Posture correctors are a range of devices used to strengthen muscles in the lower and upper back, making it easier to stand up straight. They work by pushing your shoulders back so that your spine is aligned with your pelvis. As you continue to use the device, your muscles strengthen, allowing you to gradually maintain straight posture on your own.
There are significant health benefits associated with improved posture. It can make breathing easier, as the lungs are less compressed, improving mood and energy (1).
Better posture also increases confidence, making you look taller and slimmer. Furthermore, posture correctors can reduce pain in the lower back, as well as increase circulation and improve digestion. They can also make you look taller and slimmer.
Posture correctors can also help those with tension headaches caused by neck and back pain, relieving pressure on nerves by straightening the spine (2).
There are few side effects seen with routine use of posture correctors. The most common symptoms include pain and soreness, especially in the first few days of using the device. This pain usually fades as your body adjusts to the posture corrector and your muscles strengthen.
1Posture correctors can reduce back pain. Posture correctors keep the spine aligned as you stand or sit, preventing you from hunching. Over time, a straighter posture can reduce severe back pain, making it easy to carry out day to day tasks.
Slouching puts stress on the posterior spine, leading to damage of the vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments. This can create shooting back pain that spreads from the lower back, making movement and exercise difficult.
Posture correctors decompress the posterior spine by moving it in line with the shoulders and pelvis. This relieves pressure on the muscles, nerves, and vertebrae.
2Posture correctors can help treat some tension headaches. Back and neck issues can cause severe headaches, as the nerve pain radiates up the spine. They can also cause pressure buildup along nerves in the neck, further aggravating headaches.
Posture correctors can help alleviate headaches caused by back and neck pain. They make your muscles stronger, allowing you to support your full weight and stand erect without putting pressure on your spine (3).
Since the lungs are less compressed when you stand up straight, posture correctors can increase the body’s oxygen intake, which may also help prevent headaches.
3Posture correctors can improve breathing. Posture problems can cause breathing difficulties. As you hunch over, your diaphragm is constricted, making it difficult to take deep breaths. Over time, shallow breathing can lead to fatigue and low energy, as well as brain fog and difficulty concentrating.
Posture devices align the spine so that your shoulders are not hunched over your diaphragm. This decompresses the airway, increasing lung capacity, and making it easier to take deep breaths. Although it can take a few weeks to get the maximum effect, posture devices can boost energy and lower fatigue associated with shallow breathing (4).
4Posture correctors can increase muscular strength. Poor posture is often due to weak muscles in the abdomen and lower back. Unable to support the spine, these muscles progressively weaken as you slouch.
Posture correctors can improve core and back strength by engaging muscles in the abdomen and lower back. A stronger core can help prevent lower back pain and make it easier to stand up straight.
The improved strength may also reduce pain and achiness while exercising, especially in the lower back. The vertebrae are also less compressed with good posture, reducing the wear from running.
5Posture correctors may improve the symptoms of depression. Studies have linked poor posture to a number of mental health issues, including depression. Research has found that posture can have an impact on mood, and that poor posture increases stress and fatigue.
By improving posture, you reduce stress on the spine, leading to less back pain and more energy. Posture correctors can also improve breathing by decompressing the diaphragm, allowing more air to reach your lungs. This can also boost mood and increase energy levels.
6Posture correctors can increase confidence. Research has long associated good posture with confidence and self-esteem. Better posture also makes you feel better overall, which in turn, boosts mood and confidence (5).
Posture correctors straighten the spine, making you look taller and thinner. This can increase confidence, as well as raise energy levels.
7Posture correctors can help improve circulation. Slouching can cause compression, as the shoulders and spine curve over the body’s vital organs. This compression impacts circulation, reducing the blood supply to organs and the body’s periphery (6).
Posture correctors pull the shoulders back so that your vital organs are not pinched together. This can aid circulation and ensure that every part of your body has a healthy rate of blood flow.
8Posture correctors can help you look slimmer. When you hunch over, you have a more compacted profile, making you look less thin. Posture correctors can narrow your profile, aligning the spine and pelvis so that your spine forms a straight line.
This will make you look slimmer and decrease the size of your gut’s appearance, without any actual weight loss.
9Posture correctors can lessen jaw pain. When you hunch your shoulders or slouch, the head tends to move forward, which can shift the position of your jaw. This causes stress and strain on the jawbone and muscles, leading to pain and discomfort while eating (7).
Posture correctors can help shift the head and neck into a neutral position, helping better align the jaw and prevent strain. This reduces pain in the mandibular joint and tension in jaw muscles.
10Posture correctors are more effective than posture exercises. Posture correctors enforce good habits, helping slowly strengthen muscle groups that are key for proper posture. This makes them more effective than many exercises for improving posture, especially for people who have weak muscles in the abdomen or lower back.
