People with back problems usually ask me; what do you think of back braces? Do they help? Which one is a good one?
Well, I think back braces will help you as a coadjuvant of the main treatment such as physical therapy.
I have worked with many good ones, but this Thermoskin lumbar support is my favorite due to some specific features.
But, before we get too much into a medical grade lumbar support, the best thing to do here will be to have a health practitioner assess your mobility and pain problem to determine the best treatment for you.
Thermoskin Lumbar Support
Author: G. Guido Rodriguez PT, RT, about this author..⟩⟩
Warmth is one of the best solutions for improved healing and muscle relaxation in the presence of chronic back pain or muscle spasm due to overuse and muscle fatigue.
While traditional methods are effective, they are not very comfortable. Thermoskin Lumbar Support provides all the benefits of heat therapy along with additional support for quick recovery from the various painful spinal conditions.
Thermal support has a special role in spine injury, it is especially recommended after 72 hours of spine injury, when such procedure promotes healing, thereby decreasing pain and inflammation.
Thermal support provides temporary pain relief by increasing the local temperature, which improves the local blood flow and accelerates the healing processes.
In addition to the local heating effect, it provides mild compression to counteract any swelling.
Additional warmth has muscle relaxant effect, thus improving the mobility and providing pain-free movements in various low back pain conditions.
Thermoskin Lumbar Support has a very effective system to provide warmth; it does not come with any chemical agent or electrical mean to produce heat.
It comes with what is called Thermoskin® technology, that provides an ingenious way to collect body heat, the triple advantage of “Trioxin” (three layers for added benefit).
Inner layer wicks away the moisture keeping the skin dry, the middle layer is made to provide a high degree of local warmth for better blood flow and relaxation, while the outer layer is elastic for providing mild compression that is beneficial in swelling.
It creates an even and comfortable heat zone that helps promotes quick healing of muscular sprains, inflammation, and soft tissue injury.
The additional pain-relieving effect due to local muscle relaxation.
It is comfortable to wear; one can use it over a long period until there is complete healing.
There are no side effects of such mild, long-acting, and continuous treatment.
Pros and Cons
Local heat therapy, compression and support for lower back that:
- Ensures quick healing due to improved blood flow
- Relaxes local musculature for painless movements
- Counteracts swelling
- Helps to prevent any further damage
Keep in mind that this brace is designed to facilitate healing after an injury, its design is narrower in the front to allow bending movements and wide in the back to provide broad coverage.
There are some reports of people who tried to use it permanently for back support for lifting weight at work and reported that after a couple of weeks of prolonged daily wearing, the front portion of the brace began rolling.
Industrial Work Back Braces for Heavy Lifting Safety, are not the best option to prevent back injuries.
There is a study completed in 2009 by The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, comparing the prevalence of back pain in people wearing and not wearing back supports.
It concluded that there was no benefit. Trials completed also found out that exercise interventions were effective and other interventions including stress management, shoe inserts, back supports, ergonomic/back education, and reduced lifting programs were not.
The varied successful exercise approaches, in this study, demonstrated benefits beyond their intended physiologic goals.
Here is a video from the manufacturer presenting its product, in case you are interested in watching it.
Conclusion and rating (0-100%) for Durability, Comfort Performance
It surely is one of the best solutions for local heat therapy. It takes the shape of the body and does not look awkward; routine work can be performed for few hours while wearing Thermoskin Lumbar Support
It is a simple and effective solution to a very painful and chronic problem.
For a more effective approach, therapeutic exercises, along with the use of Thermoskin Lumbar Support may decrease low back pain recurrence; complete healing takes more than just a brace sometimes.
I can be given the rating of 90% out of 100
Just so you know, I am not affiliated in any way with this brand, I have seen, tested and reviewed many of its products, (like I do with multiple other brands) and they tend to fabricate good quality, innovative, safe and functional devices.
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