Back support belts are designed to encourage proper spinal alignment by adding compression to your abdomen and lower back. This compression provides your lower back with additional stability during physical activities that involve long periods of stranding, repetitive motions, and lifting. The back support belts that we carry feature adjustable suspenders for simple alignment, hook and loop flaps for a comfortable fit, and spandex construction providing breath-ability.
In a workplace where lifting, holding, carrying, lowering, placing, objects during material handling is involved, preventing back injuries can be a challenging task. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are over one million back injuries suffered by workers every year, that’s one of every five work-related injuries. Going further, twenty-five percent of worker’s compensation claims are the result of a back-related injury, of which four out of five involved the lower back and seventy-five percent occurred during lifting. Wearing a good back support belt and using proper lifting techniques may have prevented many of these back injuries.
A back support belt worn around your middle or lower back will help support your back and abdominal muscles will help prevent injuries during repetitive tasks like bending, pushing, pulling, and lifting. These back support belts will reduce the direct force on your spine by encouraging proper posture while bending, pushing, lifting, and other back-related tasks and minimizing the risk of injury. All of the back support belts that we carry include shoulder straps or suspenders that help keep them securely in place, further encouraging proper posture and providing additional support to your back.
A back support belt by itself is not enough. You need to make sure you are wearing it properly, using proper lifting techniques, and maintain proper posture. Let’s face it, if you don’t wear your back support belt correctly or have it on too loose, you’re not going to get the support you need. Always read and follow the included manufacturer’s suggestions when using any power tools or safety equipment. Be sure to use your legs and not your back when lifting heavy objects. Improper lifting of heavy objects and awkward postures will greatly increase your chance of injuring your back.
Although there is no way to completely eliminate back injuries in the workplace, using proper back support belts along with proper lifting technique is the best way to minimize back injury. If you’re not sure of which back support belt is right for you, contact us by phone or email and we’ll be happy to help you select the style and size that is right for you.