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McHenry Back Pain Recovery and Movement Helped with Back Belts

Once you experience low back pain, you don’t want to feel it again. Back pain, though, is not commonly a one and done condition, yet life marches forward and takes you with it. Pain diminishes. You get moving and doing what you did before.  Your activities of daily life get done. Sometimes, it takes a little longer to get back to the activities and/or the way you do the activities. Back belts may come in handy with these residual issues of McHenry back pain.


One 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 evaluated 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 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 allow for a steady return to physical work activities to prevent disability or sustain the motion of these activities after a low back pain episode. (1) OrthoIllinois 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 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 decreased pain intensity, pain-related anxiety, and pain catastrophizing. The researchers suggested that either type of belt may be helpful in daily life activities of patients with low back pain and of healthy office workers. (2) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic favors the use of tools that keep our McHenry back pain patients active and mobile and confident in their ability to be active and mobile. We work with our patients to create a McHenry chiropractic treatment plan that may or may not include a back brace and observe its use so that it remains a beneficial tool and not a deterrent to recovery.


We don’t 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 studies. Know that OrthoIllinois Chiropractic will work with you and your specific condition as to whether back belt use may be beneficial. 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 describes his use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for managing spinal stenosis and associated balance issues for which one test is the sit-to-stand test discussed in these studies.

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

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