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When doctors have back pain, this is what they do…

By: Joseph P. Whitman, MD    |    Health, Pain, Rehab, Aging well


To people who live with back pain every day, from a physiatrist who helps patients over 50 overcome pain.

“All the things I used to enjoy. Skiing, hiking, gardening… Will I ever be able to do them again?

Heck, I dropped my keys on the floor the other day and it took me a good 1 minute of struggling to pick it back up.

Aside from work and grocery shopping, I try to avoid going out as much as possible. And all that staying home has gotten me feeling a bit depressed.

I want to be able to go out and do things. I want to live a normal life again. My daughter graduated with her masters in June and I was upset that I couldn’t fly in to be there for her.

I’ve been to countless doctors, tried all sorts of treatments, and I’m at the edge right now. I’ve got this sinking feeling there’s nothing I can do.

Sometimes I look out my window and I see my neighbor tending to her garden and I’m envious. It’s depressing.”

That was one of my patient’s stories that she shared with me. Marge (not her real name) has been living with back pain for more than a decade. 

Doctors prescribed everything: NSAIDs, corticosteroids injections, back braces…

They told her to rest and move less. But none of those worked. In fact, her back pain got even worse through the years.

All that time staying at home made her feel useless and depressed.

That was until she walked in the door of my clinic..


My name is Dr. Whitman, and I am a physiatrist. In short, I’m a doctor in physical medicine and rehabilitation. I specialize in helping people over 50.

I have helped thousands of patients improve their lives and overcome pain through proven therapies and treatments.

My philosophy is “Movement is medicine”.

Unless it’s an extreme immediate injury—such as a fracture or dislocation—chronic pain is best treated with movement.

That means activity and exercise to strengthen the body often leads to recovery and freedom from pain. Even more than rest does.

Couple that with therapies such as heat and vibration, you’ll get a holistic and well-rounded approach to healing from pain.

When Marge first came to me, she was surprised when I told her she needed to start moving. All her life she thought that moving would aggravate and worsen pain.

But I told her to give it a shot. Start slow, with low intensity, and increase the volume when she feels she can.

I also gave her a special device to help aid her recovery process. I share this with all of my patients. I did the research and even tried it myself.

So if you’re wondering what doctors use when they experience pain themselves, this is the secret “weapon”.

Not even two weeks later Marge came in grinning from ear to ear. When I saw her she was like a new person. She walked with confidence and a strong stride, much different than when I first saw her.

She excitedly told me that yesterday was the very first time she woke up without pain. It was such a huge breakthrough for her. More than a decade of pain, gone.

I was happy for her. It was not the first time I’ve heard this, but everytime I do it reminds me why I do what I do. Every one of my patients' success stories is my success story. Their celebration is my celebration.

So what’s this secret weapon that I shared with Marge that helped her get results so quickly? The HeatPulse Back & Core massager.

It combines two therapy modes to boost blood flow, improve muscle function and relieve pain. And so she can continue to do her rehab exercises without pain.

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It uses some of the therapy modes that I studied in medical school. So, when I found this device, I knew it would be perfect for my patients.

It’s fuss-free, easy to use, and provides pain relief in minutes. But most importantly, it works. 

Especially if you have back pain, this nifty little device delivers soothing heat and pulse vibration directly to your back for near-immediate relief.


Heats up to 131°F (55°C) – the hottest on the market – for fast, potent pain relief

Heat is great for back pain. First, it increases circulation, which helps boost healing and cell regeneration. Heat also feels good on the skin and activates receptors which soothes pain.


Four powerful vibrating cores hug the spine and QL muscles to ease pain and stimulate blood flow in just the right places

Vibration activates the muscles and improves muscle function and strength by loosening stiff and tight muscles.

Combine heat and vibration and you get a super device that has helped many people regain their strength and get relief from pain.

Of course, you can’t neglect exercise and movement—specifically strengthening your back and core muscles.

I did a lot of research before settling on the HeatPulse. There are many kinds of back massagers out there—massage pads, chair accessories, mats, and chairs.

But I wanted something that could complement movement. A solution that doesn’t require my patients to just sit there sedentarily.

The HeatPulse Back does just that. You can strap it on and get heat and vibration therapy delivered directly to your lower back, all while you’re moving around and going about your day.

It’s extremely convenient and worth every dollar.

In fact, one of the things I looked for is their warranty and guarantees. I will say that some patients of mine do not see results even after weeks. And so a product that accepts returns is important as well.


The HeatPulse Back comes with a 30-days return guarantee and free 1.5-year international warranty so my patients have peace of mind when they decide to give it a shot.

If you’re interested, check out their store. They do run occasional promos and sometimes they even run out of stock. So click the button below to check for availability on their store.

Remember, pain happens to everyone, but living with pain is a choice. Some people decide they can grit their teeth through it, and go through life miserable.

I’ve met thousands of patients like that who accept help after years of living with pain. The look on their faces of relief and happiness is the reason why I do what I do.

Pain is not a life sentence. You can fight it by applying the right strategies like moving more often and treating it. It’s a personal choice that you have to make.

So, if you’re ready for a pain-free life and not feel stuck all the time, try the HeatPulse Back & Core massager today. You won’t regret it.

About the author


Dr. Joseph P. Whitman is a physiatrist with over 3 decades of experience helping patients over 50 overcome pain using proven physical medicine and rehabilitation methods.

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