Do Posture Correctors Work?
Bad posture can look like you’re a little hunched and your core muscles are not engaged at all. Sounds familiar?
You’re probably sitting like that right now as you’re reading this!
It is important to be mindful of your posture. Some people even suggest using a posture corrector to help you.
You might have seen this device everywhere on social media, touting its benefits. But really – do posture correctors work?
Keep reading to learn more about posture and what posture correctors can do for you
Why Good Posture Is Important
Your posture is something to always be mindful of – keeping a healthy posture can maintain the alignment of your spine which, in turn, causes less stress on it.
Meanwhile, poor posture can cause your back to misalign and increases stress on your knees, hips, ankles and feet.
Read more about the importance of correct posture and the benefits that come along with it.
What Are Posture Correctors?
All posture correctors have one thing in common: they’re made to hold up the back and shoulders, and support muscles around them that have become imbalanced when we sit in poor, rigid positions for lengthy periods of time.
When this happens, the muscles in the front of the chest (pectorals) tend to tighten, but the muscles in the upper back, such as the middle trap and rhomboids, tend to extend.
Correctors can help provide a reference point for where our shoulders, neck and back should be, guiding you to the correct position.
Nevertheless, a posture corrector is not a long-term solution. Let’s look at the pros and cons of wearing one.
Pros of Wearing a Posture Corrector
Posture correctors can help you feel relief by providing some support for afflicted joints.
However, they should only function as a reminder for you to sit up straight and not for you to rely on to carry the weight of your neck and back.
You have to keep your muscles activated independently for the best posture.
Temporary Pain Relief
You may be able to relieve your constant discomfort and also improve posture and mobility if you use your posture corrector with the proper form.
The intention is for proper posture to just come second nature to you instead of being forced by an external device.
Time and Cost-Saving
They are also inexpensive and time-saving compared to other neck and back treatments which are convenient for the everyday busy person.
They also have a wide range of brands and types of posture correctors with shoulder straps or even adjustable straps to provide support for your shoulders, back and neck.
Do consult a professional (such as a chiropractor or physical therapist) for a posture corrector recommendation before making any purchases.
Cons of Using a Posture Corrector
Weakened Musculoskeletal System
Posture correctors are only temporary and should not be used for extended periods as your muscles will start to weaken.
When your body relies on the corrector to hold your back and shoulder weight for posture correction, this will eventually cause your postural muscles to become underused.
Furthermore, posture correctors will simply not work for you if you just get a store-bought one.
You need to seek a healthcare professional who can provide, customise and demonstrate how to use it to get the most support for your body.
Posture correctors cannot permanently fix your posture. They may help support you and relieve some back pain but they are not the solution for you to have better posture.
You would also have to follow a specific schedule throughout the day that is prescribed by a healthcare professional. If you don’t wear it long enough, you’re not fully making use of the posture corrector.
Nevertheless, as mentioned before, you can’t wear these wearable devices to support your entire back. If you wear it for too long, your postural muscles will start to weaken.
So you want to stick to the schedule to prevent atrophy of your postural muscles while reaping the benefits.
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Dr. Michael Bryant, doctor of chiropractic and member of the Alliance of Chiropractic (AOC) Singapore, graduated summa cum laude from Life University in Atlanta and received several distinctions, as well as completing additional coursework and NBCE certification in physiotherapy. Michael Bryant is the founder of Elite Spine Centers. Read more about Dr. Mike here.