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The Study of Vascular Dynamics for the Effect of a Compress Pack on Pain Relief using Magnetic Resonance Angiography
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The Study of Vascular Dynamics for the Effect of a Compress Pack on Pain Relief using Magnetic Resonance Angiography
Baek, Ji-Won; Lim, Young-Khi;
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 Abstract
This study was to investigate the effects of the hot compress pack on alleviating local muscular discomfort, stiffness in limbs as well as the chronic pains such as migraine in terms of hemodynamics. In this study, the hot compress band was put on the neck and the local physiological change on the stimulation site and the cranial blood circulation change were examined. We recruited healthy volunteers (n=8, mean age: 32.13 (4.61)), who participated in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study. Local skin color and temperature were measured for the local effect of the hot compress band and the changes of intra-cranial and extra-cranial blood vessels were examined with MR angiography (MRA) images. The skin temperature increased from at the rest condition to and after 15 min and 30 min stimulation, respectively. The change of the extra-cranial blood vessels between pre-stimulation and post-stimulation of 30 min was significantly increased (+38.8%), while the change of the intra-cranial blood vessels was negligible. In this study, we demonstrated that the hot compress band on the neck yielded the increase of local skin temperature on the stimulation site and it made an effect on the extracranial circulation. In conclusion, the stimulation with a hot compress could facilitate the blood circulation, causing to relieve the muscular discomfort, stiffness in limbs as well as the chronic pains such as migraine.
 Keywords
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);MR angiography (MRA), Hot compress;Blood circulation;Intra- and extra-cranial vessels;
 Language
Korean
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