CoreControl™and Multiple Sclerosis: The Potential Benefits
It is not just athletes, emergency workers and industrial workers who can benefit significantly from the CoreControl™ Cooling Glove.
A product of cutting-edge technology, its ability to extract heat from the body’s core organs means that individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) may also benefit – as it is common for MS to flareup under hot conditions.
MS is a condition of the central nervous system, disrupting nerve impulses in the brain, spinal cord and optic (eye) nerves. While the symptoms of MS vary from one individual to another – depending on disease progression and where the sclerosis (the Greek term for scars) is present in the brain and spinal cord, symptoms might include:
- Muscle spasms
- Weakness and loss of coordination in the arms and legs
- Fatigue, including heat-induced fatigue
- Neuropsychological symptoms, including difficulty remembering, focusing, processing information and task-planning
According to MS Australia, there are several theories surrounding why individuals with MS are heat-sensitive. One is that an increase in body temperature further delays the messages travelling along the central nervous system. There could also be a lesion in a region of the brain that either controls body temperature regulation or responds to a rise in body temperature, for example by instigating perspiration; a lesion in either of these regions means that body temperature will rise.
What the Research Suggests
In a University of Washington study led by Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Dr George Kraft, a female with MS was given a hooded body temperature-cooling vest to wear for 30 minutes, three times a week. Following each session, she took part in a light weight lifting session.
Compared to baseline tests on physical and cognitive (brain), there was a marked incline in the subject’s endurance, strength and cognitive stores by the study’s conclusion. The subject shared her experience in the Seattle Times. “I came to relish that soothing vest,” she said.
She was so encouraged by the results that following the study, she invested in a CoreControl™ Cooling Glove to use during a Seattle summer. “I turned on the motor and sat for about 10 minutes at a time. The results were subtler than the ice vests, but I found considerable relief,” she said.
The Potential Benefits of CoreControl™ for Heat Sensitivity in MS
In humans, the palms of the hands have radiator regions designed to dissipate heat (the equivalent of the tongue of a dog). A hand-held device, the CoreControl™ Cooling Glove enhances heat extraction through these surfaces by increasing local blood flow – the result of carefully controlled temperature settings combined with a gentle vacuum that draws blood into the hand – all while carefully controlled cool water circulates through the hand-held device.
CoreControl™ increases the natural heat exchange of these radiator structures, an effective body temperature cooling mechanism – unlike traditional cooling methods which do not easily penetrate the skin, providing only a superficial sensation of coolness.
Experience the Body Temperature Regulation Effect of CoreControl™
Contact RTX CoreControl™ today to find out how this new cooling technology being utilised internationally can benefit you during times of heat stress.