The Use of Sacroiliac Belts
Been looking for the perfect Sacroiliac belt to assist or reduce the pain around your lower back region? First you need to know the basics of SI joint pain and the different sacroiliac belts available that has different functionality. The sacroiliac joints’ basic function in the human body is to allow torsional or twisting motions each time a person moves his legs.
Although specialists in the field have now understood the concept of sacroiliac joint causing pain in the lower back, they are still puzzled regarding its evaluation and treatment because of the complexity of the joints’ anatomy and the movement patterns at the joints itself and around its immediate surrounding area. Nevertheless, it is confirmed that sacroiliac joint pain is often a result of tremendous pressure exerted on and against the sacroiliac joints, as when a person bends, sits for long periods, lifts heavy objects, and/or arches his body. The pain can range from a simple ache in the back to an excruciating affliction that may even bring the sufferer down to restricted mobility. Commonly affecting the young and the middle aged person, pain in sacroiliac joint is usually felt on either the left or right side on the lower back region and around the upper portion of the groin, buttock or thigh; although, in some rare cases, that pain can be experience on both two sides of lower back region. The affliction can radiate even down to the leg.
However, the afflicted individual can heal well with proper treatment. Aside from the usual pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medications that the doctor may prescribe, he or she may be advised to have sufficient rest without getting into activities that might trigger pain; refrain from sitting for long periods; apply warm packs over the painful areas or around those muscles that may have already tightened up, and to use a sacroiliac joint belt. The latter is a supportive device especially used to firm up the sacroiliac joints to lessen the pain.
A sacroiliac belt has a specialized compression feature that, when strapped in place, it serves as a stand-in for the dysfunctional muscles and ligaments, providing support to the sacroiliac joints and keeping it from getting overstretched. It is also purposely designed to be smaller so that it can snugly fit over the tailbone and hipbone areas. There are, actually, different types of sacroiliac belts, each designed according to the specific areas where pain attacks.
Types of Sacroiliac Belt:
Standard sacroiliac belt. This type is especially designed to support and stabilize the sacrum by pressing the sacroiliac joints together in the process of healing. At the same time, the standard SI belt firms up the trochanters, even as it relieves sciatica pain and scoliosis. This belt is suitable to use after an injury or after pregnancy.
Elastic sacroiliac belt. Especially designed with a 6-inch high back support, the elastic sacroiliac belt is suitable for low back pain relief. It has a posterior pocket with removable sacral pad for extra support, or for a cold therapy pack to help reduce inflammation.
Triple pull sacroiliac belt. This 6-inch high plush elastic belt provides maximum intra-abdominal pressure to strengthen the muscles, promote better circulation, and hasten healing.
Moreover, people whose regular activities involve heavy lifting are more prone to develop back injury; and so, an industrial belt, or back support belt, is suitable for them. The back support belt also comes in different types, namely:
Comfort back support belt. This has double side pulls and closures meant to provide support to the lumbar region for a wide range of activities. This helps minimize the risk of injury, and improves muscle strains.
Standard back support belt. Proportionately sized in height and length, this type of belt has internal safety suspenders intended to provide comfort even as it eases inflammation.
Elastic back support belt. Made of a high-quality elastic dual hook-and-loop side pulls, the elastic industrial back belt provides maximum compression to the abdomen to help lessen inflammation and stress on the lower back.
A sufferer of sacroiliac joint pain may choose any type of belt that would best suit him or her.