Chronic pain is a common and difficult problem. The 2012 National Health Interview Survey showed that nearly 40 million U.S. adults (17.6 percent) have severe pain and about 25.3 million (11.2 percent) have pain every day.
Chiropractic services for Medicare beneficiaries (those older than 65 years) with spine conditions may protect against 1-year declines in functional and self-rated health, suggest findings from a recent study funded by NCCIH (formerly NCCAM).
Findings from the largest and most rigorous, randomized dose-response study of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for chronic low-back pain suggest that 12 sessions (SMT) may be the best "dose" for people with chronic low-back pain.
An analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that people who take natural products (dietary supplements other than vitamins and minerals) or who practice yoga were more likely to do so for wellness reasons than for treating a specific health condition.
Previous research has shown that mindfulness meditation helps relieve pain, but researchers have been unclear about how the practice induces pain relief--specifically, if meditation is associated with the release of naturally occurring opiates.