Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Psychology Behind Group Workouts

During our lives, most of us take part in many activities in a group setting. We attend school and classes as a group. We join bowling leagues or soccer teams. Many of us are members of various organizations. Those who attend church services are part of a congregation. There are several other groups that one might join during their lifetime and most people enjoy this interaction with others. 

When joining an exercise program, a client usually has a choice to take part in group classes or one-on-one private classes. Trying to choose which option would be the best fit is often a difficult decision. However, with the high cost of working with a private trainer, the majority feel that exercising with a group will give them an adequate workout. A number of studies have shown that in the end, taking part in a group exercise class has the most beneficial results.

The Beginnings of Group Exercise

Zumba workouts have risen in popularity over the last decade.
Group exercise classes became popular in the 1970s and 1980s. It was during this time that Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda introduced the aerobic workout to the public. Various types of workouts became popular, including Jazzercise, bicycling and Spinning. In the 1990s, group classes included Body Pump and Tae Bo classes. Pilates, yoga and Zumba classes became a favorite of many. Boot camps and CrossFit classes followed these. Today, with the variety of classes available, most people will find a class that is perfect for them. 

Why is Group Exercise a Good Choice?

What makes group exercise classes the best choice for most people? There are several factors. One immediate benefit is that the cost is usually much less than one-on-one training. Those who cannot afford private classes can still take part in the group classes and reap the benefits of doing so.

Most people have been told that exercise is necessary to remain healthy but do not know where to start. Joining an exercise group gives a person a choice of classes and levels. Becoming a member of a class helps one overcome their reluctance to taking that first step.

Benefits of Group Exercise Classes

Taking part in an exercise class provides those in the class an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Moreover, a group class challenges one to work harder than if they were exercising at home alone. Everyone is working towards the same goal, and the trainer will push everyone to do his or her best. Studies have shown that when working out in a group, people tend to push themselves harder than when they are exercising alone. This may result in them burning more calories as well as increasing their endurance and strength beyond their perceived limitations. Those in a class motivate each other to stay on track to reach their goals and to keep one another accountable.

Besides the physiological benefits of group exercise, there are psychological benefits as well. Exercising is one of several activities that stimulate the release of endorphins. These chemicals interact with receptors in the brain that block pain and produce a euphoric, happy feeling. Often, doctors recommend group exercise for their patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression. Exercise, which most people enjoy, is also a great stress-buster.

Working out in a group can be physically and psychologically beneficial.
Studies have shown that whether it is a game of soccer, a run with a friend or an exercise class, most people perform better when paired up with others. It may be due to the inspiration or competition found in a group, but no one wants to let a team member down. In many cases, they perform even better on the task than they believed they could.

Everyone is aware of the value of exercise, and taking classes as part of a group may be the way to go. This manner of exercising has many physiological as well as psychological benefits. For most exercise classes, the only equipment one needs to bring to class is themselves. Today, exercising is more important than ever, and there is no good excuse not to try it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Could Better Footwear, Insoles Be the Solution to Football’s Lisfranc Injury Problem?

With college football officially underway and the NFL regular season starting soon after, player safety will be at the forefront of the discussion. While the devastating consequences of concussions will surely hog the spotlight, lower body injuries can be just as debilitating and are statistically much more prevalent, accounting for 50.4% of all player injuries, according to the NCAA. Lisfranc fractures make up a small proportion of these lower body injuries, but Lisfranc’s impact on college and professional football is immense.

What is a Lisfranc Injury?

A Lisfranc fracture is a dislocation of the joint connecting the midfoot and the forefoot caused by trauma or sudden twisting. The cause of a Lisfranc injury can be categorized in one of two groups—direct or indirect. The severing of the Lisfranc joint through trauma delivered by an outside force is considered a direct injury. For example, this could occur when a lineman accidently stomps on another player’s midfoot. Indirect Lisfranc fractures, however, are caused by the sudden twisting or rotation of a foot. This typically happens when a player’s foot gets planted forcibly and unnaturally while changing direction on turf. After sustaining the fracture, pain in the midfoot is immense and the vast majority of athletes are unable to finish the game, let alone the season. Depending on the severity, a Lisfranc fracture can even require surgery to realign the dislocated bones and could be a career killer.       

