Once you feel
low back pain, you do not 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
diminishes. You start moving and performing
what you did before. Your
activities of daily life get finished. Sometimes,
it takes a bit 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 West Palm Beach back pain.
FOR WORKERS WHO LIFT, BEND, TWIST
study of material handlers with back pain assessed 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 reduced
lumbar spine range of motion equally in low back pain patients as
in healthy volunteers doing 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 great
outcome!) Belts may allow for a slow
return to physical work activities to avert disability or retain
the motion of these activities after a low back pain episode. (1) Chiropractic Care 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 three
groups (those with back pain who used either type of belt and those
who were healthy office workers) enhanced 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) Chiropractic Care favors the use of tools that
keep our West Palm Beach back pain patients active and mobile
and confident in their ability to be active and moving. We work with
our patients to design a West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not involve
a back belt and watch its use so that it
remains a helpful tool and not a deterrent to healing.
USING A BACK
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 papers. Know that Chiropractic Care 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.
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.
up your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment
soon. West Palm Beach chiropractic care understands
the desire to not ever feel back pain again. We want our
West Palm Beach back pain patients to know that there is hope,
there is a way, and there is a return to life and its activities via
tools like back belts integrated into a treatment plan alongside
spinal manipulation, nutrition, exercise, etc.