What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Johnson Chiropractic understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Richmond back pain
sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and suggested in
initial treatment phases, but heat plays a role
in healing. When put together - heat with
electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but subside.
Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain.
Johnson Chiropractic recommends that Richmond 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 list 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 aggravating activities,
and psychological changes. (1) Doctors look for ways to elicit
“offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large decrease
in pain as a result of a small decrease
in stimulation intensity. Heat is a well-known and
documented manner to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived
or actual, the pain reduction is good for a back pain
sufferer. (2) If something decreases pain for a Richmond
back pain patient, Johnson Chiropractic 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 are
in pain. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it is
a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health
condition around the world. Doctors and researchers are constantly
looking for a better way control
it. One group of researchers theorized that electrical
muscle stimulation and heat would produce better pain relief and enhance
patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial showed
that they were 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
got better. (3) Johnson Chiropractic directs Richmond
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.
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
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 Richmond chiropractic appointment
today! Johnson Chiropractic is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological
Richmond pain relief. If heat is soothing and
relieving to a Richmond back pain sufferer, Johnson Chiropractic is prepared
to try it!