Posture correctors are a recent trend that get your body in proper alignment. Posture correctors focus on the shoulders and upper back mostly and help in getting them in the upright posture that is natural and healthy for the spine. These products have gained popularity due to the fact that many of us work in front of computer screens all day. This is usually is a posture where the head is forward and the shoulders are rounded. Over a period of time, this can cause posture problems and lead to back and neck pain. The best solution of course is to maintain good posture at all times but this is easier said than done.
A posture corrector can help by helping to put your body in the right alignment for short periods during the day. This will help in activating and strengthening the muscles responsible for keeping you upright. Used over a period of time, this will help you in maintaining a good posture.
Lets talk about the different things you need to look out for when purchasing a posture corrector device.
The first thing to look for is the size of the posture corrector. Since these devices are to be worn on the body, they come in different sizes, similar to a shirt. When you are looking to get a posture corrector, try to get one that is closest to your natural body size. Getting a different sized one and then adjusting it to fit you is possible but definitely not the ideal solution.
The next thing to look out for in a posture corrector is the material which it is made out of. Posture correctors are worn under your outer clothing. It is best to not have the posture corrector in contact with your skin however as the material can cause chafing and irritation. Most posture correctors available today are made of thick fabric to ensure they can withstand load.
My suggestion would be get a posture corrector whose fabric is not too rough. If its too rough, it can rub on your skin even through fabric.
The next thing to look for in a posture corrector is the ability to adjust it. Most posture correctors have two ways of adjustment
- Tightening/Loosening of the shoulder strap
- Tightening/Loosening of the waist belt
The shoulder tightening can be done in a couple of different ways, either by pulling the straps downwards towards the floor or by laterally tightening the entire device across your torso. From our experience, the second kind is better since it puts lesser load on your shoulders and distributes the load through the entire torso.
Presence of Waist Belt
There are two main types of posture correctors I have come across – one type has a waist belt included that helps in bracing the lower back and the other is purely for the upper back. You can get the one with the waist belt if you are also experiencing lower back issues. The one without is purely for the thoracic spine and shoulders.
Posture Corrector Buying Guide – Wrap Up
That was our quick guide to the things you should keep in mind before buying a posture corrector. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!