Are you sitting comfortably? How’s your posture?
Maintaining good posture is difficult and made more challenging by modern habits and lifestyles. Heavy computer and smartphone use can lead to long hours slouching. This can lead to even worse rounded shoulders, slouching, forward head, putting strain on your back and leading to chronic pain.
Good posture – whether sitting or standing – is a result of good habits, physical fitness and ergonomics. A posture brace can help to alleviate pain, improve posture and prevent bad habits from getting worse. However, it should be used in combination with exercise and lifestyle changes if you want to really improve your posture beyond a quick fix.
What is a posture brace?
Posture corrector braces are designed to provide extra support for your back muscles. They pull your shoulders back, keeping them from slouching forward and preventing a rounded shoulders and slouching. This takes strain off your spine and other areas
Do posture braces work?
This depends on your specific needs.
Posture braces do work in that they correct certain types of poor posture such as rounded shoulders by providing extra support. This can also help to alleviate aches and pains that were a result of your rounded shoulders.
They also help to build better posture habits and can act as postural reminders. Wearing a posture corrector brace can prevent your posture from becoming worse and leading to more aches and pains.
While a posture corrector or posture brace may prevent your posture from becoming worse, that doesn’t mean it will improve your posture over the long term.
Long term posture solutions require an exercise routine to strengthen those shoulder and back muscles and an understanding of your specific issues and needs. Speaking to a specialist physiotherapist or posture expert is highly recommended.
Some posture correctors may even lead to weaker shoulders and back because they are effectively replacing your muscles that should be pulling your shoulders back. Other products such as the Flexi by Swedish Posture (get 10% off with offer code: ergonomicworld.co.uk) offer more flexible support so as to act as a postural reminder rather than a fixed brace. This allows you to keep using your muscles and to have more range of movement.
Posture correction exercises
If you’re buying a posture corrector to help poor posture and alleviate aches you should use it in combination with excercise, focusing on strengthening your back muscles and doing posture correction exercises.
Back exercises can be dangerous if not done correctly. I would recommend looking for an easy yoga class, physiotherapist or personal trainer who has experience helping people with poor posture as a starting point. I am also working in creating a collection of videos as a resource for developing your own posture improvement routine.
5 of the Best Posture Corrector Braces
#1 THE FLEXIBLE POSTURE ‘REMINDER’
Swedish Posture’s “Flexi” corrector is flexible, only tightening when you slouch rather than holding you rigidly in place. This way you still have range of movement and use of your muscles. They also offer a range of other posture improvement products including exercise equipment that can work well when combined with a posture corrector.
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#2 THE FIXED POSTURE BRACE
The Modetro brace is Amazon’s bestselling posture corrector brace. 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 a fixed brace with adjustable straps so does not have any “give”. This means extra support but restricts your range of movement.
#3 THE WEARABLE TECH SOLUTION
OK so I’ve thrown in a different type of posture corrector here for the sake of variety. This is not a posture brace but a smart wearable device that will notify you if your posture slips
Is it better than a brace?
Braces actually take the place of your muscles by forcing you to hold your shoulders back and keep your posture. As a result you can potentially become reliant on the brace and neglect to strengthen your muscles and improve posture.
This product will act as a personal posture assistant, detecting when you slouch and notifying you when you need to adjust your posture. The app also includes a personal training program and is recommended by chiropractors and physical therapists
#4 THE DISCREET DESIGN
The Nazrom is the most lightweight and discrete design available and has excellent customer reviews. It can be worn over an undershirt (or you can try without but that may be uncomfortable for all day wear)
#5 THE BACK SUPPORT 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