Invented in 1931, the back brace was one of the first widely-used methods of correcting a curved spine. It physically bent the person’s back so that they would be held in the correct position for as long as they wore it. This brace was extremely uncomfortable but the most reliable back brace at the time.
Back braces have evolved over the years, from something that was bulky, cumbersome, and having almost tortuous effects, to a product that is lightweight, engineered for maximum result in a shorter time, and considerably more comfortable.
There are multiple reasons for wanting a back brace, and many causes of back pain and spinal misalignment. By improving your posture, many symptoms can be alleviated or eliminated.
Following, are 5 ways that a back brace will improve your posture:
Retrain Muscle Memory
A stooped posture over long periods of time (continual texting or working at a desk for examples) will create weak muscle tone and make it harder for the muscles and skeletal structure to provide proper support. This can lead to kyphosis, where the back is arched and the shoulders are dropped forward.
A back brace will gently, and over time, give proper support while allowing the muscles to be retrained and strengthened, and in the process, eliminate a hunched or stooped-over posture. While the brace will quickly attempt to adjust your posture, you must give your muscles time to build up their strength again. Poor posture, in most cases, happens over an extended period, and so to will be the case, for correcting the cause.
Posture can be restored much more quickly with the aid of an appropriate brace, but it will certainly not correct with no aid at all.
Pulls the Shoulders Back
With a properly adjusted and fitted back brace, your shoulders will be gently yet firmly pulled back, which naturally produces improved posture. When standing or sitting in proper alignment, the circulatory system works more efficiently which will improve energy levels.
With less than ideal postural alignment comes many aches and pains. Muscles are in a constant state of stress. When muscles are stressed, they affect the nerves that are near them. Having nerve function disrupted leads to many ailments, from pain to organ dysfunction. With pain out of the picture, one can resume a proper postural life.
When wearing a back brace properly, and having it on while sitting, it will automatically keep you from slumping down into the “banana position” in the chair. This can be of benefit while at home, work, and even while driving. Taking a long flight? This may be just what you need to make those airline seats a bit more bearable.
Correct Spinal Issues
Specially designed back braces are now commonly prescribed to treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, as they may stop the progression of spinal curvature in a growing child/adolescent. In some cases, the back brace may also help decrease and/or correct the amount of curvature in the spine.
I hope this has given you some insight and importance to restoring your posture to an ideal state. Our bodies have an incredible capacity to adapt to any type of abnormality, which makes it easy for “less than ideal” circumstances to become our new “normal”.
Once we are able to correct problems and get back to homeostasis, we can live the life we were intended to live – Pain Free!
If you have specific experience with how a certain brace has helped improve your life, I would love to hear about it! Please leave your comment below.
Here’s to your health!