Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Severna Park Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Back And Neck Care Center understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Severna Park back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and recommended in initial treatment phases, but heat has a role in healing. When combined - heat with electrical stimulation - pain can’t help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Back And Neck Care Center recommends that Severna Park back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as appropriate for pain relief.


Heat reduces the perception of pain for many. Heat and cold top the list of options that low back pain patients believe reduced their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, talking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors seek ways to produce “offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large decrease in pain due to a slight decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is a familiar and documented way to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or real, the pain reduction is positive for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something reduces pain for a Severna Park back pain patient, Back And Neck Care Center will consider using it.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain sufferers seek feeling “good” when they hurt. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it’s a significant cause of disability, bigger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are always on the lookout for a better way 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 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 got better. (3) Back And Neck Care Center directs Severna Park back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all sorts of modalities. Whatever it takes! The heat and stimulation combination enhance 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 integrates heat, too, in in-office chiropractic care and at- home care.

Schedule your Severna Park chiropractic appointment today! Back And Neck Care Center is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Severna Park pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Severna Park back pain sufferer, Back And Neck Care Center is prepared to use it!

Back And Neck Care Center uses heat and electrical stimulation for Severna Park pain relief. 
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