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 and Position are also effective means of relieving pain in certain cases. Severe headache generally requires a recumbent posture. Pain and neuralgia also demand rest. Pain arising from inflammation in the extremities is generally relieved by elevation of the affected part. It is for this reason that the hand is carried in a sling when a person is suffering with a felon. Pain or chronic ulcer of the leg is also found to be relieved by elevation of the affected limb. Pressure also exercises a favorable influence upon pain in many cases, as seen in the beneficial effects derived from the rubber bandage and the elastic stocking in varicose veins of the limbs. A tight band about the head will sometimes relieve nervous headache when other means fail. Many persons who suffer with headache intuitively hold the head between the hands when the paroxysms of pain are severe.