Using a Back Brace to Protect Yourself

8.31.2017
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Caring for another person often requires heavy lifting on the part of the caregiver. Overextended and strained muscles can cause both immediate and prolonged problems, and back muscles in particular are at risk for injury if proper precautions are not taken.

One way for caregivers to protect their back muscles is to wear a back brace.

caregiver wears a back brace while transferring her husband from the bed to the wheelchair

Kristen is a caregiver for her husband Jeff, a C4 quadriplegic, and she uses a Mueller Lumbar Support back brace to help support her back during activities that involve heavy lifting. "Early after Jeff's injury, a friend recommended I get a back brace," she shares. "Her mother had taken care of her father, and her mother had chronic back problems from not wearing a brace. So I took my friend's advice to heart."

Now Kristen wears her back brace daily.

"I wear it during transfers and even when I'm ranging my husband's limbs or giving him a bed bath. I am constantly using my back muscles throughout the day, and this brace definitely helps support my lower back."

Watch as Kristen demonstrates how she puts on her back brace. It's a quick and easy process!

Are you interested in a back brace of your own? Get your own here: 

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