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Colorado Springs 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 chores? What do you do when you must relocate a weighty box? Reach for the back brace or brace yourself? The “brace yourself” alternative may be the better approach! The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR proposes back braces for back pain patients who may be helped by their support. We also suggest self-controlled actions to Colorado Springs back pain sufferers to safeguard the spine when its use is demanded (hefting boxes, digging holes, raking, etc.)


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 uncovered no consistent evidence for back brace use to stop low back pain or occupational back pain in workers. Absenteeism was not decreased 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 Colorado Springs back pain sufferers, the back belt has advantages. Non-rigid lumbar support belts are reported to help non-specific low back pain sufferers with their pain and disability. (3) Deciding whether to use a belt or not is where your Colorado Springs back pain specialist at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR comes in to determine what is best for each back pain sufferer. Each Colorado Springs back pain sufferer – office worker, factory worker, family manager, etc. - is distinctive 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 demonstrates that a back brace may benefit some but not all.


Abdominal bracing is a self-controlled, pre-activity motion, a deliberate way of enhancing spine stiffness to limit spine displacement before doing a spine-demanding task. It seems to work according to researchers! Abdominal bracing is individually controlled. In a recent 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 activated all abdominal and back muscles. Flexion motion was limited at most of lumbar spine levels when sudden trunk flexion demands are encountered with abdominal bracing. (2) It is worth knowing how to do! The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is eager to show you how to do this worthy move as part of your Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment plan!


The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR offers a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan for those times when the back pain just will not stop. 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 be able to shovel snow!

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

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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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