The following posture corrector products are intended to be used at home. Some of these are suitable while on-the-go, in the gym, when running errands, in the stadium, and other locations too.
Wondered what the different types of posture correctors for the home/ gym/ on the go are? We’ve gathered pretty much all the well-reviewed devices available to present you with an overview of what your options are.
From conventional belts to smartphone connected wearables and from cushion to a self-massage device that helps you improve your posture.
Bad posture causes
According to chiropractors and other experts there are generally three causes for poor posture.
- Muscles lacking the strength to hold correct posture.
- Limited joint mobility which reduces ones capability to maintain and move into correct posture
- Muscle tightness for the same, above mentioned reasons
When it comes to fixing poor posture there are roughly four solutions
- Regular exercise, especially the strengthening of your hip, core, and back muscles
- Being aware of your posture and actively trying to stand or stand without slumping as much as possible
- Massage therapy
- Seeing a chiropractor if necessary
Different Types of Posture Correctors for the Home/ Gym/ On The Go
Back braces are the most commonly known orthotic devices. They support and treat muscle, joint and skeletal problems. There’s two categories: soft, elastic braces and rigid, hard braces. The latter type restricts movement up to 50% and is often prescribed to treat more serious conditions such as scoliosis.
1. Lumbar brace posture corrector
Poor posture often leads to strained muscles which can cause discomfort and pain. Research indicates that lumbar support devices improve function and reduce pain. The support and compression they provide can also lead to healing to occur.
Compression on the abdomen reduces pressure on your lower back muscles, discs, ligaments, muscles and spine. This popular, low profile brace has soft, elastic backing that compresses your abdominal area which aids stabilization and promotes a forward motion of the spine.
2. Upper back brace posture corrector
It’s not just desk workers but people who stand a lot that tend to slouch too. People often only realize they have incorrect posture when pain starts to affect them.
Wearing a supportive upper back brace targets the root cause of upper back pain and will prevent kyphosis a.k.a. hunchback. It will strengthen your muscles, support weak muscles, align your shoulders and spine, thus help prevent future problems. Also available are posture correcting braces for kids to correct humpback or scoliosis.
3. Posture corrector brace and exercise tool
This brace makes you aware of when you’re slouching, as it gently pulls your shoulders back reminding you to sit or stand up straight. In addition, it offers support. Doing exercises with it helps you strengthen your core. Use it to avoid slouching, train your core, and when using tech devices.
‘Text neck’ or ‘tech neck’ may sound rather harmless but do realize your head weights about 11 lbs. What’s worse.. bending your head down to text, scroll, read or write makes it “weigh” more. Bending your head down at 50 degrees will make it feel like it weighs 50 lbs. Thus, severe strain on your neck and back ligaments ensues.
4. AlignMed posture correcting shirt
A T-shirt that improves your posture, does that actually work? Yes it does. Don’t be fooled by its discrete appearance. A dedicated brace offers actual support. A posture shirt works like a trainer. Orthotic professionals recommend it for its ability to maintain your alignment.
It works through so called “postural reminders”. By gently pulling your body to a proper position it reminds you to enhance your posture. The Alignmed posture shirt features a hook and zipper mechanism, scapular retractor straps, and a lumbar belt.
5. Self inflating travel back support pillow
Discretely take your lumbar pillow with you everywhere; the bus, work, the airplane, your car, the movies, the sports stadium. Its portability makes this a great posture corrector for those with a lower back or spine problem whose physical therapist advises them to sit tall and straight.
The Therm-a-Rest Lumbar Travel Pillow is quickly deflated by rolling it up with the valve open. Fits in a backpack, or if you roll it tightly and secure it with a rubber band it easily will fit in most purses as well.
6. Posture correcting wireless back support bra
Large breasts can negatively affect posture which may lead to back problems. A quality posture supporting bra will pull your shoulders back for correct posture. The Glamorise MagicLift posture support bra has posture-improving support bands in the back that provide extra shoulder support.
7. Desk/kitchen/car chair lumbar support pillow
With the increased time spent behind the steering wheel and poor car seat design physical complaints have risen significantly. Even though some car manufacturers now offer (optional) built-in lumbar support in new cars, overall there’s a lot to be improved.
This lumbar support pillow not only prevents slumped posture and back pain but also helps you sit up straight which improves concentration and alertness. Other benefits include; reduce fatigue, increase head motion and thus vision, and improve breathing.
8. Lumbar pillow for your bed, the couch, & seats
Many of us spend as much time in our (office) chairs as we spend lying in bed. Lumbar support for beds, however, is often overlooked.
