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Physically, the brace can be taxing. Here are a few tips that may help your body adjust, or help you avoid unnecessary pains.
- Wearing a cami or tank top underneath your brace helps avoid scarring or bruising that the brace may cause. If your brace pushes on the wires of the cami and cause discomfort, try wearing something made of a stocking material with no wires.
- If you experience extended pain/discomfort, take your brace off for a few minutes to rest before putting it back on. Easing yourself into wearing it for longer periods of time allows your body to adjust to it easier.
- In regards to Tip 2 above, the same can be done at school. Just go to the bathroom and take it off for a little while before putting it back on and returning to class.
- Avoid belts if you can- they can press into your skin because of the brace and cause a lot of pain.
- The more you wear your brace, the more your body adjusts to it and the less discomfort it will cause. Avoiding wearing it will do nothing but harm.
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