How to choose
a support corset
The choice is not easy, because there are many factors to consider. But there are many models from which you can find the right one for your own back.
Back orthoses are a good support to protect the back from injury and to get the spine used to adopting a correct posture.
Other important elements are: size, construction, comfort, fit, functionality and materials used.
If you sit at the computer all day long, you need a corset that keeps your shoulders straight.
Most people with back pain have poor posture.
The use of a lumbar roller or a standard corset, on the other hand, keeps the body in a correct sitting position.
Low back pain limited to the lower part of the back experiences improvement when wearing an orthopedic corset.
This support structure envelops the abdomen and has one or two straps for fastening.
In general, someone who carries heavy loads chooses these orthopedic supports in order to have better support.
The benefit of the orthosis is the ability to transfer weight from the ribs and back vertebrae directly to the pelvis. Thus, the load on the lumbar spine is significantly reduced.
If pain and fatigue affect only part of the back, it is better to choose an orthosis designed specifically for the part of the back (back, shoulders, lower back) than one designed for global support.
For better comfort and longer stability, it is recommended to choose a corset made of breathable material.
The design is also very important. Some corsets offer more comfort than others.
The support orthosis with two crossed straps provides support and corrects the posture.
If the bandage is easy to adjust, it is also easier to put it on during the day.
An inflatable orthosis can be better adjusted. It can be inflated or emptied as needed. When working or exercising, greater support can be helpful, while the pressure can be relaxed at rest.
Scoliosis and pregnancy
There are special back orthoses for scoliosis, a malposition of the spine. These support corsets range from the pelvis to the upper back or neck.
Also, pregnant women may have problems with their back due to the increasing weight they have to carry.
There are special orthoses for use during pregnancy that relieve the back muscles.
Before choosing a back brace, it is recommended to consult a doctor.
The orthosis must fit snugly to the body, but must not hinder blood circulation.
To obtain adequate stabilization, a corset with support rods should be worn. The soft models are waist belts that only serve to warm the back.
Often, for people with serious health problems who cannot stand or walk on their own, orthopedists recommend a rigid corset that stabilizes the shoulders and pelvis.
Unfortunately, this orthosis usually does not allow the patient to maintain an upright posture, so it must be tried out before buying.
One should make sure that the corset can be returned to the seller within a few days if it is not suitable.
The only way to find out if the corset is the right type, is the right size, and also reduces pain is to wear it for a few days.
In the case of latex allergy, it is possible to narrow down the search by searching for brands whose orthoses are made of a different composition.
What types of back orthoses are available?
Posture support for the shoulders.
Focuses on the upper back and shoulder area.
Originally designed for horse racing, this product is ideal for poor posture, which can cause back pain and muscle tension.
It is specially designed to accustom the shoulders not to bend forward.
The corset is comfortable, so it can be worn while working, sitting and moving.
This product can be worn under or over clothing.
By learning to keep the back straight, breathing is improved and the spine straightens.
This product is not indicated for people with reduced mobility of arms and shoulders if no one can help them put on the corset.
Saunders postural orthosis
It focuses on the back and shoulders.
Their unique design in the waist area not only prevents posture with forward-facing shoulders, but also helps with the correct alignment of the spine.
The crossed straps gently pull the shoulders, spine and lumbar spine into a neutral position to reduce back pain.
The elastic straps on the arm are covered with soft cotton fabric. They therefore do not pinch and the elastically adjustable waistband ensures a custom-made fit.
ProLite Lo Plus is an ultra-light belt that supports the lower back in a largely inconspicuous way.
Provided with a rigid rear strut, it brings pain relief for those who occasionally suffer from low back pain or muscle weakness.
Recommended support corsets
We have selected two models of support corsets that we also recommend to our patients, especially in acute periods of back pain.
The back support belt Rehband 7732 is an excellent product to support the spine and ensure a correct posture during heavy work, walking, on the motorcycle, etc.
The quality of the material is excellent (it is breathable neoprene that does not interfere even in summer), it is easy to put on and adjust.
This lumbar corset contains 4 plastic rods that do not inhibit movement.
