Welcome to my blog---an eyes-open, no-holds-barred exploration of Western and Eastern spirituality, mindfulness, philosophy and literature. A member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, I lectured at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry to mental health workers for 14 years. I also work as a lawyer and minister. My interests include the psychology of religion, transformative ritual, mythology, addiction recovery and the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and Vernon Howard.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
‘OH, MY ACHING BACK!’---WELL, HAVE YOU TRIED MINDFULNESS?
Back pain--and, in particular, low back pain--has
been said to be the single leading cause of disability worldwide. As many as 80
per cent of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their
lives. In addition, about 50 per cent of all working Americans admit to having
back pain symptoms each year, and that figure seems to hold good for most other
Western nations as well.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for
missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to
the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper respiratory tract infections. I
have read that Americans spend more than $50 billion each year on back pain—and
that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
This may well be the best news many back pain sufferers have had for some time.
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