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Chronic Back Pain Statistics

Chronic back pain affects millions of Americans each year. Here are several interesting facts:

  • Americans spend at least $50 billion dollars each year searching for the right pain management for their chronic back pain. (According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders (NINDS)
  • "Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States- only headache is more common." (NINDS)
  • Chronic back pain is "the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work." (NINDS)
  • One-half of all working Americans suffer from back pain each year and as many as 80% of the American population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. (According to the American Chiropractic Association; (
  • Four out of five adults have at least one bout of back pain sometime during life. (Mayo Clinic
  • Chronic pain "disables more people than cancer or heart disease and costs the American people more than both combined" (According to
  • Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis.(According to NINDS)
  • Chronic back pain is pain that persists for more than 3 months. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine (NINDS)

Alternative Therapies to relieve Chronic back pain

With these overwhelming facts, it is not surprising that Americans are constantly searching for solutions to relieve chronic back pain. Traditionally, people have relied on solutions for chronic back pain such as surgery and prescription medications. However, progressively, Americans are moving away from these traditional solutions and are looking to alternative pain management such as chiropractic care, physical therapy and massage. Studies have shown that massage increases circulation, relaxes muscles, reduces spasms, lowers blood pressure and increases oxygenation. According to Dr. Kerry McCord of St. Petersburg, Florida, "patients receiving regular massage treatment often need less prescription pain medication, recover faster from illness and injury and report feeling less stress and tension." Additionally, according to, the application of heat to the affected back pain area can alleviate pain and advance the healing process. Heat therapy helps to increase the flow of oxygen to the muscles, increase flexibility and provide overall comfort.

Massage and heat therapy may aid in pain reduction and may be combined with other therapies as part of a wellness program to help those suffering from chronic back pain. The AquaMED-HydroMassagemassage bed combines massage and heat therapies in one modality to provide a therapeutic experience for the patient suffering from back pain. In fact, Dr. Randy Trice of Madison, Ohio says of AquaMED, "I use the massage bed for patients with any type of neuro muscular skeletal issues or those with muscle spasms and other muscle related problems. It's truly been great in helping rehabilitate my patients."

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