What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Spengel Chiropractic gets
it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many McHenry back pain
sufferers. Cold is great therapy and recommended in
initial treatment phases, but heat has a part
in healing. When combined - heat with
electrical stimulation - pain can’t help but relent.
Heat and electrical stimulation calm and alleviate pain.
Spengel Chiropractic advises that McHenry back pain and
neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as appropriate
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 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, Spengel Chiropractic will consider its use.
BENEFIT OF HEAT AND ELECTRICAL STIMULATION FOR BACK PAIN
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) Spengel 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.
CONTACT Spengel Chiropractic
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! Spengel Chiropractic is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological
McHenry pain relief. If heat is soothing and
relieving to a McHenry back pain sufferer, Spengel Chiropractic is ready
to use it!