Many people, even some medical professionals, have the misconception that all back braces are the same. THEY ARE NOT. It’s like thinking that all hammers are the same. It might seem like they’re all the same, but a “regular” claw hammer is different from a ball-peen hammer or a rubber mallet, which are all different from a sledge hammer. Each type of hammer is suitable for a specific situation. “Back braces” are different as well and each style brace is more suitable for achieving a specific treatment goal. So before you buy a brace, do your homework to make sure you get exactly what you need. Hopefully this information will help.
Examples of the most common style back braces for low back pain:
Conventional (wrap) back braces were designed to help restrict and limit mobility. This design originates from the days when the most common medical guidance for back pain was “Bed Rest” (or limiting activities). So, while there are appropriate uses for this type of brace today, current medical guidelines call for a return to activity as safely and as quickly as possible.
That’s where the BioBack comes in. BioBack is
specifically designed to immediately improve function and mobility, while also improving posture and relieving pain. Part of the unique design is BioBack’s small size, which is half the size of most comparable “medical-grade” braces. The small size is complemented by a dual-panel system that includes a lumbar dome and a unique front to back strapping mechanism to deliver a focused power and support directly to the lumbar region where more than 80% of all back pain originates. BioBack’s unique, focused support effectively engages core abdominal muscles to reduce muscle tension and strain in the lower back. This reduces pressure on other pain sensitive structures, like discs, facet joints and nerves to relieve pain. Meanwhile, the combination of the opposing
forces and the lumbar dome immediately improve posture and realign the spine into a proper ‘neutral spine” posture. We believe that regular periodic use of the BioBack helps maintain a more proper (healthier) alignment, which can help prevent or limit reoccurrence of back pain; especially when the BioBack is used during activities that are known to trigger your back pain.