What is a Posture Corrective Brace?

A posture corrective brace is a device you can wear to help your overall posture support. They work best for people with mild to moderate posture problems and are best combined with an effective exercise and strength building program. We recommend you consult your physician or physical therapist before using a posture brace or before starting an exercise program. With that out of the way, let’s learn more about a posture corrective brace.

A standard posture brace is made of various materials (mostly polyester and nylon) and uses a criss cross design in the back so that the straps can go over your shoulders. The front has a hook and loop closure or velcro. The straps may need to be shortened after a proper fitting. Many braces have a moisture absorbing pad in the back for extra comfort and wearability. Depending on the specific type or model, some extend farther down the torso in an attempt for extra support. In general, we favor ones that stay in the upper body so it feels less bulky.

The corrective brace works to keep your posture more upgright by pulling your shoulder blades back (closer together) and providing support in the upper back area. It needs to be fitted properly (straps are adjustable) so circulation is not cut off from your arms or shoulders.

Most posture corrective braces can be worn both over and under clothing – this is convenient for users who would like to wear it on and off during the day. People have gotten good results wearing them at night as well. They do tend to be a bit bulkier than a posture bra, however.

They tend to be more popular with men than women, since women have the easier option of just purchasing a posture bra (and also avoiding the need to wear two undergarments). Overall, they work similar to other posture support devices but can provide more support.

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