External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Partial Treatments - Medical Indications and Effects of Rhythmical Einreibung

The Arms

Guiding principle
Rhythmical Einreibungen to the arms have an effect of building up the inner metabolic organism and the breathing.
The arms are less burdened by gravity and are freer in their connection to the body than the feet and legs. They can be freely moved about, enabling them to perform expressive creative activities such as playing an instrument, producing handicrafts, and writing, etc. The forces involved in such pursuits can be given to the work but they can also be directed back into the body via rhythmical oil applications, where they can have a strengthening effect.


The Einreibung of the arms have five subsections: the hand, forearm, elbow, upper arm and shoulder.

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The Legs

Guiding principle
The Rhythmical Einreibung to the legs and feet stimulate the metabolism and facilitate elimination. They also support the prophylaxis of thrombosis and decubitus, stimulate circulation and help with warmth generation in cases of cold extremities. Where there is pain associated with osteoarthritis or rheumatism the application enlivens the joints and the entire leg.

The Rhythmical Erinreibung the leg has four subsections: the lower leg, knee, thigh and foot.

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The Lower Leg (Calf Einreibung)

Guiding Principle
The Rhythical Einreibung of the lower leg enlivens the leg. To the person treated the calf feels light and expanded; it has an anti-cramping, calming effect.

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The Knee

Guiding principle
The knee is the largest joint in the human body. It has to withstand the force of gravity as well as being manipulated and stabilised by the strongest muscles in the body. The joint itself creates the conditions for uplift and for the overcoming of gravity by forming cartilage and synovial fluid.
A rhythmical Einreibung of the knee envelops and warms it. The life processes in the joint are stimulated in a way that can alleviate pain and facilitate the ability to move in cases of inflamed swelling and degeneration.

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Treat acute inflammatory knee complaints with caution.

The Thighs

Guiding principle
Rhythmical Einreibungen to the thighs have an enlivening and stimulating effect on digestive processes and the urogenital organs.

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The Feet

Guiding principle
The feet have the task of carrying the human body on a small surface between the heel and the ball of the foot, enabling balance in the upright position. The arch of the foot eludes gravity.
Rhythmical Einreibungen of the feet intensify the pervasion of warmth in them. This in turn enables the soul to loosen its hold on the nerve-sense system in the head area, which directly facilitates the ability to fall asleep. The process of letting go while dying can also be remarkably facilitated.

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The Stomach/Abdomen

Guiding principle
In many people the stomach area is tense and bowel activity is disturbed. This region is warmed through by the circular warming gestures of the rhythmical Erinreibung. This has a relaxing and rhythm-bestowing effect.

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The Back and Neck

Guiding principle
Many people experience strain unconsciously in the form of increasing shoulder and neck tension, associated with weakness in the lower back. Tension can be relieved and the play of back muscles enlivened by strokes and warming circles.
Breathing deepens and the patient feels warmed through and relaxed, deep in the muscles and the soul.

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