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Sitka Back Pain Recovery and Movement Helped with Back Belts

Once you feel low back pain, you don’t 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 lessens. You begin moving and doing what you did prior.  Your activities of daily life get finished. 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 residual issues of Sitka back pain.


One study of material handlers with back pain assessed the use of extensible, non-extensible, and no belts in back pain patients and healthy control volunteers. 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 as 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 great outcome!) Belts may permit for a slow return to physical work activities to prevent disability or sustain the motion of these activities after a low back pain episode. (1) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka appreciates these additions to the healing process. 


Another study of extensible, non-extensible, and no belt use in low back pain office workers was done. 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 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) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka favors the use of tools that keep our Sitka back pain patients active and mobile and confident in their ability to be active and moving. We work with our patients to design a Sitka chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not involve a back belt and watch its use so that it remains a helpful tool and not a hindrance to healing.


We do not want you to fear using a back brace for a while. There is some controversy over belt use, but a back belt may also help as described in these papers. Know that Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka 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 managing spinal stenosis and related balance issues for which one test is the sit-to-stand test discussed in these studies.

Set up your Sitka chiropractic appointment soon. Sitka chiropractic care gets the desire to not ever feel back pain again. We want our Sitka back pain patients to know 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. 

Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka offers support for the benefit of back belts for back pain sufferers as they resume activities of daily living. 
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