Whether you’re a gym lover or an athlete, by now, you are probably aware of the complications when exercising. Strained neck, muscle strain, knee injuries and dislocated shoulders are some of the most common injuries you can get when being physically active. Fortunately, all of these conditions can be treated and prevented by wearing compression braces.
So, what do compression braces do, you might ask. Well, the main purpose of these braces is to protect a previous injury from further endangerment. But the most important thing you should know is that each part of your body and joints requires a different type of support brace. For instance, the brace used for knees is totally different from the one used for your shoulders and lower back.
How Do Shoulder Braces Work?
Being the most moveable joint in your body, the shoulders are the most frequent area of injury for athletes and gym enthusiasts. Similar to the knee and back support braces, the purpose of a shoulder brace or also known as a compression sleeve is to support your shoulder. Although you can choose from different models, their goal is to fit snugly around the shoulder area, providing the right places with compressive support. In fact, these are the main benefits of shoulder braces, and if carefully studied, you can get a clearer picture of how they work and how you can benefit from them.
Faster Recovery Process
As we already mentioned, compression braces can provide support to the injured place while also speeding up the recovery process. Depending on the type you choose, some of these braces can work to compress your swollen joint or improve your inflammation recovery. Either way, you need to choose a shoulder brace that has a close fit and it is adjustable so you can adjust its size and fit. Keep in mind that you can’t use one brace on both of your shoulders because of the sleeve, front and rear side. If in need, you can even choose a custom made shoulder brace in order to increase the support and aid your faster recovery.
By compressing your shoulder, these braces will enhance the receptors in your skin by sending signals to your brain about the position of your hurt shoulder. This allows the skin receptors to compensate for the damaged receptors in your shoulder muscle or capsule. In other words, by wearing a brace, you’ll be able to improve the proprioception in the unstable shoulder.
Except for aiding your injury, shoulder support braces can also be worn as prevention. In other words, by wearing a shoulder brace, you can protect your skin and tendons from knocks and bumps. On the other hand, by wearing a brace during exercising, you can also reduce the chances of dislocation since the brace will limit the range of shoulder movements.
What Types of Injuries Can Benefit from Wearing a Shoulder Brace?
Without a doubt, this is the most common type of shoulder injury, and it happens when the top of your arm bone pops out of your shoulder socket (also known as the glenohumeral joint). Unfortunately, a severely dislocated shoulder can cause tissue and nerve damage around the shoulder. The most common symptoms are intense pain and a visibly deformed shoulder.
AC Joint Injuries
Except for the glenohumeral joint (the part where the arm bone and shoulder blade connect), shoulders are also made of the AC (acromioclavicular) joint (where the part of the shoulder blade and collarbone connect). Now, the most common injury of the AC joint is when the ligaments that connect the shoulder blade and collarbone are stretched or even ruptured. Some of the main symptoms of this kind of injury are bruising, swelling, pain and weakness.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
The most important thing you need to know about the rotor cuff is that it represents a small group of tendons and muscles that are designed to stabilise the shoulder. The rotor cuss injury is quite common in sports, especially in baseball, tennis and swimming. Injury on this part of the shoulder results in tore muscles or tendons. The most common symptoms of this injury are arm weakness and a dull ache deep in the shoulder.
This condition of the shoulder occurs with repeated use of the arm in overhead motions. Unfortunately, this can lead to the development of small bony spurs that can trap the rotator cuff tendons, just right above the main shoulder joint.
Bursitis is caused by irritation of the bursae, which is small fluid-filled sacs that reduce any friction between tendons, bones, joints and muscles. Now, shoulder bursitis happens when there is inflammation between the top of the arm bone and the tip of the shoulder. Some of the most common symptoms of such injury are pain and severe loss of motion in the shoulder.
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