Why Posture Correctors Work so Well
Do you suffer from back pain, stiffness, or self-consciousness because of posture?
Bad posture can stem from an injury, bad habit, or genetic predisposition, but with time, effort and the right tools, it can be corrected. Everything from your sitting position, your ability to live an active lifestyle, and your emotional state can be negatively impacted by poor posture. Incorrect posture and alignment creates muscular imbalances, which can lead to further imbalances below the upper body.
Muscular imbalances are caused by a variety of factors and lead to tightness in certain areas and weakness in other areas.
With a growing percentage of our population working in office jobs (infamous for creating computer hunching induced "tech neck") posture is something that is growing in public awareness.
There are a lot of products in the posture marketplace; everything ranging from different exercises to products like posture correction shirts and braces, but the most important thing is to find something that is comfortable that you can wear on a regular basis.
Our posture correctors at Fit Feeler counteract our tendencies to round shoulders and hunch. When we sit with our shoulders forward for extended periods of time, the soft muscle tissues get tight across your chest. If your posture is chronically in a bad position, it feels strained to hold your shoulders back or to stand up straight. Your back gets rounded and shoulders go forward. Below is a picture of the incorrect and correct postures. When wearing a posture brace your muscles get pulled back to what used to be your natural position. Even 15-30 minutes a day can help alleviate those muscles and get you back on track to having the natural posture you strive for.
For the tissues in the front of your chest, like your pec(chest) muscles, they’re actually going to adapt to this position and they're going to shorten. Your back muscles are going to lengthen and become too long. What happens when they've adapted this way is those shortened muscle tissues are going to make it really hard to get out of that position and go into a better postural position.
This is because you're always going to be fighting tension formed by bad posture.
A posture brace is the best tool to help you get started on the journey of achieving your best posture.
That's the principle of tissue adaptation. Your body basically does whatever you hold for a long period of time. Your body will adapt to the position you stay in the longest day after day. In a brace, you're stretching the shortened chest muscles, and encouraging your back muscles to contract. We can adapt to a bad position or we can adapt to a good position. It really just comes down to which position you're in the most.
So if you're still wondering, do posture correction braces or shirts actually work?
The short answer to that is yes! Try a brace for just a few minutes and you will feel the difference.