Soft scoliosis braces are an effective treatment option.
Types of Scoliosis Braces Still Used Today
As we covered previously, scoliosis braces are created differently hence they can treat the body as if it is either static (is not supposed to move) or dynamic (can move freely). The body is held intact by the hard static braces which are molded from plastic and immobilize the spine. The soft braces move with the body and helps develop patterns in movement.
There are many types of braces that a scoliosis chiropractor in Arizona can prescribe.
Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis (TLSO) is also known as “Boston brace” and was developed by Dr John Hall and Mr William Miller of The Boston Childrens Hospital in the early 1970’s. It is an underarm brace which is custom-molded from plastic and it is fitted onto the body of the child. The brace is worn for 23 hours each day and could be worn under clothing since it is not easily noticeable. This form of brace is flexible since you can take it off when the child engages in any involving activity for example while swimming. This brace is commonly used to prevent the lumbar or thoraco lumbar parts of the spine from curving.
More Scoliosis Braces
Cervico-Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis is also known as the Milwaukee brace. It is also an underarm brace but also includes vertical bars that hold a neck ring in place, attached onto the body of the brace. It is flexible since it can be removed when one is engaging in any necessitating activities and is usually worn for 23 hours a day. This brace is used to control the thoracic spine curve.
Charleston Bending Brace is also known as nighttime brace due to the fact that it is worn while one is sleeping. It applies greater pressure and bends a child to a curve since it is molded onto the child while bent onto the side. This kind of brace can be hidden and thus plays a role in reducing any kind of negative stigma towards the child. Also through research, it has been proven that the brace is just as effective as the 23 hour-a-day brace wear. The curves apex should be below the shoulder blade and the curve in a 20-40 degree range for the brace to be more effective.
Providence Scoliosis Brace currently aims at maximizing curve alignment less discomfort. It applies directly working against forces to straighten curves that are abnormal instead of the spine being bent. It is recommended by researchers although it is less effective than the Boston brace. Its main disadvantage is that it causes discomfort when standing and walking at night due to the rotation of the torso muscles and the shoulders tilting.
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Gilbert, AZ 85296