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Top 3 Things Better Than Cracking Your Back

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you the top three things better than cracking your back. And remember, this is a family show, Brad, so don’t get into your dirty thoughts there.
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– Yep, down there you go! – All right. All right so we want to
go over the three things that are better than
cracking your own back, and basically what may happen here, Brad, while you’re doing these
things, your back may crack. – All right.
– Inadvertently. But, we think this is
better, because if your goal, if you have back pain, and you’re trying to improve mobility, posture and decrease pain, I think sustained
stretches or mobilizations are more effective than
just a quick crack. You’re gonna disagree with me, Brad? – Well, one thing for sure
is you can do it by yourself. – Yeah, exactly. – Which is really great.
– So if nothing else I mean, we’re not trying to put chiropractors out of business
here, chiropractors are great. – Right. – We’re just trying to
show you some alternatives that you can do on your own. – Sure.
– So. So the reason I believe
all this, by the way, if you look at a spine here, Brad, a spine is made up of
vertebrae, the bones. So I’ve got a couple of vertebrae, three vertebrae here, actually, and they all stack up like this. And all this is probably from down into the mid, low back here. And they’re held together
by these tough ligaments. – Right. – Now these ligaments are tough, and they can become tightened
out, tightened up over time, especially if you have bad posture and you don’t stretch em at all. – Right. And there’s more than just ligaments. They’ve got the facet
joints, muscles around there, it’s quite of a – Yeah, quite a structure.
– Awkward texture. Right. – And you’re not gonna,
just by cracking it, you’re not gonna stretch
those ligaments out. To stretch those ligaments
out, you gotta apply stretches. – Sure. – So we’re gonna start with
the lower back, Brad, first. Oh, before we talk about that, Brad, one thing that we like, prior to doing any stretches
is to heat your back up. – Get it warmed up.
– Get it warmed up. – Especially if you’re a little bit older, it seems to be more important. – That’s right, and
actually this can help with your pain control. Brad and I are big fans of this. We’re talking about the
Thermotex Infrared Platinum Unit. – Right.
– So he’s wearing it right now. Now that’s one thing that’s nice about it. You look like you have a tail Brad. – Well, that’s just the,
that’s the plug, Bob. – Yeah, that’s the plug, yeah. – That’s so you can plug it in. I don’t have it plugged in so
I can walk around right now. – Sure. So it actually comes with two straps, or three straps, actually, but you can actually strap
it on your shoulders too, which helps hold your shoulders back and keep you in good posture. The reason we like the Thermotex Infrared is because normal heat only penetrates, and we’re gonna show this visually, normal heat only penetrates
like a millimeter – Skin deep.
– or a couple of millimeters. Yep, skin deep. The Thermotex actually penetrates, Brad do you wanna say the number? – 2.63 inches. – 2.36 inches! – (laughs) Oh.
– You haven’t said it in a while. – I’m a little dyslexic. – So here’s 2.36 inches. Compare that to this. – Right. – So what this does is actually, if you wanna bring the
skeleton over here Brad. – [Brad] Oh, yeah it shows there. – It can actually penetrate
into the joints of the back, whereas normal heat’s just
gonna hit the surface. So that’s gonna heat up those ligaments and make ’em easier to stretch. Also gonna decrease your back pain. – Improve circulation. – Yep. So we gotta link below. They give a big discount
to Bob and Brad fans. So if you’re interested,
take a look below. – I do have to say though, if
your back has really flared up and your, it’s very tender
and you’re having a hard time just moving, then you may
wanna use a cold pack. – Yep, you wanna start off with ice. – Right, so,
– Exactly. – it’s all gonna, there’s some variability that we gotta be honest with that. – That’s right. All right, so we’re gonna start off. What’s the best exercise
for your lower back? Now this is for the majority of people, We gotta lot of fans here. This is not for people who are like Brad, have spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis. – Spondylolisthesis. – I cant’ say it. – You know that.
(laughing) But I–
– Anyways, if you have it you probably know it. – You probably know it.
– All right. – And we don’t want you bending backward is what we don’t want you
doing when you have that. – So this
– All right. – For the vast majority of people, their day is spent sitting
or bending forward. They’re, you know, kind of
getting tight in this area, and what I find is when
I have them lay down, they’re very tight going
into this direction. – [Brad] Right. – So this is the first exercise, the first thing that we think is better than cracking your back,
especially with low back pain, is to try this. You’ll lay down flat on your stomach, put your hands below your shoulders, right beneath the shoulders, and you’re gonna work on
trying to get that arch reestablished in your back. – So he’s keeping his
belt-line, or his pelvis down to the floor, or the bed, wherever you’re laying on, and we’re getting that reverse
arch or lumbar lordosis in the back. We didn’t invent this, by the way. We can’t take credit for it. It’s from Robin Mckenzie
– Robin Mckenzie, yep. – It’s been around,
really made a big impact on the back pain overall in the world. – So what Brad was saying
is that I shouldn’t be lifting up like this
– There ya go, right. – with the back. And so if you’re tight, you may wanna just start
with small osculations here and work your way up to this eventually. – That may take, you know, a few weeks. – Months.
– Or months, yeah. It depends on how tight you. So don’t get too aggressive with it. Take your time. – And that’s how those
