Back Brace & Chiropractic

One common non-surgical spine rehabilitation treatment is the back brace. Improper posture and incorrect movements can be a factor in spine problems. It is important to curb wrong habits, but it may take some time to get used to. Restricting the movements of the spine can help the healing process, particularly in instances of spine fractures or postoperative fusions.

Patients suffering from progressive diseases that cause curvature of the spine can also benefit from a back brace. It is also commonly used for those with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spinal braces ensure that the torso is properly supported. It also allows the back muscles to rest comfortably while still allowing the wearer to perform basic daily tasks.

For non-surgical spine rehabilitation, there are two kinds of back braces available: the rigid brace and the corset. Rigid braces are made from hard plastic. They are form-fitting and can be quite uncomfortable when worn. They are also heavy and wearers tend to get hot underneath. Rigid braces completely restrict movement, forcing patients to keep the spine stretched and upright.

Corset type braces are often used after a lumbar fusion. They are recommended to simply limit the movement of the spine and allow the fusion to heal properly. These are more comfortable since they are made from nylon and cotton materials. They are also more lightweight.

In general, there has been some debate as to the benefits of chiropractic medicine for other diseases. The holistic approach may be considered too “New Age” for some. But for spine rehabilitation, it is one of the best non-surgical options available.

Doctors of Chiropractic are clinicians who aim to provide integrated wellness by “adjusting” or stretching the patient. They focus on manipulating the articulations and adjacent tissues of the body.

There are duly authorized Doctors of Chiropractic that are specifically trained to manipulate and stretch the spine to remove pain. However, the former rise in popularity of ill-trained and unskilled chiropractors has tarnished the practice some.

Your primary doctor can recommend a good and tested doctor who practices chiropractic medicine to help you with your spine problem. If the pain is caused by poorly positioned bones, a simple adjustment can be made to treat this.

A practice related to chiropractic medicine is called traction. Gently pulling on sore joints and muscles can help relieve the pain. The traction or pull can be applied manually by a therapist or with a traction machine. There are also devices you can use to do this at home.

However, it is important to consult a doctor before using a traction machine on your own. The force of the pull needed depends on your condition; too much pull could make matters worse and too little can have no effect at all.

Early on, in cases of spine pain caused by arthritis, a gentle on and off pressure may help. If a spinal joint is tight or mildly sore, more force can be applied on the pull.

There are some cases of spine problems that will not benefit from traction or chiropractic practices. So make sure your doctor approves of the therapy before trying it. Wrong rehabilitation practices can undo a successful surgery or treatment.