A weight belt is a piece of sports equipment, not a band aid for poor bracing mechanics.
The benefits of using a weight belt come to those who know how to do so with skill and execute with intentionality.
Weight belts help to increase intra-abdominal pressure. This pressure helps to create stability for the spinal joints of the low back.
The reason why this is beneficial in sport is because often times it’s the lumbar spine that is the hardest to stabilize, pressing against the belt takes some of the most difficult part of the lift and makes it a bit more manageable.
The reason why wearing a weight belt to alleviate low back pain with exercise is a problem is because in this example, you may develop some false confidence.
If you lack the skill to effectively use the belt, you run the risk of needing an excess of the intra-abdominal pressure the belt can create, and not know how to create it for yourself.
Therefore, you may experience back pain in the moment, it might be hours later, but the damage was done.
If you need a belt to lift without pain, let’s develop a plan for you to be able to ditch the belt.