Once you experience low back pain, you do not want to feel it again. Back pain, though, is not typically a one and done condition, yet life marches forward and takes you with it. Pain lessens. You start moving and doing what you did prior. Your activities of daily life get done. On occasions, it takes a little longer to return to the activities and/or the way you do the activities. Back belts may come in handy with these lingering issues of Easley back pain.
BACK BELTS FOR WORKERS WHO LIFT, BEND, TWIST
One study of material handlers with back pain compared the use of extensible, non-extensible, and no belts in back pain patients and healthy control volunteers. The researchers checked for two outcomes: pain-related and biomechanical. As far as biomechanical outcomes go, both the belt types decreased lumbar spine range of motion the same in low back pain patients and in healthy volunteers performing small and deep trunk flexion motions. (Yay!) Both belts also reduced pain, the fear of pain, and the catastrophizing of pain in the back pain patients. (Another benefit!) Belts may permit for a steady return to physical work activities to avert disability or maintain the motion of these activities after a low back pain event. (1) Young Chiropractic appreciates these additions to the healing process.
BACK BELTS FOR OFFICE WORKERS
Another study of extensible, non-extensible, and no belt use in low back pain office workers was performed. Biomechanically, belt use in all three groups (those with back pain who used either type of belt and those who were healthy office workers) benefitted sit-to-stand movement. For the back pain patients, belt use decreased pain intensity, pain-related anxiety, and pain catastrophizing. The researchers proposed that either type of belt may be beneficial in activities of daily living of patients with low back pain and of healthy office workers. (2) Young Chiropractic backs the use of tools that keep our Easley back pain patients active and mobile and confident in their ability to be active and mobile. We work with our patients to create a Easley chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not include a back brace and observe its use so that it remains a beneficial tool and not a hindrance to recovery.
USING A BACK BELT
We do not want you to fear using a back brace for a time. There is some controversy over belt use, but a back belt may also help as described in these studies. Know that Young Chiropractic will work with you and your specific condition as to whether back belt use may be beneficial. All of us just want pain relief and a return to activities that you like.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He describes his use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for managing spinal stenosis and associated balance issues for which one test is the sit-to-stand test discussed in these studies.
Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment soon. Easley chiropractic care understands the desire to not ever feel back pain again. We want our Easley back pain patients to know that there is hope, there is help, and there is a return to life and its activities via tools like back belts incorporated into a treatment plan with spinal manipulation, nutrition, exercise, etc.