Physiotherapy

CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR LOW BACK PAIN

Are you tired of your lower back pain dictating what you can accomplish each day?


Are you feeling frustrated that the simplest of tasks, like walking, sitting, or standing, have you feeling exhausted and in pain?


Perhaps you feel like you’ve tried everything with minimal to no pain relief?


Are you starting to think this pain is your “new normal”?

 

YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

I help people with low back pain (with or without leg pain) understand and manage their pain, so they can do the things they have to do and love to do each day, without having their lives dictated by their pain!


People often come to me when they have low back pain that’s interfering with their ability to do the daily activities they have to do or love to do. It’s usually when they notice that their back hurts when they walk, sit, stand, exercise… Or sometimes do nothing at all, that they realize it’s time for some professional help! 

 

HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

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SPINAL STENOSIS 

Have you noticed pain or cramping in one or both legs when you stand for long periods of time or when you walk? Have you noticed that this pain usually eases when you bend forward or sit? Perhaps you have noticed some lower back pain accompanying this pain or cramping in one or both legs?

You don’t have to tackle your pain alone! Book an initial consultation today to learn how I can help! 

SPRAIN & STRAIN

Are you finding you’re experiencing some new lower back pain after shovelling lots of snow? Or perhaps you noticed an increase in lower back pain after gardening? Or maybe you finally got back to the gym recently and have noticed some aches and pains in your lower back?

You don’t have to tackle your pain alone! Book an initial consultation today to learn how I can help! 

PREGNANCY RELATED LOW BACK PAIN

Are you finding that as you progress through your pregnancy you’re starting to experience lower back and/or pelvic pain? Does trying to put pants on standing up cause you pain or discomfort? Do you find walking worsens your pain or discomfort?

You don’t have to tackle your pain alone! Book an initial consultation today to learn how I can help! 

LUMBAR DISC HERNIATION / SCIATICA

Do you have low back pain? Perhaps you have sharp or shooting leg pain that is worse than your low back pain? Does coughing or sneezing worsen your low back and/or leg pain? Does it seem like every movement worsens your pain and you can’t find any comfortable position?

You don’t have to tackle your pain alone! Book an initial consultation today to learn how I can help! 

 

LOW BACK PAIN STATISTICS

80%

Approximately 80% of adults (aged 16 years or older) experience an episode of acute low back pain at least once in their life

90%

Evidence shows that 90% of low back pain is not caused by serious underlying injury or disease and typically does not require MRIs, CT scans, medication, surgical referrals, or opioid prescriptions

30%

In Canada, approximately 30% of adults have low back pain that recurs within 6 months of their first episode

40%

In Canada, approximately 40% of adults have low back pain that recurs within 1 year of their first episode

Disclaimer: These facts are for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed healthcare provider. Consultation with a licensed healthcare provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LOW BACK PAIN?

Ideally, patients with acute low back pain who request appointments ought to be scheduled and assessed within 1-3 days when possible.

Globally, low back pain causes more disability, activity limitation, and missed work days than any other condition

The benefits of exercise & low back spinal manipulation as treatment options for chronic low back pain likely exceeds the harms

Lying in bed, resting too much, and avoiding exercise can actually make your low back pain worse

It is important to continue your usual activities and remain mobile as well as
learn self-management strategies for current (and possible recurrent)
symptoms

Disclaimer: These facts are for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed healthcare provider. Consultation with a licensed healthcare provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.

 
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GLA:D BACK PROGRAM

Do you experience persistent or recurrent low back pain? 

You may be eligible for a research-based education and exercise program run by the University of Alberta, now offered with Dr. Rebecca-Jane McAllister!


The GLA:D Back program was developed in Denmark and is an evidence-based treatment program for individuals with persistent and/or recurrent back pain that negatively affects their everyday life and function. The purpose of GLA:D Back is to help patients manage their back pain themselves through a well-described and structured course of treatment.

