Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Calibrace+?
The Calibrace+ is a back brace designed specifically for individuals living with Parkinson’s. The patent-pending technology works by rolling the shoulders up and back, which realigns posture and increases postural stability.
How does the Calibrace+ work?
The Calibrace+ works by rolling your shoulders up and back. To move shoulders the large elastic bands on the brace are tensioned backwards by two smaller tensioning straps. This is demonstrated below.
What are the benefits of wearing the Calibrace+?
There are many benefits to wearing the Calibrace+. Those wearing the brace have stated their fear of falling was significantly reduced. A recent small scale clinical trial yielded positive results. Nine out of 10 participants showed significant postural improvement.
The Calibrace+ can be worn discreetly under clothing. Wearing the brace helps to create a sense of dignity, as a person can walk and sit upright while engaging in everyday activities.
Can the brace be used for people who do not have Parkinson's Disease?
Yes, Calibrace+ is effective for patients with lower back pain, herniated disks, multiple sclerosis, and ALS. Calibrace+ is also extremely beneficial for people with poor posture or balance.
What is Calibrace+ made of?
High tech, comfortable, breathable and stretchable fabrics materials make up the body of the brace. The removable aluminum spine is cushioned within a thick fabric and provides support and rigidity to the brace without adding weight.
Instructions for Use
Does the brace need to be professionally fit?
No, there are five sizes to the brace, XS - XL. Each brace has various adjustable components to fit your needs. The next section discusses sizing, here.
What size do I need?
To size the Calibrace+ please measure the largest portion of your upper body and refer to the sizing chart below. The largest portion of your upper body for women is usually your hips whereas for men it is usually your natural waist. The video below will walk you through the measurement process. Note: your pants measurement is probably NOT your brace measurement.
Women's Sizing Chart
Men's Sizing Chart
What is the brace made of?
The body of the brace is made of High tech, comfortable, breathable and stretchable fabrics. The aluminum spine provides support and rigidity to the brace without adding weight.
Why should Calibrace+ be adjusted to be as tight as is comfortable?
This provides support to your lower back and helps prevent Calibrace+ from riding up.
Is the brace washable?
Yes. Wash in your home machine in cold water on the delicate cycle and air dry. Make sure you remove the aluminum spine before washing.
Should I wear Calibrace+ under or over my clothes?
You can wear Calibrace+ over a light undershirt but under other clothing. Calibrace+ is designed and manufactured to be worn under clothing.
When should I wear Calibrace+?
Calibrace+ can be worn in conjunction with physical therapy or exercise. If desired, Calibrace+ can be worn all day.
Can I sit while wearing the Calibrace?
Yes, you can comfortably sit, stand, walk, run, exercise, and conduct every day activities in the brace. The Calibrace was designed to promote activity. As such, the brace is comfortable and easy to wear throughout the day.
How can I order the Calibrace+?
You can purchase the Calibrace+ through our website or using your insurance with a valid prescription. More information can be found here.
When will it ship?
The brace will ship in one to two business days after you place your direct purchase order. The time for insurance purchases will vary but you will be kept updated on progress.
Is Calibrace+ covered by insurance?
Yes, the Calibrace+ is covered by medicare and many private insurance companies. A valid prescription from your physician is required. More information can be found here.
What if I don't want to use insurance?
You can purchase the brace directly from our website for $1195. More information can be found here.