Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
Mack D. Rubley
Number of Pages
This study was performed to examine the effects of varied types of external compression on surface and intramuscular temperature. Fourteen university students volunteered for this study; each subject received all 3 treatment conditions: ice compressed with an elastic wrap, ice compressed with Flex-i-Wrap(TM), and ice with no compression. Subjects were asked to lie prone on a standard treatment table during the 30-minute ice application and the 60-minute post-application durations. Surface and intramuscular temperatures were recorded every 30 seconds throughout the experiment. The results revealed a significant difference in surface temperature between compression and no compression, but no difference between forms of compression. Intramuscular temperature was significantly colder between compression and no compression and between an elastic wrap and Flex-i-Wrap(TM) where an elastic wrap was significantly colder then Flex-i-Wrap(TM). Externally compressing an ice bag with an elastic wrap generates a greater rate and magnitude of intramuscular tissue cooling than external compression with Flex-i-Wrap(TM).
Compression; Cooling; Cryotherapy; Tissue; Types; Varied
Kinesiology; Physical therapy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Tomchuk, David, "Tissue cooling during cryotherapy with varied types of compression" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1808.