They can also be used as you work, allowing you to improve your posture throughout the day.
11Posture correctors can improve digestion. As you slouch, you push on the stomach and digestive tract, which may affect digestion. This can increase the risk of constipation, as well as stomach pain and cramps. It may also cause heartburn, as food or stomach acid rises back into the throat (8).
Posture correctors relieve pressure on the abdomen area by aligning the spine with the shoulders. This leads to less pressure on the digestive tract, improving digestion, and preventing stomach pain.
12Posture correctors can make you look taller. A hunched over posture makes you look shorter, lowering your head and shoulders. Posture correctors help you slowly straighten your spine by strengthening the abdominals and lower back muscles.
Once you’ve completed treatment, you’ll be able to stand up straighter, making you look taller.
13Posture correctors can reduce the risk of joint pain. As you age, joints and connective tissue in the back begin to wear down. Poor posture speeds up this process, adding strain and stress to the vertebrae and joints (9).
Posture connectors can minimize the damage done by aging to the joints, keeping vertebrae in line and preventing stiffness. In addition to reducing pain and achiness, improved posture can increase mobility, making it easier to carry out day to day tasks.
14Posture correctors can improve concentration. Difficulty breathing from bad posture can restrict the amount of oxygen that circulates throughout the body. This can have a negative impact on energy levels, and can also impact cognitive performance, making it difficult to concentrate.
Posture correctors take pressure off the diaphragm, opening up the airway and increasing the amount of oxygen in the body. This can lead to more energy, and also improve concentration.
15Posture correctors have faster results than standard exercises. Many standard exercises for posture take a long time to see results. The back muscles are not supported, making it difficult to maintain proper posture. As a result, many people go back to slouching. Posture correctors gently move the back into alignment, allowing back muscles to strengthen slowly over time. As your posture improves, they give less support, allowing your muscles to take over.
1The most common side effect seen with posture correctors is back pain. This tends to occur when you first begin using the device, as your body adjusts to a straighter back. They may also cause tenderness and soreness in the abdomen, lower back, and shoulders.
The back pain associated with posture correctors can often be treated with over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
2Some posture correctors can cause chaffing around the arms, especially if they are worn too tight. If you have problems with chafing, you can wear a shirt under the device to protect the skin.
3Posture correctors may not be suitable for individuals with scoliosis. If you have a condition such as scoliosis, you should consult a doctor before using a posture corrector, as they could potentially worsen the condition and put added strain on your back (10).
4Posture correctors may not be suitable for a curved spine. People with back pain should also speak to their doctor before using a posture corrector. Although they can sometimes improve pain by reducing slouching, posture correctors can worsen some type of back pain.
If you have recently had surgery on your back or neck, you should avoid using posture correctors. They can interfere with healing and may cause sutures to reopen.
The amount of time that you should wear a posture corrector per day will vary on the device, as well as the strength of your back. If you have a noticeable hunch as well as back and neck pain, you may not be able to wear the posture corrector for more than 30 minutes per day.
Posture correctors are more effective the more they are worn. Try to wear it as much as you can, especially when first starting out. As your posture begins to improve, you can decrease the amount of time you wear the device each day.
Most posture correctors can be worn under your clothing. Make sure that the device is tight enough to pull back your shoulders, but not so tight that it strains your back and neck.
Wear the posture corrector at the time of day when your posture tends to be at its worst. For many people, this is in the afternoon at work, when they begin to slouch sitting at their desk.
Although many posture correctors can be worn during exercise, they may restrict range of movement and cause back pain if too tight. If you plan on wearing a posture corrector during exercise, you should loosen it enough that you can move and breathe freely.
Are posture correctors safe? Yes, for most users posture correctors are safe when used according to instructions. However, people with back or neck conditions should speak to their doctor before using posture correctors. These conditions may require specialized devices to align the spine, and commercial posture correctors could make the problem worse.
Can posture correctors be used while sleeping? They can, but it’s not recommended. Most posture correctors are designed to be worn as you are standing or sitting down. If used while sleeping, you may not get the same benefits. They may also cause back and neck pain, making them harder to wear during the day.
Are posture correctors more effective when used standing or sitting? Most posture correctors are designed for use standing up or while sitting down. Therefore, they should be about equally as effective while sitting as standing.
However, some users may feel more comfortable wearing the device while standing, as it puts a bit less strain on the back. It’s also a bit easier to maintain proper posture while standing.
What’s the difference between a posture corrector and a back brace? Back braces are mainly designed to provide extra support to the lower back, helping reduce pain and strain. Although back braces may potentially improve posture by reducing back pain, they will do little to align the shoulders and improve posture in the shoulders and upper back.
