So while the myths that will be discussed reflect real concerns, common bracing problems can be rendered insignificant and irrelevant when a brace is designed and used correctly. What is most important to understand is, that nothing assures the cessation of rapid scoliosis progression like a well designed brace that is used and worn properly.
Below is a brief outline of Dr. Janzen's Bracing Myths article, which you can find by clicking here. He delves into the common misconceptions behind bracing!
- Myth #1: Braces don’t work
Fact: A Brace CAN work, that is, a brace can help a spine grow straighter and stay straighter.
- Myth #2: Braces cause rib cage distortion, and loss of vital lung capacity.
Fact: Rib cage distortion occurs as a result of the scoliosis, and will happen even without a brace. While some braces may worsen this distortion, other braces, like the Cheneau-style braces, reduce rib cage distortion, making the rib hump smaller.
- Myth #3: Braces cause the spine to become stiff, resulting in loss of spinal mobility.
Fact: Scoliosis becomes stiff with loss of spinal motion even without a brace.
- Myth #4: Wearing a brace will result in weaker muscles.
Fact: While wearing a hard brace has potential to make the muscles weak from disuse, it is possible to balance the immobilizing effect of a hard brace with an effective scoliosis exercise program, resulting in a stronger spine than when the patient first began wearing a brace.
- Myth #5: All scoliosis braces have fundamentally the same above problems.
Fact: Scoliosis braces vary widely in design quality and there is great variety in the skill of the specialist fitting the brace to the patient’s body.
Read more about the Facts by CLICKING HERE!
Some braces are poorly designed, and improperly fit to the patient’s body. Other braces, like the Rigo-Cheneau brace, have excellent design characteristics and can be highly corrective when fit by a skilled specialist. Braces may be therefore capable of having all the problems mentioned above, or capable of solving all the problems above.
Most patients at JJHC end up with some kind of bracing, it complements the other therapies and makes them more effective! That's why the ScoliAcademy™ provides all options for treatment. Every patient has a specific and individualized plan. Read more about why these myths are