If you’re sitting at a desk right now, back hunched, shoulders rounded, and neck stretched forward…
(We have some more info on signs you need a posture corrector here).
The modern sedentary lifestyle isn’t doing us any favours when it comes to posture. Spending all our time at our desks not only puts undue pressure on our joints and muscles, but it also weakens them, too – leading to skeletal and muscular imbalances, poor flexibility, and terrible posture.
It gets worse. The problems with poor posture compound over time, and can result in back pain, spinal dysfunction, and joint degeneration, among other extremely desirable symptoms.
So, what can you do?
A sit-stand desk is a good start. Taking regular active breaks. A consistent exercise routine. And, being conscious of your body when it starts to slip into unhealthy positions.
The problem with that last one is that often it goes unnoticed… especially if you are intently focused on your work.
Enter posture correctors.
What is a posture corrector?
Lightweight, discreet and effective, these simple devices are a kind of harness that give a gentle reminder when your posture needs correcting. They’re not strong enough to restrict your movement, but instead, retrain your mind and body to stand strong – without you even noticing.
It’s the simple way to activate your core muscles and fix your posture, no active correction necessary.
When your shoulders roll forward and your spine curves, the result is usually some kind of neck and back pain. The POSTURE 2.0 encourages you to keep your shoulders back and your spine straight, with comfortable, padded material.
It won’t do all the work for you. Your muscles still come into play, but this is what your body needs to strengthen and align itself over time.
The best part? You can wear it anywhere. Work towards that perfect posture by slipping on the POSTURE 2.0 under your clothes, no matter if you’re in the office, at home, or working out.
A better posture is a better you. If you use a posture corrector correctly, you can see all kinds of benefits, including an increased oxygen uptake (translated: more energy!), stronger muscles in the neck, back, shoulders and chest, and a whole lot less pain or discomfort. They are ideal for rehabilitation and recovery, or even as an aid to general stretching and pilates work.
How do I wear it?
It couldn’t be simpler.
Designed in Sweden from a collaboration of chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletes, the POSTURE 2.0 has an intelligent fit, with an adjustable back element, and comes in two unisex sizes.
The brace fits over any layer of clothing, such as a T-shirt. Once you’ve selected your desired intensity using the back element, close the velcro leash and put the device on by slipping your arms through the openings as you’d put on a jacket. The velcro straps are also adjustable, and you want to tighten your brace to about the point where two fingers fit between your shoulder and the strap. Now you can fine-tune the back brace until it’s absolutely comfy.
You should barely feel the slight pull on your shoulders – your gentle reminder to pull them back and stand up proud. If it’s uncomfortable, you may need another size.
When you’re starting out, we recommended wearing your brace for short durations – say, an hour at a time – allowing you to get used to it and your muscles to gradually get stronger. Untrained muscles are the most susceptible to injury, so don’t overdo it!
Ultimately, the goal is to wear the brace less and less, until your posture is fixed and healthy. Of course, it is designed to be a supplement, and is not a substitute for training your back muscles regularly. Both are ideal.