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St. Francisville 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 have to relocate a heavy package? Reach for the back brace or brace yourself? The “brace yourself” alternative may be the superior approach! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville recommends back braces for back pain patients who may be helped by their support. We also suggest self-controlled activities to St. Francisville back pain sufferers to safeguard the spine when its use is demanded (moving boxes, digging holes, raking, etc.)


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 considered. Reviewers found no consistent evidence for back brace use to prevent low back pain or occupational back pain in workers. Absenteeism wasn’t reduced with back belt wearing either. (1) Mind you, this review was of back brace use by asymptomatic workers. In this circumstance, the back belt is not for everyone. Now for St. Francisville 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 St. Francisville back pain specialist at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville comes in to determine what is optimal for each back pain sufferer. Each St. Francisville back pain sufferer – office worker, factory worker, family manager, etc. - is unique and must be addressed individually. Putting a back brace on all workers in an effort to decrease back pain for a few does not work as this paper demonstrates that a back brace may work for some but not all.


Abdominal bracing is a self-regulated, pre-activity motion, a voluntary way of enhancing spine stiffness to restrict spine displacement ahead of a spine-demanding task. It appears to work according to researchers! Abdominal bracing is personally controlled. In a new 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 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! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is eager to show you how to do this worthy move as part of your St. Francisville chiropractic treatment plan!


Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville offers a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan for those occasions 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 mixes gentle, relieving spinal manipulation with specific exercise and nutritional advice to get 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 enable her to shovel snow!

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

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville 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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