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A Summary of the Erdman Treatment Method to improve the circulation


A History of Success

Since the 1930's the Erdman Therapy has been helping people with a variety of disorders.  As an alternative to traditional medical treatment, we have had a history of success in healing patients with various disabling conditions.

Erdman Treatment for the Majority

The majority of the population falls into the category of  "normally healthy."  When ill, these individuals respond well to conventional medicine and treatment.

People in this category have normal arterial tone, i.e., the elastic qualities of the vessel walls.  But when people in this group become ill, their arterial tone can increase and their blood vessel walls become stiffer or less elastic, causing a decrease in the rate of blood flow.  This in turn can lead to further symptoms or slow their rates of recovery.  For this group of normally healthy people, The Frederick Erdman Association has developed a warm therapy which is extremely effective in lowering arterial tone.  This restores the rate of blood flow to an optimum level.

Frederick Erdman developed his warm therapy by focusing on the relationship between overly tense areas in the back muscles and corresponding symptoms found throughout the body.  Our warming, massage-type treatment effectively targets appropriate areas and alleviates the symptoms.

Our Unique Treatment for the Minority

While most people have normal arterial tone, some individuals have a level of arterial tone which is consistently below normal.  These people have circulatory systems with arteries that are too elastic, and as a result, stretch too much in response to blood pressure changes.

This relatively small group of people generally responds poorly to medication, heat and relaxing treatments.  It is members of this minority group who most frequently find their way to the Frederick Erdman Association.

Frederick Erdman's primary contribution to the healing arts was in developing a treatment for this minority group which is opposite to that needed by the majority:  namely, cold applications to all or some of the spinal muscles.

Selecting the Right Therapy for Each Patient

A second major contribution by Frederick Erdman was his testing procedure which determines a patient's circulatory class and, therefore, the required treatment.  Years of work also led to the development of the Erdman Indicator, a noninvasive instrument which indicates a patient's circulatory status with remarkable accuracy.

Both the original testing method and the Erdman Indicator are used regularly in the clinic.  The combined advantages of each allows a patient to receive the appropriate therapy.

The Groups Respond Differently to Stress

Not only do patients from different circulatory groups require unique methods of treatment, they also respond differently to stress.  Stress varies widely in duration and severity -- from hours to years.  Typical examples are excessive physical exertion, difficulties in the home, job frustrations, and loss of a loved one.

The diagram below helps us understand the relationship between the circulatory classes and stress.  In this diagram, the population is distributed along the horizontal axis based on levels of arterial tone.  When stress occurs, each individual moves up along his or her percentile line.  Observe that a person with low arterial tone develops an even lower tone in response to stress.  Those with high arterial tone will find stress increases arterial tone ever further.



Erdman Treatment for the Majority

Case A is typical of the large majority of the population.  This person benefits from warm treatment under all conditions.  The blood flow is usually close to optimum, although illness might increase arterial tone.  This can be corrected by Erdman warm therapy.  Since drugs tend to lower tone, this person also responds well to appropriate medication.

Excessively High Vasomotor Tone

Case B is similar to Case A, except that he or she has excessive tone resulting in less than optimum blood flow.  While lowering stress will help, warm therapy is needed to significantly lower arterial tone.  This person is likely to have above-normal blood pressure.

Excessively Low Vasomotor Tone

Case C, without question, is the most important condition as far as the Frederick Erdman Association is concerned.  Most of our new patients have been in this condition for many months or years.  They have usually been seen by one or more specialists, without receiving help.

As seen in the diagram, this case falls into what is estimated to be the lowest five to ten percent of the population.  Typically, those in this case have low blood pressure.  Regardless of stress level, people in this group, without help, are unable to escape from their low tone condition.

Heat, relaxing treatments and most medications are counterproductive for these people because they tend to lower an already low tone condition.  After 80 years of practice, the only method we know of to improve tone in a Case C person is cold applied to the spinal muscles.  The symptom(s) listed on the home page are usually, if not always, the result of a person being in this condition.

"Mixed" Tone Conditions

Case D, in some ways is the most interesting but complicated group of all.  As depicted, a Case D person, depending on stress level, can be in either the group that requires cold therapy or the group that requires warm therapy.  As stress increases, so does the probability that cold therapy will be needed.

This type of person can be in the group which responds well to warm treatment, then shifts into the cold treatment group after experiencing a sudden high stress -- such as the physical exertion of shoveling show.  This person then returns to the yellow group upon removal of the stress.  Normally, a person does this without even knowing he or she made the round trip, since symptoms associated with low arterial tone never had time to develop.

Another important manifestation of stress on a Case D patient who is in the yellow zone occurs when the stress causes the patient to shift into the blue zone and he or she remains there indefinitely.  An example is a lengthy hospitalization.  During confinement, the patient must lie on the back much of the time against a waterproof surface, thereby producing the effect of a warm treatment.  This, coupled with large doses of medication, can drive the person into the lower tone, blue zone.  Many patients then remain in this low tone condition after leaving the hospital and may develop one or more of the symptoms associated with low tone.

In the example the removal of the stress is insufficient to restore the patient to the healthy yellow condition as in the snow shoveling example above.  Such a person will then be in  great need of cold therapy.

Case D patients very often exhibit another important condition, namely that opposite vascular conditions can exist at the same time in different parts of the body.  For example, high vasomotor tone can exist in the areas controlled by the upper thoracic and sacral spinal segments, while low tone exists in the areas controlled by the lumbar and lower thoracic areas.

A general vasodilating agent or method will further dilate the vessels which are already too low in tone, often aggravating existing symptoms.  On the other hand a general vasoconstricting  agent such as cold therapy on the full back will aggravate the already constricted areas (upper and lower back), which should receive no treatment or possible only a brief warm treatment.

Under these conditions it should be obvious that no single general treatment, either physical or medical, can restore the entire vascular system to normal.  This is, therefore, one more reason why these patients represent the most complicated and challenging group.

In Conclusion

  • Warm therapy always lowers tone and is appropriate for the great majority of people (yellow group).
  • Cold therapy always increases tone and is essential for all who are in the minority (blue group).
  • Case D patients when reacting to sufficient stress not only shift back and forth between the cold and warm treatment groups, but often some spinal areas need cold therapy at the same time that other areas need warm therapy.
  • Recovery from symptoms is best achieved when the rate of blood flow is maintained at an optimum level.
  • The Frederick Erdman Association evaluates new patients upon arrival and monitors all patients to ensure that proper therapy is applied at all times.