Breaking: Study Validates Foot Levelers Custom Orthotics Significantly Reduce Low Back Pain, Help Reduce Reliance on Opioids

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What could eclipse the eclipse?

In our world–in the world of safe, effective pain management and the fight to save lives as the national opioid emergency rages on–it’s a new, major research study that proves what we’ve know for over 65 years:

Foot Levelers + Chiropractic care significantly reduce Chronic Low Back Pain

by an average of 40.4 percent.

Published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the study hits the print stands September 1. Click here or scroll down to view the full news release.

Foot Levelers custom orthotics, like Chiropractic care, are safe, painless, non-invasive and cost-effective–in stark contrast to risky, expensive surgery.  It’s important to note that Chiropractic is, and has always been, a proudly drug-free approach to care.

Got Pain? Avoid the knife and potentially life-threatening drugs. Call 800.553.4860 to find a Foot Levelers doctor near you.

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ROANOKE, VA—August 22, 2017—A conclusive new study, “Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial” conducted by National University of Health Sciences and published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation shows that Foot Levelers custom orthotics, particularly in combination with chiropractic care, significantly reduce Low Back Pain (LBP). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports 80 percent of adults experience LBP at some point in their lifetime and it’s the single leading cause of disability worldwide, with many taking prescription drugs for pain relief – which often leads to long-term drug abuse and addiction.

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“The study unequivocally confirms what we have known for over 65 years: Foot Levelers custom orthotics are a powerful first-line treatment in the battle against LBP,” says Kent S. Greenawalt, CEO of Foot Levelers, the world’s leading provider of custom-made functional orthotics and other therapeutic products. “There is significant scientific evidence that explains the foot-spine connection, but the bottom line is that using Foot Levelers to balance and support the feet—the foundation of the body—helps balance and support the spine. This study is another striking development in the case for evidence-based, conservative care of LBP, which in the face of America’s ongoing opioid crisis, is more important news than ever.”

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A Chiropractor resident treats a patient in Hayward, California

Key Findings

  • Foot Levelers orthotics significantly reduce Low Back Pain 34.5 percent
  • Foot Levelers orthotics plus chiropractic care reduce Low Back Pain 40.4 percent
  • Foot Levelers alone or in conjunction with chiropractic care improves function:  18.5 percent and 32.3 percent, respectively

Methodology

  • Outcomes assessed at six weeks. Outcomes also assessed after 12 weeks, and then after an additional three, six, and 12 months.
  • Improvements in both pain and in function as measured on the Numeric Pain Rating Scale and functional health status (Oswestry) scale.
  • 225 subjects with LBP were randomly assigned to one of three groups:
  1. Wait-list: no treatment for 6 weeks.
  2. Foot Levelers Shoe Orthotic Group: treatment plan consisted of Foot Levelers custom orthotics only.
  3. Plus Group: treatment plan of Foot Levelers custom orthotics plus chiropractic care.

Manuel Duarte, DC, MSAc, DABCO, and DACBSP, Chair of Clinical Practice at National University of Health Sciences, (Lombard, IL) and one of the study’s lead researchers, says, “LBP is one of the most common reasons cited for missed work and the NIH study confirms more than one quarter of adults reported LBP during the past three months.  Most alarming is the link between LBP and the deadly opioid epidemic, a challenge that is effectively addressed when Foot Levelers custom orthotics and drug-free chiropractic care are the first-line approach for LBP pain management.”

More on this important breaking story coming soon!

Media Contact:
Foot Levelers, Inc.
Elizabeth Parsons, 540-682-2336
Elizabeth.Parsons@FootLevelers.com

5 Reasons to Choose Custom Orthotics for the Treatment of Low Back Pain

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1. The feet are the body’s foundation. Just like a building, fixing problems in the foundation can help with problems throughout the structure.

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“…I have to load 5,000 pigs every 4 months. This entails many hours of walking on cement alleyways. I couldn’t help load without my Foot Levelers!” –Farmer Donita Koberg Platz of Minnesota

2. “Bad” feet are linked to bad backs—the research proves it. Fixing bad feet can make a huge difference in the treatment of low back pain.

3. Your feet may feel just fine—but they could be causing problems up above. Foot imbalance or dysfunction is often “silent,” but it can have ripple effects, transferring problems (and pain) to the low back.

4. Your feet are as unique as your fingerprints; your orthotics should be too. Only custom orthotics can account for differences between your right and left foot, and can include accommodations for your specific feet, body and low back pain.

