Oxford 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! Satterwhite Chiropractic recommends back braces for back pain patients who may be helped by their support. We also propose self-controlled activities to Oxford back pain sufferers to safeguard the spine when its use is required (hefting boxes, digging holes, vacuuming, etc.)

BACK BRACES FOR BACK PAIN PREVENTION: Not All It Seems

Asymptomatic workers were told to wear back belts at work with the aim of decreasing low back pain or injury. 1380 published medical studies were considered. Reviewers found no consistent evidence for back belt use to avoid low back pain or occupational back pain in workers. Absenteeism wasn’t decreased 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 Oxford back pain sufferers, the back belt offers advantages. 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 Oxford back pain specialist at Satterwhite Chiropractic comes in to determine what is best for each back pain sufferer. Each Oxford 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-controlled, pre-activity motion, a voluntary way of enhancing spine stiffness to restrict spine displacement before doing a spine-demanding task. It appears to work according to researchers! Abdominal bracing is personally controlled. In a new study, abdominal bracing significantly reduced 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 limited at the majority of lumbar spine levels when sudden trunk flexion demands are met with abdominal bracing. (2) It’s worth knowing how to do! Satterwhite Chiropractic is prepared to show you how to do this worthy step as part of your Oxford chiropractic treatment plan!

SPINAL MANIPULATION WORKS FOR BACK PAIN

Satterwhite Chiropractic uses a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan for those occasions when the back pain just won’t stop. 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 importance 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 Oxford chiropractic appointment soon. We help our Oxford workers and weekend warriors avert and recover from spine pain. 

 
Satterwhite 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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