What is a Lumbar Belt?

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Lumbar belts are devices designed to provide support to the lumbar region. Typically, they are recommended for people with lower back problems or anyone who does a great deal of lifting and bending as part of their daily routine. Belts of this type vary from simple models that are purchased over the counter in retail stores to more specialized belts that are only available with a prescription from a physician.

The general design for a lumbar support belt resembles a girdle that fastens in the front. Typically, the belt will feature a combination of Velcro® and buckles on the front, making it possible to adjust the device to 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. For people seeking relief from pain, the belts often work better than a back brace, in that the belts encompass the entire area and make it possible for strained muscles to relax. The lumbar belt can also be worn whenever the individual engages in any activity that places stress on the lower back.


Some types of the lumbar or sacral belt are relatively thin in construction and can be worn underneath clothing. Other designs are bulkier and are more comfortable when worn over clothing. The choice of which type of lumbar belt to wear is often determined by the lifestyle of the individual. For example, people who work in warehouses and routinely do heavy lifting would go with the bulkier belt and its enhanced back support. Someone who does relatively little heavy lifting but is being treated for back pain may find the thinner versions to be an acceptable option.

Selecting the right lumbar belt is a task that should be done with the help of a healthcare professional. Your physician can often help you understand exactly what qualities you need in terms of support for the lower back region, based on your work and hobbies. Often, purchasing a belt over the counter is sufficient. However, in advanced situations, your doctor may specify a lumbar belt designed to assist with specific types of back problems. In some areas of the world, these specialized belts are covered by health insurance when your physician writes out a formal prescription for the device.


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This blog is indeed very helpful especially since i work for very long hours just sitting up in front of the personal computer and it gets uncomfortable for me especially when it gets painful. Thank you that was very informative.

Please also research the lumbar back support belt. It can also be related to this as well as it can minimize lumbar back pain. It is highly recommended. Thanks again.

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