There are many kinds of back support belts online, magnetic back support belt is one of them. This kind of functional back support belt is very popular with customers, so what exactly is it and who needs this kind of back belt?
Magnetic back support belt
Researchers have shown that a mild magnetic field can cause the smallest blood vessels in the body to dilate or constrict, thus increasing the blood flow and suppressing inflammation. Therefore, magnetic back support belts are used to treat pain caused by arthritis as well as pain in the heel, foot, wrist, hip, knee, and back and even dizziness.
You may be wondering how long you’ll need to wear a magnetic back brace before seeing results, and the answer is, it depends. The rule of thumb has always been around two weeks. However, we have had many customers report that they started to see results in under 24 hours.
Who needs a magnetic back support belt？
Magnetic back support belts may help heal and relieve pain from the following conditions:
A rigid back brace may be prescribed following spinal surgery with the goal of reducing pressure on the spinal column, adding stability, and limiting movements and micro-motions to provide a healthy healing environment.
A questionnaire completed by spinal surgeons found the most common reason for post-surgical bracing was to limit activity and movement. The same questionnaire showed that back braces were generally recommended between 3 and 8 weeks following surgery, but the duration differed based on a patient’s needs.
Similar to isthmic spondylolisthesis, a semi-rigid or rigid brace may be recommended to minimize painful micro-motions at a fractured vertebral level, reducing pain and potentially allowing the fracture to heal. It is thought that a lumbar brace can prevent or reduce vertebral slippage (isthmic spondylolisthesis).
Instability and painful micro-motions from spinal osteoarthritis may be reduced with the use of a rigid or semi-rigid back brace. Additionally, a brace can reduce pressure on the affected facet joints, alleviating pain and making everyday movements easier, such as moving from a seated to a standing position, or vice versa.
Degenerative disc disease/lumbar herniated disc
When a spinal disc breaks down and/or herniates, a rigid or semi-rigid back brace can help stabilize and reduce micro-motion at the affected spinal segment. A back brace may also be used to limit bending and twisting and assist in carrying some of the weight the discs normally withstand.
Bracing for lumbar spinal stenosis aims to reduce pressure on and limit micro-motions in the lower spine, both of which can cause nerve root irritation and radicular pain. In some cases, a brace can help adjust posture or shift weight to the abdomen with the goal of unloading pressure from the spine.
Muscle tension and strain
In relatively rare cases, a flexible back brace may be advised for low back muscle strain. A back brace can help alleviate muscle tension by reducing pressure on the spine, thereby reducing the amount of strength needed in the muscles to support the spinal column. Additionally, heat from the brace can help relax tense muscles, contributing to pain relief. A back brace for muscle injury or weakness is generally not recommended for longer than 2 to 4 days.
Comparison of different types of back support belts
There are many types of back support belts to help solve a range of back pain conditions from severe muscle strain to postoperative healing. Most back braces are made from similar materials but differ in their rigidity and postural control.
Generally, back braces are categorized as flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid. Rigid braces tend to be used for moderate to severe cases of pain and/or instability, such as to assist healing of spinal fractures or after back surgery. Semi-rigid and flexible braces are used for more mild or moderate pain.
Flexible back support belts are made of a soft material, such as cotton/elastic blends, canvas, and/or neoprene (a type of synthetic, flexible rubber). These back braces include corsets, lumbar belts, and sacroiliac belts.
Rigid braces consist of a sturdy layer of material (typically cotton or canvas) that wraps around the torso and includes rigid panels that cover the front, back, and sometimes sides of the brace. Some models include hard plastic or metal bars that cover the outside of the brace.
A back brace that combines elements of both flexible and rigid orthoses may be referred to as a semi-rigid brace. For instance, a flexible lumbar belt may include additional padding or molded plastic inserts for some additional support and stability.
Rigid and semi-rigid braces help relieve lower back pain by:
- Applying pressure to the torso to hold the spine in a healthy posture and shift weight from the spinal column to the abdomen
- Providing significant support to take pressure off of weakened or injured spinal structures, including the muscles, joints, discs, and nerve roots
- Significantly reducing the range of motion to prevent most forward, backward, and side-to-side bending, as well as most rotation of the trunk
- Drastically reducing micro-motion at a spinal segment or fracture, improving the chances of successful healing by limiting irritation from the shock of jarring motions
- Reducing muscle tension through the warmth of the brace
In addition, the back support belt can be divided into heating back support belt, massage back support belt, and decompression back support belt according to their functions. According to the use scene, it can be divided into medical special back support belt, gym back support belt, women back support belt, and so on.
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