Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Baton Rouge Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Baton Rouge back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and suggested in early treatment phases, but heat has a role in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and alleviate pain. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation recommends that Baton Rouge 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 decreased 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 slight 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 reduces pain for a Baton Rouge back pain patient, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation will consider its use.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain patients seek feeling “good” when they hurt. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it is a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health condition around the world. 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 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 3 months’ follow up. Patients’ mood as well as muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation guides Baton Rouge 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 incorporates heat, too, in in-office chiropractic care and at- home care.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Baton Rouge pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Baton Rouge back pain sufferer, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is ready to use it!

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Baton Rouge pain relief. 
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