5. Custom orthotics are built just for you based on a highly detailed 3D scan of your feet. Performed by a skilled health professional, the scan is sent to Foot Levelers’ team of trained design technicians, who in turn create your 100% unique, tailored product.

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Patient receives a 3D laser scan on Foot Levelers’ 3D BodyView. The highly detailed image becomes like an architectural drawing for our design team. They’ll use it to create the patient’s custom orthotics.

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Don’t be fooled by the over-the-counter junk; these mass-produced, generic insoles can actually worsen your pain over time. Most cases of low back pain respond to conservative care like Chiropractic adjustments plus custom-made orthotics; no need for dangerous surgery or addictive drugs. 

For lasting pain relief, improved biomechanics and health benefits that radiate throughout the body, choose custom orthotic support. Your feet, and your body, will thank you.

Media Alert: Foot Levelers Named as World Federation of Chiropractic’s (WFC) Premier Corporate Sponsor in Historic Agreement

WFC-2016-Logo-multilingualAs the Exclusive Premier Corporate Partner of the WFC, Foot Levelers Further Extends Its International Presence and Legendary Support of the Chiropractic Profession

ROANOKE, VA—April 7, 2017—Foot Levelers, the world’s leading Chiropractic supplier and manufacturer of custom orthotics, has been named as the WFC’s (World Federation of Chiropractic) new Premier Corporate Partner.

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Dan of Foot Levelers (right) shows off our new Kiosk at the WFC Assembly event in D.C.

Foot Levelers made the announcement just prior to the WFC’s Assembly of Members, which was held March 13-14 in Washington D.C. As the exclusive Premier Corporate Partner of the WFC, Foot Levelers further extends its international presence and legendary support of the Chiropractic profession.

Addressing delegates at the Assembly, Foot Levelers CEO Kent S. Greenawalt spoke of his support for the aims and objectives of the WFC: “Foot Levelers has been supporting doctors of Chiropractic in their practices for 65 years,” he said. “During this time, we have evolved with the Chiropractic profession and are now pleased to be supplying orthotics in 83 countries around the world. Partnering with the WFC seemed natural to us and we are delighted to share its aims and objectives in advancing the Chiropractic profession.”

He continued: “At a time where low back pain has been identified as the leading global cause of disability and where the overuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions, we know that Chiropractic is uniquely positioned to deliver non-drug, non-surgical solutions. The safe, effective care that Chiropractic doctors are delivering to patients around the world translates to improved health for millions. Foot Levelers is extremely pleased to be working with the WFC at a time where the world needs more Chiropractors.”

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L-R Kent S. Greenawalt, our Fearless Leader; Dr. Richard Brown of the WFC, and Dawn Galbraith, Foot Levelers Sr. Vice President

WFC Secretary-General Dr. Richard Brown commented: “The WFC is thrilled to have signed this 3-year agreement and are proud that Foot Levelers will be partnering with us to further our mission of advancing awareness, utilization and integration of Chiropractic internationally. Foot Levelers has an outstanding global reputation and the quality of their products is unparalleled.”

He continued: “We are looking forward to a relationship where the ultimate beneficiary will be Chiropractic. The expertise and corporate support that Foot Levelers brings to the WFC will make an enormous difference to the projects and initiatives that we are looking to undertake in the coming years. To have a Premier Corporate Partner of this caliber is a huge boost to the WFC’s ability to exert influence around the world.”

About World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC): The WFC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that represents the Chiropractic profession internationally. Its members are the national associations of 93 countries in seven world regions. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the WFC is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization.

Back from D.C.!

Just a few pics of the team at DC2017, the 14th WFC Biennial Congress in the historic Washington Hilton, March 15th-18th. We were excited to meet with Chiropractors from all over the world plus learn about the latest and greatest in the profession. Speaking of latest and greatest (if we DO say so ourselves) — we showed off our new Kiosk!

For the first time, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), and the Association for Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) joined forces to present a world-class Chiropractic program featuring the latest in scientific research, global perspectives on the future of the profession, and inspirational sessions delivered by the profession’s thought leaders and content experts.

On March 14th at the National Press Club, our CEO Kent S. Greenawalt delivered opening remarks at the official launch event for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress‘s  “Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic” campaign. Chiropractic, Kent argues, can lead the charge in reversing America’s ongoing opioid epidemic with its staggering implications on communities, families and the American healthcare system.

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You can view the moving presentation here.