Lateral curvature of the spine and flat-foot, and their treatment by exercises

 
9781130774740: Lateral curvature of the spine and flat-foot, and their treatment by exercises
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 Excerpt: ...together with a return to a fuller life. During the period of full training the patient has only one thing to do, and that is, to get the spine straight. Piano-playing, violin-playing, horse-riding, all occupations involving fatigue or promoting faulty posture, must be left off entirely. School, in the ordinary sense of the word, is prohibited. A certain amount of reading may be allowed, but it must not be of a character to cause brain-fag, and must be carried out in the approved resting posture (Fig. 38) or in the supporting chair. For this the folding deck pattern made of wood laths or cane--not the canvas-hammock type--with a slightly inclined seat, and a long back at an angle to correspond, will suffice, and any carpenter will provide a foot-rest and a stand to hold a book. A cylindrical cushion supports the lumbar curve, and it is a good plan to fix a rail along the top of the back, from which can be hung two canvas or leather loops adjustable as to height by strap and buckle. By slipping the arms through these so that they come under the armpits, the patient is able to take weight from the spine, and so avoid fatigue of the muscles. Also, by using the loop on the lower shoulder side, i.e., the side of the dorsal concavity, a position which tends to correct the curve will be taken up. The loop on the higher shoulder side, i.e., the side of the dorsal convexity, must, of course, not be used alone. The chair used at meals must not be so long in the seat as to prevent the patient's sitting right back in it. The feet must touch the floor or be supported by a footstool. A cylindrical cushion is hung over the back of the chair to support the normal lumbar curve. An upright position at table must be insisted upon. The daily walks are treated as drills. The sk...

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