As we move through the early years of the new century, the pace of life
is becoming ever more frantic. With every passing day, there seems to
be more to do than there ever was before. At the same time, there is
little doubt that the pressure of modern life is likely to keep on
increasing rather than falling away and allowing us to relax in the way
that we would probably all like to.
Because life is becoming ever more frantic and stressful, there can be
little doubt that the stresses and strains on your body are also
increasing on a daily basis.
It is little surprise that so many people are plagued with constant
niggles, aches and pains. Indeed, some unfortunate people are forced
to suffer their pain in silence, trying to live a life that is as normal as
Of course, because most people do not find themselves in this situation,
they probably give very little thought or perhaps no thought at all to the
pummeling that their body takes daily. That is likely to continue until
some kind of body pain hits, and from that point on, pain becomes a
very real and important consideration in their life.
Some forms of pain are less serious than others, and many types of
pain will come and go. However, not all pain complaints can be so easily
dismissed and amongst those that are most commonly felt and painfully
endured is back pain.
It is estimated that between 50 million and 80 million US citizens suffer
from chronic pain (defined as a pain that has lasted for more than six
months), and that this costs over $100 billion in social costs every year.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for people visiting their
doctor or medical practitioner.
Indeed, it has been estimated that as many as four out of every five
people in the world will have to consult a medical professional at some
point in their lives with a back pain problem.
For those who have never suffered back pain, it is possible that they
can sympathize with those who are regular sufferers, but it is unlikely
that they can truly appreciate the amount of pain and suffering that
back pain brings.
Only a fellow back pain sufferer can truly sympathize and empathize
with other sufferers who have been stricken with a similar problem to
theirs. It is also relevant to note that the incidence of chronic back pain
problems is on the increase, and that there are probably more sufferers
nowadays than there have ever been at any previous time in history.
However, one indisputable fact is that anyone who has ever suffered
from back pain, or (even worse) continues to do so knows just how
much misery and suffering the condition can bring. These people would
do almost anything to try to find a non-invasive treatment or cure for
As with any medical condition, it is safer and therefore preferable to
deal with back pain in a natural manner if possible, and that is the
primary topic of this book.