Dr Oz Back Pain Relief | Meet Dr Oz's Wife Lisa Oz

Monday on Dr. Oz April 12th 2010
Dr. Oz explores the reasons behind your back pain; Meet Dr Oz's Wife Lisa Oz; "Us By Lisa Oz - The True You"; Natures Medicine; Could your everyday habits be the cause? Nature’s Medicine; Prevent Strep Throat
Migraines? Cramps? Dr. Oz looks into uncommon cures for everyday woes - What natural remedy does Dr Oz recommend for back pain?. Prevent Strep Throat Is your sore throat something more serious? Dr. Oz has the answer.

Today we meet Lisa Oz, Dr Mehmet Oz's wife.
A special guest of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz's wife, Lisa, shared tips and techniques for healthy, happy relationships. Us, by Lisa Oz Dr. Oz's wife shares an excerpt from her new book on love and family. The True You!
Lisa Oz shows you how to assess your personality and improve your life, Relationship Secrets. Lisa Oz has co-authored all of Dr Oz's Books, and has now published her own book.

Dr Oz and Lisa have been married for 25 years, and it was love at first site. Lisa said as soon as he took her coat she said to herself "I am going to marry him". They were engaged within 6 months, and married within 2 years. This book is around insights of their relationship,marriage and life together s a family, sharing pearls of wisdom throughout the years with the Oz Family, and how to incorporate these into your family.

When Dr Oz brought his wife out onstage he wrapped his arms around her and planted a big kiss on her for the world to see, it was quite endearing to watch. Then Lisa and Dr Oz asked "Are you as close to your family as you would like it to be".

Lisa Oz's Build Family Unity

1. Create A Family Values Document
2. Make A Family Date Night - Not a night in front of the T.V.
3. Volunteer As A Family

Dr Oz Says Get A Copy Of "US". More about Lisa Oz's Book at the bottom of the page!

Dr Oz Top 3 Causes of Back Pain

Soothe Your Spine
Dr. Oz gets to the source of your back pain so you can get relief. Apparently we spend the same amount of money trying to cure back pain as we do cancer. By the time we reach age 50, 9 out of 10 of us will have experienced back pain, the leading cause of disability in people under 45.

BACK PAIN 101 - Spinal Problems

1. Herniated disc - in between our vertebrae, small sponge-like pads act as cushions to absorb everyday shocks to our spinal column. Aging and injury can cause those discs can rupture or bulge, putting pressure on the nerves in our spine and causing significant pain.

2. Sciatic pain - Sciatic pain is felt in the sciatic nerve, which runs down your leg, caused by pressure from a herniated disc.

3. Arthritis - Osteoarthritis often affects the lower back and can cause a painful narrowing of the spinal canal called spinal stenosis.

Dr Oz Home Treatments For back Pain

a) Strengthen your stomach
b)Try medication Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and/or prescription muscle relaxants can bring down inflammation in the back and quiet spasms, decreasing pain.
c)Physical therapy can strengthen your back muscles and increase flexibility to help your back return to working condition.
d)Epidural injections Doctors can deliver powerful anti-inflammatory medication (steroids) directly into the spine, lowering inflammation profoundly and quickly.

Dr Oz Emotional Stress Back Pain

Dr Oz says when we’re stressed, we tend to hold a lot of tension in our lower back, which, in turn, can severely exacerbate and prolong back pain. Here's what to do for back pain from emotional stress;

Exercise both to relieve stress and strengthen back muscles.

Dr Oz natural remedies for back pain that he uses at home are Tiger Balm and White Willow Bark.

Apply an ointment with camphor and menthol(Tiger Balm) that activates cold receptors and desensitizes heat receptors to decrease pain.

Try willow bark Though it’s from the same root as aspirin, willow bark, which is sold at health food stores in capsule form, has been shown to be as effective or even more effective than aspirin and other pain relievers. He also recommended getting a massage Massage decreases tension across the shoulders and brings blood flow and oxygen to the area.

White Willow Bark Benefits White Willow Bark | Natural Alternative To OTC Acetaminophen, Aspirin And Tylenol For Pain And Fever

Dr Oz Dr kevin Plancher When Should You Consider Surgery For Back Pain?

