The Most Effective Ways on How to Correct Posture with a posture brace

As I have mentioned, time and time again, some of the products available for bad backs are helpful reminders that you need to constantly maintain good posture in order to steer clear of needing back support like a posture brace. Where I fault these products, however, is that most of them attempt to hold you in a good posture but fail to help strengthen your own muscles to do the work.

This is a huge problem because if you have an item or product working for your muscles by holding you in the proper position, your own muscles will in essence take a holiday and completely check out of all work (why wouldn’t they if something else is doing it all for them!?). This lack of use with continued use of the device will actually lead to a muscle weakening over time. It’s the old adage…use it or lose it. In order to correct bad posture the right way, remember the following:

  • Work on continuing to have better posture during all your activities, while you’re sitting at an office desk, standing, and moving about in the daily grind.
  • Learn how to strengthen your muscles with exercises that will enable them to do the work…this will set you up for success in the longer term.
  • Learn a series of basic core strengthening exercises to help in your mid area. This will help promote better mechanics and will protect your back as you perform your daily activities.
  • Learn what good posture is and practice it continuously!

Now I realize none of these things are as appealing as buying a brace to correct posture. But remember, there are no shortcuts in life!

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Bad backs taking in the aged

From the age of 15, I worked, on the sly as it was just a little bit naughty, at a retirement home. It was actually the retirement home that my grandmother was residing at which I loved because I also got to spend time with her.

I loved it. Don’t ask me why but I imagine having so many people admire the fact that I was young and vibrant and always full of beans, they would  actually want to listen to my stories and jokes! I would listen to stories of their children, families and even pets. Some funny and some were much sadder.

The residents taught me a lot about life. A lot about having the utmost respect towards the elderly and understanding what they have been through in life and the weathers they have had to endure.

Many of the people there, including my dear old grandma, were long time sufferers of the nasty, bad backs. They would double over in pain often and would walk with a hunchback from years of hard work and abuse.

There was one particular lady who had very sad back pain and the owners of the nursing home bought in an inversion table for her to use. And another lady needed a posture brace just to get through her day – it would beep whenever she was not sitting up correctly. In fact, the establishment often purchased many of them for the various residents to have in their rooms.

I guess the chair and support items made for much better support for soreness and a few moments where they could sit comfortably and feel a bit normal and young again. I really felt for them and found it quite upsetting.

The Most Effective Ways on How to Correct Posture with a posture brace

As I have mentioned, time and time again, some of the products available for bad backs are helpful reminders that you need to constantly maintain good posture in order to steer clear of needing back support like a posture brace. Where I fault these products, however, is that most of them attempt to hold you in a good posture but fail to help strengthen your own muscles to do the work.

This is a huge problem because if you have an item or product working for your muscles by holding you in the proper position, your own muscles will in essence take a holiday and completely check out of all work (why wouldn’t they if something else is doing it all for them!?). This lack of use with continued use of the device will actually lead to a muscle weakening over time. It’s the old adage…use it or lose it. In order to correct bad posture the right way, remember the following:

  • Work on continuing to have better posture during all your activities, while you’re sitting at an office desk, standing, and moving about in the daily grind.
  • Learn how to strengthen your muscles with exercises that will enable them to do the work…this will set you up for success in the longer term.
  • Learn a series of basic core strengthening exercises to help in your mid area. This will help promote better mechanics and will protect your back as you perform your daily activities.
  • Learn what good posture is and practice it continuously!

Now I realize none of these things are as appealing as buying a brace to correct posture. But remember, there are no shortcuts in life!

Products Designed to “Correct” Posture

I always admire any individual that is self-motivated to learn enough about how to correct their bad backs and poor posture habits and improve their overall health. It shows smartness and that they care about themselves and want the best for their body to improve their quality of life and longevity; however, with so much information available on the subject, many people get confused as to where they should even start.

There are dozens of products on the market that claim to do one thing and they do exactly the opposite. The keeling chairs that claim to be ‘all you need’ to the adjustable beds which are actually fantastic for you.

