Are you looking for a good lumbar belt to relieve your back pain? After several hours of research, I selected 5 best back brace for lower back pain 2019 & 2020 among more than thirty belts currently popular on the market. My preference is the BraceUP, a good adaptable support belt and able to follow you as well in your daily activities as in your sports sessions, all for a really small price. However, you will find a shopping guide at the end of this article to help you find the belt that will allow you to relive daily without these damaging backaches.
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The best low back lumbar belts
In this category, I propose you two belts which, for less than 25 €, already offer you a good support and an excellent adaptability.
1. BraceUP : the best not expensive
The first belt of my selection is offered by BraceUp, an American brand specializing in the design of splints, orthopedic appliances and supports of all kinds, to help their clients suffering from various pathologies to continue their daily physical activities.
And indeed, their lumbar belt is designed in this sense, because it helps to remain active without hindering the movements.
There are 3 basic sizes (S / M, L / XL and XXL – the guide in centimeter is provided in the product description), but thanks to a double strap system made from silicone, you can adjust the compression to your needs.
As it is not too wide in height, it is quite easy to position. And above all, its rounded design prevents the belt from slipping or to settle on the hips. Nevertheless, some users say they have struggled to adjust it so that it fits perfectly.
Its airy design is perfect for eliminating excess heat or humidity (although I always recommend, for a question of hygiene and comfort, to place it on a T-shirt).
Another nice side brought by this belt is the guarantee “satisfied or refunded” brought by the seller. If, in the month following the reception, you are not satisfied with your purchase, it is committed to refunding you 100%.
In the end, here is a belt that, despite its low price, is perfectly adjustable and provides optimal support at the lumbar level without ever restricting your movements or clinging to your waist. It is a belt that is perfect for everyday activities as well as for demanding physical work or sports.
2. AidBrace : a slightly stiffer belt
Like BraceUp, the American brand AidBrace has established itself as a reference in the field of splints and orthopedic supports of all kinds. Their lumbar belt is their bestseller, the one that made the brand famous.
Of course, AidBrace claims that this belt is effective in relieving low back pain in cases of sciatica, scoliosis, hernia or disc protrusion. Of course, do not expect a miracle cure from this point of view, but the support it provides seems indeed optimal both in sports practice than during the execution of handling work.
Like the previous model, this belt is available in three sizes. By cons, no guide here in centimeters, just a match in inches. Nevertheless, if the conversion tires you, the users seem to agree to say that it fits well.
The dorsal plate is slightly curved to adopt a “good” position, and lateral scratches allow to better adapt the belt to its morphology.
A nice thing about this belt is the presence of a removable lumbar pad, which allows you, according to your needs of the moment, to opt for an increased comfort.
On the other hand, if it loses the first place against the BraceUp, it is because the shape of the dorsal part, more upright, fits less on the hips and is more rigid. I find, on the one hand, that it is more difficult to adjust to its morphology and, secondly, it is less comfortable for a workout.
In addition, there is greater risk, therefore, that it slides along your hips.
On the other hand, the solidity of its design makes it a belt particularly adapted for the work of handling. Its aerated material, again, helps to regulate heat and perspiration.
Finally, like BraceUp, AidBrace offers a guarantee of satisfaction or reimbursement with a validity of one month after receipt. What you allow to crack to test it!
The best mid-range lumbar belts
Between 30 and 50 €, only one belt met my selection criteria. But I guarantee you, with her, an optimal comfort as well as an excellent duration of life.
3. ComfyMed : the best mid-range
What makes the belt so famous is its all-round comfort (we could have known from its name). The brand even claims that it is the most comfortable belt on the market.
It must be admitted that, materials level, quality is at the rendezvous. The foam of which it is made is thick and soft at the same time, and passes without problem to the machine without deteriorating and preserving all its elasticity. It also offers, like the AidBrace, a removable lumbar cushion for reinforced support.
And to prove that the brand has confidence in its design quality, it offers a 12-month warranty on the entire belt, which is very rare in the field, especially for an American brand.
This time, however, it is only available in two sizes: regular and large (the size guide is again provided in the description). Unfortunately for us, the “regular” version is currently very difficult to obtain in Europe.
Two adjustable compression straps help to regulate the compression according to your needs. For convenience, they have grab handles that allow a better grip.
Again, the rounded shape allows a good fit and prevents the belt from rolling if properly positioned. On the other hand, some users with a very fine size have noticed a certain turnover. It would not be suitable for thin people.
