Once you feel
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 get moving and doing
what you did before. 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 help
with these lingering issues of Minster 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 back pain patients and healthy control volunteers. 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 equally in low back pain patients as
in healthy volunteers performing 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 maintain
the motion of these activities after a low back pain episode. (1) Minster Chiropractic 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 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 helpful in activities of
daily living of patients with low back pain and of healthy
office workers. (2) Minster Chiropractic Center backs the use of tools that
keep our Minster back pain patients active and mobile
and confident in their ability to be active and moving. We work with
our patients to design a Minster chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not include
a back brace and observe its use so that it
remains a beneficial tool and not a hindrance to recovery.
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 shown
in these studies. Know that Minster Chiropractic 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 enjoy.
Minster Chiropractic 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 treating
spinal stenosis and related balance issues for which one test
is the sit-to-stand test discussed in these studies.
up your Minster chiropractic appointment
now. Minster chiropractic care understands
the wanting to not ever feel back pain again. We want our
Minster back pain patients to realize that there is hope,
there is a way, 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.