Williamson Chiropractic Incorporates Abdominal Bracing and Back Brace Wearing for Patients to Protect Their Spines

Daily laborer or weekend warrior…how to do prepare for spine-demanding chores? What do you do when you need to move a heavy package? Reach for the back brace or brace yourself? The “brace yourself” alternative may be the superior approach! Apple Country Chiropractic proposes back braces for back pain patients who may benefit from their support. We also suggest self-controlled activities to Williamson back pain sufferers to safeguard the spine when its use is demanded (moving boxes, digging holes, raking, etc.)

BACK BRACES FOR BACK PAIN PREVENTION: Not All It Seems

Asymptomatic workers were directed to wear back belts at work with the aim of decreasing low back pain or injury. 1380 published medical studies were reviewed. Reviewers uncovered no consistent evidence for back brace use to stop low back pain or occupational back pain in workers. Absenteeism wasn’t reduced with back belt use either. (1) Mind you, this review was of back brace wearing by asymptomatic workers. In this circumstance, the back belt is not for everyone. Now for Williamson back pain sufferers, the back belt offers benefits. Non-rigid lumbar support belts are reported to help non-specific low back pain sufferers with their pain and disability. (3) The decision of belt use is where your Williamson back pain specialist at Apple Country Chiropractic comes in to figure out what is best for each back pain sufferer. Each Williamson back pain sufferer – office worker, factory worker, family manager, etc. - is unique and must be considered individually. Putting a back brace on all workers in an effort to decrease back pain for a few doesn’t work as this paper shows that a back brace may work for some but not all.

ABDOMINAL BRACING MAY WORK BETTER

Abdominal bracing is a self-monitored, pre-activity motion, a voluntary way of increasing spine stiffness to restrict spine displacement before doing a spine-demanding job. It seems to work according to researchers! Abdominal bracing is personally controlled. In a recent study, abdominal bracing significantly lessened sagittal plane motion from the lower thoracic spine (T12) through the lower lumbar spine (L4L5): by 45% at L4L5, by 94% at L1L2, and 50% at L5S1. Such self-bracing initiated all abdominal and back muscles. Flexion motion was restricted at most of lumbar spine levels when abrupt trunk flexion demands are encountered with abdominal bracing. (2) It is worth knowing how to do! Apple Country Chiropractic is prepared to show you how to do this worthy movement as part of your Williamson chiropractic treatment plan!

SPINAL MANIPULATION WORKS FOR BACK PAIN

Apple Country Chiropractic offers a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan for those occasions when the back pain just won’t go away. When work duties or chores result in your spine - cervical, thoracic or lumbar - hurting, The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management combines gentle, relieving spinal manipulation with specific exercise and nutritional advice to return you back to life.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jenna Kloor on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes the value of helping a patient be able to do something like walking to help herself as she recovered from her back pain episode with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and even be able to shovel snow!

Schedule your Williamson chiropractic appointment soon. We help our Williamson workers and weekend warriors avert and recover from spine pain. 

 
Apple Country Chiropractic takes care of weekend warriors and daily laborers alike and guides them to the best way to protect their spines during work and projects.  
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