There are different sizes, the largest is XXL with 110 cm circumference.
Disadvantage: It is slightly heavier than other models.
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Mueller orthopedic back support belt, with removable padding
Evaluation: This adjustable back brace is designed to relieve back pain caused by muscle strains, contractures, and vertebral joint problems (such as herniated disc, protrusion or osteoarthritis).
The tissue of the orthosis is breathable.
The bandage is comfortable and can be worn all day long.
It is adjustable and can be adapted to all sizes.
The orthosis can be washed by hand with cold water and a mild detergent.
It is best to remove the lumbar pad and wash the two parts separately.
The height of the bandage is 23 cm at its widest point.
The size is uniform for a waist from 71 to 127 cm. There are several reviews on Amazon that confirm the practicality of this back brace from Mueller, and our customers are also very satisfied with the material and effectiveness.
Risks of an orthosis for the back
There are two types of orthoses for the lumbar spine:
- Rigid corsets that immobilize the bone and muscle structure of the vertebral acid.
- Soft and elastic abdominal bandages or orthoses, also known as a lumbar corset and intended to support the spine.
Excessive and constant use of a corset can weaken the lumbar muscles. It should only be worn in extreme cases and only if recommended by a doctor.
Specialists recommend wearing the corset if the person performs an activity that endangers his shoulders.
When the work, which can damage the back, is finished, the corset should be removed.
If the right corset is not chosen, damage to the back can occur.
Adults and children diagnosed with scoliosis or curvature of the spine will need a personalized support corset tailored to the type and degree of scoliosis.
It may be necessary to restrict movement or merely reduce pain without limiting movement.
If the freedom of movement is restricted too much, this can negatively affect the quality of life and thus the recovery.
Exercises for the back
Support corsets are only temporary remedies.
For a healthy back, an exercise program to strengthen the lumbar region is essential.
In case of prolonged pain, it is advisable to contact a professional physiotherapist to find a solution.
It is always important to see a doctor if the pain persists.
In this case, the use of a corset can aggravate the problem.
The cervical support can be rigid, soft or semi-rigid.
The rigid cervical orthosis (cervical splint) is adapted to circumstances in which significant damage is present, such as severe cervical distortion in the acute phase, a fracture or facet joint syndrome, in which the cervical support limits the backward inclination of the neck.
In severe whiplash, the cervical orthosis helps prevent muscular spasms, which can increase pain and prolong the healing process of the muscles.
In case of mild whiplash, cervical support is not recommended because it prolongs the recovery process.
Many patients with cervicobrachialgia (pain radiating from the neck to the arm) experience relief and a decrease in symptoms when wearing cervical support.
There are many different types of neck orthoses nowadays, both in terms of the model and the materials used. Some may be resistant to extremely hot outside temperatures.
There are cervical supports with an inner lining that absorbs excess heat when the temperature rises and releases the heat when the temperature drops.
In most cases, prolonged use of a neck brace can weaken the neck muscles and lead to instability, rigidity and psychological dependence.
The prolonged use of cervical support must therefore be accompanied by a regular exercise program for the neck.
The choice of neck support is very individual and must be made according to the complaints you suffer from and the recommendations of the healthcare professional.
There are orthoses in different sizes, which are adapted to the height and width of the neck.
ProCare Patriot ® – Cervical Support
ProCare Patriot® is a one-piece orthosis that provides adequate support. It limits flexion, extension and rotation of the cervical spine to support the patient’s healing process after trauma.
It is made of resistant polyethylene and lined to provide the patient with maximum comfort.
This cervical support is adjustable by adults and children depending on the neck height.
The large tracheal opening allows quick access to the carotid pulse to measure the heart rate in an emergency.
The orthosis is made of materials that do not contain latex.
The purchase is possible here:
The cervical support ProCare Patriot is used to limit rotation, extension and flexion of the cervical spine.
- Stabilization of the neck during an emergency tracheotomy
- Support for cervical distortion
- Reducing the intake of anti-inflammatory drugs
- Reduction of cervical pain
- Improvement of the functioning of the neck
- Improving the quality of life
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