HISTORICAL HYDROTHERAPY – THE COLD WATER CURE (2 CE Hours)
In an effort to encourage hydrotherapy students to broaden their knowledge base in the historical aspects of water therapies, Harvest Field Institute of Learning LLC has gathered a collection of classic writings (all of which are included in this course and available free-of-charge to the public through Archive.org) and developed a series of exams to test students’ reading comprehension of these texts. Each book has been individually selected by the school for its historical influence on the practice of modern hydrotherapy, and a word count has been completed to estimate the equivalent number of continuing education hours students should receive for reading such text(s) based on standards presented by national regulatory boards such as the NCBTMB. In addition, an exam has been formulated by the course instructor to test the reader’s retention and is equivalent to 5 questions per CE hour being offered by the school.
The required text for this course is The Cold Water Cure, As Practiced By Vincent Priessnitz, at Gräfenberg, in Silesia. It was written by Richard Beamish andpublished in 1843 by London: Samuel Highley. This book provides an excellent analysis of the treatments developed by Vincent Priessnitz (also known as Vincenz Prießnitz) that were developed from years of empirical observations on hydrotherapy applications such as compresses, eye and foot baths, showers, and hip/full baths that brought renewed interest in hydrotherapy to Europe and earned him the title of “Father of Modern Hydrotherapy”. It contains detailed cases the author observed while visiting Vincent Priessnitz in Gräfenbergand well-preserved pictorial descriptions of Vincent Priessnitz’s hydrotherapy treatment center (which is still in operation to this very day) and where the original “body wrap” was first invented before being employed in spas throughout the world. There are approximately 28,266 words in this book and an additional 3,031 words in this course guide and accompanying 10-question exam. Per the NCBTMB’s standards for continuing education completed via distance study (15,000 words per CE hour), this course meets the requirement for a total of 2 CE hours.
Credit Hours: 2 CE hours
Required Text: The Cold Water Cure, As Practiced By Vincent Priessnitz, at Gräfenberg, in Silesia
***This course is approved by the NCBTMB (#799), the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel, the Florida Board of Massage Therapy, the Florida Board of Nursing, the Florida Board of Nursing – Certified Nursing Assistants, the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, the Georgia Board of Nursing, the South Carolina Board of Nursing, the Florida Board of Respiratory Care, the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition, and the Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery (CE Broker #50-172670) but no other state or national regulatory bodies.***