Let’s take a look at some of the products promoting the ability to improve posture:

  • Tape for taping your back up– there are a few brands of tape that come in an “X” pattern, designed to place between your shoulder blades. The tape is designed to wear for quite some time and it aids in pulling your shoulder blades backwards.
  • Undershirts – designed to wear under your clothing and help you achieve and maintain good posture.
  • Neoprene Upper and Lower Back Supports – these are neoprene braces designed to help remind you to have proper posture when bending and lifting. They also help remind you to pull your shoulders back and keep your lower back aligned.
  • Posture Shoes – designed to alter the way you stand and improve the alignment of your feet, knees, and hips, which helps improve posture.
  • Biofeedback Items – electrical devices you wear on your chest that vibrate when you slouch; these give you feedback by reminding you that you need to sit up straight.

Where Can You Buy Back Braces for Posture?

If there is one thing that most bad backs need and have in common with a good posture brace, it is that they are both terribly unattractive and not very comfortable when not at their best. The old styles of differing back braces were the worst to look at, which were once used for people with back issues or pain.

My goal in writing this is to share with you some misconceptions about how to correct a poor posture, review various products that market themselves as posture correcting devices to save you some painful back issues, and most importantly, to share with you what I teach all my students on how to correct posture.

Here are a few of the biggest issues I continue to see with much of the information available online on how to correct ones posture:

  • Much of it tends to address posture as a static position. In other words, it tells (or shows pictures and diagrams) you how to correct posture while sitting at an office desk or standing in one position, but it doesn’t address having good posture in all your activities throughout the day. Most people will move around a dozen times in the first hour they are awake!
  • Good posture is more than just pulling your shoulders back. Of course, proper shoulder positions are part of how to correct posture, but it is only one of the pieces to the puzzle.
  • People want a product to do the work for them. There are some good products that have their place in addressing poor posture, but many of them fail to provide what is required to adequately teach your body how to achieve and maintain good posture.

What good is posture when you have bad backs?

There are a number of varying reasons why having constantly good posture is important, even though you may think that this is only a cosmetic issue.

Firstly, when you stand upright, and stand with good posture, you will appear taller and thinner (biggest plus ever!), and obviously, with a lot more confidence. If you were always to look at photos of the same person and they were always slouching in the photos but standing tall randomly in one single one, they would probably look like two different people to you, and you would also have a different opinion of them both.

Bad backs can be seen from any direction you look at someone. From their posture (or need for posture braces and support) to their poor stride. These people would likely not be using a good office desk and one would assume they would need to work more on their ergonomical environments in every facet.

 Secondly, when you are slouching, you are also not getting enough oxygen into your body (believe it or not), which means that lack of posture actually affects your energy levels as well as everything else. As a result, you may actually notice them gain weight and become more easily tired when they are not prone to standing or sitting upright.

In fact, they may also recommend that you have a posture support brace properly made for you, which could set you back hundreds or even thousands of dollars, which is something none of us want to deal with. 

With a bad back, what is a mum to do?

I’m a 32 year old mother of two kids under two. My eldest runs rings around me and I’m starting to feel as though I can’t keep up with her. I work from home five days a week and, as of right now, she goes to childcare three days a week. At this very moment, I’m absolutely flat out!

Work is becoming increasingly harder as I’ve undergone a whole new industry change, so therefore, I’m learning so much every day. Now that I’m picking it up quickly, they’re keen to throw more at me, which ordinarily, I absolutely love!

I’m that person that, due to a separate illness (nothing too serious, but affective nonetheless), am finding that I’m hitting brick walls easily and exhaustion seems a daily routine. I’m close to that brick wall right now.

I’ve always found that whenever I feel like I’m nearing full exhaustion, my body goes into chaos mode and things start to go wrong. This week, it’s bad backs and bad headaches. No doubt, probably intertwined. It’s moments like these that I know that some immediate changes need to be made.

Given I’m working from home, I’m going to assess my workplace area and see what I can do to better that environment.

I could certainly use a new office desk, one that’s ergonomic (sad, my father made me the desk that I use, so this will be tough to get rid of, or have replaced) and makes me feel good when I sit at it, together with an office chair that corrects my posture.

I’m sure I’ll feel better tomorrow.