GLA:D Back Program Spring 2022

GLA:D Back Initial Assessments

(being scheduled April 18, 2022-April 30, 2022)

9 Week Program

Every Tuesday & Thursday

7:15pm-8:15pm

May 3, 2022-June 30, 2022​

*LAST DAY TO REGISTER is April 30, 2022*

GLA:D Back Program Fall 2022 - Coming Soon!

Program Cost = $640

  • Includes the GLA:D Back Initial Assessment, 9 Week Program, & GLA:D Back Follow Up Visit

  • May be covered by your chiropractic extended healthcare benefits

Want to learn more? Have any questions? Not sure if you're a good candidate for the program? Book your FREE 15 minute video consultation today!

*Please note that our online booking system's default is to require a credit card be put on file. The 15 minute GLA:D Back video consultation is free, however if you'd prefer to call to book your consultation, you may do so at 403-472-3100.

 
 

ABOUT REBECCA

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Dr. Rebecca-Jane McAllister is an evidence-based chiropractor who strives to provide exceptional and quality care to her patients through manual treatment, education, and rehabilitation exercises. Dr. McAllister believes it is imperative that her patients possess the self-confidence, and are equipped with the tools, to be active participants and self-advocates for their healthcare. Dr. McAllister endeavours to empower her patients to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. 


Dr. Rebecca graduated in 2015 from the University of Windsor with her Bachelor of Human Kinetics Honours [Major: Movement Science Co-op & Minor: Psychology] degree. Upon graduation, Dr. Rebecca attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2019. Dr. Rebecca has also completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture certification through McMaster University. Throughout her post-secondary education, Dr. Rebecca has received several scholarships and awards for academic achievement, philanthropy and service work, as well as research endeavours. 

Since graduating, Dr. Rebecca has had a variety of diverse clinical experiences. She has experience practicing as a chiropractic locum (providing maternity leave coverage) in both Summerside, Prince Edward Island as well as in Bowmanville, Ontario. Additionally, she has practiced as an associate in her hometown of Oshawa, Ontario. Currently, Dr. Rebecca is practicing as an associate in Calgary, Alberta.


Although Dr. Rebecca treats a variety of musculoskeletal complaints and injuries, she finds helping people who are experiencing low back pain, especially lumbar spine disc herniations, to be particularly rewarding. 

Dr. Rebecca defines herself as a lifelong learner and a leader through service to others. In 2019, she was fortunate to be selected to participate in a chiropractic treatment outreach to the Dominican Republic, where she along with other chiropractic interns and clinicians treated 1115 patients in areas where access to healthcare is limited. 

Dr. Rebecca appreciates the role of all healthcare professionals within the healthcare system, and thus fosters an interprofessional and collaborative approach to the care of each of her patients. 

In her spare time, Dr. Rebecca enjoys reading a good book with a coffee, spending quality time with her friends and family, as well as being immersed in nature! 

 
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SERVICES

 
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SPINAL MANIPULATION THERAPY (ADJUSTMENT)

Spinal manipulation therapy (also called an “adjustment”) is a safe, highly skilled procedure, in which the chiropractor will use their hands to apply controlled force to your joint and guide it through a range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments are used to restore joint motion and improve function.  With this procedure, the patient may hear a “cracking” or “popping” sound that is caused by pressure changes within the joint. These pressure changes cause a gas bubble to escape from the joint capsule, which creates the sound. 

While chiropractic adjustments are a very safe procedure, they are not indicated for all patients.  A thorough history and physical examination will determine whether you are a good candidate for an adjustment. Alternative treatments, such as joint mobilizations, can be used in place of an adjustment when indicated.

SOFT TISSUE THERAPY

Soft tissue therapy is a form of manual therapy that involves work on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. The goal of soft tissue therapy is to reduce muscle tension as well as improve function and reduce pain. There are several soft tissue treatment techniques that may be used during your treatment, including but not limited to, trigger point therapy, practitioner-assisted stretching, and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.

