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 help but relent.
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.
BENEFIT OF HEAT 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.
BENEFIT OF HEAT AND ELECTRICAL STIMULATION FOR BACK PAIN
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 demonstrated
that they were 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.
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
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!