Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Plainville Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Layden Chiropractic understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Plainville back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and recommended in early treatment phases, but heat plays a part in healing. When combined - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Layden Chiropractic advises that Plainville 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 lessened their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, speaking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors try to find ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large decrease in pain due to a slight reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is one familiar 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 decreases pain for a Plainville back pain patient, Layden Chiropractic will consider using it.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain sufferers 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 around the world. Doctors and researchers are always looking for a way to better control it. One group of researchers hypothesized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would provide better pain relief and enhance patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial proved them right! They discovered a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even recorded at 3 months’ follow up. Patients’ mood as well as muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Layden Chiropractic directs Plainville 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 Plainville chiropractic appointment today! Layden Chiropractic is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Plainville pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Plainville back pain sufferer, Layden Chiropractic is ready to use it!

Layden Chiropractic utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Plainville pain relief. 
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