If you’ve ever worn a back brace to treat your scoliosis, you already know how annoying it can be at times. But with the ongoing advances in technology, back braces have improved significantly, making the treatment process easy, comfortable, and more effective. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of innovative work that needs to be done to make these braces more beneficial and efficient to patients.
Currently, there are different kinds of technological advancements going on in back support, most of which aim to improve the performance, quality, and effectiveness of back braces. This article looks at the ongoing technological evolution of back braces.
Ability to Monitor Effectiveness of Back Braces
Recently, Intel and UNYQ teamed up to develop a monitor that helps you analyze your back brace’s effectiveness. Through this monitor, you can know if your back problems are improving. Also, this monitor, which is installed at the back of the back brace, can monitor the amount of time you wear the brace and the pressure points the brace hits when you wear it.
The monitor will also show you how efficient your back brace has been to support and minimize or completely stop further spinal curvature from happening. The two companies also work together to make back braces more stylish and practical for daily use and active lifestyles.
Personalized Back Braces
Through 3D printer technology, the manufacturers of back braces can design special and personalized braces that will match your back support needs. It is also possible to get a back brace that aligns with your back so that you can comfortably wear it for many hours. Moreover, manufacturers are now developing back braces that are only 5mm thick, making them completely undetectable under clothing.
According to UNYQ, you can now download a Bluetooth application that will help you monitor your back treatment progress and know how long you’ve worn the back brace. This technology has simplified the treatment process, allowing physiotherapists to know who needs a back brace and who doesn’t.
Nighttime Back BracesSince it is difficult for adolescents to wear a back brace for 24 hours, manufactures have developed back braces with advanced designs that increase their corrective forces, thereby minimizing the need to wear a brace throughout the day. Furthermore, they have developed nighttime back braces that have helped to reduce the total number of hours you have to wear the brace. This has also reduced the social anxiety caused by the thought of wearing a back brace during the day.