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How to choose the Right Shoulder Brace

Choosing the Right Shoulder Brace for your Shoulder Injury

Shoulder Brace

Shoulder Brace

Choosing the best suited shoulder brace for specific type of injury may not be an easy task.

Though there are lots of braces for general purpose, most often than not, these braces are not enough to ease the pain and improve the condition of the hurting shoulder.

And if used long-term, chances are the unsuited brace may even aggravate the condition, which may cause more serious problem for the shoulders.

This article is all about the selection process in choosing a shoulder brace. Read on and find out how you can get the best brace for your shoulder condition.

There are many types of shoulder brace available in the market, there are shoulder supports for better posture, surgical braces for rehabilitation, shoulder immobilizer for serious shoulder injuries, compression brace for sports and sling brace for minor injuries.

Each type has its particular function, which obviously affects the materials used for the construction of the brace.

Choosing a shoulder brace by Support level

Support rating schemes are used to rate the support level of a particular type of brace. Usually, braces are labeled as “basic, moderate and high.”

Basic Support Shoulder Brace

This type of support brace is usually made up of smaller and stretchable fabric or light neoprene.

This is good for people looking for minor support for their shoulder during normal day of work or even during sleep, as it’s fairly comfortable to wear. I

f you’re looking for this kind of brace and wear it for long periods of time, then your best bet is to wear something with a strap, as this will help hold the brace in place.

Also, consider the shape of the brace, where do you want it to cut across?

There is a basic shoulder with a narrow strap and cuts right across the chest, and there are types with multiple and even wider straps.

This type however, is uncomfortable to wear, especially for women. And if the brace is made up of neoprene, it can cause sweating, and can be very uneasy to put on. [easyazon-block asin=”B002DPBH1G” align=”none”]

Moderate Support Shoulder Brace

This type shoulder brace support is made up of thicker neoprene, and it covers more shoulder area than the basic type. The fabric is a more comfortable version though, and it usually includes more than one strap to lock in and secure its place in the shoulders.

McDavid 462R Universal Shoulder Support

One of the most popular choices for this type of shoulder brace in Amazon is the [easyazon-link asin=”B000Y8IB3G”]McDavid 462R Universal Shoulder Support[/easyazon-link].

This brace retains therapeutic body heat though its thermal neoprene, which definitely helps promotes healing for the injured shoulder.

This support works best for athletes and active day, as it allows shoulder movement and better support at the same time.

However, if you intend to use a brace for a long period of time, then you might settle for the Basic support with stretchable fabric style. [easyazon-block asin=”B000Y8IB3G” align=”none”]

High Support Shoulder Brace

This type of support level is usually used to completely immobilized the injured shoulder joint or for post-operative recovery.

High support shoulder brace is not usually used for any sports or strenuous activity as it simply doesn’t allow its wearer to move the covered shoulder.

This type of brace may also be made up of tougher materials such as carbon fiber or metal to prevent its wearer in moving the affected shoulder.

Mueller Shoulder Brace

The popular choice for this type of support brace in Amazon is the [easyazon-link asin=”B001IF5X1M”]Mueller Shoulder Brace[/easyazon-link].

This brace is perfect for dislocation injuries and shoulder rehabilitation where total arm rehab is needed. T

his brace includes a 6” wide elastic shoulder strap anchored to a 10” wide band that wraps all over the chest and has a Velcro closure. This creates a backward pressure and a downward pull on the shoulder, helping to reduce subluxation of the joint.

Remember to chose left or right shoulder version depending upon which shoulder is injured. [easyazon-block asin=”B001IF5X1M” align=”none”]

Choosing Shoulder Brace by injury type

Posture related shoulder injuries

For Posture related injury or clavicle problems, then a posture shoulder brace is usually required.

The [easyazon-link asin=”B004CUKPLI”]OPPO Posture/Clavicle Brace[/easyazon-link]and [easyazon-link asin=”B0007D34KI”]Saunders Posture Support[/easyazon-link] are two of the most popular choice for this type of shoulder support. Both provide good support down from the lower back, to spine and shoulders while allowing its wearer for a freer and comfortable movement. [easyazon-block asin=”B0007D34KI” align=”none”] [easyazon-block asin=”B004CUKPLI” align=”none”]

Shoulder Joint injuries

For Joint injuries, then shoulder braces that holds the joint in place can make a lot of difference, as it provide better support in the soft tissue through compression. T

he type of support needed of course depends on the severity of the injury. For minor problems, braces with basic level support are usually enough.

Frozen shoulder and shoulder arthritis

For arthritis problems and frozen shoulder conditions, a [easyazon-link asin=”B00132UPUY”]shoulder brace with thermal wrap[/easyazon-link] can help alleviate the condition by providing heat therapy in the affected area.

These braces though provide heat therapy, and not support. [easyazon-block asin=”B00132UPUY” align=”none”]

Consider these tips in choosing a shoulder brace for your shoulder condition and wear the one best suited to address your shoulder injury.

If in any doubt, always seek proper medical advice from your doctor before using a shoulder brace.

Shoulder Exercise and Shoulder Pain Relief

Exercise is an important part of shoulder treatment. My shoulder program contains full details to help rehabilitating and strengthening you shoulder simple to do at home, you can order it by clicking the link below:

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Always check with your doctor first, but generally exercising your shoulder regularly will help you get relief from shoulder pain. Never repeat an exercise if you feel that it aggravates your pain. Stop the exercise immediately if it hurts.

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce


Exercises For Shoulder Pain


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Exercises For Shoulder Pain


Are backpacks a threat to your child’s health?

