Your posture says a lot about you.
Standing straight with your chin up and shoulders back makes you look and feel more confident and attractive, whilst hunching or slouching has the opposite effect. Furthermore, poor posture is a bad habit that can cause extra strain on your back, shoulders and neck muscles. This can lead to chronic aches and pains if not corrected.
I know, I know – it’s not your fault! It’s all those long hours spent on the computer at work or hunched over your smartphone are the root causes of the bad posture epidemic sweeping the world. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. One way to fix those bad habits is a posture corrector
Posture correctors vs posture braces
This guide is about posture correctors (or posture reminders) rather than fixed posture braces. The terms “posture corrector” and “posture brace” can be used to describe different things, although sometimes they are used interchangeably.
It may sound confusing but really it is quite simple.
Posture correctors (like the one shown above) are designed to provide extra support for your back muscles without completely restricting your range of movement. They pull your shoulders back, keeping them from slouching forward and preventing a rounded shoulders and slouching. This encourages you to stand or sit with “good posture”. They act more like posture reminders that help you to improve your posture over time
Posture brace (above) usually refers to a fixed brace that restricts your movement. This type of posture support is typically provided by a doctor or physiotherapist after a serious injury such as a back or neck injury in cases where there is a high risk of further injury and so your movement needs to be restricted.
If you are injured or suffering from severe pain to the extent that you think you need a fixed brace then I strongly recommend you see your GP
Long term posture improvement
Posture correctors and posture reminders are not designed for long term use. They are for correcting your poor posture habits by reminding you to hold your shoulders back and activate your spine and upper back muscles.
With this in mind I would suggest developing an exercise routine for strengthening your back. This will massively complement the use of a posture corrector.
I will be creating a resource post for this soon! For the time being I suggest checking out YouTube which has a range of videos on posture strengthening exercises.
This exercise in combination with a posture corrector or posture reminder device is the best combined approach to improving your posture in my opinion.
The Best Posture Correctors
#1 SWEDISH POSTURE FLEXI CORRECTOR
Swedish Posture Flexi Corrector – 20% OFF
Swedish Posture’s Flexi Corrector is flexible as the name suggests, only tightening when you slouch rather than holding you rigidly in place. This way you still have range of movement but the posture corrector acts as a helpful reminder not to slouch when sitting and standing. Swedish Posture’s flexi corrector may be a little more expensive than Amazon equivalents, but this is because they put a huge deal of thought into the ergonomic design and overall quality of the product. Plus, you get 20% if you use the code “ergonomicworld.co.uk” at their checkout
- Moneyback guarantee – Return within 60 days of purchase if you’re not satisfied
20% off! Use code ergonomicworld.co.uk at checkout
Price range: £££
#2 MARAKYM POSTURE CORRECTOR
Amazon US bestseller now in UK
Until recently the Marakym posture corrector was only available in the US. Now it’s also on Amazon UK (with Prime so you can have it delivered as early as tomorrow if you’re a Prime customer). The Marakym is one-size-fits all product that can be adjusted between 28 and 28 inch chest circumferences. It is made form high quality breathable neopreme. Plus, it comes with detachable armpit pads for extra comfort, a carry bag, and free kinesiology tape.
- Quality – 5/5
- Comfort – 5/5
- Moneyback guarantee
Price range: ££
#3 MODETRO POSTURE CORRECTOR
Amazon’s best reviewed posture corrector
The Modetro brace is Amazon’s bestselling posture corrector brace and is cheaper than the Swedish Posture option. It is designed to pull your shoulders back with adjustable straps and is clipped on at the front for ease of use. Unlike the Swedish Posture Flexi, it is more of a fixed brace with adjustable straps so does not have as much flexibility. This means extra support but restricts your range of movement.
Price range: ££
#4 UPRIGHT’S POSTURE TRAINING DEVICE
The hi-tech wearable reminder
As I said in the introduction to this guide, posture correctors are designed to nudge you away from your poor posture habits such as slouching. This device is designed to do exactly that without the use of straps or providing any physical support
Instead the wearable device detects when your posture begins to drop. For example, as you slowly become more hunched over at your computer or laptop when writing a long email (or blog post) the device will beep and notify you that you need to sit up straight. Eventually you’ll become trained not to slouch and you’ll be using your own muscles to do so. As with other products here I would suggest a strengthening excercise routine to really compliment the use of this product.
The obvious unique selling point of the UPRIGHT device is the fact that you won’t become reliant on the support of a wearable strap, thereby ensuring that you are really improving your posture and your posture habits.
#5 NAZROM MINIMAL POSTURE CORRECTOR
Minimal design and won’t be noticed under a shirt
The Nazrom is a lightweight and discrete design that incorporates flexibility like the aforementioned Swedish Posture Flexi. It can be worn over an undershirt and is designed for comfort
Some Amazon reviewers report that if you are active it can move around and ride up but if you are using it when just sitting and not doing too much activity then this is less of an issue.
#6 DELMIRA SUPPORT BRA
The innovative posture supporting bra
Another slightly different product that you may not be aware of. The Delmira Back Support Bra provides back support in a similar manner to the way in which posture braces work