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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Toronto Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Toronto back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and suggested 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 ease pain. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre advises that Toronto 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 listing of options that low back pain patients believe reduced their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, talking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors seek ways to produce “offset analgesia,” a disproportionally large reduction in pain due to a slight reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is a well-known 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 Toronto back pain patient, Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre will consider its use.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain sufferers seek feeling “good” when they hurt. 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 better way manage it. One group of researchers hypothesized that electrical muscle stimulation and heat would provide better pain relief and improve patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial proved them right! They found 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) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre guides Toronto 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 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 Toronto chiropractic appointment today! Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Toronto pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Toronto back pain sufferer, Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is prepared to try it!

Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Toronto pain relief. 
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