Posture correctors wrap around your shoulders, gently pulling them back so that the spine is straighter. Unlike most back braces, they help strengthen upper back muscles, leading to long-lasting posture change, rather than short term pain relief.
When should you wear a posture corrector? You can wear a posture corrector just about any time throughout the day. However, you may want to wear it when you’re posture is at its worst. If you notice that you slouch the most while sitting at your desk, where the device while at work. Posture correctors are also useful for when you’re sitting on the couch, a time when people tend to slouch.
Can posture correctors be worn during workouts? In most cases, yes. Many posture correctors are designed to be lightweight and breathable, so they can be worn while working out and moving around.
However, some posture correctors may not be comfortable during workouts, as they can pull on the shoulders, restrict movement, and make breathing more difficult.
How long will it take to get results with a posture corrector? The amount of time it will take to get results will depend on the type of corrector and how often you wear it, as well as how bad your posture is.
Improved posture requires strengthening of muscles in the abdomen, lower and upper back, neck, and shoulders. Even if you wear a posture corrector for hours each day, it may take a few days to see any improvement and multiple weeks for full results.
Will posture correctors treat scoliosis? No. Commercial posture correctors are not designed to correct severe spine curvatures, such as those seen in people with scoliosis. If you have scoliosis, you may need a specialized brace or surgery to straighten the spine.
How long should you wear a posture corrector? For the first couple of days, it’s recommended to wear it 30 minutes on and 1 hour off a couple of times per day. You can increase the length of time after.
Can you wear a posture corrector under clothes? A posture corrector should be lightweight and comfortable to wear when your spine is properly aligned. They often fit under clothes without an issue.
What is a posture corrector? A posture corrector, as the name suggests, provides support for the posture and reduces pressure on the neck, joints, and muscles in the upper back during physical activities. A posture corrector functions by limiting forward shoulder movements and restricting slouching and bending of the spine.
Can correcting posture cause pain? It may not feel comfortable initially because your muscles have not been conditioned to support you in the correct position.
What are the effects of bad posture? Our muscles have to work harder when we slouch or fail to sit or stand up straight because we were made to have good posture. Poor posture can put a ton of stress on your spine, which can result in chronic pain. You may also experience tension headaches as well as difficulty breathing, poor circulation, and digestive issues.
Does posture affect blood pressure? A link between the muscles in the neck, blood pressure, and heart rate has long been suspected, and it is theorized that consistent bad posture could lead to blood pressure changes.
Can bad posture be fixed? When you add weak upper back muscles to the mix, you have nothing to help counterbalance this rounding. If left untreated, it can cause pain through the back and contribute to overall bad posture. To fix bad posture and rounded shoulders, stretch the chest and shoulders and build strength in the upper back.
Can massages help posture and be a posture corrector? Massage can relax and loosen the muscles made sore by bad posture, allowing your body to position itself in its natural-and pain-free-posture. With ongoing massages, the muscles are loosened, and relaxed-joints have greater freedom and pressure points are relieved.
Why is good posture important? Sitting and standing with proper postural alignment will allow one to work more efficiently with less fatigue and strain on your body’s ligaments and muscles. Being aware of good posture is the first step to breaking old poor postural habits and reducing stress and strain on your spine.
What causes bad posture? Rounded shoulders are typically caused by poor posture habits, muscle imbalances and focusing too much on certain exercises, such as too much focus on chest strength while neglecting the upper back. Exercises to strengthen your core, upper back, and chest muscles will help correct rounded shoulders.
Can bad posture cause GERD? It’s unlikely to cause GERD; however, slouched posture after a meal can trigger heartburn caused by acid reflux (when stomach acid squirts back up into the esophagus).
Posture correctors are devices used to pull the shoulders in line with the spine and pelvis. They are lightweight and can be worn throughout the day as you work and exercise.
Posture correctors can strengthen a range of muscle groups, including those in the abdomen, lower back, and neck. This will make it easier to straighten your back and align your shoulders with your pelvis, reducing strain on the back.
They are also an effective way of treating headaches caused by back and neck pain. Slouching can compress nerves, and this pressure can travel up the neck, causing headaches. Posture correctors straighten the spine and reduce slouching, preventing nerve compression, and reducing the severity of headaches (11).
Improved posture can also make you look taller, raising your head and shoulders. Furthermore, a straight spine makes you look slimmer without any weight loss. Posture correctors can boost mood, increase energy, and improve confidence and self-esteem. (12).
Posture correctors have few side effects when used properly. However, they may cause back, and neck pain as your body adjusts to the device. Muscles may be sore and tender, as it can take time for them to gain strength and support proper posture on their own.