate constriction and dilation of the lungs will prove more efficient in causing the clearing up of the lung tissues, and this may be accomplished by concussion applied alternately to the fourth and fifth cervical, and to the middle thoracic segments, from the third to the eighth inclusive.
 

PULMONARY EMPHYSEMA

Definition.  Emphysema of the lungs is a condition in which the air cannot be expelled properly, and this is due to the relaxation of the longitudinal muscle fibres of the air passages without a corresponding relaxation of the circular fibres thereof.

Treatment.  Spinal concussion applied to the fourth and fifth cervical segments, or the
sinusoidal current applied to the same region, will constrict the longitudinal fibres of the air passages, and quickly overcome the emphysemic condition.  These measures of treatment will relieve a paroxysm of asthma in case of emphysemic complication.
 

PULMONARY HEMORRHAGE

Definition.  Hemorrhage from the lungs, which is usually due to tubercular pathological
processes.

Treatment.  To relieve the symptom of pulmonary hemorrhage, apply concussion to the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae, or use the sinusoidal current of the fourth and fifth cervical segments.  Results are positive and immediate.
 

SPECIAL  PRECAUTIONS

We should exercise some forethought and carefulness in continued concussion of the seventh cervical spine in the treatment of cases of goiter, dilated heart leaky valves or even in pulmonary hemorrhage for the reason that concussion of the seventh spine will produce anemic condition of the lungs which will prove detrimental in cases of tubercular diathesis.

Concussion of the seventh spine which contracts the blood vessels of the lungs will cause a continued depreciation of the blood supply and a favorable condition for the development of tubercular bacilli.

I have known of cases, which were treated by continued concussion, which would produce anemia of the lungs in which tubercular process had developed and unfavorable results followed in development of the white plague.

In this connection I wish to relate one experience which impressed me with the dangers of injudicious and continued concussion of the seventh cervical spine in a patient which had a tubercular history.

The occasion which led to the concussion was an extremely heavy hemorrhage of the lungs.  Several medical practitioners were called but they failed to control the hemorrhage.  After they had tried and had failed for some three or four days a long distance call was made for the author of this work.  An assistant was sent as a substitute to cheek the hemorrhage.

By concussion of the seventh and fourth cervical spines, he very quickly relieved or stopped the hemorrhage to the great surprise of the doctors present.  They were especially surprised at how quickly and how easily the concussion stopped and controlled the hemorrhage.

This was a case of a patient with a former tubercular history and an apparent recovery eight years previously, this attack, however was a revival of his former trouble, and a repetition of such hemorrhages as he had experienced some ten years previous.

Now the following is what teaches us an important lesson.  After the patient had been relieved by the concussion the case was left to the care of his wife.  She had been much alarmed because of hemorrhage and was very anxious that no more should occur.  She continued the concussion of the cervical vertebrae as she had seen the doctor treat him to make sure that no more hemorrhage should occur.  She continued the concussion from day to day and maintained an anemic condition of the lungs continuously.

The result of this was that abscesses of the lungs begun to develop and to discharge pus freely, and the outcome of the case was death.

The chances were against him because of his previous condition or infection with tubercular bacilli from which he was never, since his first attack, entirely free.

Had the blood been increased in the lungs (see pulmonary tuberculosis) instead of decreased he would leave fared much better and would have had some chance to live perhaps for years as he improved very nicely under former treatment and promised to get well.

Many cases have been thus mistreated by concussion by beginners who have not used proper precautions.  We believe in being cautious in all treatment at all times and under all conditions.
 

PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS

Definition.  A tubercular infection and the consequent pathological processes involving the tissues of the lungs.

Treatment.  Spinal concussion applied to stimulate the blood-making organs is an auxiliary method of considerable merit in the rational treatment of tuberculosis.

Concussion or other methods of stimulation applied to the tenth thoracic vertebra or spinal segment, will cause dilation of the spleen, and adjacent viscera and increase the volume of the blood and also the number of red blood cells contained therein.

Concussion of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic spinous or transverse processes alternately will increase the circulation in the lungs and produce the most favorable condition for auto-protective action on the part of the lung tissues.

