Do Posture Correctors Work?
We often get asked, “Do posture correctors work?” It’s a fair question given the number of wellness products on the market that don’t live up to expectations. This article will hopefully settle the matter once and for all and put the minds of skeptical slouchers at ease. We’ll weigh the pros and cons of traditional back braces and see how they stack up against today’s smart posture trainers.
For years, people around the world have been putting on back braces and belts as part of their morning routine. While these were never the most effective methods of posture correction, for reasons we’ll get into later, there simply weren’t many viable alternatives. But thanks to recent innovations in wearable health tech, smart posture trainers have quickly become the method of choice for wellness seekers everywhere.
How do posture correctors work?
The back brace is a corset-like garment that holds your back in a fixed upright position, making it nearly impossible to slouch. It promotes good posture by pulling your back muscles into their natural position and conditioning them to stay that way. As you can imagine, wearing such a contraption under your clothes all day can be rather uncomfortable, not to mention unsightly.
The UPRIGHT GO 2 smart posture trainer takes a decidedly more high-tech approach to posture correction. Rather than forcing your body to conform by restricting movement, this discreet little device sits on your upper back and emits a gentle vibration whenever it detects slouching. It’s a subtle yet surprisingly effective reminder to correct your form in order to build healthy new habits.
Both types of devices adhere to a principle known as tissue adaptation, which suggests that if you hold your body a certain way for long enough, eventually it will conform to that position. Because posture correctors help you to maintain proper body alignment for long periods, after a while, your body starts to adapt on a cellular level. Chest tissue contracts and back tissue expands as the new position takes shape. This change in tissue length makes it very difficult to revert to your original posture.
How long before I start to see results?
As we discussed in a recent article, expecting any kind of posture corrector to undo years of slouching from one day to the next is unrealistic. These are, after all, posture aids, not miracle workers.
That being said, smart posture correctors do serve as an instant reminder to straighten your body, so in that sense, you will see immediate results. You’ll appear taller and trimmer as long as you’re wearing the device. But for those results to have a lasting effect, you’ll need to keep training for at least 2 weeks.
A back brace will also keep you upright while you’re using it, however, it can take a few months to show any meaningful signs of improvement. Given that you’ll be wearing it underneath your clothes for 20-25 minutes a day, you’ll want to make sure it’s a comfortable fit and the material doesn’t irritate your skin. This is less of a concern with smart posture correctors like the UPRIGHT GO 2, as they are specifically designed for all-day wear.
What are the health benefits of good posture?
There’s more to having a straight back than simply looking tall and confident (although those are definite pluses). Posture is closely tied to your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. A simple tweak here and there can have a profound effect on your quality of life – not just now but also in the future. Here are a few reasons why you should never underestimate the importance of healthy posture:
It relieves back pain
Back pain, shoulder tension, and headaches are increasingly common byproducts of our 24/7 connected world. We don’t need to look far to see what’s behind the so-called “decline of the human spine.” Our smartphones, computers, and office chairs are quietly conspiring to turn us into a generation of chronic slouchers, complete with rounded shoulders and hunched upper backs.
But there’s no reason to endure the pain and discomfort caused by poor posture. Smart posture correctors are especially well-suited to office workers and anyone whose job involves long periods of sitting. They help keep your spine straight and pain-free, allowing you to go about your day – a godsend for people with hectic schedules that don’t allow for stretching breaks.
It keeps you energized
When you have a busy day ahead of you, there’s nothing worse than feeling lethargic and unproductive. It’s well known that sleep, exercise, and a balanced diet will keep you alert and functioning at your best. But did you know that the way you hold your body also affects your energy levels? According to posture experts, the alignment of your spine has a direct bearing on the amount of energy your body produces. Yet another point in favor of the smart posture corrector. By helping to keep your head, neck, and shoulders in place, this tiny device gives you an instant surge of energy when you need it the most.
It boosts confidence
Ask anyone to describe a confident-looking person and good posture is bound to feature high on their list. The classic hands on hips, chest out, chin up pose is synonymous with self-esteem, charisma, and power. There’s a reason you rarely ever see successful people hunched over with a closed-off posture. They believe in their own ability and they’re not afraid to show it.
Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy and world-renowned life coach Tony Robbins take this idea of “power posing” a step further. They maintain that one’s body language can influence how they feel about themselves and, in turn, how they are perceived by others.
With the help of a posture corrector, you can quickly adopt a more open, assertive stance in any given situation. And as you know, few things are more attractive to potential employers and/or romantic partners than confidence and poise.
It facilitates breathing
If you practice good posture, you can breathe a huge sigh of relief. That’s because maintaining a straight back opens up your airways and allows your lungs room to expand. As a result, more oxygen enters your bloodstream, helping to keep your muscles healthy and improve brain function. In fact, studies have shown that people with good posture are better able to concentrate on their work and significantly outperform their slouching counterparts.
It reduces stress
For most of us, managing our stress levels is a daily challenge. However, experts agree that it’s much easier to face our frustrations if we have the right posture. Why? Because when our spine is properly aligned, our body produces less of the stress hormone cortisol and we feel a greater sense of inner calm. Of course, being more mindful of our posture takes practice. While it’s not always practical to roll out the yoga mat and get into the lotus position, smart posture correctors provide a more discreet way to get in touch with your body.
Helping you to help yourself
You’ve heard the adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The same goes for posture correctors.
While braces and belts do hold your back in the right position, they only offer passive support. In other words, they encourage you to be overly reliant on the device (read: lazy), which is not the best way to form sustainable new habits. The smart posture corrector, on the other hand, actively engages your mind in the healing of your body. Using biofeedback, the device retrains your back and core muscles until you’re maintaining a healthy posture all by yourself.
So, do posture correctors work? Without a doubt. However, people tend to respond better to the gentle persuasion of a smart posture trainer than the brute force of a back brace.