Can backpacks cause shoulder, neck and back pain?shoulder, neck and back pain

As a new term starts and we pack our children off to school perhaps it is time to think about something that many of us take for granted, school backpacks.

Almost every child carry some kind of bag to school. But can the bag that the child was wearing actually be bad for the child health?

Can the backpack that your child is wearing be the cause of shoulder, neck and back pain either now or in the future?

Survery research on shoulder, neck and back pain caused by backpacks

A recent study published in the journal Spine seems to confirm what physiotherapists and many parents have long suspected, that backpacks can cause shoulder, neck and back pain if they are too heavy or worn incorrectly.

The Spine study used a special MRI scanner to study 11-year-old children wearing backpacks of various weights up to 26lb.

Perhaps not surprisingly as the weight in the backpack was increased so did the amount of pain that the children reported feeling according to the study.

Backpack tips to avoid shoulder, neck and back pain problems

The most important tips for avoiding health problems when wearing a backpack is to keep the pack as light as possible.

Encourage children to only carry the books they actually need that day in their backpack to help prevent shoulder, neck and back pain.

Tip two is to tighten the backpack straps to keep the backpack close to the child’s body. This will help prevent bruising caused by the bag moving about.

Thirdly try to distribute the weight in the pack evenly and make use of sections and pockets.

Try to buy a backpack with padded shoulder straps that will help to prevent shoulder soreness.

I would suggest avoiding single strap sling style backpacks because this type of backpack puts all the weight on one shoulder.

Finally, a note for the ladies, you might benefit from reducing the weight in your shoulder bags too.

Shoulder Pain and Backpacks

Two Tips to relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain

The following two tips will help you combat Neck and Shoulder Pain

My first tip to combat Neck and Shoulder Pain is to try some simple relaxation techniques such as yoga or pilates to reduce your stress levels. Reducing stress can in many cases eliminate neck and shoulder pain.

My second tip is to always try to adopt a good posture. The old saying, “stand up straight”, or “stand tall”, works very well at preventing muscle pain. The most important thing is to avoid slouching. Hold your head up, stand with shoulders back, and don’t slouch. Slouching contributes to neck and shoulder pain, and by eliminating slouching, you can remove the source of pain.

Small changes in posture and habit can lead to big changes in eliminating neck and shoulder pain. See my free report for further details. You can get this by entering your details on this page.

Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain

There are many causes of neck and shoulder pain, ranging from frozen shoulder to arthritis and even heart attack.

Shoulder and neck pain can be caused by something sudden and dramatic like whiplash, or be caused by simply sleeping the wrong way on a pillow. Neck and shoulder pain can even occur from watching the television at the wrong angle! In my next posts I am going to look at some of the causes of neck and shoulder pain and provide tips and advice on how to relieve the pain, or better still how to avoid suffering pain in the first place.

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Neck and Shoulder Exercise Warning

Always consult with a medical professional before attempting any exercise to the neck or shoulder to relieve pain.

Check with your physician as to whether a shoulder X-ray or MRI should be taken to locate the source of the pain. It is essential to find out what is causing the pain and whether you are setting yourself realistic expectations of post-exercise mobility.

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Is Shoulder Pain Part of Your Life?

I had an elderly patient in my clinic recently who has suffered neck and shoulder pain for longer than she could remember. Shoulder Pain had just become a part of her life that she accepted and put up with. She is now doing simple shoulder exercises and is well on the road to being free of shoulder pain for the first time in many years.

For most types of shoulder pain, such as frozen shoulder, shoulder tendonitis and rotator cuff tear there are shoulder exercises and home treatments that can cure your shoulder pain.

For more serious shoulder conditions physical therapy and shoulder rehabilitation may be required. Finally in the most serious and persistent cases of shoulder pain shoulder surgery may be required, but the longer you put off getting treatment the worse your condition is likely to get.

So don’t just accept shoulder pain, seek help – don’t suffer.

How to Cure Neck and Shoulder Pain

The number of people suffering neck and shoulder pain has increased in recent years. The growth of neck and shoulder pain problems is probably due to the constant activity of modern life, repetitive actions and poor posture, particularly while working at a computer.

Accidents and sports injuries are another cause of neck and shoulder pain. Bone or joint abnormalities, degenerative diseases, and even tumors can cause neck and shoulder pain so make sure that you seek proper treatment for your neck and shoulder pain

Having seen a doctor to rule out more serious causes of neck and shoulder pain, there are several things that you can do at home to relieve neck and shoulder pain.

Changing your sleeping position and type of pillow can relieve neck and shoulder pain. The aim is really to keep the neck in a neutral position and if you lie on your back, one pillow is usually enough to support your head and neck, but if you lie on your side two pillows may be better.

There are a number of home exercises to relieve neck and shoulder pain. When the shoulder mobility becomes restricted, it is quite common for pain to be felt in the upper trapezius (between the neck and shoulder). It usually causes a deep ache, and it is important to stretch this muscle. For full details see the links below.

Ice is one of my favorite home treatments for neck and shoulder pain. Apply the ice to the area affected by neck and shoulder pain, but always wrap the ice in a cloth first or use an ice-pack. A bag of frozen peas works really well, but do remember to wrap the peas in a cloth.

Rest is another important factor in curing and shoulder pain. Avoid using the injured area as much as possible for a few days to give your body chance to recover. If the combination of rest and ice treatment don’t cure your and shoulder pain after a few days do make sure to see a doctor or physical therapist because further treatment and an MRI scan or shoulder X-Ray may be needed.

For further information about neck and shoulder pain click the links below:

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and Shoulder Exercise

Sleeping Positions for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Pillow to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain