As a practicing osteopath I see many neck, shoulder and upper back problems. Many of these are the result of a sedentary work environment leading to rounded shoulders and a forward head position (FHP) The pain and discomfort caused is typically the primary concern for my patients but when speaking with them they are also worried about the long term damage that might arise and also how aging a bad posture can be. So in an effort to help correct bad posture I have over the last 6 years tried and tested many posture correcting devices which I feel can complement the hands on work carried out by your physical therapist.
I might just add that in my humble opinion and as you might also expect the quality and effectiveness of the supports varied greatly.
How do Posture Braces work?
Bad posture is often the result of muscle imbalance. Some muscles will have become too short and others will be subjected to an unnatural straining in an attempt to lengthen. To help improve your posture the posture brace devise will help retrain the muscles, ligaments and tendons and by providing a proprioceptive feedback mechanism they help improve muscle memory to establish a more natural and efficient spinal alignment. It’s about re-training and re-balancing your muscles and spine.
What is the best posture support?
We offer a leading brand of what we believe to be the best posture correction device currently available. When considering which posture device I choose to recommend to my patients I tried and tested many different supports. Key points that had in my opinion to be considered where:
Build quality – Manufactured using high quality materials for maximum comfort and functionality.
Ergonomic Design – Our Posture Support Brace was designed from the ground up by a world leading Orthotist. The patented Swedish design is unique amongst posture supports.
Postural Improvement – Adjustable and variable posture control whilst wearing allows for effective posture training and improvement.
Comfort, comfort and yes comfort. Quite simply if it is not comfortable you are not going to wear it and too many of the supports I tested caused chaffing and rubbing under my arms when worn. The unique design of The Posture Support Brace avoids under-arm chaffing and discomfort resulting in high patient compliance.
Find your perfect posture:
Posture Support Brace – Swedish design and build quality. A very popular option and our most comfortable posture support. This also has the benefit of giving postural support over the lower thoracic and upper lumbar spine so is also suitable for those with arthritis and may be helpful with those with osteopenia. Adjustable and variable posture control whilst wearing. Front fastening.
For further posture information including postural exercises see our guide to Perfecting Your Posture
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