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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Nashua Back Pain Treatment

December 28, 2019

What seems more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Moriarty Chiropractic gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Nashua back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and recommended in initial treatment phases, but heat plays a part in healing. When combined - heat with electrical stimulation - pain cannot help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and alleviate pain. Moriarty Chiropractic recommends that Nashua 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 lead the list of things that low back pain patients believe lessened their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, speaking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors try to find ways to produce “offset analgesia,” a disproportionally large reduction in pain as a result of a small decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is a familiar and documented way to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or actual, the pain reduction is positive for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something decreases pain for a Nashua back pain patient, Moriarty Chiropractic 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, 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 hypothesized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would produce better pain relief and enhance patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial demonstrated that they were right! They discovered 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) Moriarty Chiropractic guides Nashua back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all sorts 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 particularly 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 Nashua chiropractic appointment today! Moriarty Chiropractic offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Nashua pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a Nashua back pain sufferer, Moriarty Chiropractic is prepared to use it!

Moriarty Chiropractic utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Nashua pain relief.