As expected with most treatments, the benefits of massage declined over time," Dr. Cherkin said. "But at six months after the trial started, both types of massage were still associated with improved function." After one year, the benefits of massage were no longer significant. The massage therapists assumed structural massage would prove more effective than relaxation massage," said Dr. Cherkin's colleague Karen J. Sherman, PhD, MPH, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute. "They were surprised when patients in the relaxation group got so much relief from their back pain." Doctors no longer regard back pain as a catch-all phrase for everything from passing numbness in the legs to radiating symptoms that confine you to bed rest for weeks. And they no longer treat all back pains the same. That's why identifying the specific kind of back pain can significantly affect whether and how quickly you find relief. You can start by becoming aware of when the pain appears and where it is located. Four out of five people are affected by lower back pain at some point in their lives. One cause of pain in the back and the rest of the lower body is a protruding lumbar disk. When you become pregnant, life suddenly becomes full of things to avoid or reduce during the next nine months. The good news is that chiropractic care is a safe option to tackle back pain and maintain wellbeing during pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman's body goes through many changes which put pressure on the back and spine. The increased size of the abdomen increases the curve in the back, which can pull the spine out of alignment and can affect a woman's natural balance. A chiropractor can adjust the spine to ensure that the body works at an optimal level. People with back pain often avoid exercise. This results in reduced strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a significant cause of back pain in people over 60, you should improve and manage your diet, take medications, quit smoking and, of course, exercise. Gradual exercise is better for your back than inactivity. Poor posture such as hunching over or slouching is the number one reason for back pain. As kids we were always told to sit up straight. It is a common problem and one that is difficult to fix. Poor posture can trigger a long list of spinal problems including arthritis. The cure for back pain during pregnancy lies not in medications but in exercising. Try to keep the right posture, avoid artificial strain, walk properly, maintain good body mechanics, avoid slouching, use a lumbar cushion or a pillow and do appropriate muscular exercises in consultation with your physician or physiotherapist. Most of the back pain problems are resolved thus. Back pain is one problem that needs immediate treatment. Consulting a good doctor is the first thing that you need to do at such times. There have been many cases wherein the doctors have charged heavy amounts from their patients and have not provided them adequate treatment.