Back Brace – I am a chronic back pain sufferer like so many others around the world. My journey down the road of back pain began in 1997 and unfortunately, I am still dealing with it still today. Through the years I have experienced many procedures and used several back pain products.
When it comes to a Back Brace I have worn several of them. If you happen to have any back surgery for bulging or herniated discs, it is common to have to wear a back brace post-surgery. Which I have done for each of mine. But I have also worn them for back pain and support other times.
What is a Back Brace?
A back brace is an apparatus that is designed to limit the motion of your spine in cases of fracture, herniated, bulging, fusions or in post-operative events. They are additionally used in preventative measures against some progressive conditions like Scoliosis.
How a Back Brace Can Help?
The back is the most important part of your body. Do not get me wrong, there are other important parts like your brain and heart. From my experience of years dealing with chronic back pain. When your back is hurting, it affects the rest of your body as well. Everything in one way or another is connected to your back.
Your back contains your spine, which protects your spinal cord. The spine connects your peripheral nervous system which leads to your brain. The brain works as a control center letting other parts of your body communicate. Your rib cage can protect certain organs but it also relies on your spine and other parts of your back, like the muscles and ligaments for support. Your kidneys and lungs rely on your back for protection.
There are many complex parts to a back. If anything happens to any part of your back, you can expect some pain as the final result. If not immediate, there is a good chance it will show up in the near future.
There are several causes that could be behind back pain. Muscle & ligament strain, ruptured or bulging discs, skeletal irregularities like scoliosis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, an injury, and more.
A quick fix for back pain can sometimes be remedied with a Back Brace. It’s a safe, low cost, drug-free and surgery-free way to alleviating your back pain.
Two Main Back Brace Types: Hard & Soft
There are two main types of back braces and those are Soft and Hard. The Hard is also referred to as Rigid. There are many conditions for which a back brace may be used. These two main types also have sub-categories within them.
Soft braces are generally made with soft fabric that’s breathable allowing for airflow. They will have adjustable Velcro or elastic closures. A soft brace will compress your abdominal region and relieve pressure from your spine. This is possible by supporting the muscles that usually need to hold up the skeletal structure. The soft brace will allow the forward motion of the spine.
Some soft braces are specifically designed for heavy lifting. Then you have others that are for lightweight support. Its something you might wear while working around the house. These braces come in all different sizes and shapes. This will depend on the area the brace is needed. Braces will vary on the design as well. Some will extend from just below the chest to the hips. Then there narrow braces that look like a large belt.
Since soft braces are adjustable, chances are you will not need to be measured for one. Depending on your situation there are times a doctor will want you to be fitted for a customized back brace.
Some hard/rigid braces are designed specifically for support after an injury or having surgery. I had to wear a brace after two of my back surgeries. Plastic material parts will get placed over the lower back and stomach. Then they are attached with Velcro straps.
Correcting/preventing curvatures of the spine like scoliosis would call for a rigid type of back brace.
The More Common Rigid Type of Back Brace
Boston Brace: The brace provides support from the shoulder to the tailbone in back. Then from below the chest to the pelvis in front. This has to be worn at all times but can be removed for bathing.
Milwaukee Brace: This one is shaped like the Boston brace. However, it has an additional part that is used for supporting the neck area.
Charleston Brace: Specifically designed for people who have scoliosis. The brace is to be worn only while sleeping. What this brace does is it applies a force that “over-corrects” the spine while you are sleeping. This will help the spine to grow straight.
Always consult your doctor first if you are having any back pain. Your doctor may recommend a specific kind of brace.
Sometimes getting a brace through your doctor might not be an option for you. This could be due to the cost and whether you have insurance or not. Braces from your doctor will be much more expensive if there is no insurance to supplement the cost.
Mueller 255 Lumbar Support Back Brace
The Mueller 255 Lumbar Support Back Brace comes with a removable second layer. This second layer has small sewn-in steel springs that have been added within the lining. If you find that the first layer of the brace has not provided you that support you need, you can add in that second layer by attaching the removable lumbar pad. This helps in improving your posture no matter if you are sitting or standing.
There is an eight-inch extra-wide wide design created for this brace for support. You might feel like weightlifting with this brace on but that is one of the main reasons for this brace being so successful. You can loop this around your back, and that will allow you to add as much tension as you need to the front of it.
It’s designed to fit most body types. It does come in two sizes and those are Plus & Regular Size. The range of waist sizes it can fit is 28 inches all the way up to 70 inches. By only wearing the first layer of the brace makes it possible to easily hide it under any loose-fitting type of shirt.
Now keep in mind that the steel springs will add some extra weight. This will not be an issue for you if you are planning on using this back brace for improving your posture. Depending on your size, if you do any walking it could possibly slow you down a bit. Again, by removing the second layer it could make all the difference. When I wore this brace I did not find that using the second layer was that big of a deal. For a guy, I am not that big. I am only 5’9 and 160lbs.
You might see comments where some people report that the edges of the Velcro straps on this brace have caused chafing. I can almost guarantee this is because this put the brace on under their clothes exposing the Velcro straps directly on their skin. Regardless if you are wearing this brace and another one, always wear some type of clothing underneath it. I usually wear a light t-shirt. Something light will usually always work.
CyberTech S.P.I.N.E. Lumbar Back Brace
The Cybertech SPINE Lumbar Brace is excellent for treating any lower back pain without having to have a prescription from your doctor. To get a good quality back brace a prescription is not needed. However, if you are having back problems you always want to consult with your doctor.