ligaments are worked. They’re very, again, very tough, and they don’t stretch easily. – Right.
– So it could take a long time. Now, you can do that
exercise several times a day. – Sure. – You don’t have to do it just once. So, but you can go on. Brad, you want to show how
we can stretch the mid-back? – Sure. – And I’ll give you the ball. – Now I’m gonna say this, ’cause I don’t know if we mentioned it. If these exercises do
create pain and sharp pain or pain down the leg, you need to stop doing them. – Very good point, Brad.
– Because you could have stenosis or spondylolisthesis
and not be aware of it yet. – [Bob] Yeah, we want these
to feel good, actually. I mean, you don’t want to
have increased pain with this. You want to actually sometimes help but take away pain while you’re doing them even. – It should feel like a good stretch. Like when I do this, I’m stretching up above
my spondylolisthesis. It just feels like a wonderful stretch. I’m opening up my chest,
arching the thoracic back. Shoulders back. I can clearly breathe
better like this. (breathes) – [Bob] Yeah, Brad made a good point here. This is not for the low back. This is for the mid
back or even, you know, you’re gettin’ up to almost
between the shoulder blades. – Yep, I’m gonna move it up here. And it’s a good thing to do is do it a few positions. – THat’s what the nice
thing about the ball is, is that you can actually
move it up and down into different spots. Now, Brad, if people wanna get a little aggressive with that, they could actually do
that on the floor too. – Oh, sure, right. – They could lay down on the floor and roll over the ball that way too. But I would definitely start this way, because you don’t know what your back’s gonna be able to tolerate. – It’s gonna be a firm chair, not in a soft recliner or
a comfort chair like that. – All right, the last one. So we, if you wanna
come on over her, Brad, if you don’t mind. – [Brad] Well, all right! – (laughs) So, we already
did one for the low back. Then we did one for the mid back. Now we gotta get up in this
troublesome area up in here. And this is very hard area to mobilize, because, quite often, people
have kind of that neck hump, where those, again,
– Right, right there. – those ligaments have, might have been forming this over years. So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna have you take a tennis ball and a towel. Now even this may be too
aggressive for some people. – Sure. – Now, it’s not as bad on
a soft surface like this, but we’re gonna have you
try this on the floor. – Mhm.
– So what we’re gonna do, I’m gonna have you come back here, Brad. What, just face that, yeah. What we’re doing is we’re
gonna try different spots here. So you’re gonna lay on the
ball, here’s your spine, you’re gonna lay on it
so there’s pressure here. Then you’re gonna go
pressure here, here, here, basically six spots. And they’re gonna mobilize
the vertebrae at those levels. – So it’s not on the spine, not on those bumpy parts.
– Right. – It’s in the muscle,
just to the sides of that. – Exactly. Brad, do you mind trying a little bit of this?
– Yeah. Now, we’re doing this on this soft plint. You don’t wanna do it on something soft. We’re doing it ’cause it’s easier to film. – Just to demonstrate, right. So this kind of softens
it up a little bit. Brad, why don’t you lay down.
– Oh, there’s the ball. – And then I’m gonna show like, if you’re just starting this, in fact, for some people,
especially if you’re tight, you may need to start with a
pillow underneath your head. ‘Cause this may be too much to tolerate. Eventually, you wanna work to the point where the pillow, can you tell a difference
here, right, Brad, now even when we do this? – Yep, it’s a little more aggressive with the pillow, for sure. – And your arms are gonna
be back here like this. And you’re taking deep breaths, trying to let it stretch out, yep. – I just did this with
a patient last week. And, you know, she was
workin’ it just like this. You know, she could tell when she got on a tender spot or not. So, what I had her do
is don’t go right on it, ’cause it’s real painful. Work around the tender
spot, loosen the muscles up, get things movin’, and then (mutters)
– Yeah, good point. both sides. Now, I’ll probably, on a carpeted floor would be the best if you’re able to get down
– I agree. – on the floor safety and not (mutters).
– I just did the same thing with a patient last week, Brian. She was, she had been working
at a bank for 30 years, and she had, you know,
basically no mobilization in her at all. And so, we definitely had
to start with the pillow, maybe even sometimes two pillow. – Sure. – But she was surprised
at how much she felt, how much had stretched. So, you seem to be– – Well, I wanted to get (mutters), ’cause it felt good on the right side, so I wanted to get the left
side too while you were talkin’. – Yeah, you know, take it from someone. I’ve used this myself. When I (stutters), times in the morning when I’m doing my hamstring stretch, I’ll do the same stretch at the same time. And it just really has
helped up in this area here. Really taken away the pain and really helped me with my posture. So, Brad, you have
anything else you wanna add while you’re doing these
treatments here. (laughs) – Well, I’m doing it
now without the towel, ’cause I couldn’t
tolerate that aggressive, more aggressive treatment, particularly on the soft side of it.
– Yeah, on the soft surface here. Yep, exactly.
– Right. So you do need to work with it, depending on what you’re laying on. But, no, I think these are all, all lace treatments are
gonna get into that spine, help you out. Things you can do on your own
and take care of yourself. – Yeah. Remember, Brad and I can
fix just about anything. – Except for– – A broken heart.
– There you go, Bob. But we’re workin’ on it.
– That’s right. We’re working on it.
– We’re not gonna stop. – All right, thanks. (upbeat music)

