Once you observe signs of your posture quality declining, it is best to take action and treat it as soon as possible. An unaligned stance results in many disadvantages to your health, day-to-day routine, and overall wellbeing. If disregarded, it can greatly affect your circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. It can also cause damage to your muscles and bones, allowing you to grow old and weak sooner than you think!
There are many ways to improve your posture from the comforts of home, including forming the right habits, regular alignment correcting exercises, and getting help from a back brace. A common question we get is if utilizing a posture corrector safe, and the answer is YES as long as you use it mindfully and correctly.
3 safety tips when using a posture corrector
Wear it for a limited time only. A posture corrector is designed to help your muscles adapt to the correct orientation – not to do all the work for you. By relying on the device alone, you are conditioning your muscles to relax and take a backseat, which in turn will weaken them over time and eventually waste away.
We highly suggest to only use a posture corrector for 30 minutes up to 3 hours per day.
Do not brace through any pain or discomfort. Wearing a back brace is not supposed to make you suffer; in fact it is supposed to give the opposite effect. If you ever feel pain or severe discomfort when wearing it, double check if it is properly adjusted to your size, or if you do not have any allergic reaction to its material. If symptoms persist, best to speak with your physician.
Do not wear it while you sleep. It is not advisable to wear a posture corrector overnight. Apart from exceeding the recommended maximum number of hours per day, there is a high chance of it putting pressure in the wrong areas depending on your chosen sleeping position or as you move around. You may also wake up with a lot of pain in the morning – best to do your routine while 100% conscious!
How to use the “wall test” to determine proper posture?
How does bad posture happen? There are multiple factors that could have led to it, what is important now is to determine if you have an unhealthy stance and what you can do about it today. Starting off with the “if”, find a vacant wall and test out if you are holding the ideal posture.
- Stand tall with your back to the wall. Make sure the back of your head, your upper back, shoulders, and bottom are all touching the surface. The heels of your feet should be about 2 to 4 inches away from the wall.
- Check if there is a small space on your lower back and if you are able to fit your hand through it, not too loose and not to snug.
- If there is too much space behind your lower back, pull your bellybutton towards your spine to gently flatten the curve.
- If there is too little space, arch your back just enough to let your hand fit through.
- Step away from the wall and try to maintain that position without over-extending or flexing anything.
- Congratulations, that is the ideal posture!
Top 4 posture correctors we recommend
Correctors come in many styles, sizes, and materials. Take your pick from our most recommended set below: