Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Oxford Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Satterwhite Chiropractic gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Oxford back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and recommended in initial treatment phases, but heat plays a part in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Satterwhite Chiropractic advises that Oxford 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 lead the listing of things that low back pain patients believe decreased their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, speaking with a health professional, stretching, not doing irritating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors seek ways to produce “offset analgesia,” a overly large decrease in pain as a result of a slight decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is one well-known and documented way to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or actual, the pain reduction is good for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something reduces pain for a Oxford back pain patient, Satterwhite Chiropractic will consider its use.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain sufferers seek feeling “good” when they don’t. 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 manage it. One group of researchers theorized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would provide better pain relief and enhance patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial showed that they were right! They discovered a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even recorded at a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also got better. (3) Satterwhite Chiropractic guides Oxford 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 Oxford chiropractic appointment today! Satterwhite Chiropractic offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Oxford pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Oxford back pain sufferer, Satterwhite Chiropractic is ready to try it!

Satterwhite Chiropractic utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Oxford pain relief. 
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