A back support or back brace can be extremely effective at improving back posture as part of the treatment and management of lower back pain. One of the key aims of physiotherapy treatment for back ache is to improve posture. Painful back conditions such as Sciatica, slipped disc, sacro iliac joint pain, facet syndrome, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease can all benefit from wearing a back support.
Back rehabilitation is achieved through specific low back pain exercises known as core stability exercises. These exercises improve spinal stability and posture. A back support or back brace helps to prevent slouching and bad posture. Good posture relies upon a forward curve in the lower back, which is known as the lordosis. If the lordosis is maintained during sitting and activities then the upper part of the spine will be in the best position to deal with the loads that are placed on the back.
Back supports and braces are made from neoprene and other breathable fabrics for extra comfort. Neoprene material provides warmth and support that can help to relieve pain, reduce back muscle spasm and enhance healing. Back supports and braces feature plastic or metal reinforcing side stays which are particularly effective in back pain prevention for people who need support during heavy lifting and handling. Back pain, especially sacro iliac joint dysfunction can occur during pregnancy due to ligamentous laxity as the pelvis enlarges. A back support is impractical during pregnancy so a pregnancy belt or trochanteric belt is more appropriate to provide sacro iliac support during pregnancy.