This is low back pain guide 7 of 10 and in this guide I focus on wearing back support

A lumbar support belt is a tight fitting, broad, elasticised belt worn around your waist and upper hips. A good lumbar support belt may help to relieve low back pain and sciatica by stabilising your pelvis, joints and lumbar spine.

The general design for a lumbar support belt resembles a girdle that fastens in the front; they may have a combination of Velcro and buckles on the front that let you adjust it for a comfortable fit while still providing support.

Along the lumbar area of the lower back, the belt normally is designed with extra padding to cushion the area as well as provide back support. Many designs include a non-roll pattern that helps to keep the lumbar belt in place even during strenuous activity. Lumbar support belts may be worn to help provide back pain relief or to help prevent back pain from developing.

They are highly effective for people seeking relief from pain because they support the low back area making it possible for strained muscles to relax.

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