Posture supports have become increasingly popular nowadays as they allow the user to hold correct posture at all times, with very little effort. With poor posture becoming more and more prevalent amongst younger people, this leads to back and neck conditions, and general pain to begin from a younger age. We’re going to explain why you should only be considering using a posture support under very few circumstances, and the reasons why.
Posture supports may seem like a great idea, and they are in theory, but ongoing use of them can be detrimental to your body’s natural strength and muscle integrity. Many younger people nowadays are beginning to experience poor posture due to their activities during the day. Increased social media networking on phones, playing of video games, sitting on the sofa or in bed watching Netflix or YouTube, all of these are commonly done for multiple hours during the day, and if they’re not done with correct posture, can all gradually be a cause of back or neck pain. ‘Tech Neck’ has become a real problem due to the constant use of mobile phones and poor posture at the office or at home causing a classic forward bend in the neck. Looking down at your phone, sitting hunched over or leaning forward at your desk, laying in bed or on the sofa with your head propped up as you watch TV, these are all activities that can really alter your posture in a detrimental way. Symptoms can often include tight muscles in the shoulders and upper back, back pain, neck pain, and frequent headaches as a result of the blood vessels and nerves at the back of the neck being compressed from your head position. Long-term, bad posture can cause muscles in the body to become weak and short, making it even more difficult to adopt correct posture, as once your body as adapted the muscles can become fatigued much quicker so cannot hold a correct posture for long without causing pain or aching.
Pain When Correcting Your Posture
Furthermore, if you have difficulty maintaining a posture beyond that muscle fatigue and aching pain, say for example you have a back injury, then trying to maintain correct posture may well cause you a significant amount of pain. Reaching for a posture support at this point is not going to actually pinpoint or target the underlying problem. If you spine is in the wrong position, or you have a back injury, the support will not fix that, and as soon as you take it off, your body will revert back to an abnormal position. If you do reach for a support, this will also get worse over time as your muscles become even weaker.
If the support is a lumbar back support, as opposed to one that supports the upper back and shoulders, this can bring itself a whole host of new problems. As well as gradually depleting your core stability, because of where they are usually positioned across your lower back it can also cause a new problem to arise due to how you may need to alter your behaviour to accommodate for the brace. Any activities that involve bending or twisting your body may not be possible when you’re wearing a back support in the lumbar region, so you may be tempted to alter the way in which you move your body in order to fulfil certain tasks. If this is the case, you may leave yourself vulnerable to injury because all of a sudden you’re changing the way your body operates, and without strength in the muscles to accommodate for the odd change in movement, you can quite easily cause yourself injury.
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