Surgery on your back should be your last choice.
1. You have tried other interventions such as physical therapy, exercises, medications and epidurals that haven’t worked.
2. You have pain that shoots from the lower back to below the knee or is accompanied by numbness or tingling in your feet.
3. You feel you can no longer live with the pain you are experiencing.

Dr Oz Tips For Back Pain

a) High heels Three-inch heels put 7 times more pressure on your feet than flat shoes, throwing off your posture and spinal alignment. In fact, nearly half of women who wear high heels will experience a foot injury that can cause back pain. Stick to pumps and never ever wear 3-inch (or higher) heels.

b) Heavy bags and thick wallets Carrying more than 10% of your body weight (about 16 pounds) creates an imbalance in your posture and strains the muscles in your back and shoulders. Likewise, thick wallets inserted into your back pocket are wedges that disrupt the balance of the pelvis and spine and can actually contribute to arthritis. Do a daily bag edit - Dig through your purse or bag that you carry items on a daily basis and remove the unnecessary items. Consider purchasing a back-friendly backpack or messenger bag. Keep your wallet under ¼ inches thick

c) Driving People who drive cars for more than 4 hours a day are 6 times as likely to miss work due to back problems than those who drive under 2 hours daily. Take driving breaks - If you do a lot of driving, stop every few hours and stretch

d) Sitting People who sit for their jobs have more back problems than those who do manual labor. Get up and move, Slouching Bad posture can put the equivalent of 100 extra pounds of stress on your lower back. If you work at a desk all day, get up and stretch every 20-30 minutes. Try putting your hands on your hips and bending backward until you feel a stretch.
f) Lifting The worst thing you can do for your hardworking back is to bend and twist while trying to lift something, which gives the disks in your back no support. That’s when they can slip and pinch nerves. Lift with your knees and keep your back straight

g) Set up a healthy workstation - Purchase a lumbar roll or try using a partially inflated beach ball behind your lower back for support.

Exercise your back - keep your spine able to flex and extend try doing the butterfly stretch regularly. Lay face down with your stomach resting on a pillow. Put your forehead on a rolled towel to keep your neck in a comfortable neutral position. Bring your arms out to your sides with elbows bent to 90 degrees. With your lower body relaxed, squeeze your shoulder blades together and list your chest off the mat. Hold for 3-6 seconds and release. Work up to 3 sets of 5-10 repetitions.

Dr Oz Medicine Cabinet Makeover Natural Cures

As Dr Oz Says usually the first place you look for pain relief is the medicine cabinet. Today Dr Oz reveals 3 All natural Alternatives. Dr Oz said to have these 7 items in your medicine cabinet.
1. Peppermint Oil
2. Eucalyptus Oil - Dr Oz says for allergies it's Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus is good for a lot of reasons, take a couple of drops and put it in water and dip a cloth in the mixture, the Eucalyptus helps open nasal passages immediately.
3. Chaste Tree Extract Supplements - Chaste Berry is the natural remedy for cramps. Chaste Tree Extract actually comes from the extract of the chaste tree, very effective for PMS, menstrual cramps and bloating that comes with that time of the month.
4. Ginger Caplets
5. Feverfew Extract - Dr Oz's natural remedy for Migraines is Feverfew. Feverfew inhibits chemicals that give rise to migraines, and help alleviate the pain. Dr Oz says a few drops in juice will do the trick.
6. Fish oil Supplements
7. Vitamin C

Dr Oz The Difference Between A Sore Throat And Strep Throat

Dr. Oz explains the difference between a sore throat and strep throat, and when to go to the doctor. Strep throat requires immediate medical attention. Identify the symptoms and the steps you’ll need to take to get better. Also, prevent reinfection of strep throat by avoiding this all too common mistake with your toothbrush.

The classic signs of Strep throat are white spots, and swollen lymph nodes. Fever, difficulty swallowing, and redness are symptoms of both sore throat and strep throat. Strep throat is airborne, so it caught through coughing and sneezing. These germs can get on door knobs, toilet seats, all kinds of places and once you touch these germs and touch your mouth, then bacteria starts to grow in there. Dr Oz says Strep throat if left untreated after 14 days in some places can kill the heart valves which is called Rheumatic Fever.

