Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Pflugerville Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Pflugerville Wellness Center understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Pflugerville back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and suggested in early treatment phases, but heat has a part in healing. When put together - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Pflugerville Wellness Center advises that Pflugerville 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 top the list of options that low back pain patients believe reduced 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 reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is a familiar and documented way to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or actual, the pain reduction is positive for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something decreases pain for a Pflugerville back pain patient, Pflugerville Wellness Center 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 globally. Doctors and researchers are constantly looking for a way to better manage 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 proved them correct! They found a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even recorded at a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood as well as muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Pflugerville Wellness Center directs Pflugerville back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all sorts of modalities. Whatever it takes! The heat and stimulation combination improve 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 Pflugerville chiropractic appointment today! Pflugerville Wellness Center offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Pflugerville pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Pflugerville back pain sufferer, Pflugerville Wellness Center is prepared to use it!

Pflugerville Wellness Center utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Pflugerville pain relief. 
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