By Brittany Laws
Back braces are beneficial assistive devices while you are awake, walking, lifting, bending and twisting, but should they be worn at night while you sleep? The Dos and Don’ts of wearing a back brace to sleep in can be confusing. The best advised to follow is that of your doctor. However, here are few simple tips.
- Keep the brace over any night clothing.
- Most braces do have Velcro® straps that could irate you skin if exposed by direct contact.
- Make sure you position your body properly when getting into and out of bed.
- Training may be provided on safely using your back brace. Make sure you know the proper way to go from a sitting position to lying down and then getting back up again.
- Be aware of how you sleep.
- Using a back brace safely and correctly is extremely important to insure you do not add to the damage the brace in working to correct. If you move a lot in your sleep, or get up and walk around while sleeping wearing the back brace at night may not be safe for you.
- Make sure you back stays cool and dry while you wear the back brace at night.
- You want to avoid moisture and sweat while you wear the back brace to keep the risk of skin ulcers low.
- Wear your back brace if you have any discomfort when lying down.
- The back brace is supposed to help relieve pain, now cause any. So if you are not comfortable lying down with it on your body, it will be best to sleep without it.
- Sleep in you back brace if you experience sleep apnea or trouble breathing when you lay down.
- The added constriction around your body may make you feel suffocated and create an episode that can be avoided by simply sleeping with out your back brace
- Use a pillow as additional support while sleeping in your back brace.
- The back brace is custom fit to provide the support you need. Adding a pillow may over extend your back and cause more pain. (However, you may add a pillow under or between your knees to reduce discomfort).
- Spend any more time than necessary in the bed or lying down
- A back brace is a device used to strengthen your back, so movement while in the back brace in encouraged. Lying down inhibits the benefits of the brace, so you should not spend long periods of time in bed while wearing you back brace
These are a few dos and don’ts for using your back brace at night or while sleeping. You should consult your doctor or physical therapist for specific instructions on how to get the most benefit from wearing your back brace. Click on the Qualify through insurance form here to see if your insurance will cover a back brace for you and start reducing your back pain today. If you have any question or would like more information on getting started on the process of obtaining your back brace give us a call as 888-345-1780.