How to avoid unnecessary spinal surgery COPA therapy bridging the gap in the research

How to avoid unnecessary spinal surgery: COPA therapy bridging the gap in the research.

Chronic pain can happen to anyone at any time. This can be triggered by an injury or years of build-up and without any warning; you’re in pain. This pain can be very sudden and severe and really impact your daily life.

This is when people turn to chiropractors, physiotherapists, Osteopaths – you name it – looking for someone to cure their pain. However, many patients claim that none of this works for them. This is a really dangerous situation as this can lead people being sent to unnecessary spinal surgery. Research suggests that up to 90% of spinal surgery is unnecessary; and this is the failure to achieve pain relief that causes such a tragic statistic [1].

“When Physical therapy fails, patients become at risk for spinal surgery they do not need.[2]

So, we must ask this question: Why is physical therapy failing? There is no doubt that physiotherapist, Osteopaths, etc are highly skilled. But there must be a reason why this industry is failing to manage pain, why there’s so many unnecessary spinal surgeries and why 15.5 million in the UK alone suffers from chronic pain; that’s 34% of the UK population [3]!

To cause such considering statics, there must be a lack of research in chronic pain. There is not enough knowledge on the cause or how to treat chronic pain and this has a detrimental effect. The NHS spends an average of £10 billion on lower back pain alone [4]. Solving this problem will save the NHS billions and save the population from experience such severe pain during their lifetime.

This is exactly was CT Clinic, based in West Didsbury, Greater Manchester, wants to do. As pain specialists, we are passionate about curing pain. We believe that the source of the pain is muscle stiffness and have created an innovative technique to cure patients of their pain completely; COPA therapy. This may appear to be a bold claim; however, COPA therapy has resulted in over 20,000 pain free patients and this success has not gone unnoticed. CT Clinic has nearly 70 five star google reviews and many video testimonials. From this it is clear what a difference effective pain treatment can make to people’s livelihoods.

COPA therapy, is a combination of techniques including, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture. Together this creates a powerful technique that allows the practitioner to penetrate into the smallest of muscles to cure the pain.

Patients who have been told their pain is ‘untreatable’ and take the max amount of pain killers a day have experienced significantly less pain after one session of COPA therapy. After a few sessions under their personal treatment plan the pain is eliminated completely. Not only this, but our practitioners coach the patient on how to avoid futures episodes by looking at their entire lifestyle; sleeping, posture, diet and career.

But CT Clinic wants to do more. With the success of this innovative treatment, CT Clinic aims to prove that muscle stiffness is the source of the pain scientifically. With the help of Myoton technology CT Clinic hopes to do just that. Myoton is the ONLY reliable machine in the world that can measure muscle stiffness in a non-invasive way, along with also measuring biomechanical and viscoelastic properties. The machine is very simple and shows the state of the muscles within 1 minute and that is why is used by NASA and over 600 universities around the world.

The results CT Clinic has collected so far is promising and this knowledge combined with COPA therapy has the potential to create positive change in the pain management industry.

If you want to know more about CT Clinic, call us on 0161 4597 034 or email You can find more information about us on our website and social media sites @ctclinic.

We treat pain differently.

By Ellen Maynard-Smith
Business Developer


[1] Wagner, M (2011) Are many spinal surgeries unnecessary? [Last accessed 02/03/2022].

[2] Hauser, R, Steilen-Matias, D, Hutcheson, B (2022). [Last accessed 02/03/2022].

[3] Versus Arthritis (2018). [Last accessed 02/03/2022].

[4] The British Pain Society (2018),the%20UK%20economy%5B3%5D. [Last accessed 02/03/2022].