“Glueing” us to our couches for more than a year, the global pandemic has made our lives much less mobile than ever before. To top it off, work from home practices and reliance on digital media increased our sit down periods even longer, bringing massive changes in posture, from sit-to-walk periods regularly to sit-sit periods most of the time.
Sitting long working hours at the home desk doing zoom time and then slouching over our phones at rest time scrolling through social media became the norm. Under these conditions, we formed a “shoulder rounding up and weight of heads on neck leaning forward” posture to compensate for hours of prolonged sitting, causing even more severe neck and back pain as our postures started a self-deterministic result.
Poor posture is something to be taken seriously as it causes a “Domino effect” where the weakest body area will be negatively affected by created bad habits. For instance, if our neck muscles are weaker than our back muscles, our neck will be compensating the discomfort in our back by moving forwards, away from the right posture alignment in order to compensate for more discomfort chewing at our back muscles.
This eventually leads to neck problems.
So if one problem leads to another, what should we fix first?
We should try to fix our back issues first before it gets to our neck.
Because the desire to get rid of an annoying discomfort or pain that lingers in the back is normal. The reason for bad back pain is often due to bad posture. Progressing over time, the habitual changes cause structural changes in the spine whereby the muscles which are often in hypertonus state progressively adapt themselves to keep our back in a newly learnt painful position.
Therefore let’s fix our back posture first…because our physical states are a result of bad habits developed over time…slouching causes back problems which in turn causes neck problems over time.
So what’s the fix?
The Right Posture Corrector
They are often recommended for people with mild cases of posture misalignment before the issues get any worse. There are various Posture Correctors/Braces that when used correctly, can gradually correct posture, help to get rid of annoying back pain and discomfort and avoid progressive neck issues.
Posture correctors create a great deal of impact on correction and alignment of the spine, retraining one’s muscles to stay in the right position with proper formation of muscle memory while supporting good posture. Depending on which part of our back is affected, there are different types of posture correctors to provide different back coverage and support to meet one’s posture correction needs.
For instance, if your problem is a bent neck and slouching shoulders, then upper back posture correctors is something that can help you. However, if pain is a hunch in the lower back, such as that affecting the lumbar section, then you may need to consider a longer coverage device with stronger support which usually comes with internal support splints.
One has to use posture correctors with precaution though, as wearing them for longer than a few hours may risk the weakening of essential muscle and memory, where physical activity is supposed to provide stimulus needed to support a toned body but instead muscles may now start developing reliance on a device.
Posture correctors/braces are therefore great devices developed to provide short term support. While posture correctors and braces can really help you remove back discomfort and encourage correct posture, one must keep in mind that they are meant only for short term corrective use and not as a long term solution for propping up the body.
Your muscles need stimulation to keep them strong. Therefore, start using posture correctors from 10-15 mins a day and gradually build up the wearing time to give your body time to adapt to the device. Additionally, incorporating exercises such as yoga, weights and stretching can improve back muscles and keep your spine decompressed and essential in getting your back on track!
There are different types of posture correctors:
1) Upper back support
2) Full back support
3) Inflatable types
4) Heated and massaging types
With the vast variety of posture correctors on the market, it is sometimes hard to choose which one suits you better. At Egoreal, we have selected a few options to provide you upper back as well as full lower back support. To see how our posture correctors can suit your needs, please review each one of them by looking at the reviews and product descriptions:
Posture Correction & Back Support
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