Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Buffalo, NY Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Disc Centers Of America gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and recommended in early treatment phases, but heat plays a part in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain can’t refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Disc Centers Of America recommends that Buffalo, NY 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 things that low back pain patients believe lessened 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 decrease in pain due to a small reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is a familiar and documented way to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or real, the pain reduction is good for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something reduces pain for a Buffalo, NY back pain patient, Disc Centers Of America will consider using it.


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’s a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are constantly on the lookout for a way to better manage it. One group of researchers hypothesized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would produce better pain relief and enhance 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 as well as muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Disc Centers Of America guides Buffalo, NY back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all types of modalities. Whatever it takes! The heat and stimulation combination enhance 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 Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today! Disc Centers Of America offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Buffalo, NY pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Buffalo, NY back pain sufferer, Disc Centers Of America is prepared to try it!

Disc Centers Of America uses heat and electrical stimulation for Buffalo, NY pain relief. 
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