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You might have seen posture corrector advertisements on a television show or social media post. These are devices that claim to help correct posture if worn throughout the day. These devices are worn like a backpack and help pull the shoulders into a more neutral position. The manufacturers of these products claim many health benefits such as better posture, reduced pain and improved mobility. But do these devices really help? Let’s explore.
We are born with natural posture correctors which include many muscles in our upper back, such as the rhomboids, the paraspinal muscles and the trapezius muscles. These muscle help keep our body upright, reducing the forward position of the head in relation to the body.
A posture corrector uses external straps to help position the spine in the correct position. However, over time these devices can cause weakening of our postural correcting muscles, which can lead to a worsening posture over time. This phenomenon is similar to wearing a brace or a cast on an ankle for an extended period of time. The disuse of the ankle causes the surrounding muscles to weaken. After a patient is removed from a cast or a brace, they usually require rehabilitation to help strengthen the muscles and joint back to their normal state. Using a posture corrector everyday can cause similar problems. A posture corrector can cause weakening of the postural muscle, which can cause symptoms such as neck pain, upper back pain and tension headaches.
So the question arises, what is the safest way to correct your posture? Exercise and strength training are the best ways to help correct posture and reduce the chances of developing back and neck pain. Simple exercises like rows or pullups can help strengthen the muscles between the shoulder blades.
So instead of purchasing a posture corrector, try exercise. It is safer, healthier and will help you live longer.
If you or someone you know has postural pain, call our clinic today for a free consultation! Ph: 905-593-1605.
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