Comparing The Best Posture Correctors
1) Posture breeds confidence; and
2) Changing your posture is a one-time thing.
You might have heard that posture is a key indicator of self-confidence. But did you know that many of our posture habits are formed early on in life? Those teenage days of rounded shoulders and head-hanging never truly leave our muscle memory–unless we pay attention to it.
Most posture correctors aim to do precisely this: they help you pay attention to good posture. I think of it as fixing a bad habit. And one of the best things I learned in psychology was that most habits can be changed in just a couple of weeks.
Here, I’ll talk about some of the things that make a good posture corrector stand out from the crowd. I review my top 4, then check out my Buyer’s Guide. There I discuss how to choose the best posture corrector and answer your FAQ.
|Upright GO Posture Trainer Review||0.96 ounces||You can wear this all day.||/5||Check Price|
|Andego Back Posture Corrector Review||4 ounces||Eventually all day (30-40 minutes per day for the first week)||/5||Check Price|
|Flexguard Back Brace Posture Corrector Review||11.2 ounces||2 hours x 3-4 times per week||/5||Check Price|
|TOMIYA Figure 8 Posture Corrector Review||Unspecified||15-20 minutes a day during the first week, then work up to 3 hours daily.||/5||Check Price|
Choose Your Budget:
My best pick is a simple design with a strong hold. I love how flexible it is to different body types and the fact that it doesn’t need any fancy equipment.
Best Posture Trainer
My best trainer pick goes to Upright GO, who have come up with something pretty neat. Most posture correctors use the tension of straps to physically keep you in line, but not all. Some manufacturers are taking a more advanced approach to posture training. For the moment, more advanced also means more expensive (sorry wallet!). But I think this will be the direction of future posture correctors.
Best Full Back Support Brace
My best quality choice is a sturdier selection. This full support back brace may not be necessary for the average posture problems, but it’s great for more serious cases.
TOMIYA wins my best at home option, for its Figure 8 Posture Corrector. A comfortable, simple design, the Figure 8 is perfect for wearing around the house (and if you’re game, at the office).
How To Choose The Best Posture Corrector
The Definitive Buyer’s Guide
How To Choose The Best Posture Corrector
There are two good questions to ask upfront, when choosing a posture corrector:
1) Why are you using a posture corrector? And
2) When and where do you plan on using it?
Answers to the first question could be anything from wanting to boost your self-confidence with a better posture, to relieving chronic back pain. For serious posture issues and back pain, I would suggest a sturdier posture corrector or full support brace. These are typically worn over the clothes, and shouldn’t be worn as often as lighter posture correctors.
For general posture improvement, you can take your pick. The typical posture corrector will come with straps, and it will be about finding a device that is comfortable to your body and needs.
To extend on the second question: do you want to use the posture corrector just at home, or at the office? Now, maybe you couldn’t care less about how you look and will wear a full back brace to work all-day. But if you’re worried about wearing a posture corrector at the office, try finding a more discrete device. Strapless options are perfect for this, although they tend to be more expensive. For daily office use, many lightweight posture correctors can be worn under the clothes without sticking out too much.
Then again, if you just want to wear it at home, you may have a little more flexibility in product choice. Some of the sturdier models will give your back and shoulders more support, but are required to be worn over your clothes.
All this talk about how to pick one: but let’s go back to basics.
What Is A Posture Corrector?
Posture correctors (sometimes called posture braces) are a relatively new approach to fixing back problems and posture. The idea is simple: keep your spine aligned with some gentle tension and support. Posture correctors adjust to bring your shoulders back in line with your spine. This serves two functions:
1) It takes some pressure off the muscles in your back which hold good posture; and
2) It reminds your body to keep your head up and relieves long-term shoulder and back pain.
Posture correctors are actually consider medical devices, due to how they can benefit your health. This ranges from alleviating cases of chronic back pain to generally improving mood and mindset. While many people wear a posture brace for the physical changes to their musculature and spine, that’s not the only reason.
So Why Should You Wear A Posture Corrector?
