The Back Support BeltThe back belt is worn to support your back, which is especially needed while doing back-related activities. It helps to prevent injuries if heavy weights are lifted, repetitive movements are performed such as bending, pulling and pushing, that involve physical stress over the spine and back. It also helps to maintain the correct posture, and assists you to recover from back injuries. Back belts are also called "abdominal binders" or "lumbar support belts".
People who have back problems or any complication with lumbar are very likely to suffer with lower back pain. Mid-aged and old people are more likely to experience this type of pain every day. There can be many possible causes for this condition, which often makes it difficult to find out what the actual cause is, for example, lifting heavy objects, poor posture, child birth, any injury or disease are the likely causes.
Back belts are much needed by people who work in industries such as warehouse workers, airline baggage handlers, grocery clerks etc., specifically to prevent injuries while lifting objects. Back belts are lightweight in nature and worn around the lower back which provides support to the lumbar.
In general, the pain comes from the ligaments, muscles and joints, and most sufferers do not have significant damage to their spine. Sometimes, people wearing back belt might expose themselves to a greater risk of injury, believing that they are under the safeguard of the belts.
Back belts are commonly used in cases of:
• Laparoscopic Abdominal Surgery
• Lower Back Support
• Post birth or 2-3 weeks post c-section or any abdominal surgery.
• Abdominal support where compression may ease discomfort, e.g. hernia
How back support belts work?The principle behind the working of back belts is that the belt reduces the forces which act upon the spine that may cause stiffening of spine or increase pressure on the abdomen. More research is needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of back belts to prevent ergonomic injuries.
The back belts (abdominal binder) is an important surgical body garment used in the early post-operative phase of surgeries whether open incision or laparoscopic. As a lower back pain support belt, it can also provide relief to the abdomen, hips and the lower back.
Back Belts serve many important functions, especially after any abdominal surgery. It provides support and compression to both the lower and upper abdomen, improves blood circulation and oxygen levels at the affected region, improves breathing, reduces swelling and speeds up the healing process. This enables the patient to walk around easily and recover quickly. Back Belts prevents lower back pain and stiffness and is ideal for men and women alike.
Pricing of Back BeltsIn US, the price may range from $50 -$100, while in Europe, a typical one would cost about £22.
How to wear a Back Support Belt 1. Size: Make sure you have the right size when you need to wear back belt. Measure around your low back region to determine the correct size.
2. Make sure the side seams of the back belt are aligned with your pant seams.
3. Make sure the belt width covers the lumbar (low back) and sacral (tail bone) area.
4. Make sure the top edge of the belt is at or below the navel.
5. Make sure the two surfaces are properly matched up, else it won't stay in the proper position.
6. On putting the belt, do not suck the stomach inside or let the midsection (belly) hang out. Maintain a neutral comfortable position.
7. If the belt has extra support flaps, bring them to the front and Velcro fully to use them for extra support around your waist.
8. In case of injury or inflammation, an ice pack used along with back belt might be helpful. Take an ice back and place it in the lower back region and then put the belt on top of the ice. This will cause numbing sensation and decrease inflammation.
9. The belt must not be worn too tight. It would make the person difficult to move around, be uncomfortable and might also cause difficulty in breathing.
Points to RememberDon't use washing machine to clean the belt, rather hand-wash it in cold water and let it air dry in shade so that the fibers do not break down and strength of the belt is retained.
If available, prefer a lumbar support belt with double side pulls and suspenders for extra support.