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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in McHenry Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many McHenry back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and recommended in early treatment phases, but heat has a part in healing. When combined - heat with electrical stimulation - pain can’t refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and alleviate pain. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic advises that McHenry 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 options 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 look for ways to produce “offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large reduction in pain as a result of a slight reduction 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 McHenry back pain patient, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic 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 is a significant cause of disability, bigger 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 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 noted at a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also got better. (3) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic directs McHenry 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 McHenry chiropractic appointment today! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological McHenry pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a McHenry back pain sufferer, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is ready to use it!

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for McHenry pain relief. 
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