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Low Back Pain

The Manga Report, prepared by highly respected health economists at the University of Ottawa, represents the largest and most thorough analysis of the scientific literature on back pain ever. It was commissioned by the Ontario ministry of health due to the alarming increase in both direct and indirect costs associated with low-back pain. The Report clearly demonstrates that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more effective for pain relief, more cost-effective, and produces higher levels of patient satisfaction than other forms of management.

Here are some excerpts from its executive summary:
- On the evidence, particularly the most scientifically valid clinical studies, spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low-back pain. Many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate.

- There is no clinical or case-control study that demonstrates or even implies that chiropractic spinal manipulation is unsafe in the treatment of low-back pain. Our reading of the literature suggests that chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low-back pain.

- There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost-effective than medical management.

- There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low-back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors. Evidence from Canada and other countries suggests potential savings of many hundreds of millions annually. Workers' compensation studies report that injured workers with the same specific diagnosis of low-back pain returned to work much sooner when treated by chiropractors than by physicians.

- There is good empirical evidence that patients are very satisfied with chiropractic management of low-back pain and considerably less satisfied with physician management.

- Despite official medical disapproval and economic disincentive to patients, the use of chiropractic has grown steadily over the years. Chiropractors are now accepted as a legitimate healing profession by the public and an increasing number of physicians.

The Report recommended that there should be a shift in policy to encourage and prefer chiropractic services for most patients with low-back pain, and chiropractic should be fully insured under the Ontario Health InsurancePlan.

So next time you or someone you know suffers from low-back pain, don't reach for the pill bottle, call your friendly chiropractor.

Patient Stories

Jenny Cooke

Jenny came to the office in September 2009 complaining of excruciating low back and leg pain. It had all started from a severe E. Coli infection that she had contracted from a meal at a restaurant. The effects from that infection made her so sick...

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Carolyn Viau

Carolyn says she has had continuous back pain for as long as she can remember all throughout her teens. When she first started to come to get adjusted it was occasional and saw some results but she didn’t notice a huge difference until she...

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Sheri Kiemele

Sheri Kiemele consulted our office for severe neck, low back, and shoulder pain. The pain was so bad that she felt like she would blackout sometimes, and she would lose her vision. She also complained of severe headaches three to four times a...

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Patient Stories

Jenny Cooke

Jenny came to the office in September 2009 complaining of excruciating low back and leg pain. It had all started from a severe E. Coli infection that she had contracted from a meal at a restaurant. The effects from that infection made her so sick and weak that some days she just thought she was going to die. With chiropractic adjustments she slowly got better and her health slowly returned to the point that she now says; “You saved my life!” Jenny, you are a joy to have in the office and it is our privilege to serve you. We know that your positive outlook and attitude were as well an aid in your recovery.

Carolyn Viau

Carolyn says she has had continuous back pain for as long as she can remember all throughout her teens. When she first started to come to get adjusted it was occasional and saw some results but she didn’t notice a huge difference until she decided to get adjusted regularly. She says her back pain is now completely gone. Carolyn has been coming regularly since before her pregnancy and throughout her pregnancy. Her daughter, Elina, is 6 months now and has been getting adjusted since birth, which helps her stay healthy! Carolyn’s husband also comes regularly as in the past he was in a roll over vehicle accident and had a sore shoulder since. She says since he has been coming regularly his shoulder has next to no pain. Carolyn says she will never stop coming to get adjusted. Carolyn, thank you for your trust!!!

Sheri Kiemele

Sheri Kiemele consulted our office for severe neck, low back, and shoulder pain. The pain was so bad that she felt like she would blackout sometimes, and she would lose her vision. She also complained of severe headaches three to four times a week. She was popping Tylenol constantly and she had bottles of Tylenol in every room in her house, and in the pocket of every jacket. The pain also interfered greatly with her quality of life, as there was many activities she could not do anymore and she “couldn’t think”
at work. After being under chiropractic care for a while, her headaches completely disappeared, most of her pain is gone, and she can enjoy her life again. She can ever, to her amazement, play
volleyball again, which she couldn’t before because of her shoulder pain (she can even spike!!). She feels she moves better, walks better, sleeps better, and she doesn’t even have Tylenol at home anymore!

Judy Bouwkamp

Judy Bouwkamp first came to our office in November 2005, complaining of low back and leg pain of 10 year duration. There was so much pressure on her nerves that she could hardly walk or work, and her foot was numb. Subluxations in her mid-back were also causing a malfunction in her stomach and she had heartburn from it constantly. She was doubtful that we could help, due to the fact that she has Multiple Sclerosis. 

She was extremely pleased to report an 80% improvement after 12 adjustments. After four months, she hardly feels pain any more. Even her family has noticed a big change in her. They tell her how much better she looks and can`t believe how much work she can get done now. She is very excited to be able to work in her garden again, for the first time in three years! As an added bonus, she no longer has heartburn. To keep her health at optimal function, Judy comes for an adjustment every two weeks.
CHIROPRACTIC: It`s about your life!

Will Klok

Will Klok has been a long time patient of our clinic. As a farm machinery mechanic, Will does a lot of heavy work. He presented to our office complaining of low back and pelvis pain. The exciting thing, that most patients do not even realize, is that with regular chiropractic care Will’s low back felt better but he also began to just generally feel better and have more energy too. This is true optimal health. Thank you Will for being a long time regular chiropractic patient and for allowing chiropractic to have a real benefit on your total health.

Maggie Brouwer

Maggie Brouwer has been a chiropractic patient since the birth of her first child, 19 years ago, and Maggie has been a regular patient of our office since July 1996. She brought her 2 children in for care, both of whom are now grown up, the youngest being in grade 12. Maggie is someone who understands how much regular chiropractic can benefit one’s health and keep the body functioning optimally. Two years ago, Maggie herniated a low back disc and instead of surgery, she decided to try a more natural route to healing with chiropractic care. Because Maggie is such an excellent patient who follows treatment care and home recommendations, she is doing well, and has had no relapses. Thank you, Maggie, for your continued trust in chiropractic and us. We wish everyone understood what you know and believe to be true about chiropractic care.