Abstract
EFFECT OF ALTERNATE HOT AND COLD COMPRESS ON WAIST HIP RATIO ON OBESITY

*Prashanth Shetty (BNYS, MSc, PhD), Shashikiran H. C. (BNYS, MD), Alina (BNYS) and Geetha B. Shetty (BNYS, MD)

ABSTRACT

Background: Alternate hot and cold compress is the naturopathy technique which is commonly used in the clinical practice of naturopathy and yoga for therapeutic purpose as well as to rejuvenate and restore normal bodily functions. Its effect was less understood and hence the present study was conducted to evaluate the waist hip ratio among healthy individuals. Materials and methods: A total of 50 Subjects with in age of 20 to 30 years and who have agreed to give consent for participation in the study are assessed at baseline. The subjects were applied alternate hot and cold compress for 20 minutes and various parameters being recorded before and after the practice. Result: There was a reduction in weight, waist circumference, hip circumference, and waist hip ratio after the application of alternate hot and cold compress with the p-value < 0.05. Interpretation and conclusion: The present study concludes that, alternate hot and cold compress for 20 minutes have significant effects in reducing the weight, waist circumference, hip circumference and waist hip ratio in healthy individuals. Hence, the regular practice of alternate hot and cold compress for a period of 20 minutes daily by young healthy students has shown a positive influence on waist hip ratio.

Keywords: Compress, waist circumference, hip circumference, waist hip ratio.


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