A wide range of factors can cause chronic pain conditions. Genetics, diseases, diet, accidents, and physical injuries can all increase the risk of enduring a multitude of debilitating long-term disorders that impact mobility and overall quality of life. Even those of us who manage to make it through decades without an acute, neuropathic, or chronic episode may still have to worry about age-induced pain symptoms.
The history of using electricity as a pain treatment approach dates back hundreds—possibly even thousands—of years. Earlier civilizations that lived by the water are believed to have started the practice of electricity as a therapy with the use of ... a fish.
It was discovered that the Mediterranean torpedo fish, a member of the electric ray family, offered surprising treatment benefits for people suffering from a variety of painful ailments. These cultures realized that, when applied to the afflicted body part, the electricity released from the torpedo fish would help relieve chronic aches and discomfort.
Your cervical spine, or neck, is a complex system of bones, joints, nerves, and muscles that manage a multitude of critical physiological functions.
Designed for strength, mobility, and stability, a healthy neck supports our heads and promotes nerve communication throughout the body. Most importantly, our necks house the arteries that transport blood from the heart to our brains, helping to maintain fully operational neurological and cognitive capabilities.
The good news: We live in an era where modern medicine has given rise to a diverse range of innovative, effective, and non-invasive chronic pain management therapies explicitly designed to manage a multitude of neuropathic conditions.
The not-so-good-news: We also live in an era where modern lifestyles have given rise to an entirely new litany of common chronic and acute pathologies. Our obsession with technology, coupled with our increasingly sedentary daily routines, have promoted a significant surge in several disorders including sitting disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, eyestrain, and a myriad of lower back issues.
Steadily rising to the top of this list of physical impediments stemming from our poor daily habits? Text neck.
Back pain, in its many forms and stages, is one of the country's most common chronic conditions. A 2009 PMC report, The Rising Prevalence of Chronic Low Back Pain, indicates that, at some point in our lives, over 80 percent of the entire population will endure at least one episode of low back pain (LBP). More specifically, at any given time, approximately 31 million Americans are experiencing low back pain, ultimately disrupting our work schedules, enjoyment of daily activities, and overall quality of life.
The human body, designed for movement, is suffering the consequences of our modern, sedentary lifestyle. A recent study from the American Heart Association indicates that U.S. adults, on average, spend 6 to 8 hours sitting every day, with a whopping 25% of American adults admitting that their hours of sitting actually surpasses 8+ hours each day.