Back Support Brace for Lower Back Pain
SSST is leading the way and making the best back support brace for lower back pain. By studying in human lower body and the various causes of lower back pain, we have created several types of back support braces for lower back pain. Our back braces are highly recommended by Doctors, Chiropractors, Orthopedics, Physical Therapists to help in lower back pain relief for men and women.
What Are Causes of Lower Back Pain?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability. At least 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain in their lifetime.
Most low back pain is the result of an injury, such as muscle sprains or strains due to sudden movements or poor body mechanics while lifting heavy objects.
Some of the main causes of lower back pain include:
Strains – The muscles and ligaments in the back can stretch or tear due to excess activity. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the lower back, as well as muscle spasms.
Disc injury – The discs in the back are prone to injury. This risk increases with age. The outside of the disc can tear or herniate.
Sciatica – Sciatica occur with a herniated disc if the disc presses on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve connects the spine to the legs. As a result, sciatica can cause pain in the legs and feet. This pain usually feels like burning, or pins and needles.
Spinal stenosis – Spinal stenosis is when the spinal column narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves.
Abnormal spine curvatures – Scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis are all conditions that cause abnormal curvatures in the spine.
How Does Back Support Brace Help in Lower Back Pain?
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 Back Support Brace for Lower Back Pain
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.