Posture Corrective Braces – How Do They Work?

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Posture Corrective Braces

Posture corrective braces are essentially specially designed garments, providing muscular support and alignment to the upper body, correcting posture, ensuring that the back stays correctly straight and preventing misaligned posture to take place. When wearing a posture corrective brace, the upper body should be noticeably more stable and rigid, with the brace supporting good movement, while preventing bad posture, which can lead to discomfort or injury.

The different types of brace are designed to support different muscle groups, where bad posture is caused by a number of positional factors. For instance, some posture corrective braces support the muscles around the spine that are stressed while sitting for prolonged periods at a desk or hunched over a computer.

Other braces are formulated more to support muscle groups that are weakened in individuals who are tasked with carrying heavy objects, those who walk for distances pushing or pulling trolleys or other repetitive work-related tasks that can weaken or stress muscle groups around the upper body.

Posture corrective braces work by adding rigidity to your back muscles and strengthening the core of the body to keep the spine properly aligned. By doing so the brace prevents misalignment and therefore gives relief to some of the pressure points placed on shoulders, neck, upper and lower back muscles, as well as the abdominal and rib areas.

This has the affect of correcting posture and correctly redistributing the burden of movement with extra weight or sitting in an unnatural position for extended lengths of time, greatly reducing the likelihood of injury or sustained pain.

Posture corrective braces can be used to correct posture where the user has already encountered problems arising from the position they work in or from a repetitive physical act, but they can also be used as a preventative and proactive tool to protect against stress or damage to the muscles while exercising, working or sitting at a desk. They can prevent the posture from becoming unbalanced and help to prevent pain and injury before they occur.

They can be worn all the time during the circumstances that posture becomes under stress, as a support and treatment for an existing condition or as and when symptoms occur and when discomfort is felt.

While posture corrective braces work to bring support to muscles in the upper body that need them, they are no complete alternative for some conditions that may need physical therapy, chiropractic care or other medical attention. Therefore, the type of brace and the usage of the posture brace are always best recommended by a doctor or other healthcare professional.