Are you tired of constantly feeling discomfort due to poor posture? Do you find yourself slouching more often than not? If you answered yes, you're not alone! The prevalence of poor posture is on the rise and can have negative impacts on your physical health and wellness. But don't fret! There are solutions to improve your posture and alleviate any related problems. In this article, we'll be exploring the question on everyone's mind: "Do posture correctors work?" and comparing it with posture therapy to find the best solution for you. So, let's dive in!
Posture is more than just standing or sitting up straight - it's about the way you move and hold yourself throughout the day. Good posture means that your body is properly aligned, allowing your muscles and joints to work effectively and without strain. On the other hand, poor posture can cause a wide range of issues such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and even affect your breathing, digestion, and circulation. It's no wonder you're reading this article, as you likely understand the importance of taking care of your posture. After all, it's a key factor in your overall health!
What Are Posture Correctors?
Posture correctors are wearable devices designed to help improve your posture. They come in many forms, including shoulder and back braces, straps, and shirts. The idea behind posture correctors is that they help train your body to maintain a better posture by providing support to your muscles and joints.
Do Posture Correctors Work?
Now, the million-dollar question: Do posture correctors work? As you might expect, it depends on the individual’s condition of bad posture and the type of corrector used. Some found them helpful in improving their posture, while others did not. But they can be useful in the short term by providing support to your muscles and joints, which can help you maintain better posture. However, they should not be relied upon as a long-term solution to poor posture as they have their downsides.
The Benefits of Posture Correctors
If you're looking for a quick fix, posture correctors do come with some benefits in the areas of improved posture, reduced pain and discomfort, increased confidence, and improved breathing.
The Drawbacks of Posture Correctors
But, like everything, posture correctors do come with some drawbacks. They can be uncomfortable to wear causing discomfort, restrict movement, and can be pricey. They also do not focus on the whole body as necessary. For example, a posture corrector's straps may hold the shoulders back and stretch the chest muscles, but not necessarily correct forward head posture or anterior pelvic tilt. Or, a posture trainer biofeedback gadget (like the UprightGo) may cue you to maintain an upright position in your upper body but not affect your valgus knees.
The Limitations of Posture Correctors: A Client Example
At Activ8 Posture, we often encounter clients who are experiencing postural issues beyond the scope of what even the best posture correctors can address. Take, for instance, a recent client who came to us with complaints of lower back pain and poor posture. Upon examination, we discovered that the root cause of their problem was actually a dysfunction in their hips and feet, causing a chain reaction of poor alignment throughout their body.
While a posture corrector may have temporarily relieved their rounded shoulder blades and upper back slouch, it would not have addressed the underlying issue in their hips and feet. This is because posture braces only focus on the trunk and shoulder position, leaving out other critical areas contributing to poor posture.
This client's experience is a prime example of why posture therapy, such as the personalized program offered at Activ8 Posture, is a more effective solution for addressing posture dysfunctions. Our approach involves a comprehensive assessment of your whole body and a customized program to strengthen the muscles and joints necessary for optimal posture and pain relief.
Don't let the limitations of posture correctors prevent you from achieving better posture and a pain-free life. Contact Activ8 Posture today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how our posture therapy program can benefit you.
What Is Posture Therapy?
Now, let's move on to posture therapy. Posture therapy, like Activ8 Posture's program, is a form of corrective exercise therapy designed to help improve your posture. After sitting down to discuss your limitations or concerns, your whole-body posture and function are assessed, and a customized plan is made for you. You're then taken through a series of exercises and stretches designed to realign your body, strengthen your muscles, and improve your balance and range of motion.
How Does Posture Therapy Work?
Posture therapy works by addressing the underlying causes of your poor posture, such as weak muscles, tight muscles, and poor flexibility. By balancing and strengthening your muscles, improving your alignment, and increasing your functional range of motion, individualized posture therapy helps you maintain better posture in the long run. (Video)
The Benefits of Posture Therapy
Posture therapy has many benefits beyond posture correction, including reduced pain, improved flexibility, improved strength and endurance, better circulation, improved breathing, and many more. With individualized posture therapy, exceptional cases and special orthopedic conditions such as scoliosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, etc., are treated uniquely.
The Drawbacks of Posture Therapy
But, let's be real. While extremely valuable, posture therapy isn't for everyone. It can be time-consuming, expensive, and requires commitment and dedication.
Which Option Is Right for You?
So, which option is right for you? Well, that depends on your individual needs and preferences. As a short-term solution to improve your posture, posture correctors may be a good option to try. However, if you're looking for a long-term solution that addresses the root causes of poor posture and looks at your whole body, posture therapy is the better option.
Tips for Improving Your Posture
Regardless of the option you decide on, here are some tips you can follow to improve your posture. Sit up straight with your shoulders relaxed and your feet flat on the ground. Take regular breaks from sitting to stretch and move around. Avoid slouching or hunching over your computer or phone. Use a supportive and adjustable chair with ergonomic lumbar support. And last but not least, consider incorporating posture exercises into your daily routine.
In conclusion, while poor posture can have a negative impact on your health and well-being, there are ways to improve it! Both posture correctors and posture therapy can be effective depending on your individual case, posture therapy is the better long-term solution that addresses the root causes of poor posture. By incorporating posture exercises into your daily routine and considering posture therapy, you can improve your posture and benefit your total health. So, let's get rid of slouching and cheers to better posture!
Can posture correctors be worn all day?
It's not recommended to wear posture correctors all day as they can restrict movement and lead to muscle weakness. It's best to use them in moderation and in conjunction with posture exercises.
How long does it take to see results from posture therapy?
The results of posture therapy vary from person to person, though many report feeling relief within the first sessions. For musculoskeletal changes and achieving correct posture, most people start to see improvements in their posture holding for long periods of time within a few weeks.
Is posture therapy covered by insurance?
It depends on your insurance policy. Check with your provider to see if posture therapy is covered. We can provide you with a Superbill to submit to your insurance company. FSA and HSA are commonly accepted.
Are there any exercises to avoid if you have poor posture?
Yes, when you have poor posture, it's common that some exercises will put extra strain on your muscles and joints, worsening your posture problems. And, depending on how bad your posture is, you may be limited to specific exercises until you're not compensating to compound the problem. In general, it's best to avoid exercises that involve rounding your shoulders or hunching over, such as sit-ups or crunches. Instead, focus on exercises that first realign your body, and then strengthen your core muscles, pelvis, and back muscles while maintaining proper posture. Get help from a posture therapist for best results.
Can posture therapy help with other health issues besides my posture?
Yes, improving your posture has a number of benefits that positively impact other health issues, such as reducing chronic pain, improving breathing, circulation, and digestion, and even boosting confidence and mood. By addressing the underlying causes of poor posture, posture therapy can help to improve your health in many ways.