Diathermy Unit; Stanley Cox Ltd. 11 Gerrard St. London United Kingdom; 22

Name/Title

Diathermy Unit

About this object

Junior Intertherm' 6/250 Ultra Short Wave Diathermy unit. Used in physical therapy to soothe muscles & tissues

Maker

Stanley Cox Ltd. 11 Gerrard St. London United Kingdom

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Place Made

United Kingdom

Measurements

32 x 28 x 56cm (width x depth x height)

Subject and Association Description

Diathermy (electrically induced deep heating of the tissue) was used at the Cadman Sanatorium in the first half of the 20th century as one of the therapies offered to customers with muscular aches & pains. In its ‘gentle’ form, it was the practice of applying a short wave electric current to an affected part of the body to warm the tissue with the energy and thereby ease movement or to relax the muscles & ligaments prior to a massage. However, it was also thought that joint swelling & pain could be eased by “baking the affected limb in a cage of hot air at somewhere between 150-300 degrees Fahrenheit”… Diathermy is practiced today both as a physical therapy and in surgery.

Credit Line

Gift of D. Goessi, 1975

Object Type

Diathermy Unit

Object number

22

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