The Back Level‘s contoured shape supports your natural spinal curve when sleeping on your back. What’s more, it provides 360 degrees of lumbar support which means it improves posture of stomach and side sleepers too.
9. Posturing correcting cervical support pillow
Sleeping on a bad bed (low quality mattress/ the wrong pillow for you) is a common cause of posture problems. Improving your posture while asleep can be one of the best things you can do for your health. If you regularly wake up with a headache or sore neck you might benefit from getting a better pillow. Back and side sleepers should get a pillow that keeps their neck in a straight line with their spine. Your neck should not go lower or higher than the rest of your spine.
If a normal quality pillow doesn’t suffice you might need a cervical support pillow like the SpineAlign pillow. A cervical neck traction pillow, as they are called as well, helps people with cervix herniated discs, pinched nerve neck problems, and those with neck and shoulder issues in general.
10. Posture reminder / sensor trainer
Whether you want to correct computer slouch or improve your posture in general, this tilt sensor can help. Upright Go is very discrete and will vibrate when you hunch too much gently nudging you to assume better posture.
However, it does buzz too when you lean forward to grab that marker or when you’re getting up from your chair. Tracking mode ensures it won’t vibrate if you lean forward too much but then there’s no real time reminders. Another unobtrusive alternative is Lumo Lift.
Cervical traction & SMR equipment
When physical obstructions are inhibiting your ability to assume correct posture you might benefit from using equipment to loosen your body up.
Cervical traction equipment works by gently pulling the head away from the neck. This allows the muscles and ligaments along the spinal cord to relax and gradually stretch.
Blood and nutrition are able to flow again to the areas that were compressed. Muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves are oxygenated resulting in less pain and increased mobility.
SMR or self myofascial release is a technique to help alleviate muscle or fascial tightness. Common tools include; Spikey Balls, the roller massager and foam roll.
1. Neck hammock posture corrector
Cervical traction is using a distraction force, i.e. pulling the head away from the neck to release compression. This form of stretching the neck is known to relieve tension headaches and neck pain, to oxygenate the body and help relax.
You can quickly wrap this portable cervical traction device around any door, desk, pole, or railing, allowing you to relief built-up tension on the spot. The Neck Hammock is very well received by those with muscle pain, who find it difficult to relax, have trouble falling asleep, who are stressed out as well.
2. The Backrelease posture corrector
Poor posture for prolonged periods of time can lead to adhered and hardened connective tissue (fascia tissue). Alternatively, strenuous physical activity as well as inactivity can cause obstructed tissue which may lead to incorrect posture. The BackRelease is specifically designed to bring back mobility to this tissue thus making it easier for you to assume proper posture.
Additionally, self myofascial release (SMR) intends to relief pain and increase mobility. Other SMR techniques include lying on tennis or medicine balls and foam rolling.
3. Neck traction collar posture corrector
This cervical brace for home use works according to the same principle. The pillow stretches the neck. Pinched nerves, herniated and bulging discs are released, thus reducing pressure and relieving pain which ultimately leads to improved posture.
4. Posturing correcting Backpod
A simple yet effective manual physiotherapy gadget to treat upper back and neck pain at home. Just by lying down. The Backpod was specifically designed to treat the huge surge in pain caused by hunching over a computer or smartphone.
It works by freeing up a tight, hunched spine. Lying on your back on the Backpod stretches the tightened collagen of the ligaments around frozen joints. Because your body weight is employed the Backpod provides a strong, specific stretch required to prevent the unlocked jammed ligaments from freezing up quickly after treatment again. Which is common after traditional, manual chiropractic treatment. Other positions are possible too as well as doing strengthening exercises.
5. Posture wedge neck posture corrector device
Do you have forward head posture (text neck)? In the long run it can cause numbness in the hands and arms, improper breathing, and chronic pain. You can do the wall test to find out if you have forward head posture. This wedge pillow trains your body to remember correct neck posture and maintain it. The Posture Wedge also helps relief existing pain and increase range of motion.
Do you slouch?
Slouching often goes unnoticed. Besides the obvious ones like desk slouching, just think about the various ways you might slouch.
Steering your car, scrolling smartphone apps, reading on a tablet, navigating Netflix on the couch, reaching forward to operate the treadmill control panel, during kickboxing. Heck you might even be subconsciously mimicking slouching role models such as celebrities like Anne Hathaway or Emma Watson.
Correct posture ensures the free flow of oxygen and blood around the body is possible. Which is one of the pillars of good health. Without healthy alignment, your body could attract disease and depression.
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Last Updated on May 25, 2020 by Tyler