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A comparison of two formulas of topical menthol on vascular responses and perceived intensity prior to and follow a bout of maximum voluntary muscular contractions (MVMCs). J Bodyw Mov Ther 2014 Jul;18(3):424-9 PMID: 25042313

Pubmed ID

25042313

DOI

10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.11.003

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the vascular responses in the brachial artery and perceived intensity of two different formulas of topical menthol gels prior to and following a bout of maximum voluntary muscular contractions (MVMCs). 18 adults completed the same protocol on different days using blinded topical menthol gels (Old Formula and New Formula). Heart rate, brachial artery blood flow (ml/min), vessel diameter and reported intensity of sensation were measured at baseline (T1), at 5 min after application of the gel to the upper arm (T2), and immediately following five MVMCs hand grips (T3). The New Formula exhibited a significant decline in blood flow (-22.6%) between T1 and T2 which was not different than the nonsignificant declines under the Old Formula 1 (-21.8%). Both formulas resulted in a significant increase in perceived intensity of sensation between T1 and T2. Blood flow increased significantly with the New Formula (488%) between T2 and T3 and nonsignificantly with the Old Formula (355%).

Author List

Topp R, Ng A, Cybulski A, Skelton K, Papanek P

Author

Paula Papanek PhD, MPT, LAT, FACSM Associate Professor & Director of Exercise Science in the Exercise Science & Physical Therapy department at Marquette University




Scopus

2-s2.0-84904463916   1 Citations

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Administration, Cutaneous
Brachial Artery
Cross-Over Studies
Exercise
Female
Gels
Hemodynamics
Humans
Male
Menthol
Perception
Regional Blood Flow
Young Adult
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