But for others, it is probably one of the best choices, with optimal comfort regardless of the position taken, and resistance to any test.
The best high-end lumbar belts
In this last section, I propose two belts that have been designed to fit your body perfectly and offer you optimal support. The second can even be used to resorb certain dorsal pathologies.
4. Mueller 255 : the best upscale
Mueller, like its competitors already presented, is also specialized in splints and support devices, but more specifically for athletes.
As a result, the Mueller 255 (here is the number, because Mueller offers many models of belts) is a lumbar belt specifically designed for sports injuries. And judging by user reviews, this would be one of the best support belts for sports.
What makes the specificity of its construction is its double-layer design, which allows you to adjust the level of compression both in the abdomen and hips, independently. This is why this belt is only available in one size (a size “more” is also proposed by the brand, but also difficult to find in Europe).
The back support is made of reinforced plastic, but the belt also has steel springs, which allow an optimal adaptation to the natural curvature of your back. This also has the advantage of preventing the belt from rolling.
Finally, for better comfort, a removable cushion is available, which you can position to compress a specific area.
By cons, its main defect is its bulk. It’s impossible to forget that you wear a lumbar belt! And impossible to put it under a T-shirt a little bit close to the body (even if, again, it is anyway something that I advise against).
Except for this is the belt that I recommend most in my selection, at least if you have a size “standard” (mean by no size too thin or excessive overweight – the brand guarantees perfect adaptability for sizes from 71 to 127 cm). It is she who offers the best support combined with the fairest adaptability.
Note that if you go to the USA (lucky you are!), I advise you to buy the belt directly on the spot. Indeed, its price is much more affordable than in Europe.
5. Toros Group : the belt that corrects your posture
I have long hesitated to integrate this belt to my selection. Not that it is bad (that of the contrary!), But in that one moves a little away from the traditional lumbar belt.
And indeed, more than a simple belt, it is a true posture corrector that we are dealing here. It does not just support the lower back (although it offers excellent lumbar support): it helps your entire back to adopt a correct posture.
That’s why this belt (I continue to use this term for ease) is not only an ideal solution to reduce the pain related to a back injury, contractions etc., but also to fight against degenerative diseases of the body. type scoliosis or kyphosis.
So, it is important to follow the advice of use, not exceeding 3 to 4 hours of daily wear, to avoid any risk of atrophy of your back muscles (the entire back being here supported). Moreover, I recommend a transition period, to habituate your back gently to an ideal posture: start with fifteen minutes a day and increase gradually in increments of 15 minutes.
Regular wear helps build muscle memory and improve your posture in the long run. But it is important, once it seems acquired, gradually decrease the use of the belt to maintain this good posture without getting used to constant support.
As this is a larger piece, it is obviously available in a multitude of sizes for optimal adaptation. XXS versions are even available for use by children / adolescents, and often used to fight idiopathic scoliosis, which occurs most often in young adolescents. Once the choice of size is made, all this is easily adjusted via the two adjustment straps.
Of course, with this model, we leave the register that I have presented to you so far. It is a belt rather dedicated to a “medical” use, to correct your posture and thus reduce your back pain (it acts, finally, at the source of the evil). But it may embarrass you if you want to use it during a sports session.
How to choose your lumbar belt?
It seems that back pain is one of the ills of the century. Whether they are due to a pathology or they are caused by certain excesses, they sometimes have the art of ruining our lives …
The lumbar belt, without being a remedy for these ailments, is an excellent way to prevent or reduce them.
Suffering from several back pathologies, I must admit that at times, my own belt was really saving me to help me continue to be productive rather than bury myself in my bed!
If there are several types of lumbar belts (on which I come back a little further), we generally find a common operation.
These belts usually fit around the waist and attach using velcro. They offer, for the most part, reinforced back support, using a plastic band, steel, or a plate adopting the morphology, which is slid in the back.
If you tend to suffer from the back occasionally, it may be worth investing in such a belt, as it can help prevent this pain.
No need, however, to wear it 24 hours a day. Wearing it during activities that tend to affect you is often enough to prevent pain (in my case, during an intense ironing session, for example).
The lumbar belt can also be used on a special occasional occasion, when we know that our back will be put to the test, to prevent any risk (during a move).
Usefulness in treatment
Properly fitted, these belts provide enough compression and support to promote the recovery process after a back-related condition (from chronic back pain to disc herniation). They have overall short-term efficacy in the treatment of mild to moderate pain.
