Back Brace Guidelines
If this is the first time you are using the back brace, there are a number of things you need to know about it. Here are back brace guidelines that you should follow:
Wear the brace correctly
There is no way you will get the results you are looking for if you don’t wear the brace correctly. There are plenty of resources both online and offline that you can use to know how to put on a back brace correctly.
If you have all the information and you still can’t put the unit properly, get the input of your doctor.
You should note that when you don’t wear the back brace correctly, you not only fail to protect your back from injury, you also put yourself at the risk of getting hurt.
Don’t use another person’s brace
You might be tempted to save a few dollars and borrow the brace from a friend. While this might give you some relief, it won’t work in the long term. You should note that back braces are designed for different roles. There are back braces for weightlifting, back braces for work, and many others. Choose the one that is ideal for you.
We are all different, and what might fit your friend or coworker, it might not fit you, thus giving you a bad experience. To be on the safe side, you should purchase a back brace that fits your measurements. You also should consider visiting your doctor who will custom make the unit for you.
Wear the brace with breathable clothes
To avoid discomfort or excess dampness, you should wear the back brace with breathable fabrics such as cotton. You also should ensure that the clothes you wear are loose fitting.
Take good care of the brace
For the brace to give you the service you deserve and also for it to last for a long time, you need to take good care of it. One of the things you should do is to clean the brace. You also should deodorize it to get rid of the bad smell.
At least once a week, inspect the back brace for any signs of damage. If there is damage, have the unit repaired. You also consider replacing the brace if the damage is too much.
Seek medical advice
Sometimes you might experience worsening pain especially if you bought the wrong back brace. When the pain gets too much, don’t hesitate in contacting your back pain doctor who will recommend the best brace that you should go for.
Don’t solely rely on the brace
Some people have the notion that once they have bought the brace all of their back problems are gone. You should note that the brace is designed to assist the core muscles in healing your back—not replace them.
In addition to wearing the back brace, you also should engage in exercises and stretches that will strengthen the muscles and the spine. You also should incorporate good practices such as lifting your load properly at the workplace.