Effects of moist and dry hot pack on microvascular blood volume.

  • NAKAMURA KOHEI
    Department of Physical Therapy, Fukuokawajiro Rehabilitation institute Graduate School of Health and Welfare, Nishikyushu University
  • MURATA SHIN
    Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Nishikyushu University
  • MURATA JUN
    Department of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University
  • KOGO HARUKI
    Department of Physical Therapy, Kurume Rehabilitation institute
  • MATSUO NANA
    Technical School of Medical and Welfare, Ryokuseikan

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  • ホットパックの湿熱法と乾熱法との違いが筋血流量に及ぼす効果
  • ホットパック ノ シツネツホウ ト カンネツホウ ト ノ チガイ ガ キン ケツ リュウリョウ ニ オヨボス コウカ

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To examine the effect of moist and dry hot packs (HPs) on lower leg circulation, 10 lower limbs of 5 healthy adults were studied. A moist or dry HP was applied to the calf in the prone position for 20 minutes; the former was wrapped in 8 cotton towels, and the latter in a vinyl bag and 3 cotton towels. The skin surface temperature and microvascular blood volume were measured before and after HP application. As a result, a significant increase in the microvascular blood volume of the lower leg was observed after the application of a moist HP. Such an increase was not observed with dry HPs. These results demonstrated that moist HPs are effective to increase lower leg circulation.

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