Hi Antoine, Your interesting observations point to the need for more rigorous research in this area. I agree that results in the literature show inconsistency for skin temperature following HMP application. You raise the question about use of different interfaces between MHP & the skin. This is certainly one factor. Other factors influencing the skin temp rise are the initial gradient between skin & HP, the surface area of body, body locale, skin moisture, time of application, and, of course body composition is very important. Skin cooling post MHP application depends on how much skin temp was raised during application as well as surface area, body locale and body composition, etc., as well as environmental temperature. Skin cooling is partly due to conduction from cooler surrounding air. So the answer is that unless a study is performed measuring all these variables in a controlled manner, you can expect to encounter contradictory results. Good luck with your studies. Hope you will be the one to examine this topic when you qualify.
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