Scoliosis Bracing is Beautiful
Sometimes when you have scoliosis, it can feel like it’s taking over your whole life. Especially when you are doing one of the tried and true methods for therapy – scoliosis bracing. A scoliosis brace is an adjustment that takes some getting used to. Not only can it be a tight fit, it can get hot and also make you feel like you can’t eat quite as much. Despite these discomforts, what is it that every scoliosis fighter is worried about? Scoliosis Bracing Fashion!
Bracing presents quite a few dilemmas. Can I still wear tight clothes? Will I be too hot in my favorite outfit? How can I still fit in?
There are a lot of solutions to the scoliosis bracing fashion conundrum and this post will give you a quick outline of them all!
First of all, there are many ways to dress in your brace! At Scoliosis Care CentersTM we have girls wearing their braces over dresses, under sweaters, with tanks tops, without tank tops, and sometimes on top of it all. What is most important is being comfortable. When it comes to heat, a great solution to bracing is wearing a nice breathable tank top under the brace that will help wick away the moisture that comes with the summer. The seamless and comfortable tanks from Hope’s Closet were designed by the mother of a scoliosis fighter who struggled to find a good fit for fashion with her own brace! You can check out their tanks and read Hope’s story by clicking here.
With the Silicon Valley BracesTM that we use here at Scoliosis Care CentersTM by Janzen and Janzen Chiropractic, there is a specific design that allows for air passage through the brace. This lets you breathe easy and stay cool; not to mention the plastic used for a Silicon Valley BraceTM is made to withstand a dip in the pool or the ocean for a swim!
Now we’re down to the fashion tips that will save you when you are out shopping for a new look! The following tips are from all of our scoliosis fighters who have been bracing for a few months to a few years!
Scoliosis Bracing Fashion Tips
- LAYERS – want to cover up your brace with a fashionable and fun look? Remember how awesome a summery look can be with a light cardigan or a patterned kimono!
- ACCESSORIZE – a bright fashionable scarf or a cute belt can draw the eye to your sense of fashion rather than your scoliosis brace
- DECORATE – a lot of our scoliosis fighters have decorated their brace to be a bold piece of their wardrobe with paint, stickers or a colorful design
- BE BOLD – adding a half jacket or a vest is a type of layering that can show off your style and cover up your brace
Delaney, shown in her sports brace to the right, has been wearing a Scoliosis Care CentersTM Silicon Valley BraceTM for almost a year now. She gave some great advice for patients who are just starting out with their brace and how to not care about what kind of limits you might have on your wardrobe.
“I usually wear sweatshirts (mainly because it’s cold in the Pacific Northwest) or bigger shirts so it’s not so obvious. How I don’t care is by just accepting that the brace (and other exercises) is helping me. Some kids don’t have the exposure to treatment like this. I wish they could have this treatment. Be thankful!”
Scoliosis Bracing Motivation
To help our scoliosis fighters, we have HiggyBears here in our office for any brace wearer to bring home as a friend and inspiration! The bears don’t only look cute, they remind all our scoliosis fighters that they aren’t alone in the fight and wearing the brace is important!
You can check out the cute miniature braces and bears that come from HiggyBears as well as their braces for American Girl dolls by clicking here!
Everyone can find a way to embrace the brace, you just have to find what works for you!