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CONTEMPORARY MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE

Contemporary medical acupuncture is a therapeutic method where fine sterile needles are inserted into specific anatomical points. Insertion at these points causes a response of neuromodulation, which is the regulation of the body’s nervous system. Acupuncture is used to promote tissue healing, reduce pain as well as improve function of the affected areas of the body.

EXERCISE REHABILITATION

Exercise rehabilitation is integrated into every treatment plan. Emphasis is placed on moving within comfortable and tolerable ranges, in order to encourage the body to function the way it’s intended to. Exercise rehabilitation is a critical component of treatment as once the pain of a musculoskeletal injury or condition improves, residual weakness and/or functional limitation to the injured tissues may still be present, making the patient more susceptible to further injury or re-aggravation.


Your treatment plan and rehabilitation program is always personalized to meet your individual goals, whether they be rehabilitation from injury, prevention of injury, optimizing health, or enhancing performance. Compliance with your rehabilitation program typically decreases the timeframe for recovery as well as typically decreases the likelihood of injury reoccurrence.

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EDUCATION & ADVICE

Patient education is an imperative aspect of every treatment plan. Research has demonstrated that providing individuals with education regarding their condition or injury results in better outcomes for patients, including less feelings of fear related to their pain experience and increased feelings of control over their health.

Education will typically include topics, including but not limited to, the mechanism or cause of your injury, the likely outcome or anticipated response of your injury based on the recommended treatment plan, as well as ways in which you can help to manage your pain or injury.  

SELF-MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Empowering patients with self-management strategies, such as positions for relief and pain management techniques, encourages patients to become active and integrated participants in their healthcare. 

WHEN YOU BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME, 1 ADDITIONAL CURRICULUM CLASS IS PROVIDED TO A GIRL IN CAMBODIA.

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TESTIMONIALS

It is important to note that every patient is an individual and that their response to treatment is dependent on a variety of personal factors. 

 

Leah White

Dr. Rebecca-Jane McAllister is my hero.  Early in 2020 during Covid I had very bad back issues.  Getting treatment early days proved near impossible, and I ended up so bad that I couldn’t stand up straight.  Eventually I was able to see some medical professionals however none of them could alleviate my issues.  I spent 8 months of walking hunched over, only being able to walk for 5 minutes due to the pain and being unable to accomplish the simplest of daily tasks.  Then I was recommended to the McAllister clinic and Dr. Rebecca-Jane was able to see me with all the proper Covid protocols in place.  She was able to firstly give me hope and take away my despair and secondly, give me my life back!  She will forever be my hero.  She will always be the first person I recommend and I can’t thank her enough <3

CONTACT ME

LYMPH BALANCE CENTRE 
12100 Macleod Trail, Unit 707

Calgary, AB
T2J 7G9

Lymph Balance Centre Phone: 403- 472-3100
Lymph Balance Centre Website & Online Bookinghttps://www.lymphbalance.com

Tuesdays: 1pm-7pm
Wednesdays: 9:30am-3:30pm
Thursdays: 1pm-7pm

Fridays: 9:30am-3:30pm
Saturdays: 10am-2pm

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ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL LINKS

THE COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTORS OF ALBERTA (CCOA)

The College of Chiropractors of Alberta is responsible for the protection of the public and oversee the licensing and continued competency of members within the legislative framework of the Health Professions Act.

CANADIAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION (CCA)

Since 1953, the CCA has been the national voice for chiropractors, Canada’s trusted professionals for spine, muscle and nervous system health. The CCA promotes the unique value and expertise chiropractors offer.


The CCA works with other healthcare professional associations, governments and private health insurers to make chiropractic care accessible to all Canadians who want it within a robust healthcare system that emphasizes care through integrated healthcare professional teams.

CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA (CAA)

The CAA promotes and advocates for chiropractors in Alberta by helping their members build and develop their practices and grow the profession as a whole.