Fast Relief for Back Pain and Spasms

Fast Relief for Back Pain and Spasms

♪ Bob and Brad, the two most famous ♪ ♪ Physical therapists, on the internet ♪ – Hi folks, I’m Bob
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you some fast relief for that back pain and spasms. These are some of the
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– All right! – Say no more, let’s get on with the– – Let’s get, start with the show. – There you go. Bob, as you and I know
from back pain ourselves as well as, you know,
hundreds or thousands of patients over the last
20 and 30 years for us, the first thing you wanna
do is get them comfortable and see if you can relax the muscles and get that pain to
come down very quickly. And posture is one of
the key issues with it. And the next thing, you could either apply some heat to it or cold to it,
depending on the situation. – Yeah, the whole thing
is, the reason a back pain, a back is spasming, it’s trying to splint and support, so you don’t bend the back. – Right, it’s a natural
mechanism for the body to protect itself. – Yeah, and it’s usually
trying to protect itself from going into a bad position. So a lotta times if you put
it into a good position, a lotta times that’s gonna calm it down. – Sure, you bet. So the first thing is, also with this we’re gonna talk about,
briefly, if you have pain going down the leg that’s
gonna change things. For the most part we’re
talkin’ about that pain that’s in the back, it’s
central in the back, maybe in the buttock a little bit. But if you got pain running down the leg that puts it in a different category. – That’s more sciatica
and you should probably check out some of our sciatica videos. – There you go. So the first thing is, find
a position that you can get it to relax, and
you can do this either in a seated chair, depending on the chair, or laying down, we’re
gonna cover all three of those positions.
– Sure. – So if you’re in a chair
now, personally what I do is I use a recliner and my
recliner obviously reclines, but I absolutely must have lumbar support, because most furniture
and recliners do not have enough lumbar support right here. – No, and you’re sinking
in and you’re going into that rounded out
position and generally, with most people, the
rounded out position, that slumped position–
– Yeah. – Is the one that may
be causing your pain. So we wanna get you, I’m gonna show ’em on here for this one. – Oh, go ahead, Bob, show ’em the anatomy. – Yeah, again, so the
bones are the strongest, this is the vertebrae, it’s
standing up just like Brad right now, facing this
way, and generally the back is the strongest when you
have a slight curve in, slight curve out, slight curve in. So the more you can get
your spine in that position, generally the better it’s gonna be and the less pain it’s gonna have. The bad position, generally, is this. – Right. You’re slouched.
– The slumped position. So if you’re in a recliner that’s soft and you’re sinking in like this, you’re gonna be in that
rounded out position. You wanna be in that S-curve.
– Right. – And that’s why you use a lumbar support. And also by reclining
you’re actually taking some of the weight off the spine. – Right, yep, exactly. So you can use a towel roll like this for that lumbar support right in here. You could use a throw pillow,
I have a lot of my patients– – [Bob] That’s what I use, is
a throw pillow all the time. – If it’s not too big,
if the size is right. Typically a head pillow gets too big. But sometimes I’ve had people
have success with those. You know, you can
purchase lumbar supports, like this is a memory foam one. But what I’m gonna say then,
when you get that position and you find the back pain is relieving, then, depending on what
you respond better to, you may know already if you
use a cold pack or a hot pack. – You’ve been using, well,
you use both, don’t you, Brad? – I do. If I have a real severe back
pain and it just happened because I did something
silly, like I was out workin’ too hard and bending
