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Back Braces & Supports

Help combat back pain with our range of back braces and back supports. These back supports are designed to relieve a number of different back pain conditions such as slipped disc rehabilitation, sciatica, prolapsed disc, weak back, minor strains or pulls and abdominal muscle strains, tendonitis, and lower back pain.

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Back support vs back brace - what's the difference?

When suffering from a back injury or pain, it’s important to get the right level of support, but how do you know which one to choose, a back support or brace?  A back support offers warmth and compression made from a breathable fabric which is perfect for all-day comfort and support.  They often have many adjustable features including inflatable air pockets, semi-rigid stays and elasticated straps.  A back brace, however, offers a step up in support.  They have plastic or steel supports to restrict movement and prevent overstraining, plus, a double layer design with removable pads allows a customised fit.

Common back injuries that would require a back support or back brace:

Post surgery/serious back injury - As with all surgery it's important to take the appropriate course of action for recovery.  Therefore with a serious back injury, we recommend a back brace for extraspinal stability.  Those with rigid stays would be best as they would keep the brace in place while providing the ultimate support.

Slipped (prolapsed) disc - This happens when a soft cushion of tissue between the bones in your spine pushes out and can be extremely painful if it presses on any nearby nerves.  It does usually get better with time however in the meantime we suggest using a back support for added comfort and compression.

Lower back pain (Lumbago) - Unfortunately lower back pain is extremely common and can affect almost anyone.  In most cases, the pain isn’t caused by anything too serious and will get better with time.  However, if this is a recurring issue then you may want to consider a back support for times when the pain is difficult to manage.  A back support is also helpful for improving posture too which can quite often suffer when back pain strikes.

Sciatica -  This is when the sciatic nerve that runs from the pelvis to the feet is irritated.  Believe it or not, the best remedy for this type of complaint is keeping active, so with this in mind, we advise using a back support while carrying out some gentle exercise to try and relieve the pain quicker.  

Types of back supports and braces:

Flexible: Made from softer materials such as elasticated fabrics, neoprene or cotton.  They include lumbar belt for mild sprains.

Semi-Rigid: Combines flexible components with additional padding or moulded plastic inserts for moderate sprains.

Rigid: Comprises of rigid panels offering an ultimate level of support to both the back and core for major instability and postoperative recovery.