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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in New Roads Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! New Roads Chiropractic Center understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many New Roads back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and recommended in initial treatment phases, but heat plays a role in healing. When combined - heat and electrical stimulation - pain can’t help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. New Roads Chiropractic Center advises that New Roads back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as appropriate for pain relief.


Heat decreases the perception of pain for many. Heat and cold lead the listing of options that low back pain patients believe reduced their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, speaking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors look for ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large decrease in pain due to a small reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is one well-known and documented way to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or actual, the pain reduction is good for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something reduces pain for a New Roads back pain patient, New Roads Chiropractic Center will consider using it.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain sufferers seek feeling “good” when they don’t. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it is a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are constantly looking for a better way manage it. One group of researchers theorized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would produce better pain relief and enhance patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial demonstrated that they were right! They found a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even noted at 3 months’ follow up. Patients’ mood as well as muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) New Roads Chiropractic Center guides New Roads back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all sorts of modalities. Whatever it takes! The heat and stimulation combination boost each other’s benefit.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Homer on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. For some conditions like spasmodic torticollis, heat can be particularly comforting and pain relieving. The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management incorporates heat, too, in in-office chiropractic care and at- home care.

Schedule your New Roads chiropractic appointment today! New Roads Chiropractic Center is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological New Roads pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a New Roads back pain sufferer, New Roads Chiropractic Center is prepared to use it!

New Roads Chiropractic Center uses heat and electrical stimulation for New Roads pain relief. 
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