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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 3/27/12: Pain Solutions, Pain Solutions Under $10, At-Home Spa Treatments, Miracle Spa Potions, Stress-Free Spa Meal, Foot Pain Relief

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: March 27, 2012
Dr. Oz: The Best Solutions for Your Pain

  • Easy pain solutions you can use at home for under $10.00
  • Create your own at-home spa day with secrets from top Spa's
  • Miracle potions from top spas to make at-home
  • Make a stress-free spa meal at home
  • Dr. Oz Bonus Tips: foot pain relief

Dr. Oz says you can stop living in pain with the information presented in the episode. He calls the treatments presented today as life-changing if you're living with any kind of pain. For the most common pain complaints, Dr. Oz brings cutting-edge, unconventional treatment.


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Dr. Oz The Best Solutions For Your Pain

For this episode, Dr. Oz says he reached out to the best pain clinics from across the country to create a panel of experts in the field of pain management to share cutting-edge treatments that available to all – if you know what you're looking for and how to ask for it.

Dr. Oz Best Solution for Back Pain: Gua Sha
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese treatment that has been used for thousands of years to treat pain and imbalances in the body from headaches to digestive issues. Gua Sha works to removes toxic debris from the body allowing healing to happen naturally.

Dr. Shelly Wroth, MD, Duke Integrative Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, conducted the procedure on a volunteer from the audience who was experience lower back pain. Dr. Wroth applied a lubricant over the area then used a Gua Sha tool that looked like a large bronze coin to push down on the spinal area. She says it can be performed with any smooth round edge such as a Chinese soup spoon or a specialized Gua Sha tool.

Gua Sha creates inflammation in the area and will discolor the skin showing that circulation has increased in the area and healing can begin.

Dr. Wroth says any any medical acupuncturist or licensed Chinese medicine practitioner can perform Gua Sha.

Dr. Oz Best Solution for Migraine Pain: Botox
Migraines effects more women than it does men and the solution, says Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, interventional pain management specialist [and a ShareCare doctor], is not what you would think. Botox: it's not just for wrinkles, it's also a muscle relaxer and has been approved by the FDA to be used as a treatment migraines and foot pain.

With migraines, as in the case for wrinkles, the effected area experiences a decrease in circulation along with muscle tension. Botox injected into the area causes muscle weakness which can lessen the appearance of wrinkles and reduce pain associated with migraines and foot pain.

Dr. Nampiaparampil says the effects of Botox when used for pain management can take about a week to kick in, peak at about two weeks and can last a few months.

Side effects include a reduction in wrinkles and muscle weakness.

Dr. Oz Best Solutions For Neck and Shoulder Pain: HVLA
HVLA stands for high velocity, low amplitude. HVLA works on muscles locked in pain to restore muscle function. Dr. Lillie Rosenthal, DO, physical medicine and rehabilitation speciality, says an osteopathic physician differs from a traditional medical practitioner by using a hands-on approach to finding and treating areas of pain in the body.

When a patient visits a doctor for pain management, often an x-ray is taken to identify the area of pain yet an x-ray will not show pain in every case. An osteopathic physician uses their hands to find the tension and to release.

A volunteer from the audience laid back onto Dr. Rosenthal's knee with her hands behind her head. Dr. Rosenthal put her hands through the volunteer's arms then pressed her arms open wider and cracked the joints in her back. It was a loud cracking. Dramatic cracking.

Dr. Rosenthal explained that the procedure losses tissue that was tight, tense, and causing pain and often patients leave her office feeling immediately better.

Dr. Oz Best Solutions for Head to Toe Pain: Radiofrequency Ablation
Dr. Christian Whitney, DO, specializing in pain management, says Radiofrequency Ablation (or RFA) is a process of inserting a needle into that area experiencing pain which creating heat to warm the nerve and interrupt pain signals coming from the nerves.

In an RFA treatment, the patient is under sedation and the doctor guides the needle to the point of pain with the help of x-rays. The treatment takes about five minutes but can give pain relief for 1 year to indefinitely.

Dr. Whitney says RFA can be performed by a board certified and fellowship trained pain physician. The most common risks, Dr. Whitney explains, is an increase in pain before feeling better due to inflammation from the heat applied but, he says that pain can be managed by applying ice or taking an anti-inflammatory.

Dr. Oz Cheap, Fast Pain Solutions Under $10

Dr. Oz $10 Pain Solution #1: Helichrysum Oil
Dr. Nampiaparampil says a patient told her about helichrysum oil remedy for pain and now she recommends it to other patients. Helichrysum oil has been used in Africa for centuries. Dilute the oil with water and apply to the tense muscles causing pain. Do not use helichrysum oil on the face as it can irritate the eyes.

Dr. Oz $10 Pain Solution #2: Hot and Cold Packs
Dr. Christian Whitney says it's important to know when and how to use hot and cold packs to support pain relief.

Use cold packs to bring down inflammation and swelling. Use heat packs to prepare an injured area for an activity. Apply heat no more than 20 minutes before an activity. Too much heat promotes increased blood flow resulting in increased inflammation, swelling and more pain.

