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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Burlington and Hamilton Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Spinal Care Clinic understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Burlington and Hamilton back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and suggested in initial treatment phases, but heat has a role in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Spinal Care Clinic recommends that Burlington and Hamilton 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 things 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 try to find ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large reduction in pain due to a small reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is one familiar 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 decreases pain for a Burlington and Hamilton back pain patient, Spinal Care Clinic will consider using it.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain patients seek feeling “good” when they hurt. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it is a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are always on the lookout for a way to better control it. One group of researchers hypothesized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would provide better pain relief and improve 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 held at 3 months’ follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Spinal Care Clinic guides Burlington and Hamilton back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all types of modalities. Whatever it takes! The heat and stimulation combination enhance 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 Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment today! Spinal Care Clinic offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Burlington and Hamilton pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Burlington and Hamilton back pain sufferer, Spinal Care Clinic is prepared to try it!

Spinal Care Clinic utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Burlington and Hamilton pain relief. 
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