With the best posture corrector you can quickly undo all the damage you've done to your back and neck while working from home all year. 2020 was the year in which many of us, quite understandably, let ourselves go a bit while we were locked down, and if your back's starting to complain from being hunched over a laptop on your sofa for months, a posture corrector can soon put things right.
Experts say that bad posture can be the leading cause of aches and pains, especially in your neck, shoulders and back. It can also cause more serious long-term problems for your posture, spine and your overall health. That's why one of the best posture correctors can be a good preventative measure.
There are other ways to improve your posture. A key one is to ensure you have the best mattress to provide adequate support at night, and during the day you might want to think about investing in a standing desk (or at least one of the best office chairs you can afford). But picking one of the best posture correctors is a simple, small and affordable way to start making big changes to your posture, health and even your mood.
Posture correctors include devices, vests and wearable straps designed to gradually improve your posture over time, as well as having an immediate impact on how straight you sit at your desk.
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Choosing the best posture corrector
Right now, there aren’t many different kinds of posture correctors on the market. Most of the best posture correctors are worn as straps or a kind of brace underneath your clothing. What this means is you need to figure out whether you want a slim-line posture corrector that can’t be detected under clothes or you don’t mind one that’s bulkier – this will largely depend on what you need to wear to work.
If you don’t like the idea of wearing a posture corrector, there are a few different devices that will help you address issues with your posture without having to wear them around your body. Although most of these will still need to be strapped onto your clothes or onto your chair.
The best posture correctors to buy now
Although many of the best posture correctors consist of straps or braces that you wear round your back, there are some high-tech options to consider too. One of the most popular wearable posture tech devices is the Upright GO 2 trainer. This little device is strapless and can be positioned on your back with special adhesives, and improves greatly upon the original, discontinued Upright GO. Smaller and with more built-in sensors, it will monitor your posture for up to 30 hours. If it notices your posture could do with an improvement, it’ll gently vibrate, making you more mindful of how you’re sitting.
This simple training approach is reported to have had good results. Especially because the device teams up with an app to provide a personalised training programme with goals that you need to try and hit each day.
Designed to realign your shoulder and spine while being comfortable at the same time, the Evoke Pro A300 posture corrector has a lightweight but durable design that moulds to your body and can be worn under or over clothing. With strong padded straps and breathable fabric, it provides great back support while retaining enough flexibility to allow free movement. It features an adjustable brace so that you can find the right amount of corrective force and firmness for you, and it's easy to put on and remove without assistance. And as an added extra, it also comes with an exercise band that can help you strengthen your back muscles and improve your flexibility even more.
Developed in conjunction with the London Spine Clinic, the BACK Posture Hero pulls your shoulders back and straightens your spine to get you straightened up while reducing slouching and relieving back and neck pain. It's been designed to make you aware of good posture and help break bad habits, and it's made with breathable, lightweight and comfortable materials in muted tones so that you can wear it under clothing without anyone noticing.
It goes on like a backpack and is best worn for a few hours every day for a couple of weeks; after that you should have adjusted to your new and improved posture, and can carry on without it.
Although many of us may need a rigid posture corrector in order to address years of slouching, if a posture corrector is uncomfortable or annoying to wear, we’re unlikely to keep at it. That’s why we like this simple spinal brace and posture corrector from Modetro, which you can begin wearing for just an hour at a time to build muscle memory. It consists of simple straps that loop over your shoulders and can be positioned to suit you and gradually tightened. Think of it like wearing a backpack, but without the bag part. This style means it’s likely to help gently correct your posture over time and prompt you to sit up straighter at your desk. It’s made from a lightweight and breathable material, which makes it convenient and comfortable to wear whether you’re at home or at the office and can be worn under or over your clothes.
This simple posture corrector from Marakym gradually teaches people with bad posture to sit up straighter. Not only does this make you feel more attentive, it also relieves lots of back, shoulder and neck pain. This posture corrector is one of our favourites because it comes with easily adjustable straps, has a slim design that works well under work clothes, gym clothes or just when you’re relaxing at home and is also delivered with some handy extras, including a little carry bag and kinesiology tape for sorting out other areas of your body that are in need of some adjustment.
If you wear a bra during the day, then it makes sense to find one that includes extra back support and some posture correcting. We like this back support bra from Glamorise, which has a unique cross-shaped design at the back to bring added support, as well as encourage more mindful posture. Unlike many other bras, it also has thick, cushioned straps, so as well as support it’s bringing maximum comfort and not straining your shoulders or neck either. Far too many bras bring good support but are made with thin straps that tend to dig in.
This posture corrector is much longer than many of the others on the list because it’s providing much more support from your neck to your lower back. This style of posture corrector or back brace is ideal for those who slouch a lot, are suffering from a great deal of lower back pain or are recovering from an injury and need a little more support until they can get back to full strength. The straps need to be kept tight, but they can easily be adjusted with velcro. This means that, for such a large posture corrector, it’s quite comfortable and can be worn throughout the day if you don’t mind wearing it over clothes or possibly being visible under your clothes.
If you have a problem with posture due to lower back pain, then it’s worth investing in a posture corrector specially designed for that area of your body. This back support from Clever Yellow addresses lower back pain, which is particularly important if you sit at a desk all day or you’re recovering from an injury and need a bit more support until you’re back at full strength. It has good reviews because it manages to provide a great deal of support, thanks to its tight fitting and some rods in the rear of the support, but it’s also flexible enough to move around in all day, whether you’re a driver or work at an office.
If the idea of a posture corrector that you have to wear, whether that’s a device you clip onto your clothing or straps you tie around your torso, doesn’t appeal to you then try this posture correcting alternative, which is a simple cushion design instead. All you have to do is put the Posture Wobble Cushion from BACK on your chair while you work. As you type or write or have meetings throughout the day, the design of the cushion will encourage you to improve your posture and sit up straighter for longer, all the while protecting your back and neck from hunching over. The wobble cushion is good value because it has a range of other uses. For example, you can use it to improve your core strength and to balance while standing up for simple rehabilitation exercises.
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