Posture corrector buying guide: how to sit up straight and look great
By GB Blog Official 2018-10-22 2803 1
What can cause and how to correct bad posture ?
When the spine is misaligned for long periods of time (typically in the case of an inadequate posture) a myriad of medical problems can occur. These include back pain, neck and joints, migraine headaches, symptoms of dizziness or dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue and many more. In general, women are more affected by adverse effects than men, but the symptoms can affect anyone at any age. Fortunately, there are many non-medical and non-surgical solutions that can help people improve their posture, avoid these health problems and look and feel better.
While some people are born with scoliosis, have one leg that is a bit longer than the other or have a physical problem that affects posture and / or walking, most people's problems occur as a result of poor exercise or eating habits or the use of inappropriate techniques during daily activities including sitting, exercising or even sleeping.
Obesity and lack of proper exercise contribute enormously to the problem. It is an issue that concerns an increasing number of doctors. Many people lead largely sedentary lifestyles, sit at a computer for eight hours a day and rarely perform the recommended amount of daily physical activity. The average person does not even need to be clinically obese to start suffering from the symptoms. Being a bit overweight may be enough to change the way a person walks and exert too much pressure on the spine near the shoulders, middle back and hips. No mechanism or medical device can magically cure all the pain and discomfort caused by the horrible posture caused by being overweight. The solution to this? You've heard it over and over again, but it's the stark truth: eat well and exercise.
Patients who already have orthopedic problems (as a result of injury or old age) often also experience the effects. A person who has experienced an injury to one hip, knee or ankle is likely to favor that side of the body above the other. Over time, this can easily move the spine out of alignment, causing additional health concerns.
In addition to this, people who already have a bad posture can fall into a vicious circle. With the passage of time, as the stooping and sliding pulls the vertebrae out of alignment, it begins to be the "normal posture." Bad habit causes muscle tension that can lead to greater inclination and misalignment. The effects are difficult to reverse because the muscle memory stores the information for the new bad positions as "normal", which is very difficult after retraining to the correct position.
No matter what causes that bad posture, corrective action must be taken before permanent problems develop, and a weak spine becomes a lifelong struggle. People who have occupations such as truck drivers, construction workers and office workers are at a higher risk of suffering from neck and back pain due to bad postures and must take seriously the maintenance of physical fitness. These people should consider investing in ergonomic chairs, keyboards, seats and equipment to prevent poor posture and the health problems associated with it. Many will see an improvement not only in pain and discomfort, but will experience a stronger and more positive emotional state as a result of this total bodily approach to well-being.
What is a posture corrector?
A posture corrector is basically a brace for your back that will hold it in place so that you can correct and adjust your posture as well as strengthen your back muscles. For instance, if you have a habit of slouching behind the desk, the brace will help you break that habit and retain your posture until you don't need the brace anymore and can sit with your back straight all on your own.
How to choose the right posture corrector?
Braces come in variety of shapes and sizes and it's important that you take the time to choose the model that fits you the best.
There are many different types of posture correctors but most of them can be classified into several types.
First, you have the standard brace. These ones look like a vest and are worn like vests as well. What they do is force your chest outward, retract your shoulders and straighten your spine. These types of braces provide the best kind of support but are also quite bulky and would probably be visible under clothing. Standard braces work best when worn at home and would probably not make the best choice for the hot summer months.
This standard "vest" brace is made of breathable material and weighs just a bit over 300 grams. You can adjust the size of the vest by pulling on the straps, which will then also keep the vest stably in place even if you wear it for long hours.
Then, you have the support bands, also known as posture bras. These are aimed primarily at women and are much less bulky than the standard vests. In fact, you can easily wear support bands under all types of clothing, to work, while working out, etc. These are worn slightly lower than the standard braces and are designed to provide extra support during lifting and avoid hunching. Support bras come in different designs and sizes.
Example: back posture chest brace
As you can see, chest braces are much more compact and lighter and can be work over your usual bra or sports bra. This model has the locks in the front making it very easy to put the brace on and criss crosses at the back for better support.
Finally, there are posture correction straps. These are the most minimalistic types of posture correctors coming with just a few pieces of material and leaving most of your back free. These are also the most comfortable ones to wear under clothing.
Example: posture correcting straps
As you can see, the posture corrector is put on like a backpack and is fully adjustable to different sizes and body types. Once on, it provides support for your upper back without much limitation to your movement. These types of correctors are especially popular among athletes as they allow for a bigger range of movement and don't hinder a workout.
There are also new versions of posture correcting braces. Like, for instance, the magnetic posture corrector. These come with therapeutic magnets located on the inner side as to align with your spine and provide additional relief.
There are a few other things to watch out for when choosing a posture corrector.
Most braces are typically made out of either spandex (lycra, latex. etc.), rubber or cotton. Spandex is the most popular type of material, very durable and easy to maintain. If you don't have an allergy to spandex, this material would probably make the best option.
Rubber is a good choice as well — but braces made of rubber tend to come with a bit of industrial smell some may not appreciate.
Cotton is an option as well. This is the material that will feel most pleasant and soft on your back. However, as it doesn't stretch, cotton braces are not recommended for workouts.
Make sure you are buying a well-made brace with strong straps and quality locks.
As you will be wearing the brace for quite a while, it's important that it's washable and easy to take apart. Some braces can not be washed in water and require dry cleaning — and this can get quite expensive over time.
Posture corrector: what to know before putting it on
There are some things to take into account before putting on that posture corrector.
First, it's always a good idea to consult a doctor prior to making the decision to wear one, especially if you suffer from a back problem.
Second, make sure that you feel comfortable wearing the brace: it should not restrict your movement, cause skin rashes, leave marks, etc.
Posture corrector: takeaway
Having a good posture is not just about aesthetics. The state of your spine can affect your health and overall wellbeing in a great number of ways. Keeping an eye on your posture, thus, seems to be an essential part of a health regiment. With plenty of posture correctors to choose from, many of which are available for less than $10, there is no sense in putting things off. For the price of a phone case or a selfie stick, you can make sure you will walk tall even after a long day at the office and avoid back problems in older age.
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