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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Vancouver Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Vancouver Disc Centers gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Vancouver back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and recommended in initial treatment phases, but heat has a role in healing. When paired - heat and electrical stimulation - pain cannot refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Vancouver Disc Centers advises that Vancouver 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 lead the listing of options that low back pain patients believe decreased their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, talking with a health professional, stretching, not doing irritating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors try to find ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a disproportionally large reduction in pain due to a slight reduction 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 Vancouver back pain patient, Vancouver Disc Centers will consider its use.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain patients 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 always on the lookout for a better way control it. One group of researchers hypothesized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would produce better pain relief and enhance patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial proved them right! They found a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even held at a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Vancouver Disc Centers directs Vancouver back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all types 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 Vancouver chiropractic appointment today! Vancouver Disc Centers offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Vancouver pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Vancouver back pain sufferer, Vancouver Disc Centers is prepared to use it!

Vancouver Disc Centers uses heat and electrical stimulation for Vancouver pain relief. 
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