I was surprised to learn that about 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. I have had my share of low back pain ranging from mild to severe. Since 80% of us have experienced the pain, this is for the 20% who haven’t. The impact on our wellbeing and the communities we touch, from home to work, suffers. Our ability to concentrate, focus and contribute is compromised, often for days. The “go to” recommendation has typically been some form of pill.  With the national attention on opioid addiction, our physician community has responded with updated guidelines that support integrative practices.  Specifically, acupuncture, spinal-manipulation (chiropractic), mindfulness-based stress reduction, massage and yoga.  Personally, I have success with integrative practices to manage my low back pain and strengthen my core for back support.  Now that’s a powerful blend – when East meets West!