Sex is often avoided due to back pain and knowing how sensitive this subject can be, Dr. Oz tackles it with levity during the premiere week of “The Dr. Oz Show”, as discussed during a press conference on Tuesday.
The three-time Emmy Award-winning critically acclaimed and nationally syndicated “The Dr. Oz Show” will begin its fifth season Monday, September 9, with an element of fun added to the show to address difficult situations, such as dealing with back pain during sex.
As the Q&A with Dr. Oz progressed, it had become abundantly clear that sex and relationships will be hot topics during season 5 of “The Dr. Oz Show”. Dr. Oz discussed how levity is to be used to approach sensitive subjects, like sex, that will make the networks happy, yet leave viewers informed. On Wednesday, September 11 Dr. Oz will divulge the best sex positions for people with back pain and has provided the Sex and Relationships Examiner with a little insight into the segment.
Sex and Relationships Examiner: There has been a great emphasis on sex and relationships during this afternoon’s conversation? I see an upcoming segment on the best sex positions for back pain is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11. Can you tease a little for the readers?
Dr. Oz: Well one thing we’re doing this year, you know, I’ve been - I’ve had a wonderful time for the last four years talking to folks about the meat and potatoes of health. But I also recognize that there’s some sort of awkward conversations that we need to have that are often enjoyable to witness, but you have to have people’s trust to go there.
So I think we’ve earned the trust in our fifth year and this is a very common problem that people ask me about. They want to have sex but they have chronic back pain. So how do they deal with it?
So you have to, in a tasteful way, and I think we do it on the show, take a couple and have them demonstrate the positions with a physical therapist, who shows why each of the positions could be beneficial if the man has back pain or if the woman has back pain. It, you know, it is a visually arresting scene to watch it happen. It’s, I’m hoping, I’m comfortable with something that the local stations will be proud they have on their air.
But again, it takes our audience even further than we’ve taken them before. But again it’s a problem that they all, you know, many of them have. The number one cause of lost work is back pain, yet they don’t ask their doctors because they’re too ashamed. And sometimes the doctors don’t know the best sex position for a guy to be in if he’s having back pain, but still desires his wife or vice a versa.
That sort of raises an issue, if you don’t mind I’ll just tackle it now. One thing that we got a lot of feedback from our audience on is they like laughing on the show.
They like when we take an uncomfortable topic like back pain and we bring a levity to it. So, you know, we’ve been joking around about the fact that we’re affecting America with funitis, and there’s all kinds of ways of getting folks to enjoy life and learn about their health.
We can use fear to get you to pay attention to your body but we can also use humor. And I would argue that for most Americans, having a good time in life, laughing their way through life, is as important as losing weight if they’re going to be healthy. And I think that’s a message that I’m going to make loud and clear this year on the show. I want you laughing in every show. I want you enjoying the people that we’re interviewing and the demonstrations that we’re building. We have wheelbarrow races to demonstrate how hormones affect the cyclicality of the body (to the earlier question).
And that cycle, that wave of emotion up and down through the show was: you’re having a great time, but also having soulful moments and that is what we want to build the show on this year.
The premiere episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" airs on Monday, September 9. Sex and back pain will be tackled on Wednesday, September 11.
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