60 Second Back Pain Fixes
There’s nothing like back pain: It takes forever to lessen or go away; it can be debilitating; and, often there is no almost no position that will make it better and still allow you to get a good night’s sleep. According to Dr. Oz, it doesn’t have to be that way with his 60 second back pain fixes.
"Back pain—when you are hurting, minutes can feel like hours. And today, it’s all about fast relief," says Dr. Oz as he reveals the following tricks for quick pain relief that he promises will fix your back pain in 60 seconds or less.
Back pain Fix #1: Comfrey Compress
“These things work really, really fast,” says Dr. Oz as he explains to viewers that a Comfrey compress is actually based on old remedies where a knit bag type fabric was soaked in some medicinal compounds such as plants or herbs and then applied directly to the affected area of the body that needed treatment.
With a Comfrey compress all that is needed is some cheese cloth that has been generously coated with Comfrey ointment.
Comfrey ointments are available in 5 - 20% concentrations in creams, poultices, and liniments that are made from the fresh or dried herb, leaf, or root of a comfrey species of plant. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is sometimes used on the skin to treat wounds and heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments. However, taken orally, Comfrey is toxic to the liver and as a result is no longer sold in the U.S., except in creams or ointments.
According to medical experts from the University of Maryland Medical Center, Comfrey should be taken only as follows:
• Never take comfrey by mouth. Severe liver poisoning and even death may occur.
• Never give a child comfrey by mouth. Do not put creams or ointments with comfrey on a child's skin.
• When using herb and leaf ointments, creams, and other preparations for the skin, never apply comfrey to broken skin; use only small amounts of creams with comfrey for no longer than 10 days at a time; and, do not use any comfrey product for more than 4 - 6 total weeks in a year.
Back pain Fix #2: Devil’s Claw
“This is one for lower back pain,” says Dr. Oz who tells viewers that Devil’s Claw is available in a supplement form and works as an anti-inflammatory that is drawn to areas where inflammation and pain build in the sacral-Iliac joint of the pelvis where ligaments are often strained or damaged resulting in lower back pain.
Dr. Oz recommends taking 100 milligrams of Devil’s Claw a day as long as the pain lasts.
Back pain Fix #3: Supine Stretch
“When you sit, you actually put more tension on your spine than when you stand,” says Dr. Oz who states that most people sit approximately 50-60 hours per week, which is one of the leading causes of back pain.
According to Dr. Oz, this pain is a result of spinal tension causing decreased blood circulation to the disks between the vertebrae, which then leads to drying and stiffening of the disks. Then, if someone moves a particular way without the needed flexibility in the spine—injury occurs and manifests as back pain.
To help keep the spine less compressed and more flexible, Dr. Oz recommends performing a supine stretch on a daily basis as a back pain preventive measure.
A supine stretch consists of the following steps:
• Lie down on your back with knees bent.
• Keep your shoulders relaxed, but in contact with the floor or mat at all times.
• Roll from the hips and back, pointing your flexed knees off to one side and hold for 30 seconds.
• Roll and repeat to the other side and hold for 30 seconds.
For more on how to prevent or fix back pain, here are a few tips on how to keep your spine healthy at work.
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The University of Maryland Medical Center: Comfrey