Advantages of back support braces? Should I wear a back support brace? Will it make my muscles waste away? Will I become dependent on wearing it?
Advantages & benefits of using a back support brace:
Most back support braces today will have a compression in them that pulls the back brace to give you a very snug fit all around you. Many back injuries or back conditions end up in a revolving circle of inflammation and muscle spasm due to an acute injury or a chronic condition that flare up.
The causes of back pain are varied, because of the anatomy and function demanded of our spinal column.
Bracing is a good choice for conservative treatment. When there is back pain regardless of what the cause of it is, the reaction of the musculature is to contract into involuntary spasm or voluntary contraction of the muscles so they protect the injured or inflamed joint and soft tissue. The muscles often go into “overdrive” with good intentions of protecting the spine.
Using a back brace, it allows the core muscles that are supporting the spine to relax and not be in “overdrive – protection mode “ You are able to get up from sitting or lying down and move around more than you would with a back spasm that would hinder your movement.
Important advantage that a back support brace provides is PROPRIOCEPTION.
*Dictionary.com, the definition of proprioception is:
The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself. In humans, these stimuli are detected by nerves within the body itself, as well as by the semicircular canals of the inner ear. The back brace provides external proprioception to the person wearing the brace allowing them to move, sit, and maintain a better posture while recovering.
Conditions where a back brace may be useful:
Sprain /strain – acute
Instability: chronic or traumatic
Bulging or herniated disc
De-conditioned or postural back pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
There are many types of back braces on the market today: good quality, bad quality, expensive ones, inexpensive ones, braces for different parts of the back: mid-spine and lower lumbar, tailbone or sacrum.
There are also many different designs that are using different materials such as elastic, soft plastic, hard plastic metal, velcro and laces.
It is important to find a back support brace that: