Once you feel
low back pain, you don’t 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 begin moving and doing
what you did prior. Your
activities of daily life get finished. On occasions,
it takes a bit longer to return to the activities
and/or the way you do the activities. Back belts may help
with these residual issues of West Des Moines 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
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 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 allow for a steady
return to physical work activities to avert disability or sustain
the motion of these activities after a low back pain episode. (1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 wore either type of belt and those
who were healthy office workers) enhanced 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 beneficial in activities of
daily living of patients with low back pain and of healthy
office workers. (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa backs the use of tools that
keep our West Des Moines back pain patients active and moving
and confident in their ability to be active and moving. We work with
our patients to design a West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not involve
a back belt and monitor 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 belt for a time. There is
some controversy over belt use, but a back belt may also help as described
in these papers. Know that Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
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 managing
spinal stenosis and associated balance issues for which one test
is the sit-to-stand test described in these studies.
Make your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment
now. West Des Moines chiropractic care understands
the wanting to not ever feel back pain again. We want our
West Des Moines 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 integrated into a treatment plan alongside
spinal manipulation, nutrition, exercise, etc.