2786 / COMFORT FIT MATERNITY SUPPORT
The OTC 2786 Comfort Fit maternity support is made from the finest quality beige elastic materials. It provides effective uplift support over the extended abdomen, stabilizing the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the lower back as pregnancy progresses. Flexible boning in back panel provides degrees of additional support. Consult a physician before wearing this product.
Indications Listed Below
• Provides gentle, adjustable support for muscles and ligaments during pregnancy
• Abdominal uplift panel assumes the load from naturally weakened muscles and ligaments without undesirable pressure; helps the lower back maintain its normal curvature, reducing strain
• Top elastic strap anchors garment in correct position
• Hinged web elastic is breathable for cool wearing comfort, molds around body contours for a custom fit
• Anti-roll stays in back panel for additional support
• Easy hook and loop fastening and adjustment
• Can be worn inconspicuously under most clothing
Hinged web elastic is breathable for cool wearing comfort, molds around body contours for a custom fit.
Top elastic strap anchors garment in correct position.
Abdominal uplift panel assumes the load from naturally weakened muscles and ligaments; helps the lower back maintain its normal curvature, reducing strain.
How to Measure for and Apply the MATERNITY SUPPORT
|SIZE||MEASURE ACCORDING TO DRESS SIZE|
|SMALL||DRESS SIZE 2-6|
|MEDIUM||DRESS SIZE 6-14|
|LARGE||DRESS SIZE 16-20|
|X-LARGE||DRESS SIZE 20-24|
A. Sized according to dress size prior to pregnancy
1. It is important that the garment be applied initially in a standing position.
2. Position the abdominal uplift pad so it is centered under your abdomen.Wrap the elastic strap around your body and attach it to the pad. Adjust the position of the pad so it supports your lower abdomen and does not interfere with walking or sitting. (The fit of the pad can be adjusted as your baby grows.)
3. Position the back support around your lower back so that the bottom edge is lower than the widest part of the hips. Pull both elastic sides to the desired tension and attach the closures to the abdominal pad. Make sure that all enclosures are completely engaged to prevent skin irritation.
4. To keep the garment in position, stretch the top strap over your stomach and attach to the opposite side.
5. For more uplift support, lay on your back with your hips and knees flexed. Unfasten the back support, retighten, and reattach closures.
Review the accompanying chart to determine the product that best suits your needs. On the left, you will find a variety of injuries that OTC products are specifically designed to treat and prevent. On the top, you will find the product numbers of all OTC Rib and Abdomen Products. If a red box is present where the column and row intersect, your injury or condition is treated/prevented by the associated product.
|Hernia - Umbilical|
|Hernia - Scrotal|
|Hernia - Inguinal|
|Intercostal (Rib) Strain|
|Loss of Muscle Tone|
Common Conditions of the Abdomen
Cycle through the slides below to familiarize yourself with several common conditions associated with the ribs and abdomen. The conditions described below may not be treated by the specifc product listed on this page. Please view the above Medical Applications Chart to determine what conditions this page's associated product treats.
Abdominal Strain & Weakness
There are four muscles that combine to form the abdominal wall. They can be tensed to break the force of a blow and thus protect the abdominal organs. Individually these muscles are not particularly strong – each able to lift about only 20 pounds – but because of their structural layout, with their fibers running in four different directions, as a group they are very strong, able to lift about 150 pounds of weight. Abdominal strain refers to any tear, stretch or rupture of these muscles, usually caused by sudden twisting or fast movement, lifting heavy objects, or even laughing, coughing or sneezing. Abdominal strain can be treated with hot or cold therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and an abdominal binder, along with rest and exercise as directed by the physician.
A hernia is a protrusion of an abdominal organ through a natural body opening, which are the umbilicus or navel; the inguinal rings (right and left), located immediately above the groin; and the femoral rings, located in the upper thigh area of each leg. Causes of hernia can include chronic and/or violent coughing, traumatic injuries to the outside of the abdomen, excessive strain on lifting orany strenuous muscular activity that is not premeditated. Pregnancy can also be a cause. While the treatment of choice for a hernia is surgical repair, there are patients for whom surgery is contra-indicated. In these cases a well-fitted hernia support or truss becomes the accepted means of treatment.
Rib Fracture or Contusion
The chief injuries to the ribs are contusions, fractures and dislocations. Contusions and fractures can be caused by direct or indirect violence. An example of direct violence would be a crushing injury, a blow or a fall. Indirect violence is produced by muscular action, and can be the result of excessive coughing or sneezing. One or more ribs can be fractured and multiple fractures can occur in a single rib. A piece of rib at the fracture site can be as sharp as a knife and produce any of the complications of an actual penetrating wound to the chest. Symptoms of rib fractures or contusions are pain the chest, difficulty in taking a deep breath and tenderness upon palpation. A rib fracture support – or rib belt – supplies compression to the rib cage. The conditions where a rib belt is of value are those where deep breathing, laughing, coughing or abdominal straining causes pain in the chest.
The Anatomy of the Abdomen
The abdomen constitutes the part of the body between the chest and pelvis. View the illustration, in accompaniment with the list below, to explore the anatomy of the abdomen.
A. Serratus Anterior
B. Linea Alba
C. Rectus Abdominus
E. External Oblique
F. Intercostal Space
G. False Ribs
H. Floating Rib