Back Supports & Back Braces Buyer’s Guide
Back Supports and Braces are designed to prevent and treat back pain by ensuring that your spine maintains its natural curves. Back Supports and Braces work in a number of different ways and in a wide range of situations. This Buyer’s Guide aims to help you to choose the best back support or brace for your particular circumstances.
Back Support Belts
Back Support Belts, have plastic or metal reinforcing struts that ensure an upright, extended posture and act as a physical reminder of the postural advice given by a physiotherapist, as part of the treatment of back pain. They provide extra support to the lower back and remove the strain on muscles, ligaments and discs of the lower back helping to prevent and treat low back pain, including pain arising after back surgery. Back support belts can also assist the physiotherapy treatment of low back pain conditions such as sciatica, slipped disc, herniated disc (slipped disc), degenerative disc disease, back arthritis, facet syndrome, back muscle strain and spinal stenosis.
Sports Support Belts
If you are returning to work or sporting activities following an extended lay-off because of a back injury or back surgery, it’s wise to wear a back support belt. Neoprene Sports. Support Belts, are particularly good for use during work and sporting activities, not only because they are light and comfortable, but also because they provide a superb combination of support, compression and heat retention, which relieves back pain and reduces back muscle spasm. Neoprene support belts are ideal for the prevention and relief of sciatica, herniated disc (slipped disc) and degenerative disc disease.
A Posture Corrector is a device that helps you to stand, or sit, maintaining the natural curve in the spine that is so important for preventing back pain. Back Support Belts, which provide extra posture support and compression to the lower back by means of plastic or metal reinforcing struts and/or compression straps, are posture correctors. Other posture correctors are wedge-shaped cushions, and lumbar rolls, that encourage you to sit without slouching and putting unnecessary pressure on the spine.
Car and Office Seat Cushions
Having a correct sitting posture is important in the treatment and prevention of low back pain such as degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, sciatica and spinal stenosis. In all of these painful back conditions it is important to maintain the natural forward curve of the lower back. Because they raise the hips and tilt the pelvis forward, corrective seats and cushions can prevent and relieve back pain when you have to spend long periods in your car or at your desk.
An alternative to corrective seats and cushions is a back support. Low Back and Wide Back Supports feature a moulded internal frame that is both firm and flexible, improving your posture and providing support and comfort. Back supports can be used in the car or office, with or without a corrective cushion, for the prevention and relief of lower back pain.
Designed to relieve back pain when you.ve damaged your coccyx (tail bone), a wedge-shaped high-density foam cushion with a cut-out coccyx area removes all pressure on your coccyx. The wedge shape improves your sitting position by raising your hips in relation to your knees, tilting your pelvis forward and restoring the natural curve of your spine. The coccyx cushion can prevent and relieve back pain when you have to spend long periods in your car or at your desk.
Pillows and Mattresses
If you suffer from low back pain conditions such as sciatica, slipped disc, herniated disc (slipped disc), degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, back muscle strain, spinal stenosis, or you have undergone back surgery, it is important that you support your back when you are in bed. Memory foam is a modern material that moulds to the shape of your body and always returns to its original shape when pressure is removed.
While you are asleep, memory foam mattresses and mattress toppers provide constant support to your spine, maintaining its natural curve, thus preventing and relieving low back pain. Similarly, a memory foam pillow does not squash flat, so it gives the head constant support and encourages correct spinal alignment, taking away strain and tension from the muscles of the upper back, preventing back pain.
Swiss Balls (Gym Balls)
The Swiss Ball (also known as a gym ball, physio ball or fit ball) is a versatile fitness tool that can be used for core strength, core stability, stretching, yoga and Pilates type exercises. All these exercises improve your posture and strengthen the back muscles, preventing low back pain. The mere act of sitting on a stabilised Swiss Ball can promote good posture. Once you have a back injury or are suffering back pain, the Swiss Ball can be used in the home to relieve the symptoms of low back pain, sciatica, herniated disc, facet syndrome, posture-related back ache and sacro iliac joint dysfunction.
Pregnant women commonly suffer from lower back pain due to sacro iliac (SI) joint dysfunction that stems from hormonal changes which cause ligaments to become lax. As a result of the baby’s growth and subsequent expansion of the mother’s tummy, standard SI joint supports can’t be worn comfortably. The Maternity Belt, which features a non-stretch back support with a fabric back panel and Velcro fastening, provides the ideal solution, as it fits low around the hips, thus supporting the sacro iliac joint and relieving back pain, without hindering the mother and baby.