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.
The best treatment for muscular rheumatism is the employment of moist heat, the application of hot bags, gentle rubbing, rest, and improvement of the general health. Galvanism, and, in most cases, faradization, give very prompt relief. The same general directions, with regard to treatment, diet, clothing, etc., as have been given for acute and chronic rheumatism, should be followed in this affection as well.
It is especially important that the whole body should be clothed in flannel. The pain in the back may often be greatly relieved by wearing a tight flannel bandage about the body. When severe, a warm poultice may be worn over the seat of the pain. The old-fashioned pitch-plaster, which is so often used for these cases, undoubtedly does some good by retaining the natural warmth of the part and giving the muscles rest.