I'm 25 going on 50. I wake up each morning, muscles tight, neck sore, groggy and struggling to roll out of bed, all while listening to each of my bones crack in agony. I spend far too long in the shower letting the scalding water loosen the tension in my shoulder blades, and only then do I finally feel like a real, living person.
I'm being a little hyperbolic, but back pain—even minor—is no joke. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association identified that back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost workdays in any given year, twice as many workdays as there are full-time workers.
And then there's the cost. Managing back pain costs Americans $50 billion each year, and that number rises to more than $100 billion if you factor in lost wages and decreased productivity stemming from time recuperating.
This isn't just an issue that affects your grandparents, either. Research from Georgetown University found that 41 percent of adults with back pain are 18 to 44 years old, spanning across a wide range of lifestyles and