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Username Post: Sauna For A Bad Back        (Topic#365977)
Ipanema 
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08-02-21 07:58 AM - Post#2824292    

Does sauna heat help relieve a bad back?

I know it won't work any miracles but maybe the heat can loosen up tight and stiff muscles around the affected area. Have any of you guys tried anything like this?

I'm looking at getting one of those home infrared sauna wraps. The ones you just wrap and around you and plug into the wall.

If they provide some pain relief could be worth a shot. But, do they work for back pain??



 


Andy J 
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08-02-21 10:16 AM - Post#2824302    
    In response to Ipanema

I know that heat does make a sore back feel better.Several years ago,I had terrible back trouble,two bulging discs in my lower back,right leg numb,and my right foot just flopped around.My doctor said"you MUST get off of it and let it rest.Alternate heat and an ice pack every 20 minutes."
I did what he said and it got well and I haven't had any problems since.I think giving it a rest was the best thing.



 
1965C-10 
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08-02-21 01:06 PM - Post#2824313    
    In response to Ipanema

I don't know about a sauna, however here in Arizona in the Phoenix area in summer when it's summer my back hurts less than winter when the weather is nice and cool.

It still hurts though, so I'm thinking a sauna will only help some.

I have a inversion table that really helps a lot when I first bought it hung upside down and my back went pop pop pop pop through the spine like dominos falling over and got instant relief as soon as each pop happened.

When I stood back up and walked noticed I was taller and able to take larger steps, apparently I was used to slumping over and my head was lower facing more to the ground and taking shorter steps to avoid pain, this was subconscious as I didn't notice it was happening until standing tall and restored walking after the first inversion treatment.

Also have tried chiropractors when I was a teen and early 20s, past age 25 I couldn't find one to pop my back anymore, and stopped going.

Also tried physical therapy and it really did help, I went one or 2 times a week, and got better, stopped going because insurance said I could not go anymore unless I pay the $50.00-75.00 cash payment each time.

Sadly my inversion table is almost junk now from sitting outside almost 10 years, it cost over $300.00 new at Sears in 2008 and it's big and rated for 300 or 350 pounds, I bought this one because I'm a big guy and didn't trust the cheaper models as they looked flimsy, hanging upside down and a cheap lightweight unit break, you fall and hit your head on the floor, even more pain.

I found out by doing cat scan I now have arthritis in my back about 5 years ago, was offered injections in spine with long needle steroids, I declined as the risk of spinal cord or other organs gets poked or damaged.

Try inversion table, you could try physical therapy also.





 
1965C-10 
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08-02-21 01:10 PM - Post#2824314    
    In response to 1965C-10

I just looked up my Nordictrac inversion table and found out it has a safety recall!

This is what it looks like.

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2010/icon-hea lth-fitn...



 
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08-02-21 02:34 PM - Post#2824331    
    In response to 1965C-10

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Ipanema 
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08-03-21 04:05 AM - Post#2824372    
    In response to TAT_2

Thanks fellas.

I don't know about the inversion table but could be worth a try.

Tat - DEFINITELY NOT a his and hers bed of nails!! :laugh : :laugh :

I am thinking something more along the lines of one of these things... https://homesaunaheaven.com/best-infrared-sauna-b l...

I had been getting physio and she was good at manipulating the area and relieving pain. But the reflief was temporary and the cost was significant.

I'm thinking a home device that can heat the area might loosen things up a bit. The whole area just gets tight when the pain is triggered.




 
1965C-10 
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08-03-21 06:56 AM - Post#2824383    
    In response to Ipanema

See if there is a store you can try the inversion table, I tried one out at Sears when it was still big store at mall, this was where it gave me instant pain relief and I walked taller and faster.

There is a commercial that comes on with a old man that sells them, called Teeter hang ups, saw it last night and it made me think of you and your back pain.

In winter time when back hurts, turn water as hot as I can handle and let it spray on my lower back while taking a shower, and it gives some relief.

Never do that in summer, trying to get water as cool as possible because it comes out hot already from the Phoenix heat, when I came to Arizona in 2005 I found you don't need a water heater in summer as the pipes in walls and attics are so hot the water is already hot.

