Once you experience low back pain, you do not want to experience it again. Back pain, though, is not commonly a one and done condition, yet life marches forward and takes you with it. Pain diminishes. You start moving and performing 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 residual issues of Augusta back pain.
BACK BELTS FOR WORKERS WHO LIFT, BEND, TWIST
A study of material handlers with back pain assessed the use of extensible, non-extensible, and no belts in back pain patients and healthy control volunteers. The researchers evaluated 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 as in healthy volunteers doing small and deep trunk flexion motions. (Yay!) Both belts also decreased 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 sustain the motion of these activities after a low back pain event. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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 the groups (those with back pain who wore either type of belt and those who were healthy office workers) benefitted sit-to-stand movement. For the back pain patients, belt use reduced pain intensity, pain-related anxiety, and pain catastrophizing. The researchers suggested 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) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic backs the use of tools that keep our Augusta back pain patients active and mobile and confident in their ability to be active and mobile. We work with our patients to create a Augusta chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not incorporate a back belt and observe its use so that it remains a helpful tool and not a hindrance to recovery.
USING A BACK BELT
We don’t 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 Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic will work with you and your specific condition as to whether back belt use may be of value. All of us just want pain relief and a return to activities that you enjoy.
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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 treating spinal stenosis and associated balance issues for which one test is the sit-to-stand test described in these studies.
Set up your Augusta chiropractic appointment today. Augusta chiropractic care understands the wanting to not ever feel back pain again. We want our Augusta back pain patients to realize 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.