How To Use The Aspen Medical Horizon 631 & 637 Back Brace

In a video presentation by Aspen Medical Products, the differences between the 631 Horizon and 637 Horizon back braces are explained in detail by Aspen's product expert, Taylor Parks. The primary purpose of using a back brace, as highlighted in the video, is to relieve pain. The presenter, an expert in the field, uses an analogy to explain the function of a back brace: comparing it to a chair that supports the load and alleviates muscle tension when bending over for extended periods.

Taylor describes the specific features of the 631 and 637 Horizon braces. Both models appear similar, but the 637 offers additional lateral support, making it more suitable for individuals who experience pain during motions like flexion, extension, or lateral bending. This model provides a more controlled environment for the body to heal compared to the 631. The 631, on the other hand, is more appropriate for smaller patients or those who need more control over flexion and extension rather than lateral support.

The application process of the brace is also demonstrated. Mr. Parks demonstrates measuring the waist between the belly button and hip to determine the correct brace size. Using this measurement, one can refer to the instructions to select the appropriate size. The process of fitting the brace involves centering the back panel on the spine and adjusting the belt for a snug fit, ensuring not too many fingers can fit between the belt and the body. The brace's tightening mechanism, which involves pull tabs, provides necessary compression around the spinal muscles, thus offering support and stability to the trunk. This mechanism is crucial for reducing pain and aiding in recovery.

The video also addresses a common question from patients about how to adjust the brace. It features embroidered numbers on the brace for guidance. To adjust the size, the belt is overlapped, engaging little plastic teeth that catch onto the Velcro. This adjustment can be made on both sides of the brace to either decrease or increase its size. The maximum adjustment allows the brace to fit a waist size of about 50 inches.

The video concludes with a demonstration of how to disengage the tying mechanism of the brace, making it easier to take off. This is done by pulling the tab located at the back of the brace, which releases the tension, allowing for easy removal.

Overall, the video by Aspen Medical emphasizes the importance of choosing the right brace for individual needs and explains how to properly use it for optimal support and pain relief.