How does bad posture happen?

How does bad posture happen? Over the years, there have been shoulder hunches and pains arising from poor sitting/walking.  At one time or the other, you may have experienced your core muscles' bending and a little hunching of the back.

Long hours at work, sitting down with shoulders hunched, or bent over sorting those files could cause many shoulder problems. At times, we discover the effects on our spine. As we all know, bad stance is the wrong way to live, as the consequences are numerous.

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What Causes Rounded Shoulders?

Rounded shoulders or thoracic kyphosis come as a result of poor sitting and walking postures. It refers to the inappropriate rounding or curvature of the upper or middle back. It also refers to a resting shoulder position, which has deviated from the normal body alignment. It is otherwise known as "mom's" due to how the back and shoulders slouch. A lot of factors could contribute to the development of Rounded shoulders in an individual. They include; environmental causes, muscle malfunction, and of course, postural Imbalances.

Below are some of the common causes of Rounded shoulders:

  • Environmental causes

Some respiratory diseases like lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia can affect the body system's normal functioning. It hinders the diaphragm from contracting and relaxing correctly and further impairs the body's breathing mechanisms.

The restrictions arising from poor breathing ability and the diaphragm's inability from functioning well can lead to the malfunctioning of the thoracic spine, which, in turn, leads to a rounded shoulder.

  • Muscle/Posture Imbalances

Spine imbalances have been severally linked to significant cause of shoulders & neck pain. For instance, when an individual changes their head's optimal position to take a different position when on the computer or focusing on an object, the upper part of the body will have to move forward to balance appropriately. This activity, when repeatedly carried out, can cause rounded shoulders.

Also, when you consistently have your upper arms in front of you during cooking hours or when driving, it could lead to rounded shoulders. It shortens your muscle bones and shifts the shoulder blades to a forward position, thereby causing your shoulders and backside to move forward.

  • Psychological factors

Apart from muscle imbalances mentioned above, some psychological factors contribute to the rounding of shoulders. The brain works at a fast rate and is best for relaying information. When the brain perceives an impending threat, it prepares itself to either fight it or leaves it. It fights against it by tightening the abdominal, and in some cases, it leads to rounded shoulders. Some psychological factors include; financial issues, health issues, and emotional stress. When these are not given immediate solutions, over time, it leads to rounded shoulders.  

Do spine correctors work?

We often get asked, do back devices work? The use of shoulder braces as a means of regulating bad slouching and muscle imbalances, as well as relief from shoulder pains, have been on the rise. If you are suffering from back pain, shoulder discomfort, or stiffness, then it's high time you acquire a shoulder brace. 

Experts have recommended shoulder braces in health and fitness as a means of combating poor stance and shoulder pains arising from muscle Imbalances. Your active social life, emotional state, and overall functioning of your body can be affected by poor spine alignment.

There are strong connections between mental health and slouching. Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression manifest themself physically with inward motions and hunching. The opposite happens with feelings such as happiness and pride, we stand straight and tall with a perfect stance.

Besides a better overall mood, strong stance also has added benefits that people often overlook. These include:

  • Ensuring spinal damage doesn't occur in older age

  • Helps reduce the risk of bone disease such as arthritis

  • Improve joint flexibility and motion

  • Expands lungs improving breathing patterns and quality

Another benefit of the back, shoulder braces, even when you are not wearing them, make you conscious of your stance throughout the day. A back adjuster can definitely help you improve slouching but it's all about what you do when you don't have it on that determine how long term the effects are. Try some of these extra exercises to help.

Improve core and back strength with appropriate weight exercises. This will help build back muscles that are needed for perfect spine alignment.

If you find yourself sitting at a desk all day, you should seriously consider purchasing a standing desk! these will give you the option to stand at times, keeping you away from the slouch position. If these are not suitable for your workplace then a large yoga ball can replace the office chair.

If you find yourself still suffering from back pain and poor posture, we recommend visiting a chiropractor. You may be suffering from such a disease as scoliosis which makes your spine curve. You will need to work with a therapist to overcome such an issue and achieve a good stance. 

We currently stock 4 main devices, they are:

Do braces work?

Muscular Imbalances arising from poor stance lead to tightening of the muscles and pains in the joints.  These conditions can be frustrating, as they may take time to heal, but with the right brace, you will feel better and further improve your spine alignment.

