Posture Brace

Who Else Wants to Improve their Posture to Better their Physical Appearance, Build a Healthy Strong Back and in turn Prevent Spinal Degeneration and Nerve Root Injuries? 

At Last! You can truly learn how to carry your spine in proper alignment with the aid of a posture brace to target those problem areas that are giving you muscle strain.
If you find yourself suffering from back or neck pain after a day at work or are trying to rebuild your back from a new or old injury, learning to correct your posture is an important part of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

It is most important for every layperson to become educated in Musculoskeletal Disorders and how to prevent them when they are young. Personally I wish I had this knowledge when I was in my early twenties because at the age of 26 I developed a “silent” injury in my lower back that developed into debilitating pain and weakness on and off for over a year.

It is a most frustrating experience to have a back injury and go through different treatments over months to finally find what works. This is why proper diagnosis is important from the start, and a lot of the time doctors can give you the wrong diagnosis if they are not thorough enough.


Musculoskeletal Injury from Poor Posture

A Musculoskeletal Disorder or Injury is any injury involving the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves of the spine or any other part of the body. The injury can range from a discomfort, minor aches and pains, or a more serious medical condition like an entrapped nerve root by a bulging disc in the spine like I had.

Most Musculoskeletal Disorders, especially those of the spine, are recognized to be as a result of an accumulation or combination of generally five things:

  1. Poor Posture
  2. Faulty body mechanics
  3. Stressful living and working conditions
  4. Loss of flexibility
  5. Decline in general level of physical fitness 
This basically mean that old age is not the real cause of back pain and osteoarthritis, it is a person’s lifestyle. Better your lifestyle and you will age gracefully.

“Better your lifestyle and you will age gracefully”

Months and years may pass before this poor lifestyle or body habits actually result in a spinal disorder. The problem develops over time due to one’s lifestyle long before an acute episode happens.

So what is a healthy lifestyle? What to do to get a lasting cure?… Basic education on spinal anatomy and restoration of normal posture, strength, flexibility and fitness.


Should I Use A Posture Brace?

The one fear of using a posture brace, and it is only one, is the potential to weaken your muscles if used improperly. The easy solution to this is to engage your muscles. Your posture brace is not there to do all the work for you, its purpose is to remind you to maintain proper posture throughout the day on your own by gently pulling you when you go out of alignment. Over time the goal is to build the strength of your postural muscles and habituate them to comfortably keep you always in alignment.

It is important to correct forward head posture and hunched over shoulders because this puts too much stress on the spine in one direction and sets you off balance and creates uneven weight distribution. Chronic forward head posture causes a strain on the ligaments and muscles in the upper back and cervical (neck) spine. The symptoms can be generalized, non-specific pain in the neck and upper back, headaches and occasional referred pain into the arms.

“A posture brace will right away begin to teach you to roll your shoulders back and make it uncomfortable to hunch over so in turn, you will make the effort to sit straight.” 

When the head is held in the forward head position for hours at work or at home when working on the computer or when using a smart phone, there is a considerable amount of weight and tension put on the base of the neck. Normally, the spine should act as a weight bearing column and simply transfer the weight of the head to the base of the cervical spine, but with forward head posture the head becomes a heavier burden to the upper back as shown in the image below.


Over time this bad habit abnormally shortens the muscle and tendons in front of the spine and lengthens the ones in the back and as a result, proper posture is hard to assume and actually feels awkward to maintain naturally. A posture brace will right away begin to teach you to roll your shoulders back and make it uncomfortable to hunch over so in turn, you will make the effort to sit straight.

About: Regina Rain (7 Posts)

Keen fascination with biology and neurology with over five years working as a medical technologist at various hospitals. I truly believe that learning about the body, its functioning, and how disorders occur lends to greater power and self control over your own personal health. Doctors and specialists are basically tools we have for information and guidance but ultimately you are your own doctor and we all need to take the initiative to better our lives and seek out what will help us.

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