What kind of back brace will work for my body type?
Posted Dec 10 2010 1:34pm
I need a back brace for my back pain. I have lower back pain (mostly due to the weight I have to carry on my chest ) but I have a little bit of a belly too. I have gotten a back brace before but it was all elastic and folded itself in half due to my odd shape.
It can be hard to choose the right back belt when you are having excruciating lower back pain. We frequently get questions about how to choose the right lumbar back support.
I would recommend a lumbar back brace called the " Lumbosacral Low back Support Belt " The great thing about his lumbar brace is that it comes in various sizes. When you measure your waist, don't suck your stomach in. You want a true representation of what your size is. Also when you have your measurement around your belly button and you are in between sizes, go for the larger belt. Sizes for this lumbosacral belt go between Small to 3x Large . Check out arc4life.com for more information.
Sometimes a Stiff back Belt with a hard backing can be uncomfortable, so i do not recommend it. You want something that is going to make you feel supported and that you can wear under your clothing. You also do not want something that is going to ride up either. This particular lumbar brace creates an upward and inward pressure which supports the whole abdominal region and lower back region. It works great in different positions of movement as well.
These belts are meant to be worn short term, not long term. Yes they can weaken the lumbar muscles but only if worn for long periods of time. For short term, acute pain- the lumbar belt works great. Also, if you know you are going to be working using your lower back, put your belt on for added protection. It is important to work on keeping a strong back.