Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions like back, neck and shoulder pain are the leading cause of disability in Canada and can have a significant impact on your ability to work. 1

The Health2Work  program provides people  receiving  Ontario Works (OW) or a non-disabled family member  on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) within Waterloo Region access to MSK care. If MSK conditions are preventing you from working, the Health2Work program can help you get back to work or enter job-related training programs by offering chiropractic care, funded by the OW program.   

Program Benefits

  1. Reduce barriers to employment by addressing your underlying MSK conditions through timely assessment and treatment by a chiropractor.  
  2. Work with your chiropractor to help make decisions related to employment paths or job-related training programs based on your physical capabilities. 
  3. Connect with local health or community social services to help support your health and social needs.

Health2Work is a program developed by the Region of Waterloo, Community Services, Employment and Income Support team in partnership with the Ontario Chiropractic Association, Langs Community Health Centre and local chiropractors.

This program is currently offered in Cambridge and will be expanding to other cities and townships within Waterloo Region by the end of 2020.

Chiropractors provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment and self-management recommendations for your MSK condition. Your chiropractor will work together with your caseworker/employment facilitator, family physician/nurse practitioner and other providers in your circle of care, with your permission. 

Research supports chiropractic care and the effectiveness of spinal manipulation therapy in relieving back pain and improving short-term function.2 Chiropractors also offer a range of services including patient education, mobilization, soft tissue therapy and rehabilitative exercises to help manage pain.

How chiropractors treat your pain and get you moving:

  • Identify the source and cause of your pain
  • Education on how you can improve and prevent pain or injury
  • Exercises for at-home and on-the-go that help reduce pain and improve function
  • Soft tissue therapy, which involves using hands to work on muscles, tendons or ligaments
  • Chiropractic adjustments: hands-on joint movement to relieve pain and improve motion
  • Nutrition education: diet recommendations that can help with injury recovery and muscle and joint health

Conditions chiropractors treat:

  • Back, shoulder and neck pain
  • Strains and sprains
  • Headaches and whiplash
  • Work and sports-related injuries
  • Arthritis pain
  • Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs

[1]  Storheim K, & Zwart J. (2014). Musculoskeletal disorders and the global burden of disease study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73, 949-950.

[2] Qaseem, A., Wilt, T. J., McLean, R. M., & Forciea, M. A. (2017). Noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain: A clinical practice guideline from the
American College of Physicians noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain. Annals of Internal Medicine, 166(7), 514-530.