Bones, joints, and muscles
The key steps for relieving back pain
(ARA) - Back pain is the second most prevalent pain complaint,
second only to chronic headaches, according to the National Pain
Foundation. Statistics show that 50 to 80 percent of people will
be disabled by back pain at some point during their lives.
Do you suffer from chronic back pain at work? Have you been in
an accident that has damaged your spine? Many people claim that
the lower back is their "weakest link" and wish they
could do more to protect it and keep it in shape.
Visit with your doctor and discuss the type of back pain you're
experiencing. She can help pinpoint the area of pain, cause of
pain, stage of the injury (acute, sub-acute or chronic), and a
strategy for relieving the pain.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports:"The
majority of back pain occurs in the lower lumbar region, with
the most in the fourth and fifth lumbars adjacent to the sacrum."
Interestingly, strengthening and supporting your stomach muscles
is one of the keys to a stronger back.
Try this test. Overlap your hands and place them on your lower
belly. Then lift inward and upward. If you feel an immediate relaxation
in your lower back, you might need a lumosacral back support belt,
the most common type of belt.
A back support belt is a fantastic non-surgical option that helps
reduce pain and prevent injury by delivering the abdominal compression
critical for lower back support. Unfortunately, many people resist
using a belt because they've heard belts don't fit correctly,
make you sweat and are generally uncomfortable.
Don't let what you've heard deter you from trying a back belt,
a noninvasive option that is very affordable. You just need to
know what to look for so you get the right belt for you.
Core Products International, maker of a variety of therapeutic
products, has a patented CorFit Belt Fitting System that sizes
back support belts proportionally in both width and height. With
the CorFit 7000 that means a taller belt for a larger person and
a shorter belt for someone more petite—no more uncomfortable
gaps or digging into the ribs. The right size helps the belt stay
put where it should so you get the maximum comfort and benefit.
Other things to look for in a back belt include:
- Breathability: allows airflow
- Compression: provides circumferential pressure
around the joint and surrounding area
- Flexibility: allows freedom of movement
- Stability: provides additional support to
Many back belt manufacturers like Core provide ratings along
these support parameters.
Now that you have talked to your doctor and plan to use your
belt during periods of activity and when you need pain relief,
you can think about how to heal and strengthen the back so you
reduce and/or eliminate the pain in the future.
Maintaining a healthy weight
and exercising your muscles regularly is important to strengthening
the back and correcting problems. With the consent of your doctor,
try some mild exercises several times a week. For example, take
a walk or go for a swim. Get the family out for a hike or play
some ball with the kids. Exercise increases blood flow, which
provides fresh oxygen and nutrients to the muscles while removing
When you are at work or when you are exercising, remember to
practice proper body mechanics. When standing, use a neutral pelvic
position. When sitting, keep your knees and hips level and support
your lower back by using a good chair or using a lumbar support
cushion to promote proper posture. Always lift smart by letting
your legs do the work and ask for help if necessary.
For more information about CorFit Lumbosacral belts, visit www.CoreProducts.com
or call (877) 249-1251.
Courtesy of ARA Content