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EVERYONE wants to avoid back trouble, but surprisingly few of us manage to escape it. Up to 90 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives, and each year 15 percent of all adults are treated for such problems as herniated discs, spinal stenosis or lumbar pain.

The majority of back pain is the result of muscle and ligament strain or weakness, and can often be prevented by developing core strength and proper posture.

Maintaining good posture not only helps you look better (there’s a reason people are called slouches), it improves muscle tone, makes breathing easier and is one of the best ways to stave off back, shoulder and neck pain not to mention the dreaded dowager’s hump of old age.

Posture is the key. If your spine is not balanced, you will inevitably have problems in your back, your neck, your shoulders and even your joints.

What is Posture?

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Posture is described as the relative position of the spine and head when in an upright position. Normal postural alignment is essential in order to maintain a healthy back. Abnormal posture is usually caused by pain, weakness, injury or structural deformities.

What Causes Bad Posture Back, Neck or Shoulder Pain?

Most people fall into one of two categories; they have bad posture due to back, neck or shoulder pain, or they have back, neck or shoulder pain due to bad posture. The best time to correct posture is during youth. Postural habits start early in life and will continue into adulthood. Getting out of the habit of bad posture is not as easy as learning good posture from the start.

A change of activity level can lead to bad posture. Fatigue is one of the leading reasons for poor posture. The skeletal structure needs support, and tired muscles cannot do a sufficient job of that.

Sometimes, bad posture is more pronounced in one position than other. For example, your sitting posture may be worse than your walking posture or your standing posture may be worse than your sitting posture.

Slouching or forward head or chin forward posture strains the muscles, which can cause both upper and lower back pain as well as the neck and shoulder pain, myofascial pain, cervical or tension headache, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, neuromuscular pain, etc.

How Will a Posture Brace Help Reduce My Pain and Improve My Posture?

Correcting your posture would bring a swift end to your back pain; however one does not learn to do that all at once. Bad habits are hard to break. Learn to sit, stand and walk in the correct positions. Pain is a symptom of the poor posture, once you correct the posture, the pain is gone. Poor posture puts extreme pressure and tension on back muscles, which causes the pain in the first place.

Most posture braces offer “over the shoulder” and/or “around the chest” attempts to pull the shoulders back. They are confining, hot, uncomfortable but more importantly don’t involve the whole spine - lumbar to cervical. Just moving the shoulders back [i.e.: standing up straight] is not enough. You need to move the shoulders and shoulder blades both BACK and DOWN to effect proper spinal alignment and a vest type or shoulder brace can’t do that.

NOTE: The Posture CorreX does exactly that however, using its unique wrap around abdominal support in combination with the exclusive strapping system. Posture CorreX first stabilizes the waist / midriff, providing lower lumbar spine [L1-L5] and abdominal support and then brings the thoracic and cervical spine into proper extension and alignment with the comfortable “under then over the shoulder and across the back” adjustable straps.

What Are the Potential Benefits of a Rigid Back Brace?

Back braces are commonly used to provide external support to the complex structures of the spinal column. They are indicated for a multitude of purposes, including immobilization, symptom [pain] control and injury protection. When indicated, they can help to relieve symptoms associated with spinal disorders and to promote recovery. Rigid back braces are often prescribed following back surgery to aid recovery.

How Do Rigid Back Braces Effect Pain Control?

The majority of people who suffer from a back ailment report the pain as the most debilitating symptom. This pain is typically exacerbated by certain movements and positions that stress the damaged structures of the back. Back braces are helpful at controlling pain by limiting these noxious movements and allowing the damaged structures to heal.

They also help to alleviate pain symptoms by compressing the abdomen, which helps to take the weight of the abdomen off the intervertebral discs, vertebrae and other structures of the spinal column. This is known as Hydrostatic Lift. A rigid back brace like the LS are specially designed to limit a variety of motions including flexion, extension and rotation.

Why Are Back Braces Often the First and Best Line of Defense or Treatment?

One of the most favorable aspects of a back brace is that it is a non-invasive treatment. This is appealing for individuals who do not wish to undergo a surgical procedure, injections or pharmaceuticals. A back brace is the most common alternative treatment and they are often prescribed by physicians. Back braces are an excellent adjunct between Chiropractic or Physical Therapy treatments.

Can I purchase by mail order form?

Yes, if you'd rather purchase a brace through the mail, you can print out our downloadable mail order form. These are accepted by mail or fax.

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Can you buy online internationally?

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