If you are receiving support from Ontario Works or you are a non-disabled family member of a person receiving support from Ontario Disability Support Program, the Health2Work program may be for you.
Ask your caseworker or employment facilitator about being referred to the Health2Work program. The program offers chiropractic care to help you manage your musculoskeletal pain (e.g., back, neck, shoulder, arthritis, work-related injury) so you can work or enter job-related training programs. It will also assist with making sure job training programs are a good fit for your physical abilities.
You have contacted your casework or employment facilitator about the Health2Work program. Now what?
Your chiropractor may be treating your back pain, neck pain, headache, or other aches and pains, but they need a complete picture of your health history in order to provide the best treatment for you.
On your first visit your chiropractor may ask about the following:
We understand unexpected situations can happen in day-to-day life. If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact your chiropractor as soon as you can to let them know you will have to reschedule.
Your chiropractor may ask you to complete exercises as part of your treatment plan. These exercise videos were developed by the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative and may be prescribed to you for neck or low back pain.
Consult your chiropractor before trying these exercises to make sure they’re right for you.
Click on the following links to go the patient exercise videos for neck pain:
Posture, neck stretching and shoulder stretching
Neck motor control and strengthening
Shoulder blade motor control, strengthening and shoulder strengthening
Click on the following links to go the patient exercise videos for low back pain:
Low back mobility (level 1)
Low back strengthening (stability) and motor control (level 2a)
Low back stretching (level 2b)
Low back strengthening/endurance (level 3)
Yoga exercises for low back pain
Sometimes pain, stiffness or an injury can stop you from being able to work. To help with this, chiropractic care is being offered to people receiving Ontario Works or non-disabled family members of a person receiving Ontario Disability Support Program in Waterloo Region. This new program will also assist with making sure that training programs are a good fit for your physical abilities. The goal is to treat your pain so you can work or enter job-related training.
Chiropractic is an evidence-based, non-invasive, hands-on health care that focuses on the musculoskeletal (MSK) system. The MSK system includes bones, muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments – it supports every movement you make. Chiropractic care is a safe approach to pain management.
Chiropractors will identify sources and causes of your pain and use a number of treatments that may include a combination of:
We are rolling out the program throughout Waterloo Region in several phases. As of December 2018, the program is available in Cambridge. The program is expected to expand to Kitchener and North Dumfries in November 2019. By September 2020, it is anticipated that the program will be available throughout Waterloo Region.
If you are receiving support from Ontario Works or are a non-disabled family members of a person receiving Ontario Disability Support Program in Waterloo Region and are experiencing MSK pain (e.g., back, neck, shoulder, arthritis, work-related injury), then you may be a candidate for this program. Your caseworker or employment facilitator can work with you to help determine if this program is a right fit for you.
You can be referred to the program by discussing it with your caseworker or employment facilitator. If you are part of local community agencies, such as Small Steps to Success, the Refugee Sanctuary Clinic, or Project Read, staff can also refer you to the program.
Our goal is to have you see a chiropractor within a week of your referral. We know how it feels to be in pain and want to get you in to see your chiropractor as soon as possible.
It is recommended you wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor. You may also want to think about where your pain is, how long you’ve been in pain and what your goals are for future careers or job training programs. It is also recommended you arrive ten minutes before your appointment so that you have time to complete the intake form, where these types of questions may be asked.
If you do not have a way of getting to and from appointments, speak to your caseworker or employment facilitator. They can help with the travel cost of getting you to and from appointments.
If you are unable to schedule child care, you can discuss this with your caseworker or employment facilitator. They can assist you with costs related to child care through Employment Related Expense Funding.
Chiropractors will have access to a translation service for most languages and will do their best to accommodate if you wish to communicate in a language other than English.
During your first visit, your chiropractor will ask if you are comfortable sharing your assessment and treatment information with your primary care provider. If comfortable, your chiropractor will reach out to your primary care provider and share your assessment and treatment information with them.
Your involvement in the Health2Work program can benefit others like you. You have the option to participate in a program evaluation. For more information on the evaluation speak to your caseworker or employment facilitator.