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Superficial heat is an appropriate first choice for patients desiring treatment.
One of the alternating currents had a fixed frequency of 4000 Hz; while the frequency of the other current was adjusted between 4000 and 4250 Hz with a treatment time of 15 min after which moist superficial heat was applied for another 15 min.
For acute and subacute low back pain, low to moderate quality evidence supports the efficacy of acupuncture, massage, spinal manipulation, superficial heat, lumbar supports, and low-level laser therapy, the guideline authors conclude.

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