Once you feel
low back pain, you don’t want to experience it again.
Back pain, though, is not typically a one and done condition,
yet life goes on and takes you with it. Pain
lessens. You begin moving and doing
what you did before. Your
activities of daily life get done. Sometimes,
it takes a bit longer to get back to the activities
and/or the way you do the activities. Back belts may come in handy
with these lingering issues of Severna Park back pain.
FOR WORKERS WHO LIFT, BEND, TWIST
study of material handlers with back pain compared the use of
extensible, non-extensible, and no belts in healthy and in back pain
patients. 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 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 great
outcome!) Belts may permit for a steady
return to physical work activities to prevent disability or retain
the motion of these activities after a low back pain event. (1) Back And Neck Care Center appreciates these additions to the healing process.
FOR OFFICE WORKERS
study of extensible, non-extensible, and no belt use in low back pain office
workers was done. Biomechanically, belt use in all the
groups (those with back pain who wore either type of belt and those
who were healthy office workers) enhanced 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 helpful in daily life activities of patients with low back pain and of healthy
office workers. (2) Back And Neck Care Center favors the use of tools that
keep our Severna Park back pain patients active and moving
and confident in their ability to be active and moving. We work with
our patients to design a Severna Park chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not involve
a back belt and monitor its use so that it
remains a helpful tool and not a deterrent to healing.
USING A BACK
We do not
want you to fear using a back brace for a while. There is
some controversy over belt use, but a back belt may also help as described
in these studies. Know that Back And Neck Care Center 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 like.
Back And Neck Care Center
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 related balance issues for which one test
is the sit-to-stand test described in these studies.
Schedule your Severna Park chiropractic appointment
soon. Severna Park chiropractic care gets
the desire to not ever feel back pain again. We want our
Severna Park back pain patients to know that there is hope,
there is help, and there is a return to life and its activities with
tools like back belts integrated into a treatment plan with
spinal manipulation, nutrition, exercise, etc.