Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in West Des Moines Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many West Des Moines back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and suggested in initial treatment phases, but heat has a role in healing. When combined - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa advises that West Des Moines back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as proper for pain relief.


Heat decreases the perception of pain for many. Heat and cold lead the list of options that low back pain patients believe reduced their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, speaking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors seek ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a overly large reduction in pain as a result of a small decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is one familiar and documented manner to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or actual, the pain reduction is positive for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something decreases pain for a West Des Moines back pain patient, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa will consider its use.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain patients 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 constantly looking for a better way 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) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa guides West Des Moines 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 West Des Moines chiropractic appointment today! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological West Des Moines pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a West Des Moines back pain sufferer, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is prepared to try it!

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa uses heat and electrical stimulation for West Des Moines pain relief. 
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