Orthotic braces can be useful to help stabilize your body while you are sleeping. Immediately after an injury, wearing your brace can prevent further damage while your body twists and turns while you sleep.
Use of braces for your knees and back can be continued during sleeping hours. While they stabilize your body during the day, they can do the same at night when you are not totally conscious and might possibly get tangled in bed sheets. Careful, therapeutic movement is important to recovering, but the braces facilitate movement that is safe for your injured or post-operative area.
Sleep is one of the most important elements in recovery and in allowing tissues to heal. By using body pillows and blankets, you can help prevent exacerbating your injury. To expedite healing, particularly of a knee or ankle, injuries that require a brace, elevate the joint with a small stack of pillows. Elevation allows excess fluid and swelling to diminish, and the brace provides the small amount of compression needed.
When sleeping with a back brace, using a pillow under your knees can make it a more comfortable experience. This will release pressure in the connective tissues between your legs and back that is strained when your legs are in a straight or locked position. If you prefer to sleep on your side, placing a pillow between your knees will release pressure in a similar way.
Following your doctor’s orders immediately prior to an injury is the best way to get the biggest benefit from your orthotic brace. Healing an injury can take time, and sometimes around-the-clock orthotic brace use is necessary. Contact Aeroflow Healthcare today for more information about obtaining a knee or back brace through insurance, and best practices.