Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Eugene Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Eugene back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and recommended in early treatment phases, but heat has a part in healing. When combined - heat with electrical stimulation - pain can’t help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic recommends that Eugene 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 listing 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 irritating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors look for ways to produce “offset analgesia,” a overly large decrease in pain as a result of a slight decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is a well-known 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 Eugene back pain patient, Rethwill 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’s a significant cause of disability, larger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are always on the lookout for a way to better manage it. One group of researchers theorized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would produce better pain relief and improve 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 a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic guides Eugene 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 particularly 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 Eugene chiropractic appointment today! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Eugene pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Eugene back pain sufferer, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is prepared to use it!

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic uses heat and electrical stimulation for Eugene pain relief. 
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