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Role of Heat and Electrical Stimulation in La Grande Back Pain Treatment

What is more comforting – hot or cold? Bet you said ‘hot’! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC understands. Heat is comfortable and comforting to many La Grande back pain sufferers. Cold is great therapy and suggested in initial treatment phases, but heat has a part in healing. When put together - heat with electrical stimulation - pain can’t help but subside. Heat and electrical stimulation calm and alleviate pain. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC recommends that La Grande back pain and neck pain patients use heat, ice and electrical stimulation as appropriate for pain relief.


Heat reduces the perception of pain for many. Heat and cold top the list of options that low back pain patients believe decreased 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 overly large decrease in pain as a result of a slight decrease in stimulation intensity. Heat is a well-known and documented manner 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 La Grande back pain patient, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC will consider using it.


Heat feels good. Electrical stimulation feels good. Back pain and neck pain sufferers seek feeling “good” when they are in pain. For nonspecific low back pain sufferers, it’s a significant cause of disability, bigger than any other health condition globally. Doctors and researchers are always on the lookout for a way to better control 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 proved them right! They found a statistically significant reduction in pain after 18 treatments. The relief was even held at a 12 week follow up. Patients’ mood in addition to muscle strength and endurance also improved. (3) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC guides La Grande back pain and neck pain sufferers to pain relief with all sorts of modalities. Whatever it takes! The heat and stimulation combination enhance 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 La Grande chiropractic appointment today! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is all about nonsurgical and nonpharmacological La Grande pain relief. If heat is soothing and relieving to a La Grande back pain sufferer, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is prepared to use it!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC utilizes heat and electrical stimulation for La Grande pain relief. 
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