Lisfranc Injury on the Field

Offensive linemen are typically the most likely to sustain a Lisfranc injury, but college and NFL players in many other positions have suffered from the fracture as well. Jake Locker, Ben Roethlisberger, Dion Lewis, Brandon Marshall and Le’Veon Bell are just a few examples of skill position players that have struggled with the injury in recent years. Locker, a former first-round draft pick, was ultimately unable to return to form after his injury and retired early at the age of 26.

One of the most successful signal callers in the game, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, is returning after being sidelined for an entire season by an indirect Lisfranc fracture he suffered while cutting up field against Nebraska. Just a year removed from a different season-ending injury to his knee, Hill fought through the pain of the Lisfranc fracture and played the majority of the game before finally bowing out. Following the game, he had screws surgically implanted in his midfoot to reconnect the joints and began an arduous 11-month rehabilitation process.

Are Cleats to Blame? 

Many athletic trainers and podiatrists are pointing their fingers at lightweight, minimalist cleats as the menace behind the increase in Lisfranc injury on the football field. The major athletic shoe brands (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, etc.) have moved toward technology that emphasizes flexibility and arch support has greatly suffered as a result. This flexibility can allegedly lead to the indirect Lisfranc fractures sustained when changing direction.

In order to begin rectifying this issue, Nike partnered with Taysom Hill in the offseason to create a custom cleat with increased arch support to avoid reinjury. With Hill returning to action this fall, Nike will be able to monitor his recovery and expand the use of the custom cleats if proven successful. In addition to new cleats with rigid arch support, Hill was given custom insoles. 

While most believe that cleats play a factor in the increased prevalence of Lisfranc, others claim it’s simply a result of players progressively getting bigger, faster and stronger. It’s the new norm for lineman to tower over competition at 6’3” and weigh upwards of 300 lbs, and players like this weren’t in the league 20 years ago. The average weight of an offensive tackle has increased by over 40 pounds since 1980. Another possible factor behind the increase in Lisfranc is the improved ability of trainers to successfully diagnose the injury. In the past, the injury was often misdiagnosed because the hurt Lisfranc joint will sometimes naturally return to its original position before it’s inspected by training staff. Increased awareness has led to midfoot injuries being inspected more closely.

The Importance of Orthotics & Footwear

Ultimately, the increasing prevalence of Lisfranc fractures highlights the importance of the correct use of orthopedic insoles and athletic footwear. Most modern cleats do not provide the essential arch support necessary to prevent foot and ankle injuries. Players should add orthotics that complement their foot styles. In addition, their shoes should be tailored for the specific position they play, the playing surface (turf or grass) and the outside temperature.

Even if you’re an amateur, consult a podiatrist concerning your personal arch support needs before you play on the gridiron this fall. Insoles like the Prothotic motion control sport insole do wonders in ensuring your feet and ankles remain healthy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Working Out When You’re Sore: The Dos & Don’ts of DOMS

Picture this: you finish a workout and the endorphins are kicking in, helping you feel great and energized. But the next day, your body is tired and you’re having trouble even lifting your arms over your head. You had planned to work out that day, but now you find yourself wondering, should I work out when I’m sore? The answer isn’t as straightforward as “yes” or “no”, but if you pay attention to the signs your body is sending you, you’ll be able to tell whether or not you should be hitting the gym.

To help you and your body stay healthy and happy, we’ve put together some general guidelines on when it is and isn’t okay to work out when it comes to muscle soreness.
What is DOMS?
To decide whether or not you should work out, you first need to focus in on the pain you’re experiencing. DOMS is short for delayed onset muscle soreness, and it’s the reaction your muscles have after an intense workout. These feelings of pain usually occur a day after you work out and can last anywhere between 24 hours to a week. These aches are a result of micro-tears in your muscles, and they can make daily activities like walking and lifting your arms suddenly become a struggle. DOMS can range in intensity from mild to severe—so severe that people sometimes struggle to walk or get out of their chairs. This is why it’s sometimes difficult to know whether you’re just sore or if you’ve actually injured yourself.

Injury vs. DOMS
Luckily, there are a few significant differences between DOMS and injury. The biggest difference is the pain level. You might convince yourself that you’re injured when getting up out of your chair is a struggle, but that’s nothing compared to the searing pain of a real injury. Your pain will come instantly and won’t decrease over time, no matter how much you stretch your limbs. Lastly, it won’t go away after a few days, but will last until you either seek medical attention or it heals on its own.

