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Ab & Back Strengthening Belts

sleightysleighty Posts: 30
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Alternative Treatments
I am currently at 5 1/2 months post Microdiscectomy L5/S1 and doing relatively well (some pain when over doing it).

Due to my part time role as a swimming coach I have the fotune of interacting with physio's on a daily basis and 4 weeks ago I asked about Ab & Back strengthening belts and was told no one knew if they would help.

The belt consists of conductive pads (4 on the abs / 2 longer ones on the back). I thought I would have a go as I am aware based on reading my back well being is subject to my core strength and because since my surgery I have deteriorated in muscle strength and not yet attempted to do excessive situps due to fear of reinjury

In the first two weeks it didn't really make a difference and I DIDN'T have the back conductive pads switched on. Last week I felt stronger in my stomach muscles and generally felt better that POSSIBLY the belt was at some level stopping my muscle deterioration. This week I decided to turn the bad pads on and at present only feel some tightness in my lower back similar to when I initially started with the ab pads. At present I have no new pain.

Im happy in myself carrying on but I am curious if anyone has tried these kinds of equiptment and their results?


  • Hi Just thought I'd give an update:

    The AB belt I've been using for the last 5 weeks today gave me the first negative feeling. I felt this morning while using the AB belt (a 25min session 10mins in) a bout of my sciatica which lasted 3mins from my left buttock to my ankle. I would rank it as 4/10 pn pain.

    I had the belt 5 levels higher than normal (60 of 130 levels)which may have been the cause. Both the back and ab pads were in.

    I must say over the 5 weeks by stomach feels so much stronger. I feel like my posture is improved and overall I definately have a marked difference in my well being. For this reason I intend to continue using the belt for now and will keep the post updated if I have any further issues.
  • I knew I forgot something:

    One of the main benefits I've found is the belt appears to have made going to the toilet more regular and randomly I'm less constipated - which seems to have been a long term issue I got from being on the drugs so long.
  • Just thought I'd add to my ongoing trials of an Ab/back toning/strengthening belt.

    Everything seems to have evened off at the moment. I have been no further bouts of sciatic pain while using the belt but I have kept it on level 55 of 130. I definately continue to feel more positive about my injury now I can actually feel my stomach muscles again, and I remain very posture aware that I am standing straighter.

    On the bowels side of things I am more and more regular since using this beltwhich agains just adds that bit more of feeling 'normal' compared to how I have been feeling.

    I have also started another random trial. The shiatsu chair massagers which I always thought were crappy and just like rotating plastic pegs sticking into my back. I got a cheap £20 one this week to see if it could help with my back stiffness after running (which still causes me some issues). I've got to say when I lay it on my floor so it covers my bum to middle back it really seems to kneed out some of my knots and stiffness.

    Aware I may sound a loon but I'm the rights side of surgery now and just want to find simple ways of alleviating the nagging stiffness which is one of the few remaining issues I have post surgery.
  • I've continued to see benefits this week/ I've now increased the sessions from 25mins up to 40mins and on saturday tried to up the intensity on the belt back to level 60 where I previously had a bout on pain.

    I had no pain at level 60 and infact went up to level 65 of 130. I did have pins and needles in my left leg (previous problem leg) for 5mins during the session but I stayed on the level (55) until it when and then moved on up.

    I have this week removed the back plates for the belt as I was concerned I may not be doing myself any favours based on the stiffness each day when I use the belt. I've had no back stiffness since stopping and only improved core feeling.
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