Alva Emery Gregory, M.D.
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
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.
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
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
Treatment. The anode or positive pole attracts oxygen
from any local zone. Oxygen is an acid maker, hence removing
it, will relieve pain.
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
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).
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.
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
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
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
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."
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Definition. This is an inflammation which is usually
associated with an excessive excretion of the mucous membranes of
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.)
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
For the best treatment for coryza, see catarrh.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Treatment. For definition and helpful methods of treatment
of eases of floating kidneys, see article (p.150) entitled, "Kidney
For treatment, see methods recommended for enuresis, ante.
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.
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.
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.
Definition. The elimination of sugar by the kidneys.
Treatment. For methods of treatment by spinal concussion,
see the recommendations above for diabetes mellitus.
Definition. Goitre is an enlargement of the thyroid
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).
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
Continue treatment ten minutes and repeat the seances daily.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Definition. Sudden loss of blood caused by traumatism
and augmented by vaso-motor
Treatment. For nasal hemorrhage, adjust and also apply
concussion to the middle cervical region and to the seventh cervical
For pulmonary hemorrhage, apply concussion to the spinous processes
of the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae, and also to the seventh
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.
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
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
Treatment. For measures of treatment, see recommendation
for the treatment of goitre which should prove effective also in
the treatment of hyperthyroidism.
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.
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
For more effective methods of treatment, see Rational Therapy,
Definition. Inability to sleep.
Treatment. Armstrong recommends the slow sinusoidal
in cases of insomnia and claims that recovery is rapid by its use.
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).
Definition. Intestinal obstruction is an occlusion
of the lumen of the bowel and a consequent reverse action of the
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
Dilation of the intestines may be caused by rapid concussion strokes
or by sinusoidal stimulation applied to the tenth and eleventh dorsal
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Definition. A posterior curvature of the spine.
For treatment see scoliosis.
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.
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.
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.
Definition. A lateral curvature of the spine.
Treatment. See scoliosis.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definition. A form of paralysis, associated with shaking
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.
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.
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.
Definition. A sharp, lancing pain in the pleura of
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
For those who do not understand adjustment, and for those who are
prejudiced against this rational method, we would suggest the rapid
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.
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.
Definition. A condition in which there is a lack of
normal circulation, more especially in the upper segments of the
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.
Definition. This is a condition in which the lungs
or some part of them are collapsed, and do not expand normally during
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
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.
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.
Definition. Hemorrhage from the lungs, which is usually
due to tubercular pathological
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.
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
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.
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.
For definition and measures of treatment, see Hypertrophy of the
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.
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.
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.
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.
For methods of treatment, see Calculi Renal, ante.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Definition. A lateral deviation or curvature of the
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.
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.
See recommendations for scoliosis, ante.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Treatment. For treatment of this infectious and progressive
pathological condition, the reader is referred to the directions
given for the treatment of consumption, ante.
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
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.
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.
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 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,
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.
For methods of treatment, see Pertussis, ante.
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.