What is more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Augusta back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and suggested in early treatment phases, but heat plays a part in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but relent. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic advises that Augusta back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as proper for pain relief.
BENEFIT OF HEAT 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 decreased 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 overly large reduction in pain due to a small decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is a familiar and documented manner to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or real, the pain reduction is positive for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something decreases pain for a Augusta back pain patient, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic will consider its use.
BENEFIT OF HEAT AND ELECTRICAL STIMULATION FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF
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, larger than any other health condition around the world. 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 improve 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 held at a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic directs Augusta back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all sorts 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 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 Augusta chiropractic appointment today! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Augusta pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Augusta back pain sufferer, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is ready to use it!