Once you feel low back pain, you do not want to feel it again. Back pain, though, is not commonly a one and done condition, yet life goes on and takes you with it. Pain lessens. 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 lingering issues of Nashua back pain.
BACK BELTS FOR WORKERS WHO LIFT, BEND, TWIST
A 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 evaluated 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 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 steady return to physical work activities to avert disability or retain the motion of these activities after a low back pain episode. (1) Moriarty Chiropractic appreciates these additions to the healing process.
BACK BELTS FOR OFFICE WORKERS
Another 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 used either type of belt and those who were healthy office workers) benefitted sit-to-stand movement. For the back pain patients, belt use decreased 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) Moriarty Chiropractic backs the use of tools that keep our Nashua back pain patients active and mobile and confident in their ability to be active and moving. We work with our patients to design a Nashua chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not involve a back belt and observe its use so that it remains a beneficial tool and not a hindrance to recovery.
USING A BACK BELT
We do not want you to fear using a back belt for a while. There is some controversy over belt use, but a back belt may also help as shown in these papers. Know that Moriarty Chiropractic 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.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He discusses 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.
Set up your Nashua chiropractic appointment today. Nashua chiropractic care gets the desire to not ever feel back pain again. We want our Nashua 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 incorporated into a treatment plan alongside spinal manipulation, nutrition, exercise, etc.