There are many things that one can say for and against bracing when it comes to managing scoliosis. Be it hard or soft, regardless of brand name, we try to help families manage their expectations on what bracing can do for them. A brace is merely one of many tools to utilise in managing scoliosis.
- Why we chase correction
Medical professionals will tell you that the industrial gold standard for bracing is merely to arrest the curve and avoid surgery. While this is acceptable, we at Align Brace would like to encourage you to take it a step further and chase some correction. After all, you are already committing to wear the brace for a certain number of hours daily. Why stop at just halting the curve when there is a chance of reversing it?
- A brace is only effective when worn correctly
We do see the oddity of very loose braces, so loose that they may as well not be worn. While there are some providers who advocate tightening the brace as much possible for as long as possible, we do not necessarily believe that to be the best thing to do. The brace is best used as instructed. We trust our users to be compliant and achieve quality hours compounded over long periods without compromising comfort or lifestyle.
- Monitoring progress
Follow ups with brace makers are just as important as doctors or providers. As they are specialists in their own field, so too, are we. We ensure that the brace continues to fit well, shifting the body where it should and how we can improve the correction. How a person first wears the brace may no longer be ideal 3 months down the road, as the body adapts. We would like to ensure that the brace continues to be effective without taking away from previous gains.
- Passive and active
The Align Brace merely provides a passive reaction through guiding the body into a corrected posture. It will need time for the body to re-naturalise without compensating as it did before. These gains are, of course, subject to compliance and how the body itself reacts. After discussion and observation, we realise that the best possible outcome is when a person continues to remain active throughout the treatment. In exercising the body, the correction has better chances to ‘stick’ after weaning from brace. ‘Stickiness’ is promoted by continuing to strengthen the body and being mindful of postural habits throughout life.
The spine is irreplaceable but we realise that people are more ready to correct their teeth than their spine. From a conservative standpoint, early intervention or pre-emptive action is important as scoliosis can progress slowly over time. If you or someone you know thinks they may have scoliosis, talk to a healthcare professional as soon as possible.