Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears and Dr. Drew Ordon demonstrate the latest in alternative back care that includes Platza massage and inversion therapy.
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Alternative Back Pain Treatment Dr. Travis Stork: Drews is in our Doctors Med Spa right now to show you some alternative remedies for back pain. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Hey, look into that. Dr. Travis Stork: Drew, what in the world is going on back there? Dr. Drew Ordon: Travis, Lisa, we’re in The Doctors Med Spa. I’m here with Dan who is a massage therapist and a Platza master We have a great patient here today, Malaika, actually she did what Lisa did, hurt her back wearing those high heels. So she’s getting a very specialized back treatment called Platza. Dr. Lisa Masterson: I really like that one. Dan: And that is exactly what we’re doing. It’s a Platza, it’s an ancient Russian treatment that goes back hundred of years and is performed using these bundles of branches we called venik. They can be oak, eucalyptus or birch. Dr. Drew Ordon: This smells great. Dan: The essential oil is from the leaves, get infused under the skin and release into the atmosphere of the spa with helps with relaxation response and to clear out the pores. Dr. Drew Ordon: So helping some of the spasm that she’s having in her back and the reason natural astringent effect as well which is just helping the skin. Dan: Correct. It’s going to help to kill bacteria in the pores. Clear out the pores of dirt. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Drew. Dr. Drew Ordon: Yes ma’am? Dr. Lisa Masterson: Does that really feel good to Malaika? You guys are hitting her on the back with those branches? Malaika: Yes, you know it actually does feel good. It’s accelerating and my back does feels better. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Wow. Dr. Travis Stork: So this is an alternative traditional massage technique? Dr. Drew Ordon: Well, I am going to leave you in Dan’s hands. Actually you know there are other causes of back problem, severe back spasms, actually compression of the disc space, pinching your nerves. Check this remedy right here. Look at this treatment. How is it? Dr. Jim Sears: Ah. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Oh, my goodness. Dr. Jim Sears: It feels good. I had my back -- Dr. Drew Ordon: Better to you than me Jim. Dr. Jim Sears: My back is just being decompressed right now. And you know I actually hurt my back a couple of days ago and I’ve been looking forward to doing this. Dr. Drew Ordon: So it’s all about opening those spaces and allowing those muscles that maybe in spasm to loosen up a little bit. Dr. Jim Sears: You just feel weightless and it’s just you know, yeah, it’s like antigravity. It’s the opposite of just having all that gravity pushing you down, it’s just pulling me up. It’s perfect. Lisa, you should try this for your neck maybe. Dr. Lisa Masterson: For my neck -- is all the blood rushing to your head though? Dr. Jim Sears: Um, yeah. Dr. Jim Sears: I’m starting to -- I kind to start to block out a little bit here. Dr. Travis Stork: So this is also is not for everybody. And Jim is using an actual device to secure his legs. Don’t recommend this to just go hang on the door and do this at home. Jim, how long is the maximum that you should stay upside down if you’re going to do this? Dr. Jim Sears: You know why, it probably varies but really we’re talking just a couple of minutes. You know I’m already kind of -- get starting to get tired of it. Dr. Travis Stork: So this is -- and really to be cleared with your doctor, conditional backache treatments. Still the standard anti-inflammatories, things like heat and ice, they still apply. But as I said before, back pain, they can be serious, you want to discuss options with your doctor to find out what treatment is right for you.