This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
Rest; fomentations, or hot and cold applications to the back, and the employment of hot baths will generally secure quite speedy relief. Some cases are very obstinate, however, and quite exhaust both patient and physician. In a very obstinate case, in which the patient suffered extremely with spasmodic pains and cramps in the back, relief was obtained by continuous stretching of the body, the patient being held by straps passed under the arms, while being stretched by weights attached to the lower extremities. Treat the same as sciatica.