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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in San Jose Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Chiropractic Solutions understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many San Jose back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and suggested in initial treatment phases, but heat plays a part in healing. When paired - heat and electrical stimulation - pain can’t help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Chiropractic Solutions advises that San Jose 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 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 a familiar and documented way 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 San Jose back pain patient, Chiropractic Solutions will consider its use.


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’s a significant cause of disability, bigger than any other health condition around the world. Doctors and researchers are always looking for a better way manage 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 found a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even noted at a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also got better. (3) Chiropractic Solutions guides San Jose back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all types 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 incorporates heat, too, in in-office chiropractic care and at- home care.

Schedule your San Jose chiropractic appointment today! Chiropractic Solutions offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological San Jose pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a San Jose back pain sufferer, Chiropractic Solutions is prepared to use it!

Chiropractic Solutions uses heat and electrical stimulation for San Jose pain relief. 
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