West Des Moines Chiropractic Incorporates Abdominal Bracing and Back Brace Wearing for Patients to Protect Their Spines

Daily laborer or weekend warrior…how to do prepare for spine-demanding tasks? What do you do when you have to move a weighty box? Get the back brace or brace yourself? The “brace yourself” option may be the superior approach! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa recommends back braces for back pain patients who may be helped by their support. We also suggest self-controlled activities to West Des Moines back pain sufferers to protect the spine when its use is demanded (hefting boxes, digging holes, raking, etc.)


Asymptomatic workers were told to wear back belts at work with the aim of reducing low back pain or injury. 1380 published medical studies were reviewed. Reviewers uncovered no consistent evidence for back brace use to stop low back pain or occupational back pain in workers. Absenteeism was not decreased with back belt wearing either. (1) Mind you, this review was of back brace wearing by asymptomatic workers. In this situation, the back belt is not for everyone. Now for West Des Moines back pain sufferers, the back belt has benefits. Non-rigid lumbar support belts are reported to help non-specific low back pain sufferers with their pain and disability. (3) Deciding whether to use a belt or not is where your West Des Moines back pain specialist at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa comes in to figure out what is best for each back pain sufferer. Each West Des Moines back pain sufferer – office worker, factory worker, family manager, etc. - is distinctive and must be considered individually. Having all workers wear a back brace to try to decrease back pain for a few does not work as this paper shows that a back brace may work for some but not all.


Abdominal bracing is a self-monitored, pre-activity motion, a voluntary way of enhancing spine stiffness to restrict spine displacement before doing a spine-demanding job. It appears to work according to researchers! Abdominal bracing is personally controlled. In a new study, abdominal bracing significantly lessened sagittal plane motion from the lower thoracic spine (T12) through 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 met with abdominal bracing. (2) It is worth knowing how to do! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is eager to show you how to do this worthy movement as part of your West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan!


Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan for those times when the back pain just won’t stop. When work duties or chores leave your spine - cervical, thoracic or lumbar - hurting, The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management mixes gentle, relieving spinal manipulation with specific exercise and nutritional advice to return you back to life.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jenna Kloor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes the importance 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 be able to shovel snow!

Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment soon. We help our West Des Moines workers and weekend warriors avert and recover from spine pain. 

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa takes care of weekend warriors and daily laborers alike and guides them to the best way to protect their spines during work and projects.  
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