Kneipp Therapy

The priest Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897) developed a holistic; five pillar comprehensive treatment, which activates the self-healing powers of the body.

Water and Pool Therapy:
Water or aqueous clay packing is applied externally after the hot cold principal in the form of showers or wrapping. A cold-water stimulus should be short, and afterwards the body should be reheated with water or through movement.

Movement Therapy:
Kneipp teaches that one should exercise well and regularly, without exaggeration or strain on the body. This promotes muscle and bone structure, good circulation as well as flexibility and coordination in the cardiovascular system.

Nutritional Therapy:
Kneipp recommended a varied and balanced diet that consists mainly of regional plants and foods, supplemented by milk and dairy products, fish and some meat. White flour and white sugar, caffeine and alcohol should be consumed in moderation.

Plant Therapy:
Herbs should be routinely consumed in the form of tea, infusions, syrups, ointments, and baths.

Lifestyle Therapy:
Man should regard himself as part of the environment, and perceive morbid effects and avoid them wherever possible.

In our practice we use wrapping for shoulder myogelosis (so called cross winding) and rheumatoid arthritis or peripheral joints activated osteoarthritis (wrist wraps). The innermost layer is a linen cloth dampened with cold water, then wrung out and wrapped tightly around the affected area. Furthermore, we wrap around a cotton cloth and finally a woollen cloth. The patient is then wrapped in a blanket and left for 45-60 minutes, to secure the swear-inducing effect for one to three hours.

Heat Packs/Hay flower Packs:
In rheumatic disorders, muscle tension, autonomic nervous tension and pain caused by spinal conditions, we recommend the laying of hot and humid mayflower packs over a period of about 10 minutes. Subsequently, the patient should rest for 60 minutes, application once a day is sufficient.

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