Once you experience
low back pain, you don’t want to experience it again.
Back pain, though, is not commonly a one and done condition,
yet life goes on and takes you with it. Pain
diminishes. You get moving and performing
what you did before. Your
activities of daily life get finished. On occasions,
it takes a little 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 Groton 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
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 and
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 great
outcome!) Belts may permit for a slow
return to physical work activities to avert disability or retain
the motion of these activities after a low back pain event. (1) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office 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 three
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 proposed
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) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office favors the use of tools that
keep our Groton back pain patients active and moving
and confident in their ability to be active and mobile. We work with
our patients to create a Groton 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 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 shown
in these studies. Know that Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office 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.
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
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.
up your Groton chiropractic appointment
soon. Groton chiropractic care understands
the wanting to not ever feel back pain again. We want our
Groton back pain patients to realize that there is hope,
there is help, and there is a return to life and its activities via
tools like back belts incorporated into a treatment plan alongside
spinal manipulation, nutrition, exercise, etc.