What is a boston brace?

Have you recently been diagnosed with scoliosis? Or maybe you’re just curious about what a Boston brace actually does, either way – this article has got you covered! In this witty and informative piece, we’ll explore everything there is to know about the infamous Boston back brace including its origins, how it works, and why some people swear by it as their secret weapon against spinal problems.

A Brief History Lesson

The first version of the Boston Brace was created in 1972 by Dr. John Hall and Orthotist Bill Miller at the Children’s Hospital in…you guessed it: Boston. They were trying to find a more comfortable alternative to other rigid braces used for scoliosis treatment that made patients feel like robots rather than human beings.

In order to create something that wasn’t so confining but still did its job of keeping your spine straight while undergoing growth spurts (which can worsen curvature), they came up with what’s now known as the Boston brace – a form-fitting corset-like device worn from the armpits down to your hips!

And voila! The first lightweight custom-molded hard plastic body jackets were invented.

How Does It Work Exactly?

The goal of wearing any type of back brace is relatively simple: try your best not to make your spinal curvature worse than it already is during skeletal development. But how exactly does putting on an accessory help achieve that premise?

Well my dear reader, details are important here so buckle up and enjoy:

  1. Osteoblasts vs osteoclasts
  2. These two types of bone cells regulate depositing or removing minerals in bones based on mechanical loads.
  3. Wolff’s Law
  4. Bones respond positively over time when forced through healthy amounts of stress/loads
  5. Muscle memory
  6. Retraining your back muscles to stay in good posture so that the strain from gravity is minimized

The Boston Brace basically helps enhance these natural processes!

Who Can Benefit From Wearing It, And How Often?

Whether or not someone can benefit from wearing a Boston brace ultimately depends on how much spinal curvature they have and if it has already progressed into more severe levels. But ideally speaking, when scoliosis curves are below 35 degrees (Cobb angle measurement), there’s often an option to start early intervention with Boston discontinuous orthosis (aka -a daily wear rigid support spine impacted device).

This means for most people who discover their mild curve(s) while growing up, using a Boston brace might actually help manage their condition without surgery.

But nothing ever comes easy folks; For full progression control of development scoliosis anywhere between a 20-23 hour day use requirement may be deemed necessary by your healthcare professional based upon the patient presentation / age group (adolescents tend to require more obligated hours due to growth spurts starting and stopping with puberty).

Essentially, this also clarifies why it is extremely important for your BMI range during treatment compliance period (otherwise known as physical measurements) which will play a role overall comfort and fit tolerance long term.

What Are The Different Types Of Boston Braces?

If you’re wondering what kind of different types of braces fall under this category then get ready:

  1. CTLSO
  2. This stands for ‘cervico-thoraco-lumbo-sacral-orthosis’, meaning that the brace goes all around your torso.
  3. TLSO
  4. A slightly smaller version than CTLSO since TLCOS covers up everything above hips all four regions in spinal anatomy.
  5. Beni Brim II
    • A prefabricated orthotic designed specifically for kids needing extra care placed over ankle foot uni…oops excuse me! I almost fell asleep there. Basically this one focuses on the lower spine with some hip coverage as well.

You’d think having options to choose from would be exciting and fun, but unfortunately, they’re all still just different versions of restrictive body armor which can’t exactly be described as a fashion statement…

How Long Does It Take To Get Used To One?

Wearing something that feels like it’s taking over your torso sounds pretty intense since traditional Boston brace treatment periods can last anywhere between six months to two years straight (depending on how severe the scoliosis is).

This might make you wonder: how could anyone get used to such a thing??

Well…buckle up once again because here comes more high-quality content:

  1. Don’t sleep in them.
  2. Obvious advice – this “beast” needs oxygen deprived breaks for happy wearing experience lengths.
  3. Place pads where needed!
  4. Or else skin irritation might occur.. And nobody likes itching or pain.
  5. Stretching counts
  6. Follow recommended therapy provided by medical professional… don’t wing it!

4. There may be some weights involved during bracing times
everyone enjoys holding onto heavy things like water jugs when loading into cars right? This concept works in real life too so try holding light items for short spurts of time throughout the day while wearing your new exo-skeleton best friend (or not actually close)

Bottom line: You’ll probably eventually experience increased comfort overtime with regular usage despite daily battles with sweat and restricted movement limitations.

The Pros And Cons Of Using One

The benefits of using a back brace are multiple:

  • Better posture control
  • Reduced impact caused by gravity (weight load redistribution)
  • Possible curve reduction when used early enough

On the other hand:

  • Exercise/movement restrictions
  • 100% worth repeating; Movement is life!
  • Short-term emotional impacts
  • Sometimes feeling a little t-rex arms frustration initially is normal when learning how to maneuver your new best accessory.

Myths And Facts

Now that we’ve seen the pros and cons, let’s look at some of the popular myths and facts surrounding Boston braces:

Myth: “Wearing a brace makes you look like an alien or robot.”
Fact: No doubt about it – this trendy piece of apparatus can inspire creative Halloween costumes if needed for instant recognition purposes. But certainly not what you’ll be wearing everyday!

Myth: “A Boston Brace will completely straighten up your spine.”
Fact: I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but as with most things medical/health related there isn’t any one size fixes all here. Onestory simply cannot promise something so drastic from bracing alone; utilizing exercises along with orthotic devices (to modify function) together make progression management action way more effective long term then going solo!

Myth(s): “You won’t have any friends while kissing scoliosis goodbye!” or “No child wants to wear a back brace”
Fact(s): Sure making initial changes in lifestyle routines might feel awkward and uncharted territory… but practically speaking on many occasions bonding friendship moments occurmore frequently during treatment periods amongst peers than distancing them (some even decorate their braces together)!

FAQ Section

Let’s tackle some questions commonly asked by recent diagnosis people struggling who are curious / scared about what journey comes next after being told they need spinal support via a clay-molded slender version of stonehenge 🙁 – AKA. The Boston Brace:

1.How much does it cost?
Like everything health related sometimes strange things happen forcing insurance providers into frenzy sometimes treatment allowances do vary based on multiple factors (type/severity/frequencies/etc).
2.What kinds of clothing should I wear under my brace?
This really depends on your tolerance and the area covered. However, remember that you’re going to be wearing this for hours at a time so wear comfy clothes like cotton T-shirts or fishnet if you’re into it.
3.How should I clean my brace?
Gently with non-abrasive materials recommended by your orthotist (as per required)
4.Can I walk/run/play sports?
Depends upon patient functionality & frequency recommendations given from physician – but once cleared of restrictions do not hesitate! / Just Always Keep in mind big movements can have lasting impact so always discuss any concerns regarding habilitation through bracing first!


So… what’s our conclusion? In the end, each individual case is just that– unique! There isn’t one solution fit fits all when it comes to spinal curvature after all.

The Boston Brace certainly isn’t for everyone, especially considering the challenges that come along while wearing it over an extended period of time. But there are plenty of people who swear by its reliability during their treatment process and execution along side them coping techniques and bonding moments.

Whether or not you decide to hop onto the Boston brace bandwagon, we hope this article has helped clarify some things about how they function within scoliosis management!

Take care reader And Good luck with everything … Or as Jack Sparrow puts it: “Now…Bring me that horizon.”

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