If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of a real injury, contact your doctor so they can take a look. When it comes to your body, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Should you work out?
Once you’ve realized that what you’re feeling is just intense soreness, you’ll have to decide whether or not to work out. Some doctors recommend that if you feel any soreness, you should wait until it’s completely gone to start working out again. However, recent studies have found that it’s actually better to engage your muscles when they’re feeling sore. Exercising increases oxygen flow to the muscles, and in turn can help make your muscles feel better.

You probably won’t max out in reps, but you can still get a decent workout in. To help make sure you don’t push yourself too hard, use a sleeve or other support that helps compress your muscles and prevent tearing, such as the new, innovative Body Glove Performance Knee Sleeves. Your joints will be protected and supported, allowing you to push through the soreness and rock your workout!

The most important thing out of all of this is to listen to your body. If you feel too sore to work out, then take it easy for a couple of days. If you think you could benefit from light exercise, then go for it. If you start feeling fatigued, you can always stop and try again tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Offseason: Avoiding Injuries and Staying Healthy

For some athletes, the beginning of offseason is a welcomed relaxation period to destress and unwind. And for many, offseason training begins right away. Although it is extremely important to maintain a healthy exercise regimen during this period, it is also wise to do everything you can to avoid an injury. An offseason injury can severely affect your ability to perform once your normal workouts start back up again. Many athletes get injured when they push themselves too hard, use improper techniques, do too much of the same exercise or neglect rest and recovery time. Be smart during the offseason with our tips below.

Don’t forget to work your core in the offseason. This includes your glutes, lower back and deep abdominals too. Your core is the foundation of your movement and if these areas are out of sync, the rest of your body will be as well. The core acts as the central energy transfer in your entire body, so not keeping it strong and in shape during the offseason can lead to injury and exhaustion when you return.

Focus on low-impact core exercises during the offseason to minimize joint damage.

Another helpful tip is to focus on exercises that are not a part of your usual in-season routine. If you lift heavy weights, focus on conditioning and cardio during the offseason with less emphasis on weights. If your in-season consists of mainly cardio, consider doing more strength training and lighten up on the running. This will help you train the parts of your body you don’t normally work during the season to stabilize and strengthen those areas. Also, consider moving away from the machines and using free weights and body resistance. Machines are great for exercising, but they only allow for resistance along a set path of motion. Exercises like squats, lunges and presses will lead to a greater transfer of strength.

Remember that your diet is as important as your exercise during the offseason, if not more so. Don’t continue to eat as though you are in-season and burning thousands of calories a day. It may take a while for your body to adjust to a new normal, but not doing so will lead to fat gain and over-consumption. Avoid using energy bars and sports drinks as meal replacements. These are filled with calories that are great for in-season workouts, but will be counterproductive while you’re off. With an increased amount of time on your hands, you have a perfect opportunity to practice preparing non-packaged, non-processed foods. Get into this habit early on and incorporate it into your future routine too. Mix up your diet with healthy alternatives. Try simple swaps like quinoa for brown rice, fish for chicken breast and kale for spinach.

Advance meal planning can help keep you from making unhealthy choices on the fly.

The most common injuries during this period are “overuse injuries” such as muscle strains and tendonitis. These can result from not resting and recovering after visits to the gym or from going to the gym too often. Rest is one of the best preventative techniques to avoid offseason injuries. Ask yourself if you’ve had enough recovery time between the end of your season and the beginning of your offseason workouts. This is the perfect time to allow any pains or issues you dealt with during the season to heal, so take advantage of it. As a rule of thumb, you should rest for about two weeks. Consider a brace or compression sock as well to aid in support and recovery. If your offseason is the start of a long period without weightlifting, start low and work your way up when you return to your normal routine. The combination of forgotten lifting techniques and recent body changes in the offseason may put too much strain on your body and lead to an injury. Go slow and work your way up to where you once were.

Finally, and most importantly, watch your form! You should always be cautious and use proper lifting techniques. While in offseason, athletes have a tendency to forget or become less concerned with their lifting and running form. A careless technique will almost always result in injury. Be smart, be aware and be active. Take these tips and head into your offseason with safety and confidence!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sports Medicine Q&A with Houston Methodist’s Dr. Scott Rand

houston methodist dr rand
Dr. Scott Rand
We thought it would be interesting to get a perspective on sports injuries from the other side of the table. We are excited to share with you a question and answer session we had with Scott Rand, M.D., a Houston-area sports medicine doctor within Houston Methodist hospital system’s Orthopedics & Sports Medicine clinic.