The Cybertech Spine Brace can be very effective for treating lower back pain. This brace uses the Cybertech medical patented mechanical advantage pulley system. This is to provide efficient abdominal compression for delivering that much-needed pain relief.
You can adjust this brace’s single drawcord fastener while standing, walking, sitting, or driving using one hand. It has a rotating pulley mechanism that is developed particularly for providing comfortable support and hydrostatic lift to your lower back for relieving spinal back pain.
The lumbar corset uses nylon mesh for full breathability. It uses parachute cord which is triple woven nylon and it’s used inside the pulley system to produce better durability for continual daily use. This pulley mechanism uses a true 6-1 mechanical advantage. This is specifically used for being able to use a single hand for tightening that’s very easy and effortless.
You have the option of using this as a support brace or with the optional S.P.I.N.E program. The program includes a brochure and video that goes over patient back pain, recommended exercises they suggest using, plus and nice carrying case to put it in.
The Cybertech Spine Brace Details:
- Uses the triple woven nylon parachute cord. Unlike others that will often weak cordage for the pulley cord. You know the triple woven cord will give you all the support you will need.
- It has a convenient one-step pulley system for achieving effective efficiency and just making it easy!
- Having quick adjustability provides a lot of accessibility and more control for greater conformity.
- A Cybertech exclusive by having the rotating pulley mechanism that allows for a true 6:1 mechanical advantage for better spine support.
- The corset’s (brace) has a rear power unit that can be removed for easy cleaning and care. You can not beat the guarantee for life for the mechanical advantage pulley system for this brace.
- You can easily adjust the tension by using only one hand while doing anything.
- Single front fastener makes the brace easy to put it on and take it off.
- The rear power unit is removable for easy care and cleaning.
- A designed nylon mesh side panel makes for easy airflow.
- This brace comes in seven different sizes. I placed the size chart below for you to review.
- In comes one color and that is black.
CyberTech Trimod System Lumbar Sacral Orthotic Back Brace
The Cybertech Tri-Mod Back Brace takes their trimodular design, along with the rigid stability of their custom unibody chairback frame. Then, combine it with their Cybertech Original Brace or corset to produce a complete motion-controlled lumbar support brace.
The Tri-Mod back brace is built with what Cybertech refers to as a removable uni-body frame. That frame wraps around the sides of your body like a well-fit snug shell. You can and can remove it from the back of the brace/corset to allow it to be used by itself.
The Cybertech “1-hand, 1-second adjustability” promises you the ultimate in satisfaction and comfort. This device can be ordered in a standard 10″ or in a low profile 8″ width brace/corset. The Cybertech TriMod system is built with an orthopedic design for helping to control your movement in all directions. Providing the highest degree of immobilization for your back.
The Cybertech Tri-Mod features an easy to fit design that both physicians and patients find easy to fit and cinch up in seconds. For patients recovering from spinal surgery or for those with chronic back pain, this product comes highly recommended for restricting the lumbar spine movement.
Cybertech TriMod Back Brace Features:
- They have a rigorous unibody chairback frame for creating a trimodular system for support.
- Assures exceptional backward bending and lateral support side bending.
- There are rigid anterior and posterior panels for providing support, comfort, and pressure.
- Their patented pulley system will easily provide 6 times more power to augment compression around your torso area.
- The “1-hand, 1-second adjustability” gives you the ability to be able to stand or sit while making changes if needed? This puts you in total control, leading to greater compliance.
- There is a single front fabric fastener making it easy to fit and remove.
- It’s light as a feather, exquisite construction with their breathable side panels for additional comfort. You have will have interchangeable Tri-Mod component sizes to make sure you get the best fit.
- This is available in a low profile 8″ brace/corset for those that are 5’6″ or shorter with normal weight or a standard 10″ brace/corset 5’7″ and taller or those who are heavy-set individuals.
- It is available in seven different sizes. You can view the size chart below.
Vertaloc Flex Fit Back Brace
A VertaLoc FLEX FIT Back Brace is specifically designed for providing spinal support for relieving your lower back pain and augment immobilization without sacrificing your comfort. It has a newly designed closure system that will work with its compression straps. This is done in conjunction with stringent posterior and anterior panels for providing sagittal balance.
The back brace is referred to as a Lumbar Sacral Orthosis (LSO) which will provide support from your sacrum up through to your T-9 vertebra. It has rigorous anterior and posterior panels, which are used in conjunction with the compression straps. This will provide you with spinal stability and control and that will relieve your lumbar pain and discomfort. The compression straps will help in increasing stabilization for optimal support.
This brace will provide you with support from your sacrum all the way up to your T-9 vertebra. It’s a very lightweight, breathable three-dimensional mesh fabric that allows airflow through so you do not sweat too much. There are removable posterior panels that allow enough space for inserting a heating pad or a cold pack.
It comes with a manufacturer’s warranty of one-year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of your purchase to be free of material or workmanship defects.
To get the most accurate measurement: Stand up straight and then exhale slowly. You want to hold the end of the tape measure at your belly button and bring it around your waist to the front. Have the measuring tape parallel to the floor and fit it snug around your torso.
A Back Brace will cover a good portion of your back. If you are just looking for lower back support. A Back Support Belt might be a better choice for you. Learn More about a Back Support Belt.