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4 Out Of 5 Americans Know The Agony Of Neck Or Back Pain (Video)

One in four Americans has suffered for more than half a decade with neck or back pain, according to new research.

A study examining the source of people’s back and neck problems and their methods for managing the pain found four in five Americans have experienced back or neck pain at some point, with 16 percent enduring over ten years’ worth of discomfort.

Whether it originated from a car accident, fall, lifting something wrongly, pregnancy, or simply sleeping in a funny position ‒ seven in ten experiencing back or neck pain said their discomfort interfered with their day-to-day activities.

Shockingly, 56 percent of back and neck pain sufferers feel their work environment actually aggravates their aches and pains.

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The survey of 2,000 Americans was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Teeter, and provided insight on the various triggers for back and neck pain as well as the approaches people take to try to relieve it.

So, what are people doing that’s putting their back on the brink? Results showed that in those who have had back and neck problems, heavy lifting (57 percent), sitting too long (51 percent), bending over (45 percent), and poor mattresses all ranked high on a list of pain aggravators.

One in four blamed office chairs for triggering spasms while one in five admitted that doing laundry can exacerbate their back or neck pain. Routine daily tasks such as carrying groceries, taking the stairs, and driving can spark discomfort as well with 25 percent reporting the pain lasted longer than a week.

Forty-five percent of sufferers reported their pain has resulted in negative effects on their abilities at work, fitness, and even overall happiness.

With so many possible ways for someone to irritate their back or neck, people have searched far and wide for the perfect remedy. Three in five Americans who’ve had back and neck aches use over-the-counter pain relievers to manage their discomfort while 45 percent have a prescription from their doctor.

Not everyone is a fan of going the pharmaceutical route when it comes to finding solutions for their pain and a large number are turning towards more natural alternatives.

Three in five have tried home remedies or alternative healing methods for back and neck discomfort — and people over 55 are particularly interested in non-traditional healing techniques since one in two are aiming to be as natural as possible.

A spokesperson from Teeter said: “So many traditional back pain options only address the symptoms – and that’s just not a sustainable solution. Targeting the root cause is really the only way to stop the cycle of chronic back pain. We hear from countless people who have tried every traditional method with little to no relief, who think they’ll just have to accept the pain as part of their lives, because they haven’t found the right solution yet.”

For those searching for relief via home remedies, being “as natural as possible” was vital for one in two people. Two in five also found traditional methods ineffective, which led them to look at more alternative healing techniques.

That didn’t come as a surprise seeing as one three in four found alternative medicine more or equally effective as traditional treatments.

A clear sign the times have changed is in the way people go to find information for treatment options — 56 percent go to their doctor, but 54 percent go to the Internet.

For those who’ve tried alternative healing, the most popular methods included: massages, herbal medicine, yoga, and inversion therapy.

The Teeter spokesperson added:

“People don’t want to keep masking their pain with drugs, and they see surgery as a last-resort option, so they’re starting to explore alternative medicine to try to get to the root of the problem. There are natural home solutions, like using a Teeter inversion table, that are still unfamiliar to a lot of people but have proven time and time again to offer more effective relief from stubborn back and neck pain than traditional medicine.”


Over the counter pain relievers                 64%

Prescribed pain relievers                           45%

Physical therapy                                      38%

Alternative healing/home remedies           37%

Chiropractic care                                     24%

Surgical solutions                                    11%



Heavy lifting                                            57%

Sitting for too long                                   51%

Bending over                                           45%

Standing or walking too long                    42%

Poor mattress                                         28%

Carrying groceries                                   28%

Bad office chairs                                      26%

Driving                                                    23%

Stairs                                                      23%

Laundry                                                  22%

Mowing the lawn                                     17%



Want to be as natural as possible                                                     51%

Traditional methods were ineffective                                                 40%

Can’t afford other treatments                                                           32%

Chemical drugs make me sick                                                          27%

Don’t have time for doctors or physical therapy                                 18%



Massage                                                                   56%

Herbal medicine                                                        36%

Yoga                                                                        31%

Dietary supplements                                                 26%

Chiropractic/osteopathic medicine                              24%

Homeopathy                                                            19%

Acupuncture                                                            17%

Chinese/oriental medicine                                         17%

Electromagnetic therapy                                           14%

Naturopathy                                                             12%

Inversion therapy                                                     11%