What led you to a career in sports medicine?
I played sports in high school, but was not really an athlete. During college and medical school, sports and exercise were just not part of what I did, but when I joined the Navy for my residency, I became attached to an active population of people. My residency was basically taking care of healthy people who hurt themselves, so the move to sports medicine was a natural fit. I enjoy taking care of people who take responsibility for their health and want to make themselves better.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about sports injuries?
Most of us think of sports injuries as the things that make the highlight reel for ESPN. Many more training days and competition days are missed because of overuse injuries and medical illnesses.

Injuries to the knee, especially the ligaments, seem to be incredibly prominent these days. Do you think this is the result of poor conditioning, tougher play, better medical care to diagnose a knee injury properly, or something else?
I don’t think knee injuries are that much more common now than they were 20 years ago. Since we have better technology and techniques for treating these injuries, they get more attention. Athletes are certainly bigger and stronger now, but I think the increased awareness comes from a larger number of athletes participating and a greater awareness because of the treatments we now have to treat these injuries, both surgically and non-surgically.

What is the most common sports-related injury you encounter in your work?
Right now, concussions are Number 1. We see athletes of all ages for all kinds of problems. During football and club soccer season, concussions are our leading injury. Injuries happen in collision sports. That is a given. Many positive things also come from participation, however, so I think that overall the benefits outweigh the risks.

What is the most common thing you see athletes do incorrectly when rehabbing from an injury?
Easy. Too much, too fast, too soon. We are always in search of the magic bullet or high tech procedure that will allow quicker return to play. Getting back on the field is the most important thing and anything that will speed that along is the right thing to do. That is a lie and is probably what is the most dangerous thing for athletes to look for.

When is surgery the wrong route to take for recovery from an injury?
When pain is the major factor. Orthopedic surgery can restore function pretty well, but when the driving issue is pain, surgery is often not the best solution. Pain may not go away, even if function improves.

Do you think physical therapy is being utilized by patients as much as it should?
Physical therapy has huge benefits for people, but unfortunately the outcome-based and evidence-based studies have not borne it out. Physical therapy fails when patients are not compliant with the exercise plan put forth by the physical therapist. PT that doesn’t make you sweat or cry wasn’t worth going to.

In your opinion, what is one of the biggest changes to sports medicine in the last few years?
The therapeutic modality that is getting the most attention right now is regenerative medicine. The promise of healing with your own tissue by simply injecting platelet-rich plasma or bone marrow or fat cell derived stem cells is very exciting. Right now the science is equivocal, but the potential for amazing things is there and will hopefully be made readily available.

What is the most rewarding aspect of working in sports medicine?
Taking care of people who have to be held back rather than pushed off the couch. Watching an athlete recover from a devastating acute or chronic injury and return to compete at a higher level than they ever could before.

If you could impart any words of wisdom on young coaches or athletes, what would they be?
Be alert and cognizant when something looks or feels wrong. Then stop. It sounds simple, but personal health is so often overlooked for the sake of the win. When it comes to your overall health, you’re in a marathon, not a sprint.

Dr. Rand is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, and is a board certified physician of family medicine with a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine (CAQSM). He is the director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program at Houston Methodist Willowbrook, one of only 111 accredited programs in the country. Additionally, he is the medical director of the Houston Methodist Human Performance Lab. His practice maintains a focus around overall medical care, concussion management, and non-operative orthopedic care of athletes and active people of all ages. Dr. Rand co-chairs an education testing subcommittee within the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, guest speaks regularly, is a co-author and editor of the AMSSM’s Sports Medicine CAQ Study Guide, and is an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Rand regularly serves as a consulting team physician for Houston-area high schools, club sports, running groups, and Rice University.

Friday, October 3, 2014

ACL Injuries in the NFL

ACL injuries seem to be so prevalent in professional sports these days. How prevalent are they? Take a look at this infographic we put together on ACL injuries in the NFL, and remember to take care of your body when you're playing sports!

acl injuries in the nfl

Saturday, September 27, 2014

DonJoy Defiance vs. Reaction

After a knee injury, it can be difficult to know which type of brace is best for your recovery. One built for ligaments won’t function the same as one built to prevent dislocations, for example. Today we’d like to compare and contrast two of DonJoy’s more popular models: the Defiance and Reaction knee braces.

