Dr Oz: Suffering From Nagging Back Pain
If you’re struggling with back pain, you’re not alone! Dr Oz introduced the back pain power duo: two experts from two different fields who came up with ways to alleviate your back pain and help you finally find relief. He introduced two women who were best friends, who were both suffering from back pain. Every fix they’d tried only provided them with temporary relief, which is why they were excited about the possibility of finding a more permanent solution.
Chiropractor Dr Steven Shoshany explained that a lot of our back pain is caused by our daily bad habits. Everything from sitting for too long to sitting on your wallet or leaning over to look at your phone can cause spinal imbalances, muscle weakness, and nerve irritation.
Sue Hitmann, creator of the Melt Method, explained that back pain is caused by an issue with the connective tissue. Connective tissue is known as fascia, and it’s the framework under our skin that attaches everything together. It’s mostly made up of collagen and water, but our lifestyles often lead to cellular dehydration. Sue argued that we need to learn how to rehydrate the tissue and turn it into a stable environment.
Dr Oz: Ball Foot Massage To Hydrate Connective Tissues
Dr Shoshany believes that our feet are the beginning of the whole problem, explaining that we get our stability from the bottom of our feet. Without your feet functioning correctly, you’re entire body is thrown off. Sue suggested grabbing a soft ball about the size of a golf ball, and using it underneath your feet. Keep your toes on the ground and cradle your foot back and forth to massage the bottom of the foot and get things moving. Then move into a forward motion, starting the ball at your heel and rolling it toward your toes, all while standing and putting pressure on the bottom of your foot.
Dr Shoshany then explained that because our feet are often deprived of movement all day, you want to get them moving again. A great way to do that is to use your feet and toes to pick things up off the ground. As an example, Dr Shoshany picked up scrap pieces of pieces with his toes, moving them left and right to active the muscles at the bottom of his feet. Using those muscles strengthens them, which helps stabilize your body from the bottom up.
Dr Oz: Morning Stretches To Prevent Back Pain
Next, as part of the plan to help alleviate your back pain, Sue wanted to share a tip for first thing in the morning. She suggested stretching to recondition your connective tissue. She suggested stretching the front of your hips instead of your back, using a foam roller. While laying in bed, place a roller and your hips and then bring your right knee into your chest to feel a pull in the front of your thigh on the opposite leg, then switch sides.
Dr Oz: Pill-Free Ways To Prevent & Alleviate Back Pain
Then, you should pay attention to your posture when you text. You could have more than 50 pounds of force being put on your spinal cord and spine, just from looking down at your phone to text. Instead, try holding your phone at eye level, no matter how goofy you may look.
To stabilize your spine, try a pelvic tilt. Lie on your back with your knees bent and try to press your entire back into the floor. You can try to do this exercise a few minutes each day to help strengthen your core and stretch those muscles. Also, consider buying a seat cushion that positions your knees lower than your pelvis to ensure food posture while keeping your back straight. Sue also suggested standing up every now and then to avoid sitting for too long, and throwing some stretches in there as well.
Dr Oz: Daily Drink To Prevent Pain
Sue and Dr Shoshany actually found out that they both drank a version of the same drink every day, as a pill-free way to prevent pain. To make the drink yourself, use a tablespoon of ginger juice and half a lemon. Add about ten drops of cayenne extract, about 15 drops of cranberry extract, ice, and water. Ginger is one of the most powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory’s on the planet, and a flavorful drink like this also encourages you to drink more water. If you don’t like spicy foods, make ice cubes with the same ingredients and add them to a glass of water.