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Did you know back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work? Chiropractor Dr. Fabrizio Mancini joins The Doctors to discuss several products that claim to help with back pain. Will they be a buzz or a bust? Experts predict that 80% of the population is going to have back pain so help is needed!
The first device is a bit strange looking, like a curved back-scratcher. It is a trigger-point massager that claims to help with tension and back knots. Dr. Mancini says it's a buzz! The device works because the component at one end puts pressure on the muscles. The muscles have receptors that communicate to the brain, and then the brain sends a signal to the muscle to relax. Dr. Mancini loves this device and says you can take this anywhere, like your own personal massage therapist!
Gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez shares that he sometimes has back pain and was told shoe inserts may help. Dr. Mancini says custom orthotics are a buzz! Custom orthotics help distribute weight throughout the day which not only provides comfort but also, helps your back. He shares that recent studies have shown wearing custom orthotics can reduce back pain by more than 30%. These orthotics can be found at most of your healthcare providers. They sell shoe inserts similar to these at drug stores, but Dr. Mancini says those ones won’t help with back pain.
Proctologist Dr. David Rosenfeld questions if memory foam mattresses help with back pain. They are a bust! Dr. Mancini explains it’s not as firm as some other mattresses and doesn’t support curvatures of the back as well. Dr. Mancini says semi-firm orthopedic mattresses tend to give more back support than others. Also, pay attention to the actual mattress, not pillow-toppers, when looking for support.
Lastly, Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra asks about these new wearable devices that vibrate when slouching and claim to help with posture. Dr. Mancini says they are a buzz! He likes that it’s a constant gentle reminder to sit up straight. He says the body adapts to good posture, so why not be reminded throughout the day?