and lifting and I knew I shouldn’t have been doin’
it, then I’ll use a cold pack. But if I’ve just got tight
muscles and they’re spasming and they just feel tight, then
I’m gonna go to a hot pack. – Sure.
– Okay. And when I do use hot packs,
what I use is the Thermotex. – Yeah, Thermotex is infrared heat. – Right. – Or infrared rays, I don’t
really get what you call ’em. But the reason why we
like the Thermotex, and Brad and I both use this,
I just have it in my chair every night, especially when
it’s cold like this now, 27 below in my area, 29 below
in your area this morning? – Whatever, it’s freezin’
water pretty quick. – I actually sat on mine this morning. (Brad laughing)
I did, I was, we’re havin’ our floors done so I had to
eat my cereal watchin’ TV, and I put the Thermotex
on even for that little bit. So you can actually even leave it on. But the reason why we like the Thermotechs over regular heat, I’m just gonna show you this demonstration real quick. Regular heat only penetrates
a minimal amount here, just like a millimeter or two. – [Brad] And when he says regular heat, that’s a standard hot
pack, a convection hot pack technically and it just
heats up by contact. Infrared is sending out the infrared rays that are like the sun puts
out and it goes much deeper. – It goes much deeper,
two point three six? – [Brad] Two point three six. – Two point three six
inches and so you can see, that penetrates down and
that’s starting to get into the spine.
– Right. – And into the joints of the spine. – Right, the muscles
in your back, you know, you’ve got some fairly– – Yeah, you’ve got some thick muscles. – Right.
– Bands of muscles. So that’s why we use that. I should rap you on the knuckles like the old nuns used to do. – Bob, why, Bob? Why, once again? Anyways, seriously, take your hot pack, whatever you’re using,
hot pack or cold pack, and put it back and use that physically as part of the lumbar
support, so that is giving the physical comfort and
then you’re adding the heat. – So you have this and then
you have the Thermotechs over the top, or this and
the cold pack over the top. – Right, as a matter of fact
I actually just use this because it offers enough support. – It’s enough lumbar support for you? – Right, yep.
– Gotcha. – And then I don’t need to have
the, there’s the cold pack. – The cushion. – If you’re using the
cold pack you definitely need a cold pack that doesn’t freeze hard. When it comes outta the
freezer it needs to be pliable. And do not put it directly on your skin, make sure you have at
least a layer of clothing. – We actually have a video
on how to make a cold pack. – Yep.
– Very inexpensive. If you wanna just go look
up Bob and Brad cold pack. – Yep, and it’s just, you
know, rubbing alcohol, and some freezer bags and some tap water. This time of year when it was
29 below I don’t even wanna put this on my back
right now, but I’m gonna. (Bob laughing)
I’m gonna sacrifice it for the viewers, thank
you for that million, I’m gonna enjoy this cold pack right now. – [Bob] There you go. – There you go, now that’s
in the seated position. Oftentimes people can find
better relief laying down. – [Bob] Right. – So we’re gonna show you
a few tricks that we’ve learned over the years. Now in your bed. – You can take pillows. – Yeah, show ’em the pillow trick, Bob. – You can show pillows and
put ’em underneath the– – Oh, I had that other
pillow here for you. – Yeah, you need quite
a few, that’s the thing. – For my head, Bob, I want a
pillow for my head. (laughing) – Okay, there, there. – Oh, there it goes. So this will typically
be better than nothing, but we’ve found that this leg
wedge does a tremendous job of relieving pressure.
– I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used
this and people just love it. – Yep. – The other thing, this is
totally off on a different story, but tangent, I have a
patient who’s got lymphedema in his legs and this just works
so well to put his legs up and then he does his
