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

Daily laborer or weekend warrior…how to do get ready for spine-demanding tasks? What do you do when you have to relocate a heavy box? Reach for the back brace or brace yourself? The “brace yourself” alternative may be the better approach! Manahawkin Chiropractic Center recommends back braces for back pain patients who may be helped by their support. We also propose self-controlled actions to Manahawkin 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 directed to wear back belts at work with the aim of lessening low back pain or injury. 1380 published medical studies were reviewed. Reviewers found no consistent evidence for back belt use to stop low back pain or occupational back pain in workers. Absenteeism was not reduced with back belt utilization 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 Manahawkin 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) The decision of belt use is where your Manahawkin back pain specialist at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center comes in to figure out what is optimal for each back pain sufferer. Each Manahawkin back pain sufferer – office worker, factory worker, family manager, etc. - is distinctive and must be addressed individually. Having all workers wear a back brace in an attempt to reduce back pain for a few does not work as this paper demonstrates that a back brace may benefit some but not all.

ABDOMINAL BRACING MAY WORK BETTER

Abdominal bracing is a self-controlled, pre-activity motion, a voluntary way of increasing spine stiffness to limit spine displacement before doing a spine-demanding task. It appears to work according to researchers! Abdominal bracing is individually controlled. In a new 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 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! Manahawkin Chiropractic Center is prepared to demonstrate you how to do this worthy movement as part of your Manahawkin chiropractic treatment plan!

SPINAL MANIPULATION WORKS FOR BACK PAIN

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center presents a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan for those times when the back pain just won’t 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 value of helping a patient be able to do something like walking to help herself as she recuperated from her back pain episode with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and even enable her to shovel snow!

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

 
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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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