Four out of every five Canadian adults experience back pain at least once in their lives. In fact, lower back pain has also been considered an epidemic in Canada. According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, up to 85% of people with jobs can expect to experience lower back pain at some point in their life.
As a result, many individuals have to resort to wearing a back brace. However, most people struggle due to the level of discomfort they can cause.
However, there are helpful tips that can make it easier for you to wear a back brace.
While your doctor will advise you on what type of back brace should be prescribed and how to wear it, these easy to implement tips can be of help along the way.
1. Keep your skin clean
The first thing that you need to be wary of is to make sure that your skin is not dirty. The dirt tends to build up and cause extreme irritation and blisters where you wear your brace. This is because a brace is meant to fit tightly, otherwise it won’t do its job. However, washing your skin usually does the trick and prevents it from getting red and irritated.
2. Wear something underneath the brace itself
Another tip to stop skin irritation is to wear a shirt underneath the brace. If the shirt is tightly fitted, clean and made of cotton, it can act as an effective barrier and protect your skin. This way, the shirt is easier to put on. If you want to wear clothes on top of the brace, however, make sure that they are loosely fitted so you can remain comfortable.
3. What to apply: say yes to rubbing alcohol and no to lotion
The brace you’re prescribed applies pressure to your skin. This may cause your skin to toughen and feel coarse, but rubbing alcohol helps stop skin irritation. If you’re allergic to it, you can apply some cornstarch instead. However, lotions are not the best idea. Too much moisture often proves to be counterproductive and irritates your skin further, causing sores.
4. Ask for help when needed
Lastly, don’t be ashamed of asking for help. Some braces are more difficult to put on than others and asking some to help you can save you from further back pain.
However, if someone else is not present, using a chair can help you do the job. If you place the brace appropriately on it and then sit on the chair, it’s much simpler to put it on.
All of these tips are designed to help you get the best treatment possible for your back pain. However, before implementing these tips, it’s crucial for you to know which type of brace is best for your back pain.
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