Once you experience
low back pain, you do not want to experience it again.
Back pain, though, is not typically a one and done condition,
yet life goes on and takes you with it. Pain
diminishes. You start moving and doing
what you did prior. Your
activities of daily life get done. On occasions,
it takes a bit longer to get back to the activities
and/or the way you do the activities. Back belts may help
with these lingering issues of La Grande back pain.
FOR WORKERS WHO LIFT, BEND, TWIST
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
checked for two outcomes: pain-related and biomechanical. As
far as biomechanical outcomes go, both the belt types reduced
lumbar spine range of motion the same in low back pain patients and
in healthy volunteers doing 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 allow for a gradual
return to physical work activities to prevent disability or retain
the motion of these activities after a low back pain event. (1) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC 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 done. Biomechanically, belt use in all the
groups (those with back pain who used either type of belt and those
who were healthy office workers) enhanced sit-to-stand
movement. For the back pain patients, belt use reduced pain
intensity, pain-related anxiety, and pain catastrophizing. The researchers proposed
that either type of belt may be beneficial in daily life activities of patients with low back pain and of healthy
office workers. (2) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC favors the use of tools that
keep our La Grande back pain patients active and moving
and confident in their ability to be active and mobile. We work with
our patients to create a La Grande chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not incorporate
a back belt and watch its use so that it
remains a beneficial tool and not a deterrent to healing.
USING A BACK
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 studies. Know that Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC 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.
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
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 studies.
Schedule your La Grande chiropractic appointment
now. La Grande chiropractic care understands
the wanting to not ever feel back pain again. We want our
La Grande back pain patients to know that there is hope,
there is help, 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.