The desk won’t ride itself, right? At least that’s the rationale when it’s the end of the day and your back and shoulders are stiff and in pain from hunching over the computer all day. And have your shoulders always looked rolled forward like that? Could it all be due to poor posture? Do posture correctors do anything to fix that?
The human body adapts to the positions it is in most regularly. If you’re sitting hunched over at a computer all day, then the muscles in the chest are going to shorten and adapt and the muscles in the back are going to lengthen and adapt to that position. The longer this habit continues, the more time and effort it will take to correct it.
There is hope! Just as the body can adapt to poor posture, the body can also adapt to correction. This is where posture correctors come in.
Word of warning: the entire purpose of a posture corrector is to remind you to be in the correct posture on your own even when you’re not wearing it. Wearing one too often can weaken the muscles that you were trying to retrain in the first place.
So, is a posture corrector worth it? If you need the reminder to carry yourself properly and you’re committed to making a change, then yes! Of course, you’ll want to visit a physician to make sure this is the right move for you and ensure that you get a posture corrector that will help you accomplish your goals.
But first, set yourself up for success.
To get the most benefit from a posture corrector, you’ll need to have a Good Posture Routine that combines a posture corrector, commitment, exercise, and mindfulness.
First, you’ll need to find a posture corrector that fits and is comfortable. If it’s uncomfortable or poorly fitted, you could make the problem worse or end up with something you’re simply not willing to use. To ensure a proper fit and that you’re using the right style, you should consult with a medical professional.
Determine how often and for what portion of the day you’re going to wear your posture corrector. Keep in mind your typical routine and when you’re more likely to need the reminder for good posture that a posture corrector will provide.
Your poor posture isn’t just from hunching over a computer all day. It has developed over years of not maintaining the muscles required to have good posture. Adding stretches and simple exercises like the Wall Angel to your Good Posture Routine will make the road to good posture that much easier.
Also, that same medical professional who gave you advice on what kind of posture corrector to choose will also have some ideas for other exercises you can try.
Ultimately, the goal of a posture corrector is to help you build a good habit. That means when you’re wearing it, pay attention to what muscles it’s correcting. When you’re not wearing it, be aware of the bad habit you’re defaulting to and how to change your bones and muscles to be in the same position the posture corrector encourages.
So do they work? The bottom line here is that a posture corrector will work if you are willing to put in the effort to make it work. Developing bad posture took more than one long day at the computer, and it’s going to take more than wearing a posture corrector a few hours a day to fix it. But a posture corrector, along with the other building blocks to a Good Posture Routine, can get you well on your way!