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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Montreal Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Montreal back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and suggested in initial treatment phases, but heat plays a part in healing. When put together - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic recommends that Montreal back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as proper for pain relief.


Heat reduces 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, speaking with a health professional, stretching, not doing irritating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors try to find ways to produce “offset analgesia,” a disproportionally large reduction in pain due to a slight reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is a familiar and documented manner to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or actual, the pain reduction is good for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something decreases pain for a Montreal back pain patient, Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic will consider using it.


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 around the world. Doctors and researchers are constantly on the lookout 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 demonstrated that they were right! 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) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic directs Montreal 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 Montreal chiropractic appointment today! Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Montreal pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Montreal back pain sufferer, Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is prepared to use it!

Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Montreal pain relief. 
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