I have to "listen"to my back after years of lifting wrong because i thought it would be ok.
Not long ago i did a job with the 3x2 slabs and was wearing a belt all day for a week,now i have a numb thigh which will not go away,found out from Dr Internet that this is caused by wearing a weightlifters/builders belt,they trap or damage a nerve in the back going to the thigh.
So the moral of the story is when you are young listen to the old codgers and lift properly,and to those who use a belt only wear when needed.
I would never wear such a belt to save my back. That's not addressing the issue. I would look at alternative ways of lifting or using manual equipment to help such as trolleys or sticking rigidly to 2-man lifts etc.
Backs do not recover well, especially where fibrous tissue has been damaged over a long period of time.
ive got a double whammy back and knees thro years of abuse the only things that do them good is rest and sun neither of which i seem to get much of
i now try to sub - out all my landscaping and employ wherever possible others for clearance works
I had quite a few problems with my back. My chiropractor always advised me not to wear a belt. She also drilled it into me that my back would be damaged for ever and that it would always cause me problems. The best thing I ever did for my back was quitting the chiropractor. I found chiropractors useful for the initial period of pain but not much use long term.
I eventually went to an NHS class about back pain and we were shown all these stretches to do. The best thing about the class was that the instructor told me there was nothing seriously wrong with my back and that I should stop worrying about it so much and try and get on with things. That was a massive relief to hear that and probarbly aided my recovery more than anything else.
Having had a period of lower back pain, and after taking advice on here, started attending the local pilates class once a week.
>>stifle your giggling, you don't have to wear lycra>>
Remarkably, it seems to be working too, no problems since.