ankle pumps like this. – Yep, sure. – Just pumps that fluid right outta there. – I’ve had this work
for knee pain, hip pain, back pain, the whole works. And then you take your hot pack, you know, you put it under there first
so you don’t have to go through this gyration,
especially when you got a a mic wire.
– You’re getting your mic wire there.
– You’re probably not gonna have a mic wire when you’re at home. And then your cold pack can go under there or your hot pack. – You wanna be a little
careful if you’re laying on a hot pack because you can get burned. – Sure.
– Because you’re compressing, there’s not as much blood flow there. Thermotechs less likely,
because of that radiant heat, I mean that infrared heat,
it just doesn’t get as– – Right, it’s not as intense. There’s only one level,
it’s not like the convection where you usually have three levels. And if you fall asleep
on this, you don’t wanna fall asleep on either– – No, do not fall asleep on either one. – They recommend 45
minutes on the infrared because it goes much deeper. On the convection, typically
20 to 30 minutes maximum. – Right. – Cold packs, you can fall
asleep with a cold pack because they just warm up. – Yeah, they tend to warm up. – Right, so it’s not, you know, again, not directly on your skin. – Generally you wanna cold
pack for about 20 minutes anyway and by then it’s warming up anyway. – I have fallen asleep
with a cold pack on. – Have you?
– Yep, and then, in bed I’ve done it, I just take it out, put it on the floor, the next morning throw it in the freezer again. It’s just a cycle, Bob. – Yeah. – The world is a cycle, cyclical and– – That’s right, it’s all
learning how to manage your back pain sometimes,
especially if you got kind of a chronic situation. So the other point, Brad,
you can actually try layin’ down, can I have the pillows– – Oh yeah. You know, I used to
have success with laying on my stomach, years ago,
and then as my spondylolysis progressed, it’s the
worst thing I could do. – Yeah, would not be
good for spondylolysis, but for a lot of back issues this actually is gonna feel good. You can start with a
couple pillows like this and just lay down like
this and then you can have another pillow here.
– Sure. – And just work your way– – I’m gonna put the cold pack on you– – Oh, thanks.
– So you get to have some of that today. – Oh, appreciate that, Brad. (Brad laughing) Oh, that wakes me up. – There you go.
– But eventually you can go, work your way to the point where you take maybe one pillow out. And then, you know, lay
like that for a bit. And then you actually could
take another pillow out and lay like that and
even on just regular old typical back pain, after
a while you might even lay like this in the prone prop. – Sure.
– We call it. And it starts moving the
back into that arch position and a lotta times that
helps calm things down. – And along with that
you can put the hot pack, just leave it on there
while you’re doing this, as well as the, or the cold pack, whichever you respond better to. You know, that’s a big question, Bob. People say do I use heat or do I use cold? And I’ve had people that
don’t respond well to cold no matter what.
– Right, exactly. – And then–
– Especially if there’s arthritis in there,
arthritis typically the cold doesn’t feel good. – But one way or another, if it is acute, really sore and tender to the touch, where it’s like, oh, feels
like it’s all swollen, that’s when I’m gonna
say back off on the heat, lean towards the cold. – Yeah, especially for the
first, like, 24 to 36 hours. – Yep, right.
– ‘Cause there’s swelling in your back, just like
if you injure a joint. – Sure. – You sprain your ankle,
you can definitely get swelling in your back too. – There you go. – All right, well I hope we covered it and remember, Brad and I
can fix just about anything. – Except for– – A broken heart. – But we’re workin’ on that. – Yep. If you’ve ever, I ask you,
d’you ever break a heart? – Bah, Bob, how can you
ask me those things? This is, we don’t do things from the neck up here.
– Thanks for watchin’.

