Call us to set up an appointment! Herndon (703) 561-0600 Ashburn (703) 723-4040

Ashburn Chiropractic Incorporates Abdominal Bracing and Back Brace Wearing for Patients to Protect Their Spines

Daily laborer or weekend warrior…how to do get ready for spine-demanding chores? What do you do when you have to move a weighty box? Reach for the back brace or brace yourself? The “brace yourself” alternative may be the superior approach! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn recommends back braces for back pain patients who may benefit from their support. We also propose self-controlled actions to Ashburn back pain sufferers to protect the spine when its use is required (hefting boxes, digging holes, raking, etc.)

BACK BRACES FOR BACK PAIN PREVENTION: Not All It Seems

Asymptomatic workers were directed to wear back belts at work with the intention of decreasing low back pain or injury. 1380 published medical studies were reviewed. Reviewers found no consistent evidence for back brace use to stop low back pain or occupational back pain in workers. Absenteeism wasn’t decreased with back belt use either. (1) Mind you, this review was of back brace wearing by asymptomatic workers. In this circumstance, the back belt is not for everyone. Now for Ashburn back pain sufferers, the back belt offers benefits. Non-rigid lumbar support belts are reported to help non-specific low back pain sufferers with their pain and disability. (3) The decision of belt use is where your Ashburn back pain specialist at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn comes in to determine what is optimal for each back pain sufferer. Each Ashburn back pain sufferer – office worker, factory worker, family manager, etc. - is distinctive and must be addressed individually. Putting a back brace on all workers to try to reduce back pain for a few does not work as this paper shows that a back brace may benefit some but not all.

ABDOMINAL BRACING MAY WORK BETTER

Abdominal bracing is a self-controlled, pre-activity motion, a voluntary way of increasing spine stiffness to constrain spine displacement ahead of a spine-demanding job. It seems to work according to researchers! Abdominal bracing is individually controlled. In a recent study, abdominal bracing significantly reduced sagittal plane motion from the lower thoracic spine (T12) throughout the lower lumbar spine (L4L5): by 45% at L4L5, by 94% at L1L2, and 50% at L5S1. Such self-bracing initiated all abdominal and back muscles. Flexion motion was limited at the majority of lumbar spine levels when sudden trunk flexion demands are encountered with abdominal bracing. (2) It is worth knowing how to do! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is prepared to demonstrate you how to do this worthy move as part of your Ashburn chiropractic treatment plan!

SPINAL MANIPULATION WORKS FOR BACK PAIN

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn offers a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan for those occasions when the back pain just won’t go away. When work duties or chores leave your spine - cervical, thoracic or lumbar - hurting, The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management combines gentle, relieving spinal manipulation with specific exercise and nutritional advice to get you back to life.

CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jenna Kloor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes the value of helping a patient be able to do something like walking to help herself as she recovered from her back pain episode with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and even enable her to shovel snow!

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic visit soon. We help our Ashburn workers and weekend warriors prevent and recover from spine pain. 

 
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn takes care of weekend warriors and daily laborers alike and directs them to the best way to protect their spines during work and projects.  
« View All Spine Articles
"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."