There are two ways to make a diagnosis; There is the strep test, and over the counter remedies that can help soothe a sore throat and strep throat are Ibuprofen, and aspirin.

Watch the Dr Oz video to see what Strep throat looks like, and how it effects the tonsils

Lisa Oz

Lisa recommends the Enneagram, an ancient system of personality typing. Although its exact origin is unclear, the Enneagram is thought to have been used by the Ancient Desert Fathers and Sufi mystics thousands of years ago, and was brought to America by the spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff in the early 20th century.

The Enneagram’s purpose is to help you see yourself more clearly; it reveals both your strengths and weaknesses, which paradoxically, are often the same thing.

“By identifying where we are on that chart, we see how we behave habitually, how we may not be living the most conscious life we can,” says Lisa.

There are 9 different personality types. For instance, Dr. Oz identifies as type # 3: The Achiever; he’s highly driven toward success but also fears failure. Lisa falls under type #6: The Loyalist; she’s deeply loyal and affectionate, but also craves certainty and has difficulty managing fear.

Lisa says “You need to get in touch with your real self so you can be more intimate with others.” To be in a healthy relationship, you need to be in a good relationship with yourself.

General descriptions of the 9 Enneagram personality types:

Lisa Oz The Enneagram Types
Type 1: The Perfectionist
Ones are very idealistic and self-controlled; they think everything should be perfect. You are also moral, hardworking and noble. Your downfall: You can be self-righteous and hypocritical. You need to learn to accept life’s imperfections.

Type 2: The Helper
Twos are helpers and enablers; those who spend their time caring for everyone else. Underneath you need others to need you, to measure your own self-worth. You can feel a bit superior for putting others first. You need to be clear about giving with no strings attached so there is no disappointment.

Type 3: The Achiever
Threes are the overachievers, those who become politicians, business moguls and media stars. You are self-assured, social, confident and highly driven to succeed. But, you can become blinded by your ambition and self-deluded. You need to see the truth clearly so your leadership can really inspire.

Type 4: The Individualist
Fours love being different and often become poets, actors or painters. You’re not only creative and dramatic, but very sensitive and intuitive. However, you can be self-absorbed. You need to detach from your inner world more and put your creative energies toward things outside yourself.

Type 5: The Intellectual
Fives are cerebral; they love to learn. You are curious and open-minded, at home in the world of ideas. You can be aloof, though, and have a hard time expressing your feelings. You are not a natural giver. To grow, you need to get out of your head and open your heart.

Type 6: The Loyalist
Sixes are loyal, trustworthy, hard-working and affectionate – the most common Enneagram type in the Western World. But sixes are full of contradictions: they’re strong and weak; generous and petty; bold and fearful. Your biggest challenge is letting go of fear. You need to discover faith in yourself and others.

Type 7: The Optimist
Sevens are cheerful, fun-loving and full of genuine wonder. But your drive for constant pleasure masks a need to avoid pain. Your downfall can be excess activities and possessions. You need to acknowledge suffering to add depth to your own experience.

Type 8: The Reformer
Eights are assertive, self confident and resourceful, the reformers and warriors out to change the world. You love a good fight and see it as a chance to prove your heroism. But conflict can be a way of life. You need to learn how to let your guard down and allow vulnerability in.

Type 9: The Peacemakers
Nines are calm, easy-going and look for the best in people. You are a natural peacemaker, crave harmony and are spiritually inclined. Yet, you can be avoiding and very stubborn. You need to become less passive and more engaged to find the true meaning of peace.

Observing the Self
Once you’ve identified your type, become mindful of how you react to situations and others. This understanding will help you embark on a higher journey toward personal growth and improved relationships.

In Lisa Oz's new book, Us: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships That Matter Most, Lisa Oz examines how a strong self can be the cornerstone for healthy familial relationships. These connections give our lives meaning and provide fulfillment; however, they can also be challenging and exhausting. This is especially true in relationships between parents and children.

US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most