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- noun Medical treatment by mechanical methods, such as massage.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Cure by mechanical means; mechanicotherapeutics.
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- noun dated A
techniqueto promote healththrough exerciseand massage.
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He had been undergoing mechanotherapy for close to four hours and it struck him as futile.
But it was obvious, Caswell thought, settling himself grimly on the couch, that mechanotherapy was going to be far more difficult than he had imagined.
Mostly I slept in the mornings, and in the afternoons, sometimes, I went to the races, and late to the mechanotherapy treatments.
When caused by poison, mechanotherapy is recommended principally as a stimulating remedy, when the patient is convalescent.
In applying mechanotherapy for these affections, we must call attention to the fact that most of them develop from circulatory disturbances, the vessels being relaxed.
It is hoped that this little text-book will be a practical and valuable addition to what has already been published on the subject of mechanotherapy.
Schreiber says: ` ` Chronic constipation offers the most signal success to mechanotherapy, for it is possible to make direct mechanical pressure upon the celiac and hypogastric plexuses, and through these to reflexly excite peristalsis; furthermore, the vasomotor nerves and the intestinal muscular fibers are directly stimulated by the squeezing to which they can be subjected. ''
Diseases of the peripheric nerves are more successfully treated by mechanotherapy than are affections of the central nerve-system.
Experience shows that even old cases of paralysis are very often improved, and sometimes completely cured, by mechanotherapy.
Some authors report cases of diabetes successfully treated by mechanotherapy.