41 comments on “Fast Relief for Back Pain and Spasms

  1. Ana Darchi Post author

    Perfect timing guys!!! I’ve been suffering back pain for several days and found an infrared electric hot pack works well 🙂

  2. GoogleEyes Eye's Post author

    So what is the answer for total back spasm, as in every day, chronic, from the shoulders all the way down past the last lower rib, both sides, and I’ve done everything you’ve mentioned, daily repeatedly for years and no relief, at least complete, sometimes a small area here or there?!? Any more information would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Julias Aracena Post author

    The hip flexor video is my favorite but I have a problem the pain just comes right back as soon as I sprint at full speed.If you have any suggestions I am all ears because I do not want it to come back during my football season I would like to be at my best.
    If you could reply it would be nice

  4. Abraham Rico Post author

    I was at the gym and saw a man that looked just like Bob and I almost went up to him to say hi like a weirdo but glad I didn’t cause you guys said it’s -27 below where y’all are from, I’m from Texas 😂

  5. Colleen Mauler Post author

    Do you pick the advertisement for your channel???? Shoes for pain !!!! MindInsole ???? Oxymoron??????

  6. Wendy C. Post author

    On the days I work as a hostess I come home get the large ice pack, lay on the sofa with my knees bent for 2 hours. All of the jarring on concrete floors wreaks the ddd in my lower back. It gets that inflammation down enough to get back on my feet when I get up. It’s a lonely world folks😐

  7. Dennis Tesdell Post author

    Nicely done! 🙂 Good rule of thumb for anyone I believe: Try ice/cold first. It can never hurt or make things worse. Heat can make things worse. Just what I have heard for 20 years…

  8. Holli Thurston Post author

    You two are wonderful. I have a lot of back pain and I've learned so much from you tow thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  9. Mike H Post author

    Very interested I have had 3 back surgeries everything your talking about here for spasms pains lumbar doesn’t work with the fusion in lower back irritating what do you suggest besides what you have gone over

  10. drubber77 Post author

    Does anyone else have the Bob & Brad jingle going round their head all day after watching one first thing? 😂

  11. ivania321 Post author

    Guys stick to the backs and leave the broken-hearted to cupid. He is around the corner I am sure Feb 14. You guys are great. Thank you for the tips ❤️

  12. Kitty Mervine Post author

    this is so helpful. Had a bad back ache, and I have serious scoliosis….and arthritis, and heat and cold helps.

  13. Baki Hanma Post author

    Love your video Bob&Brad ! Can you make a video on lower back pain from running and how to correct it ? I always get reoccurring back pain from running and im still young too ! It gets progressively worse as i run so if i run everyday for a week or so I can't even walk without being in extreme pain and having terrible stiffness in my lower back im a wrestler by the way. can you make a video on this ?

  14. Bob Star Post author

    I was diagnosed with a bone bruise in my left knee. Recently as I was going for a dunk I felt a sharp pain above the kneecap to the right. This occurred on the jump itself and not on the landing. It started to feel better in a few days and I went back to the gym one week later. The same thing happened. It’s been three days and my knee feels almost normal. What should I do for this?

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  17. Shihab Almahdawi Post author

    Hello, I am benefiting a lot from these brilliant vids. Wanted to ask about what do think about "battle ropes" I already have some lower back pain but use the BR as worm up.

  18. arghirrellle Post author

    That intro 😂 after watching a couple of videos i started to sing along. Sometimes i sing it by myself, when i am alone😋

  19. Tammy Kulman Post author

    Congratulations on the million! You 2 deserve it! You guys are awesome and have helped me in so many ways! Thank you for all your hard work!

  20. Kirsty Macfarlane Post author

    My back just goes into spasm for no reason, I'll be fine then boom I'm in agony and the pain comes round into my lower stomach, groin and sometimes my thigh and down my leg! The leg wedge is possibly the best thing you guys have ever recommended, it's amazing!! I just need to try and get a thermotex here in the UK because they're expensive and they like to hit me with custom charges, which I don't mind, what does bother me is the £8 handling fee the royal mail charge, it's a complete rip off!

  21. SoCal Family Life Post author

    You guys are hilarious and SO informative. I make my husband watch your videos all the time since he won't listen to me! 😮Congratulations on 1million subscribers! 🎉🎉🎉

  22. Becca Fugit Post author

    This is helpful. Back went into spasm yesterday while drying off from shower! Can't stand up straight or walk much. Total agony. I'm sitting in a lumbar chair along with material for more support. Can you give an estimate of how long one should sit this way and/or lie down with the wedge? A few days? I'm a very restless person and HATE not being productive but I hate this pain worse. I want to make sure I'm obedient and do what's best. Thanks guys!!!

  23. Linda * Post author

    I purchased the Hermell leg rest pillow recommended…found it to be very uncomfortable! I am 5’5” and my knees didn’t reach the bend at the top of pillow even after adjusting as much as I could under my thighs. Have used many, many pieces of equipment with physical therapists and didn’t have an issue. Sorry, didn’t work for me will have to return🙁. Starting physical therapy.


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