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The Truth Hurts: State of American's Hurt

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Pain is an epidemic that’s sweeping the nation. Based on a nationwide online study conducted by Harris Interactive — 85 percent of Americans are hurting. Chances are you’re among this vast majority struggling with muscle and joint pain, and this means you’re also among the many searching for pain relief. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help manage pain, but the first step is understanding the issue.

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Of the men and women reporting pain, 75 percent have it in three or more places, with the most common pain points being lower back, shoulders/neck and joints. Even more distressing, the highest percentage of this group is facing pain on a daily basis.

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In the battle of the sexes, women win the pain game. They experience more pain than men, but by a slim margin, 87 percent to 84 percent. And while marriage might be bliss, it can come at a painful price. Quienes están casados experimentan un 10 por ciento más de dolor que las personas solteras o que nunca se han casado. And the notion that children can be a pain in the neck does not actually ring true, as those with kids are just as likely to have pain as those without.

Not surprisingly, pain favors those who are older, however, the margin is not as big as might be expected— 9 in 10 people ages 55-plus experience pain, but so do nearly 8 in 10 people 18-34 years old. Los niveles de dolor son estables en personas de 18 a 44 años. Y ahí es donde la cosa se vuelve complicada. Cuando una persona cumple 45 años, su probabilidad de experimentar dolor aumenta alrededor del 10 por ciento, específicamente en hombros/cuello, la parte inferior de la espalda y en las articulaciones. A los 55 años, la probabilidad de no sufrir de ningún dolor es de 1 en 10.

Cómo la gente trata el dolor

Millions of people’s daily lives are being affected by pain, whether they’re missing out on family outings or lapsing on work productivity. So it’s no wonder when it comes to treating pain, 64 percent of people are trying two or more treatments. While 70 percent of pain sufferers turn to medication, either over-the-counter or prescription, and only 17 percent are seeking medical attention, 40 percent are taking matters into their own hands by way of hot/cold treatments.

The fact that people are searching for non-analgesic options is good news, considering a recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) called for natural pain management alternatives, including massage.

Massage has been proven as not only an effective method of pain management, but it also contributes greatly to overall well-being. And while frequent trips to a massage therapist can helpful, it’s also cost prohibitive. Thankfully, a hand-held therapeutic massager is an excellent alternative.

The right massager can be a serious pain-management tool that offers customized relief. For example, a deep-tissue massager attacks muscle pain that hides below the surface. This kind of massage therapy increases blood flow, decreases inflammation and increases oxytocin levels; all of which allow muscles to relax, reducing feelings of tiredness and pain.

Bottom line, while medication may be needed, an integrated approach offers the best chances for a pain-free outcome. However, before starting any pain management solutions it’s imperative to consult a physician.

Wahl introduced the first electric massager nearly 100 years ago, and has been at the forefront of the category ever since developing hand-held massagers with powerful motors, ergonomic designs and specially engineered attachments that allow for customized treatment of pain and discomfort.

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