More often than not, we get this question from parents and kids who want to do more to control their scoliosis, fearing the worst. For us, bracing is the best corrective action against scoliosis that no one talks about enough. It is effective and with our unique anatomical geometry in brace design, it remains your secret (should you not want anyone to know). In fact, we find that bracing COMPLEMENTS physical therapy.
First, let’s talk about how the body will return naturally to its most comfortable position. Notice that at any activity, your body will move after too long in a certain position. Maybe you find yourself leaning further into your chair. Or stretching after being hunched over a keyboard too long. Or you shift your weight over from one leg to the other while standing. From there we can conclude that the body moves to get comfortable, sometimes without us willing it to so. Almost like a reflex.
What this means for any form of physical therapy- an individual needs to be mindful in order to keep the body in a corrected posture to combat the scoliosis. While this takes up 100% concentration during sessions, how much of that is really transferable into your daily life? Now your therapist/instructor will tell you that ideally your body will be able to hold such shapes by itself after xxx hrs of work put in. Given how most body tweaks for comfort are done subconsciously, how can we be sure that the active correction can be maintained at even 30% in our daily life?
Enter brace. Align Brace positions the body into a corrective posture, mirror of a person’s curvature. Utilising a trunk shift, we are able to manipulate the spine into elongation while off-setting the weight of the upper body on the spine, achieving a better correction without compression. Of course, this is if an individual wears the brace correctly. The effect is also only when the brace is in use.
Wear time of brace re-educates the body to what is normal. Medical papers tell us that brace dosage is linked to beneficial gains. Which means, the more time you spend in brace, the better it is for your results. It should not, however, take away from you living your best life. Or be used an excuse for missing out on things you enjoy.
At Align Brace we feel that brace provides a passive form of correction, but one should not be solely dependant on the brace. Physical activities will help the muscles to grow and maintain the body in corrective posture. A holistic approach is one that combines passive and active correction. Which makes sense as the teenage years are when one’s athletic abilities are honed before peaking in adulthood.
For the more sedentary ones, a brace is a form of insurance that prevents your spine form further deterioration. Especially for those who spend hours hunched over computers, books or projects. A brace will help prop the person up and keep their posture sharp. Long hours in brace may wear a person down over time. To combat brace fatigue, we recommend some light stretching or physical activity of choice without the brace. This helps to keep muscles healthy and body supple.
In the event that your scoliosis is mild and under control, we still recommend a brace, for use at home or during sleep. Even perfectly corrected teeth requires retainer for life upon removal of braces. In comparison there is nothing to stop your spine from curving the way it did before after you are through with bracing. Remaining active helps but no one can say for sure that it is enough. Your spine deserves better. It deserves every bit of help it can get.