Call us to set up an appointment! 907-747-2726

Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in Sitka Back Pain Treatment

What seems more comforting – heat or ice? Bet you said ‘heat’! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many Sitka back pain sufferers. Cold is effective therapy and suggested in initial treatment phases, but heat has a part in healing. When paired - heat with electrical stimulation - pain can’t refuse. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and soothe pain. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka recommends that Sitka 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 decreased their pain most followed by medication, rest, exercise, talking with a health professional, stretching, not doing aggravating activities, and psychological changes. (1) Doctors try to find ways to elicit “offset analgesia,” a disproportionately large decrease in pain due to a small decrease 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 reduces pain for a Sitka back pain patient, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka will consider using it.


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 around the world. Doctors and researchers are always on the lookout for a better way control 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 discovered a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even held at 3 months’ follow up. Patients’ mood as well as muscle strength and endurance also got better. (3) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka guides Sitka 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.

CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka

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 Sitka chiropractic appointment today! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka offers nonsurgical and nonpharmacological Sitka pain relief. If heat is comforting and relieving to a Sitka back pain sufferer, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is prepared to try it!

Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for Sitka pain relief. 
« View All Featured Articles
"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."