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Spring-Loading Back Brace - How it Works - Part 1

Clk2Hm To completely understand how this unique back/upper body brace functions can be challenging, but this section will break down and walk you through its working principles.

This way you may not only understand how this brace works, but you should be able to prove to yourself wether or not this brace will work for your particular back condition or bending situation. In fact, if you don’t experience relief while performing the first test, that would be a good indicator that you could have a more serious condition going on.

Your back pain could be from a medical issue such as kidney stones. These are often self-misdiagnosed as pain caused by a typical back condition/injury such as pinched nerves or a muscle strain.

The back relief provided by Springzback’s support is similar to what you would experience while leaning onto something or like when you prop your hands above your knees while bent over, but unlike using your hands, the Springzback provides this effect in a non-interfering manner while keeping both your hands free for other uses. As the Springzback is a wearable device, it moves around with you for nonstop support when and where you need it, unlike anything else on the market.

We will begin with the basics and build upon them, this should make it easier for you to wrap your head around this unique system. So follow along and you may gain some insights and ideas about your situation and condition. You may even walk away with some ideas to resolve your situation without needing to buy a Springzback. It is truly our hope and believe that this section will help you out.

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First of all, lets begin with its description. The Springzback is generally classified as a “Back Brace” or “Back Support”, but it is more accurate to call it a “Personal Upper Body Support”. Supporting the upper body is the key to its effectiveness, a distinction that clearly separates this device from “Back Belts” (also referred to as “lumbar” or “Lifting Belts”).

Easy Tests You Can Perform to Verify that Springzback Will Resolve Your Bending Pain

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1.)  Holding a Bend Without and then With Support

The first and simplest test you can do right now to see if Springzback will help you is as follows:

Step 1-A) Walk up to a soft leaning post such as a couch/sofa, your bed or anything that you can comfortably rest you chest on when leaning over. You can do this from either a standing or kneeling position to best accommodate your selected leaning post’s height (to amplify this test you could hold some weight during both steps).

Now bend over and maintain this unsupported bend until your back begins to bother you, and please don’t do this if you know it will hurt you, in that case simply proceed to step 1-B instead.

Step 1-B) Now move up to your leaning post and bend over again but this time rest your chest on it, and let your back muscles relax completely. In most cases your back tension and pain (if you had it) should go away. You should now feel as though you could maintain this bend for an extended period without incurring any back strain or pain.

If you did not experience lower back relief while being supported, you have a condition that the Springzback will not be of any help to you. You should then seek some qualified help in the area of medical, chiropractic or physical therapy.

Most people will experience significant to total relief in performing step 1-B. If you are one of these people, the Springzback will work for you. Please continue to test 2.

2.)  Creating a Brace Between Your Chest & Legs

Now that you have proved to yourself the benefits of a supported bend, you prove to yourself that your back will benefit the same if your chest weight gets directed to the fronts of your legs (your lap).

Find something like a thick firm pillow that you can stuff into the crease formed between your chest & upper legs when you bend over. It should be thick enough to let you bend into about a 45 degree angle. Even better, you might use a sofa cushion, fold it and strap it to your front side with the strap encircling your butt. You can stuff something else into the fold of the cushion to help support you at a more upright bend.

Now relax your back and lean into the cushion which should create a brace between your chest and your legs. Try this out from standing, sitting and kneeling positions and you will find that it performs the same for each position. If you do this correctly, you will find the same end result as with the first test.

3.)  Bypassing the Lower Back - The Board Test

In this test you will prove to yourself how strapping a board to your front side will let you support weight with your outstretched arms without putting any strain on your back.

In step 3-A you pick-up and hold something significantly heavy (like a box of something) and you hold it straight out away from your body. You should feel strain or discomfort on your lower back (stop if you feel pain or omit this step if you know you will feel pain in doing this).

In step 3-B you will find something flat and stiff (like a board, ironing board, etc.) that will fit in front of you and cover your chest and both upper leg areas. Have the weight you will be lifting sitting on a table because you will not be able to bend over and pick it up for this test. Now strap this board against your front using a belt, rope etc. that encompasses your butt.

Now pick up the weight again and notice how you now don’t feel any strain or pain in your back while holding this weight out. You should be able to hold this out until your arms tire rather than your back fatiguing or hurting. This test could also be done strapping yourself to a pole such as a support pole in your basement (if you have one).

4.)  The Straight Brace vs the Indirect Brace

Next you need to understand that to brace or hold something up, the brace doesn’t have to be straight to accomplish the same task. The real difference is that a straight brace is stronger than a bent brace. So if a brace is in the shape of a V, S, Z or such, it will have to be made of stronger or thicker material to have the same strength of a straight brace.

In this test it will be harder to make props to test this on your body, but you can experiment with a piece of wire (such as from a coat hanger) to solidify this concept in your mind. Cut several pieces of stiff wire from 4-6" in length. One will be straight, bend another into a V shape, another into a Z shape, and another into an S shape.

Hold each wire upright on a table surface and push down on its top. You will find that each shape will support some amount of weight, and you will also notice that the shapes will be somewhat springy. But regardless of the shape, they will still transfer the pressure from your finger pushing down on the top of the shaped wire to the table’s surface.

Using your V shaped wire, imagine having two of these being large enough to place between you chest and the fronts of your legs, being held in place with a strap encircling your butt to hold it from pushing away from your body. Put some padding between your chest and a leg pad on each of the lower sections, and you have a simple, crude (and non-adjustable) personal upper body support.

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