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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Fort Wayne Back Pain Treatment

December 28, 2019

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Fort Wayne back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and recommended in early treatment phases, but heat plays a role in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain can’t help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc recommends that Fort Wayne 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, talking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors try to find ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a overly large decrease in pain due to a small reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is one familiar and documented way 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 Fort Wayne back pain patient, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc will consider using it.


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 is a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health condition around the world. Doctors and researchers are always 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 showed that they were right! 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 got better. (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc guides Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Fort Wayne pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Fort Wayne back pain sufferer, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is prepared to try it!

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Fort Wayne pain relief.