momentum magazine

by Vicky Uhland
The body has numerous points that act as heat conductors, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose to cool, as long as it works for you, says Teresa Frohman, PA-C, a clinical specialist at the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at the University of Texas Southwestern.

Sweltering temperatures can make MS symptoms worse. Give them the cold shoulder with these sizzling ideas.

Hands and feet

Try a high-tech cooling wrist or ankle wrap, or pre-moistened towels with built-in coolants, like Chill Towel, suggests Ashley Uyeshiro, OTD, OTR/L, assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy at the University of Southern California.

Head and neck

Numerous cooling neck wraps and scarves are available. Uyeshiro is a fan of Frogg Toggs’ Chilly Pad, which reaches an average of 20 degrees below the ambient temperature when wet. She and her clients also make their own cooling neck scarves and bandanas by placing crystal soil water beads used for gardening into scraps of fabric and sewing them up. The gardening beads are similar to the materials used in some commercially manufactured cooling scarves, and become soft and absorbent when they’re wet. Refrigerating the scarf makes them chilly.

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