Lower Back Pain Support Brace
Neo Sports Lab is leading the way and making the best back support and back braces. Its industry leading product – AllyFlex Sports Lower Back Pain Support Brace – is the most effective back brace for lower back pain support. This brace has been widely used today by men and women who have suffered sub-acute or chronic lower back pain.
Neo Sports Lab has conducted extensive research and study in human body structure and the various causes of lower back pain. With countless trial and error, we created this lower back pain support brace. What makes this brace stand out from many other back braces on market is not only the high quality breathable perforated neoprene fabric we choose, the extra CoolMax layer we add to make it cool and comfortable to wear, or the strong and durable compression straps on each side to provide adjustable compression to personal preference, but the unique design that match perfectly to human lower back structure, and the two precisely shaped 3-D plastic lumbar pads that are perfectly placed to relieve the pain spots and support spine in the meantime. This lower back support brace is highly recommended by Doctors, Chiropractors, Orthopedics, Physical Therapists to help in lower back pain relief for men and women.
Benefits of Using a Lower Back Pain Support Brace
Lower back pain occurs in a revolving circle of inflammation and muscle spasm caused by an acute injury or a chronic condition that flares up. When this happens, the spinal musculature contracts into involuntary spasm or voluntary contraction of the muscles to protect the injured or inflamed joint or soft tissue structure(s). The muscles then go into “overdrive” mode with good intentions of protecting the spine. Thus the vicious circle of pain and spasm begins. There are numerous ways to break into that vicious circle: medication, physiotherapy (including ice, heat, modalities, stretching, strengthening, manual therapy etc.), and lastly, as an external stabilizer: a lower back support brace.
When using a lower back support brace, it allows the core muscles that are supporting the spine to relax and not be in “overdrive protection mode” all the time, and thus reduce or relieve the lower back pain.
A typical lower back pain support brace is made from materials with some level of elasticity, such as neoprene, and most have one or two compression straps that pull the back brace snugly around you. When the straps are pulled, a compression is created to the core musculature resulting in an overall decrease in volume of the intra-abdominal soft tissue. It is this decrease in volume of soft tissue that acts as a STABILIZER directly surrounding the spine.
Some lower back pain support braces come with lumbar support, in medal or hard plastic form, flat or 3-D shape (ours come with two 3-D hard plastic lumbar pads). These lumbar support pads, when compressed by the compression straps, enhance the magnitude of decrease in volume of soft tissue surrounding the spine. If designed and placed correctly, a 3-D shaped lumbar pad produce more compression from different angles at different levels, and thus dramatically increase such enhancement in lower back pain relief. So when choose a back brace for lower back pain, it is always a better choice to use a back brace with lumbar support.
The other important advantage that a lower back pain support brace provides is PROPRIOCEPTION. By definition from Dictionary.com, proprioception is: The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself. In humans, these stimuli are detected by nerves within the body itself, as well as by the semicircular canals of the inner ear. The lumbar support back brace provides external proprioception to the person wearing the brace allowing them to move, sit, and maintain a better posture while recovering from their injury. So this gives another reason to use a back brace with lumbar support – improve posture.
Mechanisms of Lower Back Pain Support Brace
According to Spine Health, the basic mechanisms of the back brace for back pain relief includes:
- Provide additional spinal support. A back brace, especially the back brace with lumbar support can add stability when the low back is unstable due to injured or weakened spinal structures. By holding the torso in a safe, supportive posture, a back brace can help provide a healthy healing environment for the current injury and prevent additional injuries.
- Reduce pressure on the spinal structures. A lower back support brace can help unload some of the weight normally placed on the lower back, in the process reducing pressure on the spine’s joints, discs, and muscles. By reducing spinal pressure, a back brace can lessen painful muscle tension that is a common protective reaction following an injury.
- Reduce range of motion during healing. A lumbar support back brace is used to prevent or restrict painful movements, such as twisting the spine or bending forward, backward, or to the side. Limiting painful movements and postures can also help improve awareness of the body’s positioning (proprioception), which allows the wearer to consciously adjust posture for improved back health.
- Reduce micro-motion between vertebral segments. Lower back pain support braces also limit excess micro-movements at a particular spinal segment or vertebral fracture, thereby limiting pain from muscle tension and irritated joints or nerve roots.
How to Choose a Back Support Brace for Lower Back Pain?
- Compression – After all, compression is the basis of a lower back pain support brace. A back brace with adjustable compression straps can provide the compression level to personal preference.
- Lumbar Support – A lower back brace with lumbar support can enhance the healing of lower back pain. It also helps spine and posture support. Some lumbar support back braces provide removable lumbar pads, which can be taken out so the back brace can used as back support belt for activities that require more flexibility such as lifting.
- Custom Fit – This is probably the most important feature when it comes to choose a back brace for lower back pain support. A well designed back brace makes a huge difference. Size is also an important factor. Braces that have more sizes are always better choice than those with “one-size fits all” or fewer choices in sizes.
- Comfort – Since a back brace would be used for hours or even all day, it is essential to choose one that is comfortable to wear. Sometimes, it is better to wear the brace next to the skin to be more effective, so a lower back pain support brace with a comfortable inner layer is always a better choice.
How to Use and Wear a Lower Back Pain Support Brace?
It is important to wear a back brace according to the instructions provided with the brace and/or advised by the prescribing doctor. Many braces are fitted specially for the patient’s needs and body, and if worn incorrectly can cause further injury and worsened pain.
A typical lower back pain support brace has a soft layer and can be worn directly against bare skin. But wearing a shirt under the brace is usually needed to minimize skin irritation.
General steps in putting on a lower back pain support brace:
- Wrap the brace around the back with the wings against either side of the torso
- Connect the two ends across the abdomen
- Make sure the lumbar support pads (if any) are correctly placed (snugged) against spine
- Make more precise adjustments to the tightness and pressure in the brace
- Pull strap tabs on either side of the brace to add more compression
Most back braces are not designed to be machine washed or dried—it is generally advised to hand wash the brace using water and a mild soap. Any additional padding or panels should be removed first and washed separately. A brace should be laid flat or hung to dry. Make sure the brace is rinsed thoroughly and dried completely before wearing.