A lot of shirts, braces, and other enhancing devices are available, specifically designed to help you sort out your back needs. Depending on where your discomfort lies or the type of poor spine alignment you are battling, there are different braces to suit your needs.

The advancements in technology and technological gadgets have led to people spending more time with their mobile phones or bent over typing in their computers. Also, long hours at work, stress, and fatigue has led to slouching and the likes being on the rise. 

In the marketplace, there are many products and devices made available for use and exercises; all you have to do is pick the right one for you.

Shoulder braces are means of combating the rounding of shoulders or hunching of the upper backs. The body's soft muscles tend to get right across the chest when we extend our shoulders forward while sitting or standing for a long time. This results in pain or discomfort when you try to adjust or stand upright. 

A shoulder brace like the Alignshoulder brace is a useful device for ensuring good stance and eradicating cases of shoulder or joint pains. With the best spine fixer, you are expected to use it for a minimum of 15-30 minutes every day to get faster results. It pulls back the muscles and gets them in the right position to function well.

Therefore, if you are unsure as to whether a back brace for posture is a useful device for countering poor stance, then the answer is yes! Your shoulders drawback with the Alignshoulder brace, your chest lifts, and your upper arms rotate. When you wear it for about 8-9 hours per day, there are sure to be improvements as your body tissues get used to the movement. We also stock other self care tools such as acupressure mats, knee pillows, neck hammocks, back stretchers & Incense Waterfalls to help the mindAll designed to help you improve stance, while decreasing joint and muscel pain. 

Can you wear a back straightener all day?

The shoulder braces are designed mainly to improve poor stance, shoulder discomfort, and joint pains. It is compact, portable, and easy to use. Also, it is one device you can use at any given time or location. It could be at home, in your office, or even during daily workout exercises. The most important part is to ensure consistency during use to provide faster results and relief from shoulder pains.

Now, for the Alignshoulder brace, you could start wearing it for a minimum of 15-30 minutes. If by chance, you feel discomfort, pinching or pain as a result of prolonged use, then you have to remove it. It usually happens during the first few times of use, when your body has not gotten used to it. As time goes on, you can then increase the number of minutes you wear the shoulder brace, as the longer you wear it, the faster your body gets used to it. When this is regularly repeated, your body adapts to the correct posture, saves you the discomfort that arises.

Some people should not wear a back straight belt especially those with past shoulder or back injuries, however most people can benefit from wearing a posture fixer and should wear one. 

Can you sleep in a posture corrector?

Many sources claim that you can wear a posture fixer Australia while you sleep, this is something we do not recommend tho. Although devices can be worn for long periods of time, it's best to give your back muscles and spine time to rest while sleeping. Remember, as you wear the brace you are fixing your slouching and reactivating back muscles that haven't been used in a while. Sleep is a great time for your new used muscles to rest and your spine to start realigning.

The one time we do recommend wearing a back brace when sleeping is if your suffering back pain that keeps you up at night! A back band can help to combat the pain throughout the night, however, we always recommend seeking medical advice if you suffering severely. 

What are some exercises?

As effective as back braces are it's important to pair them with regular exercises that help strengthen and maintain your good posture. Stretch based activities such as Yoga can help to stop hunching and back pain from occurring in older age. Look to partake in activities that don't involve much weight or stress on the body, these include swimming, yoga and walking.

Below are three basic posture improving exercises that can be done by any age or sex

Reverse High Five

Stand tall, shoulder shrugged upwards towards your chin, then relax and let them drop slowly. Next turn your palms to face your back, swing them and try to press together as if giving a high five. Do this for 4 sets of 10 with 20 second rests in between.

Mini Cobra

Lie down on the ground on your belly, place hands flat as if about to do a pushup, now instead of pushing upwards, you place your forehead on the ground and then move it upwards slowly. During this process, you tighten your glutes, shoulder blades and back muscles, all whilst keeping your arms in the tucked pushup position. Complete this 4 x 10 times with rest in between.

Seated side bend

whilst seated raise one of your arms straight into the air. Then stretch sideways opposite of that hand so your arm goes over your head. Repeat this process slowly, placing emphasis on feeling the muscles work. Repeat the process 10 times on each side for 4 reps, no rest is required in between.