Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Groton Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Hutter Chiropractic Office understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Groton back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and recommended in early treatment phases, but heat plays a role in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Hutter Chiropractic Office recommends that Groton back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as appropriate for pain relief.


Heat reduces the perception of pain for many. Heat and cold lead the listing 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 aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors seek ways to produce “offset analgesia,” a disproportionally large decrease in pain as a result of a small reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is one 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 decreases pain for a Groton back pain patient, Hutter Chiropractic Office 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, bigger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are constantly looking for a way to better manage it. One group of researchers theorized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would provide better pain relief and improve patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial showed that they were right! They found 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 improved. (3) Hutter Chiropractic Office guides Groton back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all types of modalities. Whatever it takes! The heat and stimulation combination boost 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 Groton chiropractic appointment today! Hutter Chiropractic Office offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Groton pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Groton back pain sufferer, Hutter Chiropractic Office is prepared to try it!

Hutter Chiropractic Office uses heat and electrical stimulation for Groton pain relief. 
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