Impact Therapy

Shamokin News Dispatch - Aug 31, 1968

Doctor Cites Worth of 'Impact Therapy'
LONDON (AP) — Dr. John Tracy says if you can't cure it any other way, hit it.
Tracy explained in today's issue of the Practitioner Medical Journal that he uses sandbags to bash his patients into shape. He calls it "impact therapy."
Tracy says that repeated blows with a 20-pound sandbag, carefully timed and judged, send pressure waves through joints that cure aches and pains.
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 13, 2018
     Category: Health | Medicine | 1960s

I can hear Giuseppe Verdi's (that's Joe Green, you know) "Anvil Chorus" playing while treatment is administered.
Posted by KDP on 06/13/18 at 07:56 PM
Slamming the top of a tv or radio often worked, why not this?

This is one of those weird ones where the basic concept actually has merit (pressure waves can be beneficial, as in a Jacuzzi), but the implementation is so very, very wrong.
Posted by Phideaux on 06/13/18 at 11:52 PM
Well, it does work on legs bent the other way, so why not? Also, hitting on a sandbag can be very relaxing for patients.
Posted by Yudith on 06/14/18 at 06:27 AM
£2: bag of sand.
£5: labour costs of hitting you with it.
£2,000: knowing exactly where to hit you.
Posted by Richard Bos on 06/17/18 at 05:45 AM
Ah, the 60s and 70s, when you could take any kind of weird behavior and call it “therapy”...
Posted by Brian on 06/27/18 at 05:17 AM
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