Dr. Oz $10 Pain Solution #3: Telephone Headset
Dr. Lillie Rosenthal, says a telephone headset is a cheap and easy solution for pain that we don't normally think about. Using your shoulder to hold up a phone handset or cell phone compresses ligaments and muscles can cause neck, back pain and headaches. Find telephone headsets at electronics stores for under $10.00. [Click here for a variety of headsets for sale on Amazon ranging from $11 to over $100.]

Dr. Oz $10 Pain Solution #4: Herbal Plaster
Dr. Shelly Wroth, MD, Duke Integrative Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recommends using an herbal plaster product to reduce pain up to 4 times per day. Herbal plasters typically contain menthol and salicylic acid and can be used for minor pain relief. Dr. Oz applied one to his forearm and it looked like a large band-aid. Dr. Wroth says not to use the patches on cuts or a sunburn. 
Dr. Oz Secrets From the Best Spas You Can Do At Home

Not just for the rich and famous, personal care secrets from the top health spas can be used at home for far less than the celebrity spa destinations.

Sallie Fraenkel, spokesperson for SpaFinder a wellness-focused travel website, says that spa treatments help to relieve stress and can boost the immune system but, not everyone can go to a spa. Ms. Fraenkel has tips to bring the spa to you with do-it-yourself spa treatments at home.

Dr. Oz: At-Home Spa Treatment #1 - Facial Mask
Inspired by the CaudalĂ­e Spa at the Plaza Hotel in New York, this facial mask has four ingredients to help restore the complexion.

1 cup seedless red grapes
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 teaspoon grapefruit juice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin

Mash up and mix ingredients together by hand or in a blender until it becomes a paste. Chill for 45 minutes until it thickens. Let it sit for 10 minutes and apply a small amount at a time to clean skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and clean off with warm water.

The numbers:
At the spa, this facial will cost around $180.00.
For $2.70 at home, you can have the same facial.

Dr. Oz: At-Home Spa Treatment #2 – Brown Sugar Body Scrub
To support dry skin, this brown sugar body scrub from the Dove Mountain Spa at the Ritz Carlton in Arizona is just the thing.

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup almond oil
1 teaspoon liquid vitamin E
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine ingredients, adding in sugar last. Use in the shower and apply in a circular motion.

The numbers:
At a spa, this body treatment would cost around $155.00.
You can create the same scrub at home for only $6.88.

Dr. Oz: At-Home Spa Treatment #3 – Milk and Honey Foot Bath
From the Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona comes the milk and honey foot bath to replenish moisture to dry foot and help to restore pH.

3-5 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup orange juice
1 cup whole milk

Mix ingredients except honey. Apply honey to the bottom of the feet. Fill foot bath with warm water and stir in the mixture. Let your feet soak for 10-15 minutes.

The numbers:
At the spa, this foot treatment would cost around $220.00.
At home, you would only spend $2.84 for the same treatment.

Dr. Oz Miracle Spa Potions

Carol Stratford, massage therapist from the Miraval Resort and Spa in Arizona, shares some of the miracle potions used at top spas.

Dr. Oz Miracle Spa Potion #1: Clarins Essential Oils
Clarins Essential Oils are 100% plant derived essential oils to help soothe the skin, prevent blemishes and the formation of fine lines, and relax the mind.
Cost: about $50.00 in department stores

Dr. Oz Miracle Spa Potion #2: Rose Water
Rose water is rich in antioxidants and can soothe irritated skin. Make your own rose water miracle potion at home.
Add 1 cup fresh rose petals to 2 cups boiling water. Strain and squeeze the petals into a glass container and refrigerate for 1 week. Use cold by applying with a cotton to the face at morning and night.

Dr. Oz Miracle Spa Potion #3: Cucumber Mint Water
Cucumber mint water is a signature drink at Miraval served in the morning and in all treatment rooms. This refreshing drink helps to fight off stress, detoxifies, relieves, soothes and can be made at home.
Blend together 1 cucumber, 3 mint sprigs, and ½ lemon in 2 quarts of water.

Dr. Oz Miracle Spa Potion #4: Lavender Essential Oil
To help stave off insomnia, place three drops of lavender essential oil into a humidifier before going to bed. Lavender is a soothing, calming scent that can be supportive of health.

Now Foods Lavender Oil 4 fl oz
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Dr. Oz Easy and Healthy Spa Meal

Laurie Erickson, nutritionist and Chef at Canyon Ranch Spa, says spa food is not all wheat grass sandwiches and smoothies. Spa food can be delicious and help you feel and look younger. Chef Erickson has put together a recipe for Almond Crusted Chicken that is stress-free, really!

Chef Erickson keeps the stress level low with parchment paper for mess-free prep and baking all ingredients on one sheet. It's also low calorie at only 450 calories per serving.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Pain-Free Feet

Dr. Oz Pain-Free Feet #1: Golf Ball Foot Massage
Use a golf ball to provide just the right amount of pressure on tired and tense feet. The golf ball targets pressure points to relieve pain and tension in the arch of the foot.

Dr. Oz Pain-Free Feet #2: Chamomile Tea Foot Soak
Soften hard calluses with a five minute chamomile tea soak. Follow up the soak with gentle filing down of the softened callus.

Dr. Oz Pain-Free Feet #3: Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream
With nourishing coconut oil, Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream revives and rejuvenates dry feet. And it smells great too!

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