Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Lynchburg Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Palmer Chiropractic Center gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Lynchburg back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and suggested in initial treatment phases, but heat plays a part in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain can’t help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Palmer Chiropractic Center recommends that Lynchburg 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 things that low back pain patients believe reduced their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, speaking with a health professional, stretching, not doing irritating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors look for ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large reduction in pain as a result of a small decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is one 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 reduces pain for a Lynchburg back pain patient, Palmer Chiropractic Center will consider its use.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain sufferers seek feeling “good” when they hurt. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it’s a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health condition around the world. Doctors and researchers are constantly on the lookout for a way to better 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 a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood as well as muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Palmer Chiropractic Center guides Lynchburg 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 especially 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 Lynchburg chiropractic appointment today! Palmer Chiropractic Center is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Lynchburg pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Lynchburg back pain sufferer, Palmer Chiropractic Center is ready to use it!

Palmer Chiropractic Center utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Lynchburg pain relief. 
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