Image from page 237 of "Text-book of massage and remedial gymnastics" (1916)
Authors: Despard, L.L. (Louisa L.)
Publisher: London : Henry Frowde : Hodder & Stoughton
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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STICS Physiological Effects.—Eftieiirage acts upon the cutaneous nerves ansuperficial vessels. It aids the return circulation of blood and lymph and increasethe glandular activity of the skin. Therapeutic Effects.—Ettleurage accelerates the venous and lymph circuittions, promotes ab.sorption, and is thus beneficial in relieving congestion such ifollows in cases of sprains and dislocations. It also relieves muscular spasm anprevents muscle waste to some extent. It is useful in cases of insomnia on accouiof its soothing effect, and for the same reason, as well as to help the circulatio)it is employed before, after, and between other movements in general and loccmassage. STEOKING The strokings employed in medical gymnastic work must not be confused wilettleurage proper. In carrying out the ft)rmer, pressure is often made in tlcentrifugal direction. They are frequently done over the patients clothing and aiprimarily intended to infiuence the nervous rather than the circulatory systei.
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Fig. 122.—STroKiNG the Arm. They are much used after other movements for sedative effects, and should tlibe carried out slowly and with gentle pressure. Soothing Strokings. — 1. Sittinf/ head stroking. — Done with the \rd.h\surface of the hands from the forehead, over the head and down the back and siof the neck. , 2. General soothing strokings.—The patient lies in the supine position wiithe arms by the sides. The stroking l)egins at the head and is continued slowfand gently down the sides and front of the arms, trunk, and legs to the feet. | .>. Back stroking.—This is done with the patient either in the prone (forw;ilying) position or sitting or standing with the hands resting against a wallother su])port. The strokings are carried out down the back with the painsurface of the hands, one placed on either side of the spine, or the hands maydrawn downwards directly over the vertebne one after tlie other. 4. Stroking over the region of the heart in local heart treatment.—
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