Can Wearing Your Woolies Help Ease Your Low Back Pain? This Peer-Reviewed Study Says Yes!


The tenacious nature of chronic low back pain (LBP) makes it one of the most commonly reported medical complaints of adults over 40. While in many cases health care providers can identify the specific root cause of LBP and prescribe effective treatment, a vast majority of LBP complaints are non-specific in nature, meaning they cannot be linked to an identifiable source.

Non-specific LBP is most commonly treated with analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammato other health problems.

In a 2012 Turkish study, researchers wanted to cold or during temperature change, particularly at night.

The Study

Participants were 48 patients with chronic non-specific low back pain who volunteered for the study. There was no statistically significant difference between participant demographic and baseline characteristics such as age, gender, education, employment status, disease duration body weight and pain levels.

Participants were randomly assigned to record all medications taken during the study period, including analgesics, NSAIDs and muscle relaxants.

A pre-test was conducted for all participants using a questionnaire form, pain scale assessment, the Oswestry Disability Index (a questionnaire assessing pain and mobility levels) and the Schober test (a physical test assessing low back range of motion). The same battery of assessments was done at the end of two months, at the conclusion of the study.

The Findings

After two months, the treatment group who wore the woolen underwear showed significant reductions in pain intensity and disability, and significant improvements in lower back flexibility. Moreover, the control group recorded taking more analgesics, NSAIDs and muscle relaxants over the course of the study than the treatment group.

Researchers speculated that the added warmth provided by the woolen underwear was responsible for reduced muscle tension and stiffness, which in turn reduced pain and disability. They suggest that woolen underwear may be a cost-efficient and effective treatment for patients complaining of chronic non-specific LBP.

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