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Richmond Back Pain Recovery and Movement Helped with Back Belts

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 lessens. You get moving and performing what you did prior.  Your activities of daily life get finished. Sometimes, it takes a bit longer to return to the activities and/or the way you do the activities. Back belts may help with these lingering issues of Richmond back pain.


A 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 decreased lumbar spine range of motion equally in low back pain patients as 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 gradual return to physical work activities to avert disability or retain the motion of these activities after a low back pain episode. (1) Johnson Chiropractic appreciates these additions to the healing process. 


Another 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 beneficial in activities of daily living of patients with low back pain and of healthy office workers. (2) Johnson Chiropractic backs the use of tools that keep our Richmond back pain patients active and mobile and confident in their ability to be active and mobile. We work with our patients to create a Richmond chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not involve a back belt and watch its use so that it remains a beneficial tool and not a hindrance to healing.


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 shown in these papers. Know that Johnson Chiropractic 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.

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Listen to this PODCAST 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 managing spinal stenosis and related balance issues for which one test is the sit-to-stand test described in these studies.

Set up your Richmond chiropractic appointment today. Richmond chiropractic care gets the desire to not ever feel back pain again. We want our Richmond back pain patients to realize that there is hope, there is help, and there is a return to life and its activities with tools like back belts integrated into a treatment plan with spinal manipulation, nutrition, exercise, etc. 

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