A Nation In Pain (Climate of Health)

America is a nation in Pain. That is the first line from a recent article in the Washington Post and it is borne from a recent National Institute of Health (NIH) study that says more than 1-in-10 adults in the US experiences chronic pain every day.

A 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) shows that 25.3 million American adults (11.2 percent) have experienced some form of pain every day for the past three months. More than 126 million people suffered from some pain during the same time period.

“The number of people who suffer from severe and lasting pain is striking,” said Dr. Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. “This analysis adds valuable new scope to our understanding of pain and could inform the National Pain Strategy in the areas of population research and disparities. It may help shape future research, development, and targeting of effective pain interventions, including complementary health approaches.”

The study also found adults who suffer from higher levels of pain have more disabilities, worse overall health, and use more health care resources.

Many Americans are now using complementary health approaches, such as yoga and massage, to help find pain relief. Do you think those approaches can help and if so, which ones are best? Helping those in pain find relief is another step in our mission to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!



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