One in three Canadians suffers from back pain


According to a recent study, more than 11 million Canadians suffer from an injury or disorder that affects their movement.

The study, conducted by the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) also found one in eight Canadians have a chronic back problem, and nearly one third said they had activity limitations due to back pain.

Forty per cent of all workplace absences in Canada are related to back pain--second only to the common cold.

“Canadians who want to improve their physical health and well-being can do so by staying active,” Alison Dantas, CEO of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, said in a news release.

“Now more than ever, we want to encourage Canadians to consider chiropractors as an integral member of their healthcare team to achieve better outcomes and improve their quality of life,” Dantas continued.

In Canada, chiropractors treat 4.5 million Canadians each year. Additionally, according to a report from 2017, 90 per cent of Canadians who visited a chiropractor due to muscle and joint pain said it improved their overall quality of life more than any other treatment.

However, despite the high number of people who see results from chiropractic treatment, many Canadians in under-serviced parts of the country don’t have access to this kind of treatment.

“Too many Canadians leave their injuries and physical disorders untreated until they are in significant pain which limits mobility and their quality of life,” Sasha Hamid, an associate chiropractor with the CURAVITA Health Group in Ottawa, said.

“In this case, movement truly is medicine and even simple exercises can help Canadians maintain flexibility and avoid chronic pain. It’s time for more Canadians to take control of their physical health and well-being by looking after their spines and staying active,” Hamid continued.

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