Once you experience
low back pain, you don’t want to feel it again.
Back pain, though, is not commonly a one and done condition,
yet life goes on and carries you with it. Pain
lessens. You start moving and doing
what you did prior. Your
activities of daily life get finished. 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 residual issues of Ashburn 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
evaluated for two outcomes: pain-related and biomechanical. As
far as biomechanical outcomes go, both the belt types reduced
lumbar spine range of motion the same in low back pain patients and
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 gradual
return to physical work activities to avert disability or sustain
the motion of these activities after a low back pain event. (1) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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 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 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) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn favors the use of tools that
keep our Ashburn back pain patients active and moving
and confident in their ability to be active and mobile. We work with
our patients to create a Ashburn chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not involve
a back brace and monitor its use so that it
remains a beneficial tool and not a deterrent to healing.
USING A BACK
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 Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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 enjoy.
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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 papers.
Make your Ashburn chiropractic appointment
soon. Ashburn chiropractic care gets
the wanting to not ever feel back pain again. We want our
Ashburn back pain patients to realize that there is hope,
there is a way, 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.