Rib belts can treat or speed recovery from problems such as chest pain, intercostal muscle strain or rib fracture. They can also help to support and heal bruised or fractured ribs. They work by supporting and stabilizing the rib cage throughout the period of recovery from injury (or in some cases from surgery in the rib cage area).
The better rib belts available on the market will have the following features:
A low profile that allows them to be worn discretely under regular clothing without sacrificing their effectiveness;
Breathable materials that allow the body to maintain its natural temperature without undue temperature increases with the resultant perspiration and discomfort.