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Chronic Back Pain

Chiropractic Strengthens Benefits of Exercise

Although exercise may be the last thing you want to do if you suffer from chronic back pain, research suggests that a little bit of physical activity mixed with regular chiropractic care from Kamego Chiropractic may be just what you need to ease your pain and finally find some relief. The best part is that it is an all-natural and completely non-invasive way to help heal your body!

Chiropractic Care Plus Exercise Equals Chronic Back Pain Relief

In one particular study, researchers separated a group of people who suffered from chronic lowerback pain. The first group engaged in regular chiropractic spinal manipulations over the course of 4-8 weeks, followed by a therapeutic exercise routine, whereas the control group received ‘sham’ adjustments while following up with exercise as well.

The participants were evaluated during the course of the study to see what effect their treatment (or lack thereof) was having on their pain levels and ability to perform tasks. This involved self-reporting as well as putting them through some tasks to determine what they were able to do physically.

Researchers found that the group of chronic back pain sufferers that received actual chiropractic care followed by exercise enjoyed both a lower level of pain and a greater ability to complete the physical tasks. In fact the chiropractic adjustments lowered patients’ pain enough for them to be able to complete the exercises successfully, thereby enabling them to benefit from exercise rehabilitation. This means that if you want to alleviate your chronic back pain, it starts with regular visits to your Kamego Chiropractor, a little bit of physical activity to your daily routine, and managed physical therapy exercises.


Balthazard P, et al. Manual therapy followed by specific active exercises versus a placebo followed by specific active exercises on the improvement of functional disability in patients with chronic non specific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012; 13: 162. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-13-162.

Chiropractic Patients Recover Faster, Spend Less Money

Back pain is an expensive health problem for both patients and businesses. A 2012 study reported that we spend about $635 billion on pain every year, with a significant amount of that spent on back pain. Over the years, quite a few studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective for back pain than medical care, plus chiropractic patients spend less money on their care than medical patients do.

Because back pain is such a common problem, a group of Canadian researchers recently investigated the role that the type of primary caregiver has on financial compensation.

This was a large study of 5,511 patients who experienced a work-related back injury in Ontario, Canada. The patients saw the following providers for their first visit:

  • 85.3% saw a medical doctor
  • 11.4% saw a chiropractor
  • 3.2% saw a physical therapist

The authors set out to “compare the duration of financial compensation for back pain” among patients from each care group.

The study found that chiropractic patients had the shortest amount of time receiving compensation for their pain and also were less likely to have a recurrence.

In addition, chiropractic patients didn’t need to see other healthcare providers for their pain. 75% of chiropractic patients saw no other provider, while 58.6% of physical therapy patients also saw a medical doctor.

The authors conclude:

“The type of healthcare provider first visited for back pain is a determinant of the duration of financial compensation during the first 5 months. Chiropractic patients experience the shortest duration of compensation, and physiotherapy patients experience the longest.”

Blanchette M, Rivard M, Dionne CE, et al. Association between the type of first healthcare provider and the duration of financial compensation for occupational back pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 2016 Sep 17.


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