Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Baton Rouge Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Spine & Sports Rehab Center gets it. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Baton Rouge back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and recommended in initial treatment phases, but heat has a role in healing. When paired - heat and electrical stimulation - pain can’t refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and ease pain. Spine & Sports Rehab Center recommends that Baton Rouge 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 top the listing of things that low back pain patients believe reduced their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, speaking with a health professional, stretching, not doing irritating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors look for ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large decrease in pain due to a slight reduction in stimulation intensity. Heat is a familiar and documented way to do this. Electrical stimulation is another. Perceived or actual, the pain reduction is good for a back pain sufferer. (2) If something reduces pain for a Baton Rouge back pain patient, Spine & Sports Rehab Center will consider its use.


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 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 improve patients’ subjective view of pain. And their experimental trial proved them correct! They found 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) Spine & Sports Rehab Center directs Baton Rouge 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 integrates heat, too, in in-office chiropractic care and at- home care.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today! Spine & Sports Rehab Center offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Baton Rouge pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Baton Rouge back pain sufferer, Spine & Sports Rehab Center is ready to use it!

Spine & Sports Rehab Center utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Baton Rouge  pain relief. 
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