If you are reading this article, chances are you are sitting in a slightly slouched position with your shoulders hunched over, and your core muscles as relaxed as they can be. If this is true then you have come to the right place.
You probably already know that sitting or standing in an upright position, with your shoulders pulled back and your core engaged, is the kind of posture you should be carrying. Even with that in mind, our body does not always seem to listen. Thankfully, there are two main ways to train your muscles to adapt to a healthier stance: core strengthening exercises and posture correctors.
How to perform core strengthening exercises?
There are multiple types of workouts that you can perform to improve your posture over time. These can certainly alleviate discomfort and put you in a happier disposition when done frequently enough. These exercises can be completed at the gym or the comforts of your own home. You may also opt to perform them with or without wearing a posture corrector Australia.
- Reverse plank bridge
- Child’s pose
- Hip flexor stretch
- Mountain pose
- Back extensions
- Side – lying leg raises
- Neck rotations
- Chest stretches
To get you started, we have put together detailed instructions to the first five exercises in this Posture Correction Exercises article. If you opt to include the last five maneuvers, you may easily find them on helpful YouTube instructional videos!
What to look for in a posture corrector?
There are a variety of posture correctors and back braces online. While it is certainly great to have so many options, it can also feel a little confusing and overwhelming. To help you narrow down your search for the perfect posture corrector, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:
It should foster muscle engagement. While a back brace offers great support to your spine, the muscles in and around your spine have a high risk of deteriorating if not regularly used for long periods. Because of this, opt for a posture corrector with a soft, flexible base, nothing too solid and restrictive. This way, your body is aware of how your position should stay, but your postural muscles are still needed to hold it in place.
It should focus on key areas for optimal effectiveness. There are two main areas that your posture corrector should support, namely the shoulders and the cervical thoracic junction. It would even be better if it also targets your lower back. If your chosen brace checks off on these, you will be effectively guided on correcting your posture.
It should be comfortable and pain-free to wear. Effectiveness should be balanced with comfort. The more comfortable your posture corrector is, the more inclined you would be to regularly use it, the more you can reap the benefits of its effectiveness. It is basically a domino effect that leads to a healthier back.
It should be user friendly. It is important to find a posture corrector that is easy for you to put on and adjust to your preferred fit. Plus points if it is discreet and concealable under your clothes!
4 posture correctors we recommend:
When referencing the list above, the AlignShoulder Brace takes the cake. The straps used to gently pull your shoulder upright are highly elastic and not restrictive of your movement, fostering optimal muscle engagement when worn. In terms of coverage, it provides efficient support to all the key points, namely the shoulders, cervical thoracic junction, and lower back. This level of reinforcement has amazing benefits for those who do a lot of heavy lifting or bending down. Its material is very comfortable and user friendly, allowing you to adjust to your preferred fit without needing someone else’s help. Lastly, its added benefit is the 11 tourmaline magnets spaced along the spine, used to stimulate healthy blood flow and relieve any back, shoulder, or neck pain much faster.
The second back brace that checks off multiple boxes is the AlignBack Brace. Its base is made of high quality orthopedic plastic that sits along your vertebral column and stretches to the middle of your torso. This combination promotes muscle engagement while providing ample support to your shoulders, cervical thoracic junction, and down to the middle of your lumbar region. The straps are also easily adjustable and user friendly. Because of how it has been designed, many consider this one of the most comfortable posture correctors available in the market.
The AlignPosture Brace is definitely an option that you should take into consideration. It is one of the most commonly used posture corrector in the world for multiple reasons. For one, it is highly elastic, therefore promoting muscle engagement and optimal comfort. Its versatility makes it a one size fits all model, perfectly fitting men and women of various shapes and sizes. Its flexible straps are then reinforced by two lightweight, durable brackets and high quality, soft pads to prevent friction forming under your arms – talk about comfortable and convenient! Its thin, stretchable material also makes it very concealable under most outfits, suitable for when you need to wear it to the office, on errands, or at a gathering. An added benefit is how compact it is, making it a breeze to pack for your next vacation.
The AlignBack Straightener is the latest development in posture corrector Australia. Similar to the AlignPosture Brace, it is very portable, easy to use, and can be discreetly worn under most types of outfits. In fact, its barely there effect is so efficient that multiple professional models utilize it to maintain good posture while walking down the runway. It is made of elastic material that is thin but durable, providing you with enough compression to gently pull your shoulders back to an upright position, all the while promoting spine muscle engagement. This sleek piece efficiently supports your shoulders and cervical thoracic junction.
In the era of technology, we are seeing an Australian civilization that is slouched over their phone, laptops and other gadgets. This surge of technology has been beneficial to society, however, the cost has come in the form of lower back pain, shoulder soreness and poor posture! Often leading to many Australians developing issues such as chronic joint & muscle pain.
Luckily, companies like AlignMat have developed self-care tools to help combat poor posture. Posture correctors are simple yet effective, they gently pull your shoulders back, pull out your chest & keep your chin slightly raised. All of this combined allows the spine to properly realign, stimulating better blood flow throughout the back, healing and providing relief for sore muscles.
All AlignMat posture correctors are designed to fit both men and women of all shapes and sizes! Comfortable and durable, you can wear a posture brace while working out at the gym, driving in the car, studying at university, chilling at home on the couch or at the office. Helping to naturally realign the spine and improve posture, AlignMat posture braces are shipped and stored in every major city of Australia. From Perth to Sydney and Melbourne AlignMat is truly nationwide.