Dr Oz: Treat Back Pain
According to Dr Oz, sometimes the first step toward healing is to ask “what if?” He wanted to ask his viewers what if they didn’t have back pain? Before the show, members of his audience posted what they would do, including dance and play with their kids.
Dr Oz wanted to help Tanya, who said she just tries to rest and relax to help her back pain. Dr Oz explained that you actually shouldn’t delay getting back to being active once you hurt your back, because it can impede your recovery. Immobility can actually cause more pain, rather than make it better. Slowly ease back into daily activities.
Dr Oz: Myofascial Release With Foam Rollers
For the mom who wanted to get back to playing with her kids, Dr Oz recommended she try using foam rollers to do what is called myofascial release. He explained that there are muscles that need to be loosened up for less restricted motion. Simply sit down on top of the foam roller, and use your feet to roll the foam roller all the way from your lower back to upper buttocks.
Dr Oz: TENS Therapy Back Pain Relief
Finally, Kristen shared that she used to dance, and if she wasn’t experiencing back pain, she would get back into it and maybe even take some lessons. She used to dance in college and was actually really good! Dr Oz explained that for her, she could try what’s called TENS therapy. The unit blocks pain with waves of electrical pulses, that penetrate through the skin.
Icy Hot makes a portable TENS therapy device that you can wear on your back to relieve pain and make everyday activities much easier. Simply put the unit on the area that is giving you pain, on either side of the spine, and then turn it on. You can increase or decrease the amount of electricity that you feel. Kristen said it felt like a tingly massage.