Johnson Chiropractic Finds Back Belts Helpful While Patients Heal

September 11, 2018

“Should I wear a back support when I have back pain?” That’s a common question Johnson Chiropractic hears from Richmond chiropractic patients and others in Richmond who suffer with back pain and/or leg pain. Wearing Richmond back supports has been debated in the medical literature, and opinion fluctuates even from healthcare provider to healthcare provider. The current literature on wearing back supports suggests that it’s worthwhile and beneficial to use one for many when they have back pain. Johnson Chiropractic consults with each individual Richmond back pain sufferer to reveal the answer to the back support question as it pertains to his/her particular condition.


Johnson Chiropractic has heard the worry that back supports may weaken muscles. However, current research alludes that using a back brace doesn’t conclusively cause muscle weakness. (1) Elastic lumbar belts increased muscle strengthening, flexibility of lower extremities, flexion, and activities of daily living as well as reduced pain for low back pain patients. (2)


Johnson Chiropractic promotes activity while healing along with rest as necessary. Long past are the days of passive lying around for most Richmond back pain patients to heal which is why Johnson Chiropractic encourages gentle, tolerable movement to patients even though they may be concerned about moving and evoking pain. That’s where back belts come into play. Wearing a lumbar belt improves the functional status, pain level and pain medication use. (3) Back braces reduced pain and fear of pain in back pain patients. (4) Wearing a rigid back brace for 3 months helped 79% of patients with chronic low back pain experience 30% reduction in pain. (5) A soft lumbosacral support is more successful than a rigid one for posture control and pain control. (6) Johnson Chiropractic likes support belts that are comfortable and supportive.


Johnson Chiropractic hosts many Richmond stenosis patients every day! Spinal stenosis triggers back pain and occasionally other issues for which a back support is beneficial. Having spinal stenosis patients with intermittent claudication wear a low back brace produced reduced lordosis (spine curvature) and significant improvement in walking distance of at least 30% improvement in 82% of the patients. (7) 30% is a good clinical outcome! Medicine finds that 30% improvement makes an intervention worthwhile to use. (8) Back braces may be helpers for Richmond back pain patients!

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Schedule a Richmond chiropractic appointment at Johnson Chiropractic today. Together, Johnson Chiropractic and you will answer the question of whether you should wear a back support while recovering from Richmond back pain.

Richmond back pain sufferers using back support belts are supported and reminded to move carefully while healing.