You could also try Ibuprofen and see if that helps, I take it in occasion 800 mg pills Dr prescribed me, however not supposed to take all the time, as he said it's bad for stomach and kidneys.



 
bsa6565 
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08-03-21 04:37 PM - Post#2824415    
    In response to Ipanema

Saw alot of this type of back problem in a relative. The best results were with "guided cortisone shots" you lay on a table and I think a ultrasound or live xray is used to locate the area needing the injection. heat from a woodstove also very good, I don't know about saunas



 
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08-04-21 03:01 AM - Post#2824428    
    In response to 1965C-10

I have a Teeter and it has been a big help!


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08-04-21 04:47 AM - Post#2824433    
    In response to rcr3

  • rcr3 Said:
I have a Teeter and it has been a big help!



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"WHY YOU LOOKING AT THAT? YA KNOW YA WANT ANOTHER VETTE"












 
rcr3 
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08-04-21 03:32 PM - Post#2824495    
    In response to TAT_2




'67 Camaro survivor
'06 Z71 Sierra Ex Cab
'37 Chevy cp.SOLD!!6/7/14
'00 S10 Ex Cab BUILT FOR EVERYDAY,NOT JUST THE HOLIDAYS
'73 Nova pro-street project
'17 Chevy Trax LT







 
Ipanema 
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08-05-21 02:23 AM - Post#2824527    
    In response to rcr3

Thanks 1965C-10 , I will look it up. It's something I'd never even considered before. But it sounds like a good option.

bsa6565, the guided cortisone shots would probably do the trick but for now I'm going to try the non pharmacological approach. Drugs will be the final option if the heat/teeter inversion don't work.

Thanks for all the tips!!

There are obviusly quite a few of us carrying bad and sore backs.



 
51 AD 3100 
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08-11-21 10:28 AM - Post#2824935    
    In response to Andy J

what youre experiencing is something has been moved out of place because you probably either had some sort of trauma to the area,did something you probably shouldnt, sudden jolt, mis-stepped, sneezed, coughed hard, slept wrong, etc. I turned 54 today and i had my first back injury at age 18 . so , ive had most of my life dealing with it. if you want to know the truth of it , youre not going to get a magic pill , or heat to move something back where its supposed to be without manual manipulation and by that i mean a visit to a good chiropractor. ive been to a few . liked a couple,had a few i wouldnt take a dead man to, ,became good friends with one when i lived in illinois. we both rode motorcycles , smoked cigars and hunted. hadnt been to one in almost 3 yrs . finally missed almost a week of work so i had to track one down. hes pretty good. i get an adjustment and accupuncture with electric stim. it helps .
find one with a good client base and make a visit . yeah , you will have to go back a few times but i'll tell you , when you find a good one , get yourself fixed up so youre not in pain every day then get on a maintenance schedule. i go once a month. ive been in construction since i was in my 20s. this dr im going to , first thing he said to me when i walked in his office was " man, your frame is beat up" i just looked him in the eye and said "yeah , you should be looking at it from my side." in 12 months im able to retire and quit beating myself up.
about the inversions, i had one , it did more harm than good. and if you have any and i mean ANY kind of knee injury , dont do inversion. you'll be putting a great and un-natural stress on a very delicate part of your body .
and the cortisone shots. those help the first month but thats only going to mask the pain,like otc pain killers. those will get you by but they treat the symptom , not the source. it doesnt do anything about why you hurt in the first place.

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someotherguy 
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08-11-21 10:37 AM - Post#2824936    
    In response to 51 AD 3100

Anybody considering seeing a chiropractor, please, PLEASE, insist that they never do any work above your shoulders...that especially includes the neck area. It is incredibly risky and in the event you suffer injury from this, they will deny liability, and any doctor you visit will deny it as well. They may tell you in private that the injury was caused by the chiropractor but will immediately tell you that they absolutely will not testify to this due to threat of litigation.

True story. Didn't happen to me but someone very close to me.

Richard

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