You don’t have to have a jacuzzi or pool to do water soaking. A bathtub is great, but most of us take showers. When you shower, keep the water as hot as you can stand, and massage and stretch your back muscles as the hot water runs over your back. Soaking for 10 to 15 minutes in a jacuzzi, pool or bathtub is preferable, but hot showers morning and night is about as good.
Don’t forget the Epsom Salts. The body normally excretes its excess electricity into the air, mainly through nerve ends in the hands, head and feet. Foot soaking, particularly with Epsom Salts or other herbal salts, is an age-old remedy that attracts the electric currents that travel down the sciatic and other leg nerves.
Another soaking technique is a warm, water-soaked towel or other wet wrap placed over the lower back for 5-10 minutes. Remember, water soaking isn’t an “all wet” idea.
Forest Tennant is retired from clinical practice but continues his research on the treatment of intractable pain and arachnoiditis. This column is adapted from bulletins recently issued by the Arachnoiditis Research and Education Project . Readers interested in subscribing to the bulletins should send an email to email@example.com.
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