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Updated: Mar 13

Patient Being Adjusted

Scientific studies have confirmed that consistent Chiropractic Care significantly aids in the following:

  1. Lessening the severity, length, and recurrence of lower back pain episodes.

  2. Enhancing the general mobility function for patients grappling with chronic lower back pain.

  3. Elevating the overall quality of life for patients.

Indeed, Chiropractic Maintenance Care (CMC) is a suggested element in several thoroughly examined clinical practice guidelines. (1; 2) It's indisputable that maintenance care stands as one of the most advantageous facets of Chiropractic Care.


Skiing on the Ice Fields


Chronic back pain patients greatly benefit from Chiropractic Maintenance Care at routine, predetermined intervals. This approach yields better outcomes than those seeking care only during acute back pain episodes.

Furthermore, individuals engaged in Chiropractic Maintenance Care (CMC) experience over 30 fewer days of activity-restricting pain annually. They also enjoy extended pain-free intervals between back pain episodes. (3) A notable difference of nearly an additional 9.8 weeks per year of a pain-free state is observed compared to those who seek care only during acute pain episodes. (3) CMC can provide almost 2.5 extra months of living without pain. This is incredibly promising news for those dealing with Chronic Low Back Pain.

Maintenance care has two primary beneficial effects:

  1. It aids in managing and decreasing chronic pain.

  2. It assists in preventing future back pain episodes. (3; 4; 5)

While Chiropractic Maintenance Care may not entirely eradicate back pain (mainly due to repetitive pain-triggering activities such as poor ergonomics), it will assist you in experiencing longer pain-free periods throughout the year and help maintain functionality in your everyday activities.


Manual Therapy


The schedule and nature of maintenance care we advocate for chronic low back pain patients are always individualized. For many of our patients, a single appointment each month yields impressive results, while others may need more frequent sessions to reach optimal outcomes. To determine your ideal frequency, a discussion with your practitioner at Kinetic Health is necessary.

As a rule, Chiropractic Maintenance Care for most patients involves treatment that tackles joint (osseous) and soft-tissue constraints. Our practitioners also utilize these appointments to refresh your exercise guidance tailored to your unique requirements and to foster the growth of your strength and flexibility with new routines that can be done at home.

Chiropractic Adjustment Demonstration
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The Power of Chiropractic Adjustments - Stop Putting Up With Pain

Chiropractic adjustments are powerful tools. When patients who suffer from chronic back pain receive care at regularly pre-planned intervals (Chiropractic Maintenance Care), they do much better compared to patients who only receive care during episodes of acute back pain.

Neck Adjustments or Neck Mobilization - The Choice Is Yours!

Neck Adjustments or Neck Mobilization Techniques, the choice is yours! Most patients do not realize they have choices in how restrictions in the joints of their necks are addressed. In this video, Dr. Abelson shows you examples of Cervical Joint Mobilization.



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Dr. Abelson is committed to running an evidence-based practice (EBP) incorporating the most up-to-date research evidence. He combines his clinical expertise with each patient's specific values and needs to deliver effective, patient-centred personalized care.

As the Motion Specific Release (MSR) Treatment Systems developer, Dr. Abelson operates a clinical practice in Calgary, Alberta, under Kinetic Health. He has authored ten publications and continues offering online courses and his live programs to healthcare professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and skills in treating musculoskeletal conditions. By staying current with the latest research and offering innovative treatment options, Dr. Abelson is dedicated to helping his patients achieve optimal health and wellness.



  1. Stochkendahl, M. J., Kjaer, P., Hartvigsen, J., Kongsted, A., Aaboe, J., Andersen, M., et al. (2017). National clinical guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with recent onset low back pain or lumbar radiculopathy. European Spine Journal.

  2. National Guideline Centre, United Kingdom. (2016). Low Back Pain and Sciatica in Over 16s: Assessment and Management. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK). (NICE Guideline, No. 59).

  3. Eklund, A., Jensen, I., Lohela-Karlsson, M., Hagberg, J., Leboeuf-Yde, C., Kongsted, A., et al. (2018). The Nordic maintenance care program: effectiveness of chiropractic maintenance care versus symptom-guided treatment for recurrent and persistent low back pain-a pragmatic randomized control trial. PLoS One, 13(9).

  4. Breen, A. (1976). Chiropractic in Britain. Annals of the Swiss Chiropractors' Association, 6, 207-218.

  5. Mitchell, M. (1980). Maintenance care. Some considerations. ACA Journal of Chiropractic, 17, 53-55.

  6. Bronfort, G., Haas, M., Evans, R., Leininger, B., & Triano, J. (2010). Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Chiropractic & Osteopathy, 18(1), 3.

  7. Eklund, A., Jensen, I., Lohela-Karlsson, M., Leboeuf-Yde, C., Axén, I., & Kongsted, A. (2021). The Nordic maintenance care program: time intervals between treatments of patients with low back pain: how close and who decides? Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 29(1), 1-13.

  8. Descarreaux, M., Blouin, J. S., Drolet, M., Papadimitriou, S., & Teasdale, N. (2004). Efficacy of preventive spinal manipulation for chronic low-back pain and related disabilities: a preliminary study. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 27(8), 509-514.

  9. Senna, M. K., & Machaly, S. A. (2011). Does maintained spinal manipulation therapy for chronic nonspecific low back pain result in better long-term outcome? Spine, 36(18), 1427-1437.

  10. Haavik, H., & Murphy, B. (2012). The role of spinal manipulation in addressing disordered sensorimotor integration and altered motor control. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 22(5), 768-776.


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