Jeremiah 8: 22
Is there no balm in Gilead: is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
We will now continue to list some cautions to follow when applying hydrotherapy:
Only give mild cold to those with a weak heart,organic heart disease, Bright’s disease and other forms of kidney disease,or to. Children under seven. Avoid cold baths during menstruation,pregnancy,and cold age( especially if the aged have arteriosclerosis and similar degeneration, cardiac weakness, emphysema or bronchitis). Those with aneurism of the aorta, advanced arteriosclerosis,or a tendency to apoplexy ( stroke) should also avoid it.
Despite how beneficial hydrotherapy can be to the human health there are a list of individuals that should not receive certain water treatments: those who are
- Very thin
- Overly feeble
- Neurasthenics (an ill-defined medical condition characterized by lassitude,fatigue, headache, and irritability, associated chiefly with emotional disturbances)
- Chronic inebriated (drunk or intoxicated)
- Painful congestions
- Chronic rheumatism
- Painful joints
These should only receive short cold treatments. Some individuals such as those with painful neuritis, cannot take any cold. Those who can take only a brief cold should first receive a hot application. This would also apply to those who are very sensitive, timid, or hypochondriac in temperament. Ensure to always inform the individual what you will do next.
Very hot applications should be avoided in cases such as:
- Cardiac disease
- Aneurysm of the aorta
- Advanced arteriosclerosis
- Apoplexic tendency
- Aortic stenosis.
For such conditions non-percussion of moderate temperature applications should be used. In giving hot applications, keep in mind that you should never apply heat at a temperature higher than 102- 104 degrees Fahrenheit to the feet of an insulin dependent diabetic. This. Is because, not sensing heat as well in their extremities, they can be more easily burned.
Do not apply heat to an abscess in a closed space for example an inflamed appendix. Heat over it can cause the appendix to swell and burst. Contrariwise, moist heat over a boil will soften it, bringing it to a head better, and help the pus to come up an out.