When the opportunity arose for me to try out the Zero Compression Back Brace, I jumped on it. This brace is supposed to:
- Relieve lower back pain- Zero Compression Back Braces prevent the spine and nerves from being compressed, providing the best lower back support. Uniquely designed to maintain proper posture at all times, our back braces reduce pain almost instantly. Physician tested and approved.
- Improves quality of life- Designed for all day use, Zero Compression Back Braces can be worn comfortably while driving, sitting, walking, or exercising. No more sleepless nights. No more limited activities. No more pain!
- Complete functionality, Gorgeous aesthetics- Uniquely and individually designed for women, men, and pregnancy, Zero Compression Back Braces offers customized sizes and easy velcro closures. Wear your brace comfortably and discreetly under clothing and enjoy the happiness of a pain-free life.
I was sold on the idea. I was also hoping beyond hope that these claims were legitimate. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Zero Compression Back Brace to put it to the test.
It took me about 15 seconds to have it out of the box when it got here. I was seriously excited about this brace. My kids were disappointed that there was a package, yet again, that they couldn't eat or play with the contents. Kids are awesome, but they always want to eat. Once I shooed them away, I got down to business with brace. The first thing I noted was how light it is. It's also pretty stinking cute, with its soft pink color and little lace detail on the velcro closure. It has some plastic boning in the sides to help it stay in shape and in place, and the inside is fully lined for comfort. There's a velcro closure on the inside at the back where the pads are so that they can be easily removed for washing. The brace itself is machine washable on cold and can be air or tumble dried. (I have washed mine twice since I've been wearing it every day, and I have been air drying it. It's done great in the washer and the line. I also took a sponge and cleaned off the pad insert with some alcohol to disinfect it.)
After inspecting the brace and reading the instructions, I went about the task of strapping it on. Okay, not much of a task... It took about 10 seconds to do. I stood there for a few seconds, then shifted from one foot to the other. Then I bent to the left a bit at the waist, then to the right. Then I leaned back a bit, then bent forward a bit. Okay. This was an interesting sensation. The pain that had been a 6 a few minutes ago had appreciatively decreased to about a 2. That was honestly better than I had hoped for, because let's be real, when you have tried dozens of remedies you stop expecting too awful much.
Since my back pain is aggravated by activity, especially walking, I couldn't wait to get out and put the Zero Compression Back Brace to the test. Usually after about 15 minutes of walking my pain goes up 3 points, then after another 15 minutes it reaches a full 10. With the brace on I didn't notice any increase until around an hour, and even then it was maybe 1 point. After 3 hours it had gone up another point, and after 6 hours it had reached a peak of a 3 point gain. Prescription narcotics are the only thing that ever give me this kind of a result, and I try to use those sparingly because of addiction possibilities.
The brace is very comfortable wear, to even in hot weather it didn't make me any warmer than the rest of my clothing. It stays in place really well for the most part, bur I did have to readjust it after doing a lot of bending, but I think that is to be expected. I had no issues with it shifting while sitting and even while doing my physical therapy exercises. I actually got better range of motion, because of the pain being reduced, and I was able to do more than usual on a few of my exercises. The brace is almost completely undetectable under clothing. I am not the kind of person who really cares if a medical device is discreet, but this definitely is.
I honestly see an improvement in my quality of life. I am able to accomplish a lot more than I could before the brace. I am very happy with the Zero Compression Back Brace. I'm hopeful that since I'm able to better do my exercises, maybe I can get the pain under control a lot better from wearing it daily. I'm not putting my hopes too high, I don't think it's ever going to put itself out of a job completely, but maybe the day will come that I can be at 0 zero on the pain scale while wearing. I do have one tiny little negative, and it seriously is tiny... The velcro enclosure has two parts, that overlap slightly, and the area of overlap causes the velcro to stick to the lace detail. The lace detail is not fairing too well because of it. This is 100% cosmetic. It still is kind of a bummer because it makes the brace look not so pretty, and I liked it when it was pretty.
The Zero Compression Back Brace comes in 3 different styles, and a variety of sizes.
The Men's brace comes in sizes Small to 3XL.
The Women's brace comes in XSmall to 3XL.
The Maternity brace comes in a Small to Large.
All three are available for purchase on the Zero Compression Back Brace Website.
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