Alternate concussion of the tenth thoracic and the second lumbar segments will alternately contract and dilate the spleen, and this will more greatly increase the volume and the number of the red cells of the blood.
 

PROLAPSE OF THE WOMB

For methods of treatment for this trouble, the reader is referred to Involution of the Womb, ante.
 

PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY

For definition and measures of treatment, see Hypertrophy of the Prostate, ante.
 

PYLORO-SPASM

Definition.  A condition of spasmodic contraction of the pylorus of the stomach, associated with dilation of the cardia.

Treatment.  Pressure applied on the right side of the spinous process of the fifth thoracic vertebra will cause dilation of the pylorus and contraction of the cardia, and will cause the contents of the stomach to empty into the duodenum, as the stomach assumes a more nearly vertical attitude from this stimulation.
 

QUINSY

Definition.  Quinsy is a disease of the throat in which there is inflammation of the tonsils.

Treatment.  Apply spinal concussion to the seventh cervical spine, and adjust the second and fifth thoracic vertebrae.
 

RECTAL PROLAPSE

Treatment. Apply spinal concussion or the rapid sinusoidal current to the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae, and also to the second lumbar segment alternately.  Continue treatment for ten minutes, and repeat daily.
 

RECTAL ULCER

Treatment. Monell recommends the galvanic current and negative electrolysis.  Moisten a felt covered flat electrode, four by six inches, in a solution of bicarbonate of soda, connect with positive pole of the galvanic current and place it under the sacrum.  Select any metallic electrode with an oval tip and connect it with the negative pole.  Cleanse the ulcer.  Apply to it the metallic tip.  Apply seven ma. for five minutes. Repeat the treatment in four days.
 

RENAL CALCULI

For methods of treatment, see Calculi Renal, ante.
 

RENAL CONGESTION

Treatment.  Apply concussion to the sixth, seventh and eighth thoracic segments, to the spine of the seventh cervical vertebra and to the spine of the second lumbar vertebra.  This will produce the maximum amount of constriction of he blood vessels and of the parenchyma of the kidneys.  For directions for removing interference with the nerves which supply the kidneys, see Spinal Treatment, by the author of this work.
 

RHEUMATISM

Definition.  A digestive disturbance and a subsequent decomposition of the nutritive elements in the blood stream and their formation into crystals of urates and uric acid.

For rational and efficient methods for the positive cure of rheumatic conditions and stubborn chronic cases of rheumatism, see Rational Therapy.
 

SALIVATION

Definition.  An increased flow of the salivary glands.

Treatment.  Concussion of the seventh cervical spine will reduce the secretion of the salivary glands by reducing their capillary circulation.  Repeated treatments may accomplish permanent beneficial results.
 

SEXUAL WEAKNESS

Treatment.  The genitalia may be temporarily stimulated by concussion of the upper three lumbar segments, and the tone of the sexual organs may be improved by the use of the sinusoidal current applied to the, second lumbar segment.  Seances to be repeated daily from ten to fifteen minutes at each sitting.  See Rational Therapy for better, more efficient and more expedient methods of treatment.
 

SCIATICA

Definition.  An inflammation and sharp lancing pains in the sciatic nerve because of impingement of  the nerves entering into the formation thereof where they exit from the lower lumbar region.

Treatment.  To permanently cure, practically every care with a single treatment, give the spinal adjustment, while the patient is being stretched, See illustration, page 180.

The sinusoidal stimulation may prove analgesic and helpful in some cases, and concussion, hard enough to relax the musculature of the lower lumbar portion of the spine, may accomplish some good, which results may satisfy the non-progressive practitioner.
 

SCOLIOSIS

Definition.  A lateral deviation or curvature of the spinal column.

Treatment.  The treatment for scoliosis is the same as for kyphosis and lordosis, and the most rapid and successful, and practically the only rational treatment for spinal curvature, is traction upon the spinal column and adjustment while the traction is being made.  See page 180.

First stretch the patient tight, which tends to draw the spine into alignment, and then apply specific thrusts to relax the contracted musculature, which will allow the spine to straighten and the impinged nerves will be relieved.

