Throat Compress

Throat Heating Compress
A heating throat compress is a form of hydrotherapy involving a moist compress to the effected area. The compress is applied cold, and will then heat up through the body’s reaction to the treatment. The reaction is mediated through the nervous system which in turn directly effects associated blood, lymph, sebaceous glands, sweat glands as wall as surrounding tissue and muscle. In treating the skin we directly influence many activities associated with healing. 
Indications:
     Sore throat associated with hoarseness, neck pain, tense muscles and any inflammation or infection of the throat. 
Effects:
     *Sedative
     *Increases deep local blood flow by reflexive action. 
     *Mild local sweating
     *Relaxation of muscles and blood vessels locally
     *Pain relief
Supplies:
     *Cotton cloth that is long enough to wrap around the neck.
     *Wool/flannel cloth (a scarf works well) long enough to cover cotton cloth wrapped 
        around the neck
     *Safety pin
     *Face/Wash cloth
     *Access to hot and cold water
Directions:
     1. Warm area with a warm face cloth, use as a compress for 2-3 minutes. 
     2. Soak the cotton in cold water and wring out well prior to application. 
     3. Wrap cold cotton cloth around neck, or you may include ears if desired. 
     4. Wrap the wool cloth over the cotton and secure with safety pin.
     5. Leave in place for a minimum of 30 minutes, but over night is more effective.
     6. Remove cloths from neck and wipe area with a cold sponge.
Precautions:
     Chilling should not be experienced during this treatment. Keep warm either in bed or wrapped up in a blanket. Change compress at least every eight hours and allow skin to dry for at least one hour before repeating (if desired). Do not wrap the cloths on too tightly as this treatment should be comfortable and beneficial. Consult your physician if your symptoms do not improve or if you should have questions regarding this treatment.