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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Richmond Back Pain Treatment

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.


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.


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.

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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 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!

Johnson Chiropractic utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Richmond pain relief. 
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