There is a bigger selling point for posture correctors than relieving back pain:
Having studied psychology, I can tell you that body language is more important than we might give credit for. By entering a room with your shoulders back, head up and standing tall, you will immediately make an impression. According to a 2017 study titled, ‘Job Talks and Interviews: How to Stand Out and Fit in’, presentation is a key success indicator. Specifically, they say that ’adopting good posture
You might have thought that you’re just simply not that guy or gal. You don’t walk with your head up because it’s not your thing. You’re more comfortable walking with your shoulders hunched. Or maybe you have an existing back problem, and don’t think you can make the change.
Fortunately, posture is mostly a matter of habit. It’s widely accepted that we can change a habit within just two weeks–posture is no different. Many of the posture problems we have were developed a long time ago. Say, back in high school when you didn’t have so much confidence. I used to have a fringe and wear my shorts way down over my knees, but I don’t do that anymore. Why should I keep slouching, too?
The point is, posture can be changed. Unfortunately, just being told to pull your shoulders back once a week probably won’t do it. This is where a posture corrector can step in and do some of the work for you.
Along with applying some tension to pull your shoulders and spine into place, it serves as a good reminder when you wear it. Whenever your body wants to slouch, the brace will keep you in place or remind you to correct. This also serves to promote muscle growth in areas which you may not reach in the gym. Some of the smaller muscles and tendons which keep good posture in the shoulders and back are impossible to hit on the bench press!
How Long Should I Wear My Posture Corrector?
This will vary, but generally speaking: as long as is comfortable. Depending on the person, you may be able to jump right in and wear it for a few hours at a time. If you plan on using the brace to fix existing back pain, then you may want to start slow. Some manufacturers recommend a fifteen minute break-in period. This means for the first few days only wearing it fifteen minutes at a time, and usually just once a day. Then, once your muscles start to get used to it, you can extend the time at will.
Like most things, I would lean on the side of caution. There’s no rush with this. It’s the same as getting a new gym routine. I want to go all out on the first day; then I kill myself and have no motivation to continue. Posture correctors are a long-term project, and I would recommend starting slow and letting your body adjust to the change. When you are ready, I would suggest investing in finding the best posture corrector for you. That way you can be confident in your choice.
*If you feel any pain while wearing the brace, take it off. The process shouldn’t be a painful one. You may feel a little uncomfortable or awkward at first–this is fine. But pain is no good when it comes to posture, since it probably means something is out of line.
Once you are comfortable with your posture corrector, most brands recommend wearing it 3-4 times a week for a few hours at a time. You can do this at home, at the office, or even while you work out. In fact, I’m starting to see more and more of these devices in the gym when I work out. Particularly for exercises like the barbell squat, posture is key and people are starting to use posture braces to help out. It’s great!
Do Posture Correctors Work?
To be answered in a separate post.
How To Make A Posture Corrector?
You might be surprised how many people ask me how to make their own posture corrector. While I’m sure it’s possible (I’ve actually seen some handy self-made ones online) my advice is to go with something that works. When it comes to posture, you don’t really want to be messing around with it. It may sound harmless, but pulling your shoulders into place with a homemade elastic band could actually do some damage. If you have posture problems, I suggest investing in a professionally made device.
Are Posture Correctors Any Good?
There is plenty of research out there which suggests that braces can definitely help to improve poor posture (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3554027/). However, it’s best to think of these devices as training assistants. They’re not miracle workers. It’s all about training your muscles to remember and handle good posture–so that you can eventually walk around without the brace.
How Long Should I Wear A Posture Corrector?
When it comes to daily use, it’s best not to wear it for much longer than a few hours each day. In the long-term, ideally you should be able to make significant changes to your posture within a couple of months. I would suggest using your posture corrector until you feel comfortable in good posture without it. This may take a couple of years, but it will be worth it!
Which Posture Corrector Is Best?
It depends on your specific needs. For office-use, you might want something strapless or that you can wear under your clothes. For more information on how to choose a posture corrector, click here.
How To Use A Posture Corrector?
Using a posture corrector is pretty simple, and no: you don’t need help putting them on. The main thing is to adjust your posture corrector to fit your specific body size. That will be the hardest part, then it’s a matter of wearing it regularly and letting your muscles adapt to the changes.