Posture is of the utmost importance in maintaining overall health. In fact, bad posture is the single most common reason people suffer from lower back pain and anterior pelvic tilt. We’ve already discussed some other common causes of lower back pain. But one of the major reasons for lower back pain is prolonged sitting. Many people are sitting for work, sitting during the commute to and from work, sitting at home to their favorite television shows to relax after work….this constant sitting can actually have long term negative effects on the health! This is why it is essential to maintain proper posture while sitting, standing, or walking. Read on to find out how wearing a back brace could very well improve your posture.
Why Use A Back Brace?
Maintaining good posture all the time is no easy task. If you’re forced to be in the same position all day, it is tough to keep the same sitting position. You may start with great posture, but as the clock ticks and the hours roll by you may sink and revert to a lazy sitting position. This can prove very strenuous on your back.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to trick your body to maintain good posture is by using a back brace. Back braces are designed to improve your posture by helping you maintain proper spinal position. This is achieved by limiting the movement of the spine. Back braces will not only help you maintain good posture, it helps train your body to prefer this posture. Muscles will naturally adapt to the proper position over time, and you can slowly minimize the amount of time you wear a back brace.
Common Types of Back Brace
There are two major types of back braces available on the market. You can go with either a rigid brace or hard brace, or instead opt for a soft brace or corset. Braces can cost anywhere from $20 to upwards of $50. This is but a small investment considering it can be your shortcut to permanently improve your posture.
Rigid braces like Boston Overlap braces and Thoracolumbar Sacral Orthosis (LSO) braces are form fitting and made of plastic. When fitted properly, these braces will restrict your spines movement by 50%. Injuries such as fractures and spinal injuries will often be treated with rigid braces. Rigid braces are the more effective choice as they really limit your movement, but they are primarily used after an injury.
At other times doctors will recommend using corset braces. These are generally used for limiting spine movement after a lumbar fusion. Corset branches prevent you from bending forward, allowing to let the bone grow faster because of little motion.
Other Benefits of Using a Back Brace
For most people who suffer from back pain due to poor posture habits, using a back brace is a good habit to indulge. Feel the unexplained lower back pain melt away after a week of proper posture maintenance! Back braces serve to keep your spinal position correct when walking, standing, or sitting. And as mentioned above, if you’re suffering from a back or spinal injury that will be irritated with too much movement, back braces will limit this movement to promote faster healing.
All of those reasons aside, a back brace can make the difference in influencing you to maintain an upright position as you go through your day to day obligations.