Are Posture Correctors Supposed To Be Tight?

The main goal of a posture corrector is to be able to guide the user into being more aware of their bearing and grow accustomed to a healthier way of carrying themselves. One important factor in making sure it is effective is by getting the right fitting garment.

Are Posture Correctors Supposed To Be Tight?

Should the posture corrector feel tight?

The back brace is designed to gently pull the shoulders backwards and straighten the vertebrae in a way that supports its natural curve.

Understandably, there needs to be some level of tightness in order to carry this out. However, while the posture brace should be secured well enough to support your posture, it should not in any case feel uncomfortably tight.

What happens if it is too tight?

If your back brace is too tight, it may result in the following issues:

Unhealthy posture. An overly tight brace might pull your shoulders at an angle that is unhealthy and stretch your back out in a way that adds pressure on your muscles. This will not only be uncomfortable, but it could lead to a decline in posture health.

Injury and/ or pain. Being forced to stay in an unnatural position may cause damage to your muscles, nerves, or pain in your joints.

Unsuccessful routine. When exposed to constant discomfort, no one is expected to brace through it. In fact, it is highly discouraged to even try. This in turn will cut your routine short and stop you from improving your posture.

What happens if it is too loose?

One way the back brace can offer guidance is by giving a slight tug whenever you start to slouch. By wearing it on a loose setting, it will not be able to carry this out and defeats the purpose of wearing one in the first place.

3-step guide on how to properly put on a posture corrector

Step 1: Loosen the straps if they are adjustable, and unhook any attachments your brace includes. If there are no hooks or adjustable straps, simply put it on.

Step 2: Perform the “wall test” (guide below) and follow the stance you are left with at the end.

Step 3: Secure the hooks and slowly adjust the straps until you feel it snug on your torso while maintaining the position. Make sure that it does not hurt or limit your ability to walk, sit, and move about.

For braces that are not adjustable, simply keep the resulting position in mind until it becomes natural for you.

5-step wall test

This wall test is a quick and hassle-free way to determine the best posture for you by adjusting to your natural curve and comfort level.

Step 1: Stand tall with your back against an empty wall. The back of your head, your upper back, shoulders, and bottom should all be touching the surface. However, keep the heels of your feet 2 to 4 inches away from the wall.

Step 2: Using your hand facing flat on the wall, check for a small space on your lower back and try to fit your hand through it without moving your body.

Step 3: If your hand slides through because there is too much space, pull your bellybutton inwards to gently flatten the curve.

Step 4: If your hand cannot fit through, arch your back just enough so there is enough room.

Step 5: Step away from the wall and maintain that position without feeling like you are over-extending any muscles.

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