The Defiance is unofficially known as the flagship brace of DonJoy. Its patented leverage system and lightweight, high-tech design make it the go-to brace for any sort of ligament instabilities. ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL. You name a ligament, the Defiance will handle it. While the Defiance may be lightweight, it is no slouch when it comes to durability and stability. Its carbon-composite build makes it perfect for high-impact sports like rugby, snow sports or football when protection is an absolute must. It’s also available with the LoPro FourcePoint Hinge, the only hinge clinically-proven to protect the ACL. It does all this with a low-profile design to keep it out of your way and under clothing or uniforms.

The Reaction, on the other hand, was designed for kneecap stability and anterior knee pain reduction. The brace’s elastomeric web design helps absorb pressure that would normally be felt on the patella and disperse it throughout the rest of your knee. It’s a fantastic brace if you have arthritis or tendonitis problems that could use the helping hand. The brace’s open web design and mesh backing lets your knee breathe comfortably unlike traditional elastic designs.

The chart below summarizes the main differences between the Reaction and the Defiance.

Reaction Defiance
Built For Tendonitis, Arthritis, Knee Cap Dislocation and Stability Ligament protection (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL)
Durability Velcro can be known to wear out due to continued use Perfect for high-impact sports
Design Elastomeric webbing to disperse pain Lightweight carbon-composite frame
Misc 6-month warranty Custom built, lifetime warranty on hinges and frames

We pride ourselves on carrying the best and most varied selection of knee braces for pre- and post-op conditions, but your condition might not fit one of these two braces. Always be sure to consult a medical professional to find out what sort of support your knee needs to help you stay healthy and active!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Five Durable Players to Pick up in Your NFL Fantasy League

The NFL season is in full swing and with it the ever-competitive and intriguing fantasy football season. Whether playing for bragging rights with your friends or with a pool of anonymous players for a cash prize, it’s the ultimate chance to test your knowledge of statistics and roll the dice. We’re just a few short weeks into the season and we’ve already seen players go down with season-ending or season-shortening injuries. Here are a few players we’d recommend you pick up on the waiver wire or trade for if your roster has already been decimated by injuries.
  1. Philip Rivers – The San Diego QB has been consistent throughout his entire career, averaging around 30 touchdown passes, 4,200+ passing yards, and a yearly QB rating hovering around 100. The rest of the Chargers’ 2014 season will be highlighted by tough road games, but Rivers’ poise against Seattle’s menacing secondary has to be encouraging for any fantasy league player.

  2. Kirk Cousins – OK, OK, he came into the game for Robert Griffin III against a lowly Jacksonville Jaguars team and torched them (as expected) but he’s now going to be THE guy moving forward for Washington the rest of the year. Washington’s schedule won’t be easy this year, but with games against questionable NFC West, NFC South and AFC South opponents, they could eek their way into the wild card conversation. Cousins has looked good in spot starts, has a high football IQ, and when given time to throw, completes close to 70% of his passes. He also fits well into Jay Gruden’s offensive scheme. You just might want to sit him against Seattle :)

  3. Darren Sproles – You probably drafted his Philadelphia counterpart, LeSean McCoy. You had plenty of reason to do so! With Sproles’ undeniable speed and ability to accelerate in open space, he’s a threat in both the passing and running game. He’s missed only a handful of games over his career and rushes for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. His catches average 9.1 yards, and if history tells us anything, then he’ll average around 65-70 catches this year coming out of the Eagles backfield. Oh, he’s also only fumbled the ball THREE TIMES in his entire career. He’ll carve up defenses like St. Louis, New York, Tennessee, Washington, and Dallas, making you look like a genius for picking him up. 

  4. Jordy Nelson – We’re not sure why anyone would pass on Green Bay’s new “it” guy, but in case you did, here’s a reminder that you made a mistake. After spending the first six seasons of his career in the shadow of household Packer names like Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and James Jones, Nelson has emerged to become the favorite target for QB Aaron Rodgers. Having only missed a small handful of games over his career, Nelson has become an architect of the sideline catch, creating height and separation from his defenders where other receivers might not be able to find it. He averages over 15 yards per catch and has only fumbled once in his career. The Packers may be trying to diversify their offense with Eddie Lacy and James Starks running the ball, but you don’t leash an arm like Rodgers’ when you have it. Nelson will carve up the secondaries of Minnesota, Miami, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay just to name a few.

