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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Preston Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Chiropractic Associates gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Preston back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and recommended in initial treatment phases, but heat has a role in healing. When combined - heat and electrical stimulation - pain can’t refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Chiropractic Associates advises that Preston back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as proper for pain relief.


Heat decreases the perception of pain for many. Heat and cold top the listing of options that low back pain patients believe lessened their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, talking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors try to find ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a overly large decrease in pain as a result of a slight decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is a well-known and documented way to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or real, the pain reduction is good for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something reduces pain for a Preston back pain patient, Chiropractic Associates will consider its use.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain patients seek feeling “good” when they are in pain. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it is a significant cause of disability, bigger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are constantly looking for a way to better manage it. One group of researchers theorized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would provide better pain relief and improve patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial proved them correct! They discovered a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even recorded at 3 months’ follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also got better. (3) Chiropractic Associates guides Preston back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all types of modalities. Whatever it takes! The heat and stimulation combination improve 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 especially 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 Preston chiropractic appointment today! Chiropractic Associates offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Preston pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Preston back pain sufferer, Chiropractic Associates is prepared to use it!

Chiropractic Associates uses heat and electrical stimulation for Preston pain relief. 
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