Did you know that you can improve spinal health by wearing a brace? Unfortunately, many people don't know this. Chiropractors recommend spinal bracing to keep your spine healthy and functioning correctly. Here's what you need to know.
What is spinal bracing?
Spinal bracing is the use of external support to stabilize the spine. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy and pain medication.
Why is spinal bracing recommended?
Spinal bracing can be recommended for several reasons, including:
- To immobilize the spine to allow for healing following an injury
- To provide support and stability following surgery
- To prevent further injury during activities that could put stress on the spine
- To help relieve pain
Additionally, your chiropractor may recommend spinal bracing as a part of your treatment plan if you have been diagnosed with a condition that affects the spine, such as scoliosis.
Are there different types of spinal braces?
There are a few different types of braces that support the spine. The type of brace you will need will depend on the reason for your brace and the location of your injury. Some of the most common types of braces include:
- Cervical collar: This is a neck brace to support the neck and head. It is often used following an injury or surgery to the neck or spine, like whiplash.
- Thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthosis (TLSO): A TLSO is a back brace extending from the hips to the breasts or to the armpits. It is often used to support the lower back and abdominal muscles following surgery or an injury.
- Sacroiliac belt: This pelvic brace is worn around the waist and supports the pelvis and lower back, relieving pain in the lower back or sacroiliac joint.
Additionally, there are many other braces that your chiropractor may use, depending on the location and severity of your injury.
How do you wear spinal bracing
Most braces are easy to put on and take off. However, you may need help from someone else to put on or adjust your brace. Your chiropractor will give you specific instructions on how to wear your brace. You must follow these instructions to get the most benefit from your brace.
When should you wear a spinal brace?
It is common to wear a brace all the time, except when you are showering or sleeping. You may also need to take breaks from wearing your brace if it is causing you pain or discomfort.
What conditions does spinal bracing help?
Your chiropractor may recommend spinal bracing to treat many issues, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
Additionally, a brace may prevent further injury in people who have already suffered a spinal cord injury.
How long will you need to wear a brace?
The time you need to wear a brace will depend on the treated condition. if you have scoliosis, for example, you may need to wear the brace for longer than if you simply have whiplash.
Now that you know about spinal bracing, it's time to take the next step and talk to a chiropractor like Bee Caves Scoliosis & Chiropractic Center. They can help you determine if a brace is right for you and give you specific instructions on how to wear it. Don't wait any longer - start feeling better today!