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In Her Own Corsets: How the CS-426 Gave Maya Her Life Back

US Army Veteran Suffered Back Pain for Years

The CS-426 Gives Her New Hope

Byrdie “SilentSongByrd”

Hello OC Blog Readers! I wanted to share with you a heart-warming email I received over the weekend. Now we often hear from customers how wearing a corset has reduced and in many cases eliminated back pain for many women (and men). Some of you may have seen the interview I did with the Corset Vloggers when they were here and Byrdie shared her own story about the back injury that drew her to corseting.

When I received Maya’s email, I thought what an inspirational story!  Maya has generously allowed us to share her story and hopes she can help others who suffer needlessly.

I got my 426 last week, and I have got to say thank you.

I have back issues, stemming from my time in the US Army, and for YEARS the
doctors at the VA hospitals have done nothing to help, but throw pills at
me. I may sound like a drama queen when I say this, but I am honestly being
completely genuine…I feel like you have given me my life back.

It has been about 3 years since Ive been able to do a full days worth of
“stuff” without winding up in bed sobbing unable to even shower without my
husband’s help. I haven’t been able to work, because I’m either in extreme
pain or a complete zombie from the pills the VA tries to force on me.

Last night, the first time wearing my corset for an extended time, I was
able to go out and celebrate my best friends birthday and I didn’t have to
leave after an hour and miss most the fun, this morning I woke up, put the
corset back on, and went to the grocery store, the library, the laundromat,
shoe shopping, and the post office then I came home, cleaned the apartment
and made my husband dinner. I know that sounds like nothing, just an
average day, but I actually have tears of relief rolling down my face as I’m
writing this. I haven’t had an “average day” in so long that I forgot what
one was. It usually takes me at least a week to get all those tasks

So thank you, so very much. I was just expecting something aesthetically
pleasing when I got my corset in the mail, but you have given me SO much
more. You have a lifelong and loyal customer in me! I can’t wait to get my
next one!

With sincere gratitude,

ME! In my CS-411i

Thank you again to Maya for her courage and kindness. We would love to hear from others who have found relief in corseting-so please share in the comments below. It’s funny because I read testimonials and reviews from customers all the time, but it wasn’t until two weeks when I hurt my back that I realized what an amazing difference wearing a corset can make. My corset is what got me through several work days last week. Happy Corseting everyone!


I have been with Orchard Corset since June of 2012 and what a journey it has been! I've gone from complete newbie to Marketing Director to Chief Operations Officer and I've learned more about corsets, corseting, shapewear, social media and myself than I would have ever thought possible. I have really enjoyed the journey and we at Orchard Corset are dedicated to providing a wealth of information for new and seasoned corseters alike.


  • Susan Thomas

    After reading this I find it very motivating, it caught my eye because of the back pain. I’ve been experiencing a loss in quality of life due to my back pain, but after seeing doctors they tell me it’s old age and my weight, I didn’t believe them and was mad, however after trying a medical binder for a few days I felt some relief and thought hmmm there must be something to this and had to admit to myself that maybe the doctor were right. So finding good support for the back when you are huge in size is hard, I came across this website in my search to fit my size as this seems to be the only place that will accommodate larger sizing. I’m still too large for the largest size, but I hope I can get into it soon, I’m looking forward to getting my life back.

    • Brittney Loveall-Talley

      Hi Susan! We are so happy to you have found us! Have you sent your measurements over to our sizing team? We carry up to a size 46 which can accommodate up to 58/59″ waistline. Corsets are a great tool for people who suffer from back pain, and so much prettier than a typical back brace 😉
      If you want to send your measurements over, this video shows how to measure yourself and then you can email the sizing experts at
      Thank you & have a lovely weekend!

  • boocatbutterbee

    It’s interesting to read this. I had back surgery for a blown lumbar disk about five years ago. Sometimes I get a muscle spasm in my back. A few hours after lacing myself into one of my corsets, it fades away.

  • Severe back pain since pregnancy

    OMG! This made ME cry! I’m pretty much on the same boat, due to 6 beningn (but nasty) tumors and 8 herniated discs in my spine. How can corsets help me? Like Maya, pain “specialists” only want to throw pills at me (thank God I’m allergig to narcotics, or I would probably be a junkie right now), and my neurosurgeon wants me to do PT (which is pretty much impossible: I’ve been sent home TWICE from PT in the last couple of years for being unable to finish simple therapy routines). I feel useless: any little effort (cleaning, cooking, etc.) can send me to bed in excruciating pain for days. Please help!

    • Amy Lewis

      Unfortunately we can’t diagnose you and can’t say for sure that what worked for Maya will work for you. However our suggestion would be to send your measurements to our corset sizing experts, be sure and let them know in the notes that you are looking for a corset to help you with back pain rather than waist training as you probably won’t need to cinch as tightly as a waist trainer would. If you need help with how to measure, we have a How to measure for a steel boned corset here.

      Print this article and take it and your corset to your doctor or physical therapist to see if they think it could help. If they say no, you are only out the cost of sending it back to us as we have a 30 day return policy. Please let us know how everything goes and what your medical professional tells you. Every case is different, so what worked for Maya’s condition might not work for yours, but I’d certainly exhaust every option to find out, I feel for anyone that has chronic pain of any kind, and I hope this will work for you.

      • Severe back pain since pregnancy

        Thank you. I have an appointment with my specialist next week and will ask him. God bless you and thank you for your willingness to help.

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