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Struggling with poor posture that is causing you to hunch, slouch, & roll your shoulders? Finding the best back brace for posture can help to correct alignment and prevent further damage to your vulnerable muscles and joints.There are a ton of posture correctors to chose from, but finding one to specifically meet your needs is most important. A brace works to relieve strain off the muscles and joints located in your back & neck and limits improper spine movement that causes those rolling shoulders, hunching, slouching. Here's our list of the best back braces for posture. Remember to discuss all options with your doctor when making your selection!
This is our first pick because it addresses more than one condition that contributes to poor posture, puts the feeling of support in your back and remains minimally bulky for the support it offers. This design eliminates straps and wraps around the stomach for a more comfortable fit. With it being in the back, not only does it provide relief around the stomach, it gives you a constant reminder of your posture.
This brace wraps around the shoulders right at the point where the shoulder roll initiates and pulls the shoulders back. Bad posture can have a lot to do with sitting at a computer and rolling shoulders forward, if you spend a lot of time at a desk, this may be exactly what you need. Here are some other things to love about this brace:
This is our second choice for the list of best back braces for posture because it is similar to the first brace except instead of having straps in the back, it uses a vest design. The brace is all inclusive but has a lightweight fit. This is a great for those who want the perks of the first brace but who prefer a vest instead of a strap design. Some other perks: it addresses multiple postural conditions, can be used for kids and adults, and has a 100% cotton liner. This brace is super for those with: kyphosis, lordosis, kyphoscoliosis and winged scapula. It prevents the spine from progressing through worse and worse stages of curvature too.
Aside from rolled shoulders, one of my other big posture problems is my protruding head. This brace makes the list due to it's sleek and minimal design. It can be worn at your desk, during exercise, & throughout all your daily activities. Wonderfully priced, this brace really gives you the most bang for your buck. It works to keep the shoulders back and naturally aligned and influences proper posture. Adjustable straps give a secure custom fit that doesn't loosen throughout the day. In general, this is good for those who want an upper back, shoulder and clavicle support, but can be worn simultaneously with a lower back brace for extra support. Here are some more pros & cons to this brace.
This brace is a happy medium between some of the earlier options I wrote about that wrap around the stomach and the ones that don’t put pressure on the stomach area. The straps adjust the shoulders to correct alignment. The lack of elasticity in the straps and ability to adjust allows for a custom fit that doesn't loosen. However, keep in mind brace specifically targets poor posture and lacks any lower back support.
Flexguard Support does a really great job with this brace. The comfortable design provides support for both your shoulders and lower back. Most posture correctors typically only support the shoulders and alignment. Having extra support on the lower back helps to relieve back pains and helps to naturally align your muscles and spine.
Speaking of minimalism here’s another great option without the bra feature. Plus, while it has a front strap, it sits across the bottom rib area, not your stomach, which for me, is a big plus as it avoids tight pressure across stomach region. This one is perfect for those wanting a minimalist design. The simplicity of the strap eliminates the need for beats, thick straps or wraps covering a large portion of your front or back.
With so many solid options to choose from, you might be feeling like you could benefit from some advice on what to look for in a brace other than the conditions it addresses and its pros and cons. Well, here you go! When selecting a brace, your research should include taking a look to see that the brace is:
The braces listed here are pretty good in these regards, so that should make it easier for you.
Wearing a back brace is going to give you support and protection against injury and reduce your back pain. Since a good amount of us spend quite a bit of time seated at a desk, the Mayo Clinic has developed recommended guidelines to follow that will increase the benefits of wearing the best brace for posture:
Sit properly in your chair. Sitting properly means:
Your legs are both on the floor (no crossing your legs or keeping your heels on the feet of your chair)
Your weight is evenly distributed (don’t shift your weight to one side
You keep your quads parallel to the ground. To do this, you may need to adjust the height of your chair
You look straight ahead (change the height of your computer screen to prevent looking down too much as this places a lot of strain on the neck)
Don’t keep anything in your pockets that might cause you to shift your weight unequally
Making a conscious effort to sit properly at your desk will help to improve posture and reduce back pain ( Image Reference ).
Getting up and moving around at least once every hour
Stretching often, especially your chest muscles, quadriceps, hips, and calves
Lifting heavy objects properly. Lift your legs with an engaged core, always maintaining the natural curve of your back. Don’t bend over to pick up an object, get down to its level so that you can push from your legs.
Any of the back braces listed in the article are great for work!
Posture problems aren’t just cosmetic issues related to your appearance. Not only does it contribute to unflattering body composition, poor posture can lead to some painful conditions. Be sure to discuss with your doctor all the options available to improving your posture & that wearing a brace is a safe solution for you. Bad posture is something we do to ourselves with our gadgets and constant bad habits, try your best to be consciously aware of how you're holding yourself. All the braces we've included are ideal for posture while some go even further to supporting your lower back. Compare which ones are right for you and always consult with your doctor :)
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