Principles and Practice of Naturopathy:
A Compendium of Natural Healing (1925)

E.W. Cordingley, A.M., Ph.D.



When there are lesions in the spine, between the ribs, pelvic bones, or at other joints, it is desirable that they be corrected.

If it is found that a spinal segment is sore and inflamed you should examine with the fingers around the spinous and transverse processes of that vertebra and compare its position with the vertebra above and the vertebra below it, to detect any mal-alignment. Then, by grasping the tip firmly between the thumb and forefinger, try to detect in which direction the movement is limited on account of contracted ligaments and muscles. When you have made the determination, you should place either your thumb or the pisiform bone of your wrist against either the spinous or transverse process of the vertebra, and then give a quick push or "thrust" in the direction that will overcome the ligamentous or muscular contraction or restore the vertebra to proper alignment with its fellows, Rather than make severe adjustments with the danger of hurting the patient, it is better to push fairly firm against the vertebra a number of times (3 to 10), as it has been demonstrated clinically and in the laboratory that such repeated pressures will remove the lesion quite as well, and often better, than the severe thrusts. In making these adjustments it is necessary that the patient be lying prone on a well-padded table.

In the cervical region lesions can be overcome by making contact with the affected vertebra with the first finger of the hand of the operator just below the metacarpo-phatangeal articulation, The patient is lying on his back, and the head is supported by the other hand of the operator cupped over the ear with the wrist against the patient's forehead. Several moderate pushes against the vertebra will suffice to overcome the ligamentous and muscular tension contiguous to it.

In the case of rib lesions, where one rib has been" jammed down" against another rib, the fingers can be hooked over the offending rib while the patient lies on his back, and it can then be firmly drawn toward its normal position. Raising the patient's arm on the same side or having the patient inhale deeply while pulling on the rib, will often be of assistance in replacing it.

Where you find lesions of the hip, or innominate bones, it is well to determine on which side the pain or tenderness is felt, and then compare the length of the legs at the internal malleoli. If the leg on the painful side is too short, you have a posterior-superior lesion, and it can be corrected as follows: Stand on the opposite side of the patient and grasp under the knee of the shortened lag with one hand, place the heel of the other hand on the sacro-iliac articulation and push down firmly, at the same time you draw upward on the knee. Repeat several times at each treatment, and treat each day, or every other day, until permanently corrected.

If the leg on the affected side is too long, have the patient lie on his back, and then flex the leg on the thigh and the thigh on the abdomen with one hand, while with the other hand placed beneath the affected innominate you assist in rotating the innominate to its normal position.

In case of an elbow or knee or other joint that has become stiff, it is often of great benefit to flex the joint as far as possible, holding it there firmly, and then very quickly and forcibly flexing it about half an inch more. Repeat several times. This will separate the articulation, stretching the articular structures, and consequently increase the circulation around the joint.

Previous Chapter ||| Table of Contents ||| Next Chapter

This page was posted on September 15, 2004.

Links to Recommended Companies