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  • More that a Pain in the Butt

  • step by stepUntil recently back pain has been viewed as a nuisance that gets better with time, pain relievers and muscle relaxants. We now know that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, back pain is a massive international issue and is the leading cause of disability worldwide (1). Because back pain tends to worsen over time the implications are wide reaching. Not only can the symptom of back pain rob us from enjoying life’s greatest gifts it also has profound impacts on our society. For instance, our government relies on tax dollars for infrastructure, medical services, education and much more. These tax dollars come for people able to work. When an individual is unable to work not only do they tend to live at the poverty level or below but they generate no tax income for the government and actually cost tax payers money in the form of their monthly disability cheque.

    The symptom of back pain, or pain originating from the back into the buttocks, leg/s or feet is only a sign that there is a problem, not the causative issue. Culturally we tend to treat symptoms and not the cause, and in the case of many health issues the initial problem may have started years before. Are pills such as Advil or Robax the solution?

    Health issues are typically asymptomatic (no awareness of) in the early stages but with time become chronic,advil then degenerative and finally pathologic. Chiropractors understand that all systems of the body, such as the endocrine, circulatory, musculoskeletal and immune, are coordinated and controlled via the brain. The brain does this via the nervous system, giving and receiving our life potential with cells, tissues and organs. The nervous system, the conduit between the brain and body, communicates through the spine. Spinal misalignments (subluxations) affect the delicate nervous system and interfere with this amazing life energy inherent in us all. For this reason, subluxations have devastating effects on our health and they worsen over time.

    Chiropractic is the gold standard treatment for back pain internationally. If you or someone you know is suffering from sciatica, leg, buttock of foot pain, herniated discs, sacroiliac pain, osteoarthritis, stenosis or more seek out a Chiropractor. Back pain is a serious health issue and is best prevented rather than treated when in a crisis. Chiropractic has a very high success rate and a good Chiropractor will also show you how to prevent future problems to help keep you healthy for life. The body can heal from virtually any ailment if in alignment (physical, chemical and emotional) and given time. There is hope.


    1. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “2010 Global Burden of Disease Study”