You might have seen them appearing. Harnesses. Pods. The popularity of posture trainers is on the rise and, as a result, so too are our spines.
The benefits of having a good posture have long been documented. Good posture puts your body in the best possible alignment so no one part of it is overstressed. It helps improve muscle strength, digestion, breathing, sleeping and just generally makes you better (you look taller and seem more self-confident). Bad posture essentially results in pain – think lower back pain, headaches, achy joints – as your body tries to compensate using muscles, joints and bones it shouldn’t.
Summary = good posture good, bad posture bad.
We’ve been overhauling our offices here at Employment Hero. Standing desks have become deriguour and now, posture trainers or correctors have become the must have office accessory.
Posture trainers are designed to help you achieve better posture. There are two types. The old school material style braces or harnesses hold your muscles in the correct position, helping create muscle memory for a better posture.
The second type are smart wearable devices. These tend to look like a small egg that attaches to your back although they are being built into clothes now as well. These devices release a gentle pulse or noise when your posture begins to slump so you can self correct. These devices generally sync to your smartphone to monitor your posture, provide feedback and give you tips and tricks on how to improve. Over time, you develop muscle memory to help you maintain healthy posture making it less likely to fall into bad habits. .
Depending on which type of posture trainer is best suited to you, they can set you back anywhere from $30 for a traditional posture corrector to over $300 for something like posture correcting leggings or shoe insoles.
The most important question is do they work?
The jury is still out. Ultimately, it’s still about you retraining your body and you need to constantly make the conscious decision to move back into a better position. When it comes to apps that want to gamify good posture, it can be difficult to measure as sometimes you might miss your goal because you picking something off the ground or at a dinner where you want to relax (or you’ve got it off to charge) and that can wreck your good posture stats.
But one good thing is that these devices do have us thinking about our posture. Like that great aunt who always use to yell at your to think up straight. And if we’re thinking about it, then we’re likely to make a change for good.