Be careful though! In case of pathology proven back, I strongly recommend you discuss the purchase of such a belt with your doctor, to be completely certain (e) that it is adapted to your needs.
Finally, remember that while a lumbar belt may help prevent pain or treat it in the short term, it does not address the source of the problem either (although studies have shown its effectiveness in slowing down idiopathic scoliosis).
The Type of lumbar belt
The compression belt
This is the most classic abdominal belt, consisting of elastic materials and usually with a back reinforcement in the form of a plastic bar or steel, or a plate matching the shape of the back.
The sports belt
Designed to provide optimal support without ever hindering the movement, the sports belt is a good alternative for those who wish to continue their sporting activity despite some back pain (in the absence of any pathology, of course!).
The heating belt
These are often models incorporating cushions made of cherry stones or others to be heated in the microwave (even if the most modern incorporate a heating device operating by infrared). They are generally recommended for end-of-day back pain, to relieve aches and lighter contractions.
The anti-vibration belt
The anti-vibration belt is typically the kind of belt to be used on a construction site, to prevent repeated trauma that can be caused by repeating the same movements, carrying heavy objects or handling a tool such as a hammer piercing, all without hindering the movements.
Generally, all lumbar belts are available in different sizes (for example: S, M, L). It is necessary, however, to check the size guide and measure yours so as not to have any nasty surprises (the size M of a brand is not necessary the same as that of another).
We must also favor belts which, besides this, offer straps of adjustment, which can help you to better adapt the belt to your morphology.
Ideally, the pads forming the padding should be removable. This allows you to adapt it better to your body and regulate the degree of padding according to your needs.
There are very many materials for back belts; even up to simple wool (these belts have more a vocation of maintenance of the heat than true support).
If you have to exercise more intensively (a sport session or a manual work), I recommend you to opt for a belt made of breathable mesh, which allows you to regulate perspiration.
It is generally recommended to wear a T-shirt between the back and the waist, to minimize the risk of friction and discomfort. This will also protect it from excessive sweating and will prevent you from cleaning it too often.
In case of persistent back pain, it is always better to consult a doctor to identify the cause. Wearing a lumbar belt, by reducing the pain felt, could lead you to minimize the cause.
It is also advisable not to wear a lumbar belt too often. In fact, excessive wear could lead to atrophy of the back muscles, which rely only on the support offered by the belt. If it is important to be able to relieve your pain, it is also important to maintain your muscles. Otherwise, you will ultimately get a result opposite to that sought!
If you are looking for a belt that can properly support your lumbar area while exercising certain daily activities or sports sessions, the BraceUP seems to me to be the most interesting quality / price ratio of the moment.
However, the ComfyMed , thanks to its increased comfort, thanks to its quality materials and removable lumbar cushion, is an excellent alternative, for a price that is very reasonable.
I would recommend the Mueller 255 for intensive sports practice. Indeed, with its double layer system, it probably offers the best adaptability to any morphology of this selection, and will withstand all the twists that you will do during your workout without settling on your hips.
For its part, the belt AidBrace , with its reinforcement straighter and stiffer in the back, may be uncomfortable for a workout. It is nevertheless the one I recommend in priority for handling work.
Finally, those who suffer from a back pathology where the pain is – for all or in part – related to poor posture, the belt proposed by Toros Group is an option of choice, in that it will not only decrease your pain in everyday life but it will help you fight against the source of your pain: the bad positioning of your back.
Ibluelover knit belt : we cannot really talk about a support belt here because it has no reinforcement or any preformed part supposed to support the back. It is nevertheless an excellent alternative when your back pains are essentially due to end-of-day body aches: it allows keeping the back warm, and thus protecting it at the best of (sadly) famous turns of kidney.
Clever Yellow : this belt is one of the bestsellers on Amazon and seems to win many votes. Available in 4 sizes, it adapts well to various morphologies with its double strap. Nevertheless, it is rather wide in height and its general shape tends to roll it along the hips or the abdomen. It is also difficult to trace the seller.
Graphene Times heating belt : again, more than a support belt, it is a heating belt that I propose to you here, ideal to relieve you of your contractures of the day by bringing you a pleasant heat. It works by infrared and is regulated on 3 levels of temperature. However, be careful not to use more than 15-30 minutes per day, otherwise beware of the risk of burns!