Bad posture is rife in society, as many of us hunch over our PCs and smart phones for hours and hours every week. Bad posture can also originate from genetic predispositions like kyphosis, as well as from injuries. Bad posture may seem like a minor issue, especially to younger people, but it can severely impact your lifestyle in later years.
Bad posture can impact your mental state, create spinal misalignment (which could become permanently damaging), cause debilitating neck and back pain, and more. You should look into getting a posture corrector when your posture begins to cause pain or any other health issue.
Posture Correctors: Facts
The good news for people with minor posture issues is that it can be corrected with a back brace or posture corrector. It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need to find the best posture corrector for you; what works for one may not necessarily work for another. There are certain factors that should be kept in mind when using a posture corrector.
Can I Sleep with a Posture Corrector?
Posture correctors should be worn during periods when your posture is at its worst i.e. when you’re slouching at your work desk, or sweeping. It’s not recommended to sleep with it on as your back should already be supported by an orthopaedic mattress with decent back support. A back brace or posture corrector will be very uncomfortable to sleep with and may even begin to cause further issues when used while sleeping.
How Long Should I Wear a Posture Corrector?
To start with, you should wear your posture corrector between 15-30 minutes per day unless you feel like you need to and can spend more time wearing it. The posture corrector will encourage certain muscles to work harder than they have for a while, so it may be slightly uncomfortable to wear it for longer periods initially.
As your muscles in you back and shoulders strengthen, you’ll be able to wear it for longer periods. You can wear a posture corrector for a full day if necessary and physically doable. Take it off in the evening when you get home.
Posture correctors and other orthotics should be recommended by professionals for the best results. Contact us for more information and to book and appointment.