Presentation Title

The ability to finely control muscle temperature and the relationship to body fat

Advisor Information

Dustin Slivka

Location

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

7-3-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

7-3-2014 12:00 PM

Abstract

Two popular types of rehabilitation therapy are the application of heat, and the application of cold. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a commercially available local heating/cooling device, Thermazone Continuous Thermal Therapy cuff (Innovative Medical Equipment LLC, Cleveland, Ohio), on human skeletal muscle temperature kinetics. We also aimed to identify the extent to which subcutaneous body fat may impact the effectiveness of the device. METHODS: The participants’ subcutaneous body fat was obtained by obtaining a thigh skinfold measurement on both legs of the participant. For the trial, a Thermazone cuff was placed on each of the subjects’ legs, one cooling the muscle and the other heating, after an intra-muscular probe was placed 2.5 cm into the belly of the thigh muscle of each leg. Intra-muscular temperatures were recorded before and two hours after cuff application. RESULTS: The leg receiving hot application increased intramuscular temperature from 36.5± 0.4°C to 37.6 ± 0.3°C (p < 0.001), while the leg receiving cold application decreased intramuscular temperature from 35.0 ± 1.1°C to 29.9 ± 1.6°C (p <0.001).The magnitude of temperature change was not correlated with subcutaneous fat in either hot (r=-0.158; p=0.462) or cold (r=-0.093; p=0.660). CONCLUSION: The Thermazone thermal therapy cuff was found to be effective at manipulating intramuscular temperature with no relationship to subcutaneous fat when an intramuscular thermistor is placed 2.5 cm from the skin surface into the muscle belly.

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The ability to finely control muscle temperature and the relationship to body fat

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Two popular types of rehabilitation therapy are the application of heat, and the application of cold. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a commercially available local heating/cooling device, Thermazone Continuous Thermal Therapy cuff (Innovative Medical Equipment LLC, Cleveland, Ohio), on human skeletal muscle temperature kinetics. We also aimed to identify the extent to which subcutaneous body fat may impact the effectiveness of the device. METHODS: The participants’ subcutaneous body fat was obtained by obtaining a thigh skinfold measurement on both legs of the participant. For the trial, a Thermazone cuff was placed on each of the subjects’ legs, one cooling the muscle and the other heating, after an intra-muscular probe was placed 2.5 cm into the belly of the thigh muscle of each leg. Intra-muscular temperatures were recorded before and two hours after cuff application. RESULTS: The leg receiving hot application increased intramuscular temperature from 36.5± 0.4°C to 37.6 ± 0.3°C (p < 0.001), while the leg receiving cold application decreased intramuscular temperature from 35.0 ± 1.1°C to 29.9 ± 1.6°C (p <0.001).The magnitude of temperature change was not correlated with subcutaneous fat in either hot (r=-0.158; p=0.462) or cold (r=-0.093; p=0.660). CONCLUSION: The Thermazone thermal therapy cuff was found to be effective at manipulating intramuscular temperature with no relationship to subcutaneous fat when an intramuscular thermistor is placed 2.5 cm from the skin surface into the muscle belly.