Summer is coming and although it is pretty hot for most of us, spare a though for those who are constantly unable to control their temperature due to reduced mobility, illness or a medical condition.
Our body temperature is regulated by the brain. The hypothalamus is a small important region of the brain which checks our current temperature and compares it with the normal temperature of about 37°C. If our temperature is too low, the hypothalamus makes sure that the body generates and maintains heat or too high sweat is produced to cool the skin. When the hypothalamus is damaged or does not work correctly it may not be able to be regulate as normal and temperature can fluctuate. Problems with temperature regulation can often happen in people with cervical and high thoracic spinal cord injuries as signals to the brain are interrupted or do not reach the brain for interpretation. Other medical conditions that affect the central nervous system and then in turn signals to the brain may include Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis and Dysautonomia.
Localised heat may also occur with injury or pain. Cooling treatments can be used for acute injuries but can be used to treat chronic conditions as well. Swelling and inflammation can be due to leakage of blood from ruptured capillaries, cold applications cause blood vessels to constrict or clamp down which prevent further leakage of blood and serum and minimizes swelling and pain. However some chronic pain prefers heat treatment as this promotes flow and helps muscles relax more.
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Please bear in mind when using any cooling or heating treatments be sure to check with your GP or healthcare professional prior to its use.