Back and Lumbar
Back Pain Are back belts helpful Do they work
Oh, gee! My name is Brad Heineck. I’m a physical therapist. I just demonstrated a technique on how not to live resulting in back pain. We're going to talk about back belts and the benefits of back belts.
Back belts as a tool for body mechanics in keeping your back safe, it can be a good tool. I’ve done research on it to find out what the studies say, the official studies. They go all over the place from yes, they’re a good thing. They decrease stress on the back. They decrease injuries too. They support the body too much. They help weaken the core muscles and they're no good or they just don't do anything at all.
Overall, when I have a patient with back pain and I talk to them about back belts and if they like them and they’ve been using it at work, I think there's nothing wrong with them if you use them right. That's what I had to go over regardless of the research. People wear them. You need to use them properly.
This is one of my favorite back belts. Most back belts that you'll find now will be made of elastic, with Velcro just like this one. It’s stretchy. This one happens to have the shoulder straps, which I really like. Well, I’ll get into the reason for the shoulder straps a little bit.
As far as the position of the back belt, you’re going to go right around the lumbar spine. In the back, if you look at your belt line, it should cover that half way down a little bit lower. The nice Velcro strap and there you go.
Now you're going to find if you are working with a factory, you do lifting out in intervals where you lift for 5 to 10 minutes unloading a truck and then there's another 20 minutes before you do any lifting, you certainly don't have to have the back belt on all the time.
You can loosen it up. I see people in warehouses, et cetera that do just that. There's nothing wrong with that.
As far as the shoulder straps, why did they have shoulder straps? Is it to hold it up? That's one reason. When it’s loose, it doesn't drop down and it's right there. When you're ready to use it, it's there.
But the other thing is like before when I came in, bending over to lift up the chair, the shoulder straps are there. They’ll move on your shoulders and you'll feel that because you forget you’re wearing a back belt. But when you move forward, they tug on your shoulders. It reminds you, oh yeah, I should lift properly.
When you put the back belt on, that's not the green light that you can lift like that. It’s there as a reminder to lift properly. You don't see weightlifters put their heavy-duty leather belts on and they’re lifting properly. It's just there for additional support for injury reduction. That’s what the shoulder straps are for.
This back belt and if you’re going to purchase a back belt, I like that once they have the straps just like and now the Velcro is getting in my way a little bit. There we go all.
We can actually have additional lumbar support straps, elastic bands. If I'm going to pick up something heavy, I strap the main one on and then I’ll pull like this and put extra support there and give extra support and then do the lift, get the chair out of the way back.
Then you're going to continue to lift. You can be able to take these and loosen them up a little bit so you get some relief there. It's just an additional support that some back belts have. I really like it. I suggest getting that add-on with it.
Back belts are great. Use them properly. Don’t overuse them. I think you'll have better results with your back over longer.