If the patient remains stretched for ten or fifteen minutes, the musculature of the spinal column will adjust itself to the normal condition, and the intervertebral discs will expand and gradually maintain the corrected and straightened condition of the spine by maintaining the normal thickness of the intervertebral discs.
 

SCROTAL HYPERTROPHY

Treatment.  This ailment may be overcome by exciting vaso-constriction of the blood vessels and also contraction of the tissues of the parts.

Apply concussion to the upper three lumbar vertebrae, and also the rapid or surging sinusoidal current.  Apply the sine current to the second lumbar, one electrode on either side, and this will overcome hypertrophy of the scrotum, but the best results are obtained by relieving interference with the nerve supply by adjustment and afterwards use spinal concussion.
 

SPINAL CURVATURE

See recommendations for scoliosis, ante.
 

SPINAL MENINGITIS

Definition.  Inflammation of the meninges of the spine.

Treatment.  Spinal concussion will irritate and increase the trouble.  The sinusoidal current will accomplish but little good.  For effective methods, see Rational Therapy.
 

SPINAL SPRAINS

Treatment.  The only rational method is the spinal thrust to prevent and overcome the contraction of the musculature, which always results from injury to the vertebral tissue, which is caused by a sprain.

Sprains of the lumbar musculature cause lumbago and sciatica.  See Lumbago, ante.
 

SPLANCHNIC NEURASTHENIA

Definition.  This is a nervous affection in which there is abdominal tenderness, gaseous accumulation and enlargement and tenderness of the liver.

Treatment. There are two methods of procedure by the use of spinal stimulation available
according to Abrams for the treatment of splanchnic neurasthenia, namely, spinal concussion and sinusoidal stimulation.

The spinal concussion is more efficient than is sinusoidal stimulation in the treatment of this ailment.

We give below specific directions for the application of spinal concussion to cause constriction and to increase the tonicity of the splanchnic zones.

1.  Concussion of the seventh cervical spine will cause general vaso-constriction and thus increase the splanchnic tone.

2.  Concussion of the spine, or of the transverse processes of the third, fourth and fifth thoracic vertebrae, will stimulate and will cause contraction of the parenchyma of the liver.

3.  Concussion stimulation of the upper three lumbar segments will excite constriction of the splanchnic viscera and of the liver and decidedly improve the efficiency and tonicity of the splanchnic zones.

4.  Concussion applied alternately to the spinous or transverse processes of the thoracic vertebrae, from the third to the eighth inclusive, will. excite stimulation and cause contraction of the splanchnic viscera, and will constrict the abdominal circulation.

Sinusoidal stimulation may be used instead of concussion in splanchnic neurasthenia, but with less success.

When using the sinusoidal current, we should apply the stimulation to the same segments as are indicated for the application of spinal concussion.
 

SPLANCHNOPTOSIS

Definition.  A general prolapsus of the abdominal viscera due to diminished splanchnic tone and often due to habits of dress.

Treatment.  Correct the habits of dress.  Relieve all interference with the nerve supply to the splanchnic zones, and in addition, follow the directions, given for the treatment of abdominal insufficiency, ante.
 

SPLEEN ENLARGEMENT

Treatment.  Spinal concussion applied to the spinous processes of the upper three lumbar vertebrae will excite constriction of the spleen.

Concussion of the third thoracic segment will also stimulate and constrict the spleen.

Care should be used in exciting contraction of the spleen in cases in which there is latent malarial infection, as there is danger of precipitating a paroxysm of malarial chill and fever.
 

SPUTUM EXCESSIVE

Treatment.  Concussion of the seventh cervical spine will constrict the blood vessels of the upper air passages and diminish the excretion or secretion of sputum.
 

STOMACH DILATION

Definition.  A condition of lack of tone and relaxation of the muscular walls of the stomach.

Treatment.  Excite contraction of the stomach by concussion of the seventh cervical spine and of the upper three lumbar segments.  The efficiency of the treatment may be enhanced by stimulation of the third, fourth and fifth thoracic segments, which will increase the tone of the great splanchnic nerves.
 