  5. Steve Smith – The veteran, long-time-Panther-now-Raven looked like a man possessed this past week against Pittsburgh. He’s missed just a few games over the course of his career and averages over 14.5 yards per catch. With Jacoby Jones as Joe Flacco’s primary target and Baltimore’s tendency to rely on the short passing game, expect Steve Smith to be the receiver left overlooked by the defense. Baltimore’s journey this year won’t be an easy one in the always-tough AFC North, but games against the NFC and AFC South with less-than-stellar secondaries will give him a chance to shine.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Product Spotlight: Donjoy Velocity Ankle Brace

DonJoy's Velocity Ankle Brace, available in three different support levels, is the most useful brace for men and women at risk for injury-prone ankles. These braces are also ideal for those who have already experienced an ankle injury and are on the mend, and especially for those involved in athletics or high-impact activities who want to be proactive in preventing potential injuries.

These Velocity Ankle Braces are so popular because they're not only functional but also very comfortable to wear. They feature a plastic shell that's both lightweight and heat moldable, giving each user a semi-customizable fit. The semi-rigid plastic that makes up the foot plate and lateral uprights provides protection against impact, such as being kicked during sports like soccer, football or rugby.

DonJoy offers three styles of the Velocity Ankle Brace:

Light Support (LS) is the standard configuration capable of providing the foundation required for prevention of ankle injury and treatment for those recovering from previous injuries. This is a bilaterally hinged brace with correct anatomical design that allows for unrestricted foot movement while guarding against unnatural ankle rotation that's the cause of most ankle sprains. Compression of the ankle to prevent swelling is provided by special R3 (Rapid, Rigid, Ratcheting) Technology™ incorporated into the calf cuff. Lightweight and low profile, this brace is designed to comfortably fit into the user's shoe. It can also be trimmed to accommodate the use of orthotics, if necessary.

The Medium Support (MS) Velocity Ankle Brace starts with the basic LS Brace and adds a soft, speed wrap that creates additional compression to the medial and lateral malleolus bones, which are the bony protrusions coming out of the sides of each ankle. This helps control inflammation and provides more support for those needing it, especially those recovering from past ankle injury.

The Extra Support (ES) Velocity Ankle Brace takes the MS model and adds one additional speed wrap with laces for compression around the foot. The ES is the most popular choice of Velocity braces and is ideal for those suffering from chronic ankle problems, those rehabilitating from a past injury, and for athletes engaging in any type of sports activity where cutting or pivoting maneuvers are common.

Sizing Specifications

DonJoy Velocity Braces are appropriate for use by either men or women and come in black or white. They're available in three sizes (S-M-L), in two calf sizes (standard and wide), and can be ordered for either the left or right foot.
  • Small – men's shoe size 8 & under, women's 9-1/2 and under
  • Medium – men's 8-12, women's 9.5-13.5
  • Large – men's 12 & up, women's 13.5 & up

Friday, September 12, 2014

Get Back Pain Relief with the Aspen Horizon 631 LSO

aspen horizon 631 hso back brace
A popular choice from Aspen Horizon, the 631 LSO back brace can provide relief to those who suffer from acute or chronic low back pain. It’s low-profile and ergonomic design allows you to comfortably wear the brace under your clothing. 

Its adjustable sizing fits a variety of people, from those with a 24 inch waist all the way up to a 54 inch waist. With the addition of extension panels, the sizing accommodates even larger waists- up to 70 inches. Simply tighten or loosen until the brace comfortably fits your body. Its construction prevents the back panel from bunching up, allowing for a snug but flexible fit.

With tri-band technology, this brace provides stability while allowing for effective compression and flexibility of the body. As with all other Horizon braces, the Horizon 631 LSO can be reconfigured to act as a Horizon PRO brace, allowing for continual treatment of recurring back discomfort. Lateral panels are included in this full back support brace to provide support on the sides of the spine if needed.

Wearing this brace is easy and can be put on relatively quickly. Wrap it around your abdomen, overlapping the right side of the brace over the left in the front. Pull on the dual lacers to adjust compression levels as needed- the left for lower compression and the right for upper compression. Once the optimal levels of compression have been reached, secure the tabs to the front of the brace.

Constructed of breathable mesh fabric, this back brace is easy to clean, and it should be cleaned regularly. Simply hand wash in cold water with a mild soap, rinse, and allow it to air dry before it is worn again.

The 631 LSO back brace is a great option for post-op patients, as it’s able to provide several configurations to assist with the recovery process. If you or any of your patients are looking for a spine brace to assist with rapid recovery, this is it. MMAR Medical carries a variety of spinal back braces to assist with your back pain relief regimen.