Does Buying an Upper Back Brace Help with Bad Posture?
Buying an upper back brace is not as easy as fitting a shirt and purchase it immediately once the shirt is in your size. There are many factors to consider before you can say that a particular back brace is the right one for you.
Your commitment to wearing the brace. Before you buy a back brace, you must be sure that you can commit in wearing it for a few months because correcting a posture especially a really bad posture, can take a while to be successful. If you think you’re not ready to wear straps under your clothes for a few minutes every day, then it may not be a good idea for you to buy it only to stop using it after a week.
The brace’s weight. Since you are to wear the brace every day, it is convenient to choose one that’s lightweight or weighs less than a pound. All products mentioned above weigh not more than half a pound for your comfort.
Breathability. Even if you live in a usually cold place, you may still want to choose a back brace with breathable materials so it won’t get too hot under your thick clothes when you wear it every day.
Hypoallergenic. The common complaint users have in using a back brace is its tendency to get itchy on the skin. Be sure that you choose a product with a hypoallergenic material such as the Leramed Posture Corrector to avoid too much sweating and irritation of the skin.
Washable. You may not want to get a back brace that can’t be washed because obviously, it would be unhygienic to wear a brace that’s smelly and itchy on the skin. It’s not necessary that the brace is machine washable since it is not recommended to be washed at high intensity to keep the materials from wearing off.
What is the Difference Between a Posture Corrector and a Back Brace?
A back brace is not different from a posture corrector because a back brace is commonly used for posture correction as well as to treat other back problems. These names can be confusing sometimes because manufacturers use it in advertisements with different terms.
An upper back brace is sometimes called clavicle brace, posture corrector, posture brace, clavicle support, or posture support and these terms are often used interchangeably. Nevertheless, its usage is normally to correct posture and to treat upper back problems.
How Does an Upper Back Brace Work?
Bad posture result from sedentary lifestyles and when the muscles that hold the joints in place are distorted. The muscle groups in the back area are either to lose or too tight and some work in an overactive or underactive manner. Back brace is used to treat this imbalance by stretching the overactive muscles and strengthening the loose or weak muscle groups.
But not in the sense like an inversion table stretches the body.
This work of any high-quality upper back brace and makes it sometimes uncomfortable to use especially when it is your first time as it deeply constraints the upper back and put it in the right position.
How Often Should I Wear an Upper Back Brace?
The recommended time to wear a back brace is 1 to 2 hours per day for the first week and 20 to 30 minutes per day during the succeeding weeks. However, if your posture is close to severe, you can increase this duration according to your needs but it is not recommended that you wear it 24/7.
You must let your body breathe and take a rest. You can combine using a back brace with either a neck massager or a back massager cushion for back pain.
Is It Safe to Wear an Upper Back Brace While Sleeping?
No. It is not suggested that you wear a back brace while you are sleeping or even during just sitting and not doing anything. Back braces work best if you are doing your daily activities since it helps the back system get back to its proper position when active.
Can I Wear a Back Brace while Working Out?
Yes. You can definitely wear a back brace while you are working out but there are some precautions to keep in mind.
- Be sure that you don’t wear the brace too loosely to avoid getting stuck on the gym equipments.
- Use a hypoallergenic upper back brace to avoid irritation due to sweating.
- Remove the brace after working out and don’t let your sweat dry while still using it.
- Wash the brace after working out so your skin won’t get irritated on the next day.
Does a Back Brace Restrict Movements?
Yes. A back brace can actually restrict your movements as what they are made to do.
It is not recommended that you wear one while performing a task that requires a full range motion such as operating heavy machinery, driving, lifting, or dancing.
Can I Wear an Upper Back Brace Underneath My Clothes?
You can actually wear a back brace directly on the skin if you only have to wear it for a few minutes. But it is highly advisable that you wear it on the top of an inner cloth before you wear your casual clothing to avoid your skin become irritated or to hide the brace when you are going on a public place.