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Ice vs Heat: Which Is Better For Pain?

This October, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is raising awareness of the dangers of opioid use and addiction while looking at safer alternatives for treating chronic pain.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend physical therapy as a safe, nonopioid alternative to pain management. Relax The Back was founded on the principles of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnostics and Therapy (MDT). We strongly believe in the power and importance of movement and self-care.

MDT emphasizes active involvement and educating patients in order to minimize visits to the clinic and diminish pain quickly without turning to medications. Through back and neck care education, patients are able to self-treat the present problem and minimize the risk of a relapse. This also allows patients to manage the pain themselves when symptoms occur.

One easy, natural, and affordable option for treating back and neck pain is ice and heat. Cleveland Clinic has put together this infographic to show when ice or heat is better for your specific pain. Understanding your pain symptoms will help find relief at home.

We offer a wide selection of hot and cold therapy products that can relieve tension and stiffness, relax muscles, and bring relief to everyday life. Stop by your local Relax The Back store or visit us online at relaxtheback.com to learn more about our product solutions.

Ice vs Heat Which Is Better For Pain Relief

Back Care Essentials For Pain Relief


Back Care Essentials For Pain Relief

October is National Spinal Health Month. Our spines are our core, connecting muscles, ligaments and nerves throughout our body. This means spinal health a key component in your overall health.

Studies indicate poor posture is a main cause of back and neck pain. Poor posture can cause damage to the vertebrae, joints, and spinal discs due to increased pressure being placed on the spine. This can lead to neck and back pain as well as pain in weight bearing joints such as your knees and hips. Poor posture has other effects on your health such as decreased energy levels because of restricted blood and oxygen flow and digestive problems such as acid reflux.

Fortunately, there are non-surgical solutions when it comes to treating most back and neck pain symptoms. Founded on the principles of the McKenzie Method, we believe maintaining a self-care routine and actively learning how you can better your back and spinal health is the best way to achieve long lasting improvement of back and neck pain.

Add our back care essentials into your self-care routine for lasting relief.

  • Theracane ($30) Release muscle tension where you need it most through targeted pressure.
  • Roam Rollers (as low as $15) Improve flexibility and strength while relieving muscle stiffness and tension.
  • Treat Your Own Back/Neck Books ($9/each) Learn the importance of how different positions when seated, reclining, and sleeping affect our spinal health.
  • Real EaSE Neck Support ($23) Find deep relaxation and comfort in your neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Medibeads for Relax The Back (as low as $24) Soothe aching muscles with heat therapy.
  • The McKenzie Original Lumbar Roll™ ($16) Alleviate lower back pain wherever you are. Our portable lumbar cushion provides firm support and spinal alignment.

October also celebrates Physical Therapists and Chiropractors for their work in restoring movement in people’s lives. They are an excellent resource for those requiring a conservative, non-surgical, care specialist.

Come on in, We’re here to help!

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30 years ago, Virginia Rogers had a vision. Two years after the first Relax The Back location opened, she bought the store and began to transform the business into what it is today. What started as one retail store in a small house in Austin, TX has grown to 90+ stores across the United States and Canada.

After finding relief from chronic back pain with the help of Relax The Back products, Virginia wanted to share her knowledge to help others live pain-free. Since the early days of our first location, many franchisees have started as customers, like our first franchise owner, professional basketball player and former Antonio Spur, Coby Detrick, who found relief using our products and wanted to help others find the same relief.

Built on the McKenzie Method of neck and back pain, we truly believe in patients taking control of their spinal health through self-treatment. We pride ourselves in being more than a retail store but a place to provide solutions to your pain and discomforts. Through individualized attention, we pin-point specific pain relief needs to find the proper solution. At Relax The Back, we become a partner with our customers to help them find relief.

“With continuous follow up we make sure they are happy with the solutions and focus on other areas of their day that we can help with other products to continue their relief.” – Bob Duncan, Birmingham, AL

Often seen as an extension of care by physicians and physical therapists, our ties with the medical community have strengthened our ability to provide product solutions to improve our customers’ outcomes.

“’Go to Relax The Back and let them help you find a good chair.’ That’s it. We are trusted.” – April Vance, Nashville, TN

During the month of May, we are celebrating our franchise owners and their businesses who continue to help our communities live a pain-free lifestyle.

We are also celebrating #DreamSmallBiz during National Small Business Week.

National Small Business Week is a time to reflect and recognize thesmallbiz contributions of America’s small business owners and entrepreneurs. We are proud to be one of the many small businesses that are the heartbeat of our local neighborhoods!

Visit your local Relax The Back location to take part and learn more about what makes us different. Come on in, we’re here to help.

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National Physical Therapy Month & The McKenzie Method

Each October, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) commemorates National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) as a way of recognizing the impact physical therapist assistants and physical therapists make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.
Earlier this year Robin McKenzie, a pioneer of musculoskeletal disorders and their treatment, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Robin developed the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnostics and Therapy (MDT) in 1950.
The McKenzie Method is based on the idea of self-care and patients managing their own pain. The MDT system consists of the following:

  • Assessment: A well-defined algorithm leads to simple classification of spinal-related disorders and is unique to MTD. Disorders are addressed according to their unique nature with mechanical procedures utilizing movement and positions.
  • Treatment: In order to restore function and independence, minimize visits to the clinic and diminish pain quickly, MTD uniquely emphasizes active patient involvement and education.
  • Preventive measure: Educating patients to self-treat the present problem minimizes the risk of relapse and gives patients the skills to manage the pain themselves when symptoms occur.

Robin believed that self-treatment was the best way to achieve long lasting improvement of neck and back pain. MDT is recognized worldwide as a standard for management of low back pain as well as the basis on which Relax The Back was founded. Robin made great strides in the field of physical therapy and his legacy will live on through the McKenzie Institute International. You can find more information on the McKenzie Method and the McKenzie Institute International at McKenzieMDT.org.