Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Vancouver Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Vancouver Spine Care Centre gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Vancouver back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and recommended in initial treatment phases, but heat plays a role in healing. When combined - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but relent. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Vancouver Spine Care Centre advises that Vancouver back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as proper for pain relief.


Heat reduces the perception of pain for many. Heat and cold top the listing of options that low back pain patients believe lessened their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, talking with a health professional, stretching, not doing irritating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors look for ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a disproportionally large reduction in pain due to 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 positive for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something reduces pain for a Vancouver back pain patient, Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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’s a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are always looking for a better way control it. One group of researchers theorized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would provide better pain relief and improve 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 noted at 3 months’ follow up. Patients’ mood as well as muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Vancouver Spine Care Centre guides 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 integrates heat, too, in in-office chiropractic care and at- home care.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment today! Vancouver Spine Care Centre is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Vancouver pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Vancouver back pain sufferer, Vancouver Spine Care Centre is ready to use it!

Vancouver Spine Care Centre uses heat and electrical stimulation for Vancouver pain relief. 
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