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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Ashburn Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Ashburn back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and suggested in initial treatment phases, but heat has a role in healing. When put together - heat and electrical stimulation - pain cannot refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn recommends that Ashburn 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 listing of things 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 disproportionally large decrease in pain as a result of a slight reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is one well-known and documented manner to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or real, the pain reduction is good for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something decreases pain for a Ashburn back pain patient, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn will consider using it.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain patients seek feeling “good” when they are in pain. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it’s a significant cause of disability, bigger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are constantly looking for a better way control it. One group of researchers hypothesized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would produce 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 3 months’ follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn directs Ashburn back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all types 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 integrates heat, too, in in-office chiropractic care and at- home care.

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment today! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Ashburn pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Ashburn back pain sufferer, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is ready to try it!

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn uses heat and electrical stimulation for Ashburn pain relief. 
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