TIC-DOULOUREUX

Definition.  This is a neuralgic or painful condition of the trifacial nerves, due to impingement of cervical nerves, which furnish communicating branches to them.

Treatment.  Some obtain results by freezing to deaden the sensibility of the nerves, which is to the mind of the author, an irrational method of procedure.

This trouble is relieved instantly by loosening the spinal articulations of the middle cervical region, which can be done without pain by our improved methods of spinal adjustment.  See Spinal Treatment, Science and Technique.
 

TONSILITIS

Definition.  Inflammation of the tonsils.

Treatment.  It is claimed by some physicians that the Lord overdid matters in creating man when He created the tonsils and the appendix, and would have corrected the matter had he thought of it before the book went to press.

We believe that by constriction of the tonsils, after having first relieved interference with the nerve supply to them, that we can overcome any enlargement and stimulate the glandular activity, and thus overcome their pathogenic tendency.

Apply concussion to the seventh cervical spine and adjust the second and fifth thoracic vertebrae.

We may increase our beneficial results by adjusting the cervical region and by applying concussion or the sinusoidal stimulation to the third and fourth cervical segments.
 

TUBERCULOSIS

Treatment.  For treatment of this infectious and progressive pathological condition, the reader is referred to the directions given for the treatment of consumption, ante.
 

TUMORS

Treatment.  Tumors may be reduced in size by stimulation of the nerves, which will cause vaso-constrictor influence upon the zone of the location of the tumor.

For more efficient and rational methods of treatment, see Rational Therapy.
 

TYPHOID FEVER

Treatment.  It is well to remember, that in cases of typhoid fever, that the spleen is involved, and is the habitat of some of the typhoid bacilli.  Concussion of the upper three lumbar vertebrae will constrict the spleen and unload its contents of typhoid bacilli into the blood stream.

Concussion of the third thoracic and of the eighth thoracic vertebrae will stimulate the origin of the principal nerve supply to the zones of the habitat and development of the typhoid bacilli.

For efficient methods for the treatment of typhoid fever, and those which will break the fever and restore the patient to health in three days' time, see Rational Therapy.
 

UTERUS

To produce contraction.  Apply spinal concussion to the second lumbar vertebra and this will cause contraction of the musculature and of the blood vessels of the uterine organ, and this method of treatment will check hemorrhage promptly and positively.

To produce dilation.  We may cause relaxation and dilation of the uterus, especially of the cervix, by concussion or sinusoidal stimulation applied to the tenth dorsal segment.
It is well to remember that by exciting dilation of the cervix of the uterus during child birth, that the delivery of the child may be made almost painless.
 

VAGUS-TONE

To increase vagus-tone. Apply concussion to the, seventh cervical spine, and this will increase vagus tone.

Abrams says that the tone of the vagus may he permanently increased by applying the rapid sinusoidal current to the seventh cervical spine by means of the double interrupting electrode.  The seances should continue from ten to fifteen minutes.  Use care that you do not over-stimulate.
 

VOMITING

Vomiting may be stopped by pressure by the fifth thoracic spine which will dilate the pylorus and at the same time close the cardia.
 

VOMITING IN PREGNANCY

For methods of treatment by spinal concussion, see Morning Sickness, ante.
 

VISCERAL TONE

Treatment.  The visceral tone of the entire body may be increased by concussion of the seventh cervical spine and it may also be increased by the sinusoidal current applied to the seventh cervical spinal segment.

The visceral tone of the abdominal cavity may be best increased by spinal concussion or by sinusoidal stimulation applied to the spinous or transverse processes of the thoracic vertebrae, from the third to the eighth inclusive.
 

WHOOPING COUGH

For methods of treatment, see Pertussis, ante.
 

WORMS

By increasing the splanchnic tone, we will increase the secretion and also the strength of the digestive ferments, and this will be incompatible with worms and other abdominal parasites.

Apply concussion to the seventh cervical spine and concussion and sinusoidal stimulation to the thoracic vertebrae from the third to the eighth inclusive, to increase. the acidity of the gastric juices, and to increase the amount and efficiency of the digestive ferments of the alimentary tract, which are secreted below the stomach.