Q: I want to try corseting, but I'm not sure if it is a good idea for  me.  I have a type of spondylolisthesis. One (maybe two) of  the  anchoring bones in my lower back  never grew right, so those  discs tend to slip around,
pinch nerves, and cause a lot of trouble. So
would the corset be more support, or un-wanted pressure?  --Angie (4/05)

A:  This is usually found in the lower vertebrae just above the tailbone fusion. A custom brace is sometimes prescribed for support to help offload the affected area. A corset that is "long on the hip" would certainly help offload the spine, since it increases the IAP (intra abdominal pressure). The inward pressure of the corset does not compress the spine, rather it offloads it by distributing the weight of the body over the pelvis via the corset and the more
contained abdomen. In this case a custom fit is essential and when discussing your needs do so with mentioning of your condition.


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