There is a wide variety of reasons for using braces. Let’s take a closer look at a few and how they may help you get back to optimal health:
Having posture related trouble can affect your long term health, and even your self-confidence. When your back is hunched over, you can develop muscle, nerve, and skeletal related issues. Breathing may be affected as well, which then leads to low energy.
When your head is bent downwards, your back humped backwards, and/or your pelvis is tipped forward, this may also lead to reduced self-esteem and affect you psychologically as others make comments or stare in sympathy.
Correcting structural problems as described above will, in the majority of cases, require long term use of a back brace,
so it is highly important to fit the correct brace to your specific needs to shorten the time frame as much as possible.
After surgical procedures, it is often necessary to use braces or support sleeves to aid in the healing process. These devices make it possible for the body’s innate system for self-healing to be much more effective, by immobilising the area involved or giving it added support.
Just imagine trying to heal from a trauma while still using the repaired area. It was not so long ago in our history, where this was the case. Rudimentary “patches” were done since technology was not available to properly give assistance, and the results would leave you with dysfunction of some sort.
With advanced knowledge, we now have state-of-the-art braces of all designs to fit multiple situations.
One of the major causes for seeking out a certain brace is osteoarthritis. It is estimated that in the US alone, there are 27 million people afflicted with this problem. While there are many dis-ease type situations where bracing will help, this particular painful and restrictive joint inflammation is more easily dealt with once support is given via a brace. When you’re first diagnosed with arthritis, your doctor will likely recommend nonsurgical treatments to relieve discomfort and disability. One such recommendation can be to wear a brace.
Some benefits of wearing a brace as a treatment for OA include:
Enhanced stability: Braces are intended to shift weight away from the damaged area of your joint, thus helping to reduce pain and discomfort.
Reduced swelling: Some braces provide compression, which can help to reduce swelling that occurs after activity for those with arthritis.
Reduced pressure: If your kneecap or ankle bone has weakening joints underneath, a brace that has a cutout area can help to reduce pressure and relieve discomfort while supporting the surrounding areas.
Increased confidence: Wearing a brace and knowing you have extra support can give you greater confidence when completing daily tasks.
Participating in sport activities doesn’t come without the risk of injury. We quite often push our bodies beyond their limits which results in sprains, breaks, muscle tears, etc. and we also expose ourselves to an increase potential for accidental injury if the sport involves others around us (team sports).
Again, if we were to carry on without giving the injured area help and support, our recovery time would be greatly increased keeping us from getting “back into the game”, and furthermore, the damage may not be 100% corrected. As you can imagine, this would leave us at a disadvantage for performing our chosen sport at optimal levels. Another consideration – if you depend on sport for income, this would be a further complication of not using a proper brace.
So pick any sport that comes to mind – a golfer pops into mine. How will you be able to keep your score as low as possible if your back is weak or sore, maybe even a pulled muscle or a disc being compromised? If your elbow is inflamed, will you get the most out of your swing? Your knees – if it’s painful to rotate them, will you get the most out of your drives?
Wrapping it Up
We all need help and support in our lives at some time and in some fashion, whether it’s emotional, physical, or even on a spiritual level. There are plenty of self-help options we can pick from to aid us in all these areas, and bracing 4 health should be no exception. My goal with creating a site like this, is to provide some education and some support devices, such as back braces, to help you be the best version of you possible.
If you have had personal experience with a particular back brace, or any other type of brace, support, or aid device that you would like to share, please leave your comment below.
Thank you for visiting my site, and I hope you find the help you are seeking!