53 thoughts on “Top 3 Things Better Than Cracking Your Back

  1. I lay down on something called a Backmaster. Have you heard of that before? It stretches out the arch of your back.

  2. Hi, yoi guys are owesome..thnks for all the useful videos. Can you plz make the video on Shoulder AC joint Mobilization, so i can do it my self.

  3. THANK YOU! I never miss a B&B video. God Bless you for sharing your incredible skills and knowledge and relieving so many in pain. 🌼🙏 "Cracking the back" is unpleasant and possibly dangerous to those who don't know what they're doing. (Sorry, the sound is not your normal high quality in this video.)

  4. First exercise is always amazingly effective for keeping flexible and is so relaxing. Your demos are worth a thousand words. Thank you for all the effort and thoughtful care you put into them. 🌼🙏

  5. nothing wrong with the audio i see what you mean but it's not a recording studio lmao. keep up the good work bob & Brad 😉

  6. How do I get the "Big discount to Bob and Brad fans" for the Thermotex Platinum? I don't see a code to enter.

  7. Thanks for making informative and awesome daily videos! Why is your audio so low? I’ve had to turn my tv to the highest level it’s ever been just to hear you guys!

  8. I enjoy the videos and learn a lot from them, but I agree with the others who mentioned the low volume. Sometimes I just can't hear your videos, and this one was really low.

  9. A week ago I tried to lift a 6 gallon butt of water and I heard this god almighty CRACK and I've been in so much pain ever since it's unbearable, it's making me nauseous and physically vomit, what have I done and what can I do to relieve the pain. I went to a&e and they said the bones are ok, they think torn muscles and tendons thank you regards Carol

  10. I use a swimming noodle and lay on it with the noodle along my spine . Cut the noodle to correct length for your back and I lay on it whilst on my bed and it's great for stretching all along the back. 🙂

  11. What about battling the physical side effects one would experience during a severe break up and how to better manage yourself during that time?

  12. You guys are great! Your vídeos helped me to relieve neck pain from herniated cervical disk. Thank you! Very good video again!

  13. Excellent video, all approved by the best in the industry.

    There is a distinct difference between stretching and mobility. Stretching generates further laxity and tightness indicates a weakness compensation pattern.

  14. You are having low audio issues again, I think you can easily fix it in the editing process without having to mess with the way you have your microphones set up. If you are using audacity you can just 'normalize' the audio with the intro which has the correct volume, that way the entire audio in the video is at the same peak level with no volume disparities, you can also choose to amplify by a couple of dB but you have to make sure it doesn't go above the clipping level. Easier to normalize the entire track to have a correct balance so you don't end up with an intro with high volume and the rest at low volume.

  15. Great tips for those (I am raising my hand) that spend their day at a desk! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Sam the skeleton model looks like he has poor posture. 😁 Seriously though, I always enjoy your videos Bob and Brad. Very helpful and educational. Thanks!

  17. I'm wondering if I have ddd in my back, I also had a lumbar microdiscectomy & laminectomy about 4 months ago if I can do these exercises…my surgeon told me low impact like walking, swimming, elliptical, I asked sit ups, or pushups, he said no, and I used to do yoga, but he told me to never do yoga again…but these exercises are different then those, so I don't know if I can do these or not, if anybody else had these things done, and know if you can or not please let me know….thanks!

  18. How do you feel about these back stretchers vs. an inversion table as you get beyond the Mackenzie exercises?

    PS – Sound was loud for me

  19. I love u guys.. I did by the purewave.. which is awesome because I have disc degenerative disease and the disc degenerative disease is affecting my hip joints and I do do exercises but I suspect up my ligaments are really tight from my back being inflamed for so long so I bought the pure wave which is awesome it helps me to be able to get up out of my bed but that thermo-tex heating pad it's too expensive it's almost $250 and you get like a $30 discount.. I wish that I could afford that but I guess I will settle for getting a regular heating pad and figure out how to stretch my leg immense another way I do take Epsom salt baths every other night this is getting a little bit hard for me and every year has gotten worse but I love your videos and you have a lot of great ideas that I have been utilizing

  20. Thanks guys, i have been away a week and missed your great videos. Just did the one for mid back and my back did "crack"…and going to do more of the lower and upper too. Feels great.

  21. Bob, how do you do ypur upper back and hamstrings at the same time? I think that's what you said.
    Volume is a bit soft.

  22. The volume on all of your videos is substantially less than other YTvideos and has been. The new logo is cute but I'd rather hear what you are saying.

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