Are Modern Posture Correctors Effective?
For centuries women have used devices like corsets to improve their posture. Since the 1700s the purpose of a corset was to not only accentuate the female figure but to help a woman stand up straight. Modern technology has come a long way in the transition from corsets, which were primarily used by women, to wearable posture correctors, which can be used by anyone. The posture correctors of today are small, discreet, and invisible under clothing. They stick to your body in a comfortable and barely noticeable way, but are they effective?
Wearable technology is growing more and more common these days, with just about everyone sporting everything from fitness-tracking bands to smart watches. These are the top performers in the “wearables” market as people with a growing concern over health, grow fond of tracking their movements. As technology progresses, many things are becoming wearable, even posture correctors.
Today there are several battery-powered posture correctors that attach to your body or your clothes to detect your posture throughout the day. There are two brands that hold a decent chunk of this market. For under $100 you can purchase a device that tracks your movements using advanced software that provides comprehensive support. You can track your progress and set goals that the device helps you achieve. This data is accessible via an app you can install on any smartphone.
How does it work?
The two brands have different devices that ultimately do the same thing: read your posture and motivate you to correct it. The first brand’s device is a small sensor with two parts, one being the sensor and one being a magnet to which you sandwich an article of clothing between near your collarbone. The entire device is smaller than two inches long and less than a quarter inch thick.
Once it is properly calibrated, it detects the curvature of your upper body which is a strong indicator of your overall posture. When your spine moves out of alignment, the device delivers a gentle buzz as a reminder to straighten up. Newer models of this device also have the capability to track your physical activity such as steps taken and calories burned.
Brand 2 is a similar device that began in much the same way as Brand 1, with a crowdfunder to get it off the ground. This device, while not as discreet as the first and others, is a 4-inch long sensor that you place on the lumbar region of your back. Due to its placement, it is arguably more reliable than competing devices. This device is meant to be worn only while seated and for short periods of time, which makes it preferable to most people than keeping something on all day. The method it utilizes to improve your posture is similar to an exercise program where you “train” for 15 minutes to an hour a day based on your needs. You set and achieve daily goals to improve your posture and it provides analytics about your posture so you can see how it improves by using the device. Like the first brand, it gently vibrates when it detects slouching.
Is it effective?
Both devices have received strong, favorable feedback and support from physicians and average consumers alike. They are effective in that they train you to form better habits. The act of forming a habit, whether good or bad, takes a minimum of 21 days. To stick to a good habit like improving your posture, it may help to have a device such as these wearable sensors to remind you to correct your posture throughout the day. After a minimum of 21 days you should be able to notice that you are improving your posture without any help at all. As long as the device helps you to practice good habits, it can’t hurt.
Users who claim the devices have helped them improve posture have also stated the devices relieved back pain, as improving your posture generally lifts additional strain on your lower back. For more severe cases of back pain, you should contact the spine experts at the Marc A. Cohen Spine Institute to explore medically proven options.