By definition, a posture brace is a wearable external device designed to augment posture problems that may have occurred due to medical conditions such as abnormal spinal development and other injuries. It is made up of a main back support that works as a guide that exerts pressure to the spine preventing it from bending forward. There are many types of posture braces: standard posture braces are made out of soft nylon straps and are worn over the shoulders. They work by pressing your thoracic spine in the middle of your back and make your shoulders retract causing your upper spine and neck to straighten while your chest pushes outwards. Support bands and belts are worn on the lower back or lumbar spine thus prevents hunching over especially when lifting heavy objects. Posture bras are women by women who have bust-related posture issues and posture shirts on the other hand are made out of an elastic material and compress muscles helping in muscle compression and discretion.
How Does It Work?
With an improper or bent trunk, your manner of movement is reduced in relation to the overall efficiency of the body. Consequently, blood circulation is slowed down as the vessels are constricted around a certain point causing insufficient oxygen supply to the brain and fatigue because your muscles are undergoing tremendous stress from handing weight. The best posture brace helps to put pressure in the correct points of the lower and upper back can help develop the back muscles and the spine to handle the tension, reducing the chances of pain developing and eventually result to a straighter posture. Additionally, most people who have used posture braces discovered that their stamina had generally increased as well as their overall efficiency over their daily activities.
Having said that, you should be adding specific exercises into your daily routine as well:
Importance of Good Posture
Good posture generally improves physical appearance- standing up straight and tall around people makes you look slimmer and in a big way adds to your inner and outer confidence. As slouching posture deprives blood flow, good posture reverses that by promoting blood flow and preventing heart issues. With sufficient oxygen supply to your body, more food can be respired increasing energy levels consequently leading to weight gain and lethargy. With bad posture, comes severe head and neck pains, which good posture practices completely alleviates due to reduced tension in this areas. Again, because of bad posture, one may feel some numbness in the limbs or cause impaired bladder or bowel control. Good posture easily cures this. As well, good posture promotes good physical health and as proven by research from the San Francisco State University, it prevents depression. The reason is that there is a direct link between bad posture and depression. In all these cases, doctors have recommended the use of posture braces until the point where the muscle memory and habit has been achieved. From then on, one is advised to stop using the device or at least use it less frequently.