The Drs: Chronic Pain Solutions
Americans like to say that they work hard and they play hard. But sometimes playing too hard can wear you out. The Doctors shared innovative pain relief solutions, like TENS Back Pain Electrotherapy, Game Ready, and Jumper’s Knee Laser Therapy.
The Doctors: Cat & Dog Self-Grooming
Why do cats and dogs lick themselves? “It’s a naturally reflexive behavior to self-groom,” Dr Travis Stork said. “It’s essential for their hygiene.” I guess that raises some interesting questions about humans and grooming, if this is an evolutionary must.
The Drs: Willow Spa Water-less Bath
When you want to relax, sometimes nothing sounds more inviting than a hot bubble bath. But at Willow Spa, they have a different relaxation treatment in mind, because their bath doesn’t use any water.
The Enzyme Bath is “a combination of finely cut wood shavings, rice bran, and fruit and vegetable enzymes,” according to a Willow Spa representative, which ferments to a temperature around 125 degrees. That would be too hot for water, but this combination seems to be great for the body.
The Doctors shared a video of someone relaxing in this Enzyme Bath, and it looked like someone being buried in sand at the beach.
The Doctors: TENS Unit for Back Pain Electrotherapy
Not everyone can make it to Willow Spa, and even if they did, I’m not sure they’d be fighting over the Enzyme Bath. For more stress and pain relief alternatives, The Doctors set up pain stations on the stage.
First up was Ashley, who has been in two car accidents resulting in permanent muscle damage. She complained of back pain that keeps her awake at night. Orthopedic surgeon Dr Mark Adickes recommended a TENS Unit, which stands for “transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.”
The unit stimulates blood flow for faster healing, while blocking pain signals to the brain. Slowly increasing the voltage contracts the muscles, leading to a massage-like effect. It’s often used after surgery or to treat arthritis. Ashley said it felt good; treatments last about 30 minutes.
The Drs: Game Ready Review
Dawn said she has Arthritis shoulder pain, which is aggravated by her job, where she works with active young children at a gym. “We don’t want to give up our favorite activities even if we have an ongoing pain,” Dr Travis said.
Dr Mark recommended the Game Ready device, which is used by professional athletes in training rooms across the country. It circulates freezing cold water while compressing the affected area to provide pain relief in two ways.
Treatments last about 20 to 30 minutes, but can be repeated as needed. Some patients report instant results, and though Dawn said it was a little cold, she seemed happy with it.
The Doctors: Jumper’s Knee Laser Therapy
The Doctors’ next volunteer, Curtis, complained about knee pain, which did not explain why he was wearing sunglasses. His active workout and sports schedule has resulted in sharp knee pain.
Dr Adickes suspected this is Jumper’s Knee, or Patellar Tendinitis. The treatment is a laser therapy (that explains the sunglasses), to deeply penetrate tissue and stimulate blood flow. Cells will also convert laser light into energy, which is another reason the human body is amazing.
Curtis said the treatment felt warm. Dr Adickes said this treatment can also work for muscle tears and arthritis. “You can use it all over the body for a number of musculoskeletal problems,” he said.
The Drs: How To Avoid Workout Injuries
If you are someone who plays hard on the weekends but wants to avoid getting hurt, Dr Mark Adickes said diet is a key concern. Strength, flexibility, and cardio are key to a sustainable workout.
Dr Mark said he prefers these types of proactive treatments, as opposed to medication. Rest and therapy are the best ways to repair damage and get back out there quickly.