Vancouver 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 tasks? What do you do when you must move a heavy box? Reach for the back brace or brace yourself? The “brace yourself” option may be the better approach! Vancouver Spine Care Centre proposes back braces for back pain patients who may be helped by their support. We also suggest self-controlled actions to Vancouver back pain sufferers to protect the spine when its use is required (hefting 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 reducing low back pain or injury. 1380 published medical studies were reviewed. Reviewers uncovered no consistent evidence for back belt use to prevent low back pain or occupational back pain in workers. Absenteeism was not reduced with back belt use either. (1) Mind you, this review was of back brace use by asymptomatic workers. In this situation, the back belt is not for everyone. Now for Vancouver back pain sufferers, the back belt has benefits. Non-rigid lumbar support belts are reported to help non-specific low back pain sufferers with their pain and disability. (3) Deciding whether to use a belt or not is where your Vancouver back pain specialist at Vancouver Spine Care Centre comes in to determine what is best for each back pain sufferer. Each Vancouver back pain sufferer – office worker, factory worker, family manager, etc. - is distinctive and must be considered individually. Having all workers wear a back brace to try to decrease back pain for a few does not work as this paper shows that a back brace may benefit some but not all.

ABDOMINAL BRACING MAY WORK BETTER

Abdominal bracing is a self-regulated, pre-activity motion, a deliberate way of increasing spine stiffness to constrain spine displacement before doing a spine-demanding task. It appears to work according to researchers! Abdominal bracing is individually controlled. In a recent study, abdominal bracing significantly lessened sagittal plane motion from the lower thoracic spine (T12) throughout the lower lumbar spine (L4L5): by 45% at L4L5, by 94% at L1L2, and 50% at L5S1. Such self-bracing stimulated all abdominal and back muscles. Flexion motion was restricted at most of lumbar spine levels when challenging trunk flexion demands are encountered with abdominal bracing. (2) It’s worth knowing how to do! Vancouver Spine Care Centre is prepared to demonstrate you how to do this worthy move as part of your Vancouver chiropractic treatment plan!

SPINAL MANIPULATION WORKS FOR BACK PAIN

Vancouver Spine Care Centre uses a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan for those times when the back pain just will not go away. When work duties or chores leave 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 significance 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 Vancouver chiropractic appointment soon. We help our Vancouver workers and weekend warriors avert and recuperate from spine pain. 

 
Vancouver Spine Care Centre takes care of weekend warriors and daily laborers alike and directs them to the best way to protect their spines during work and projects.  
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