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Abdominal Binder / Back Brace

Abdominal binders and rib belts are two important conduits of torso and abdominal support. If you’ve recently given birth, undergone surgery, or need an abdominal binder or rib belt for any other reason, give us a call at 1.877.813.7799 so that we can provide you with the support you need. Read More...

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Before deciding which belly binder or rib binder to purchase, do yourself a favor, and do some research first. This research will stand you in good stead, and will enable you to choose the best belly or rib support product to help you feel your best.

Abdominal Binders

Let’s clarify this first to avoid any confusion: The stomach, the abdomen and the belly are all the same. Therefore, abdominal binders are also referred to as belly binders, belly belts, stomach wraps, and belly wraps.

All these terms are talking about the same exact stomach support products. We like to refer to these whatchamacallits as belly binders or abdominal binders, because, well, why not? But there’s nothing wrong with calling them belly wraps, stomach wraps, or anything else you please.

Now that we’ve got that cleared, you’re all set and ready to delve into the details!

So, firstly, what is an abdominal binder?

An abdominal binder is a wide compression belt that is worn around the stomach area. It's kind of like a belt (hence the name belly belt), but wider, and way more functional. Abdominal binders provide added lumbar support, and can help stabilize the pelvis, hips, and abdomen. They are available in various widths and sizes.

Who wears an abdominal binder?

Abdominal binders, also refered to as belly binders, are used by individuals who have recently undergone surgery, and by women who are pregnant or have just given birth a just a short while ago. They are also utilized by people with orthostatic intolerance; a condition that causes blood pressure to drop drastically when standing.

Those with spinal cord injuries as well as those who have just undergone a a caesarean section or an exploratory laparotomybariatric, hysterectomy, tummy tuck or spinal surgery also often wear an abdominal binder.

What does an abdominal binder do?

There are many potential benefits offered by belly binders, but there are some risks, as well. Here’s a thorough chart with all the pros and cons of wearing a belly belt that will leave you more educated than most are on the topic of belly wraps and belly binders.

Advantages Disadvantages

Lessens post-operative pain

May cause discomfort

Promotes deep breathing

Breathing may be uncomfortable

Reduces swelling post-surgery

May cause skin irritation (itching, rash, etc.)

Makes physical movement more comfortable

 

Speeds up the recovery process after abdominal surgery

 

Strengthens abdominal muscles

 

 

Consult with a licensed medical professional about whether or not an abdominal binder or belly binder is what you need.

Surgical Abdominal Binders

Surgical abdominal binders are belly wraps that are worn following abdominal surgery. They offer many benefits to anyone recovering from surgery; as we mentioned previously in the chart, they quicken the recovery process, reduce abdominal swelling which is common following surgery, and hold together your abdominal muscles. Surgical abdominal binders also help the abdominal muscles get stronger.

Due to these many benefits, doctors recommend that anyone who underwent surgery in the abdominal area should wear a surgical abdominal binder.

Postpartum Belly Band

Postpartum belly bands can typically be worn beginning right after giving birth. They should be worn from 10 to 12 hours a day for six to eight weeks for optimum benefit. Wearing a belly band postpartum can help women get back into shape within about two months after birth.

Also referred to as postpartum binders and as postpartum belly wraps, postpartum belly bands shouldn’t be worn by women who underwent a cesarean section; after birth, they should wait a month and a half before wearing a postpartum belly band.

Rib Belt

A rib belt can provide stabilizing pressure after surgery; it holds the rib cage in place and reduces pain by preventing the ribs from moving. Broken rib belts often offer both compression and support for your ribs.

Rib belts cover a smaller amount of the torso than abdominal belts do. They can often be lightweight, breathable and adjustable.

Whether you’ve just had a baby and are looking for the best postpartum belly band, or you’re recuperating from surgery and require a surgical abdominal binder, you can find the support products you need at AvaCare Medical.

Aside from rib belts, postpartum belly wraps, and other belly belts and binders, we also can provide you with many other supportive products, including foot braces, back support devices, and many other such items.


Visit our website today for the ultimate online shopping experience, or call us at 1.877.813.7799 so our professional customer service representatives can provide you with the support you deserve!