Shortlist of effective posture devices by a Posture Professional
Patients are always asking me; “Dr. Drake, which posture device should I get?”, “Dr. Drake, I bought this posture device off the T.V., was that a good idea?” There are many devices that our patients can use to supplement their permanent correction changes with CBP care. I have decided to write it down as a quick reference guide.
First you may ask, “what is posture really?” Posture is your brain’s perception of itself in space. Our bodies have specific receptors that sense touch (mechanoreceptors) and motion (proprioceptors). When our brains combine that information, we have a sense of ‘self’ and what positions we are in (that is how we know what our bodies are doing when our eyes are closed)^1. This is a combination of many neurobiomechancial systems. The problem is, over time, the baseline of our resting posture can shift. Sometimes poorly (Tech Neck, Digital Dementia)^2,3. The good thing is this means you can improve your posture as well and shift it back to what is ideal!
There are many devices out there now to help people with this epidemic of a problem. The following is a short list of devices that will not only help improve your posture, but also work with your own neurology system to reshape and relearn for a long-term benefit. Now, in no particular order;
This device utilizes your own skin mechanoreceptors as well as the phone connected app to notify you of your shift in posture. When you hunch/slouch, your skin receptors will sense the pulling where this device is positioned^4. The sensors inside also sense this shift and send a signal to your phone, which will alert you of the poor positioning. Anytime we can use our own neurobiomechanical connection to improve and maintain a better posture, you are reinforcing positive habits and muscle memory.
This device is like the device above, however, it does not get applied to the skin. With this device, you can pin it to your shirt such like a broach. When you slump the Lumo will vibrate to alert you of your poor posture, then…voila!…you are trained through repetitive signals to maintain a proper upright posture. Using continuous neuromuscular reinforcement, you will shift your body’s cognition of your correct posture baseline towards ideal. There many devices like this in other brands. Choose the best-budgeted option for you.
Unlike the other ‘wearable’ devices above, this device is placed on your chair. When connected to your phone using its app, it sends information on sedentary time and supposedly will also alert you of when you are slouching. Possibly due to pressure changes in your bum when you distribute stress unevenly during slouching periods. Keep in mind, sitting for long periods within a sedentary lifestyle is linked to type-2 diabetes as well as early arthritis, cardiovascular disease, obesity, premature death^5….to name a few. This, among other devices, as well as your Chiropractor may help prevent the early onset of such diseases.
Now you may ask, “Dr. Drake, what about those braces and straps you put around your shoulders”?
I will tell you…
It has been proven that anytime you rely on long-term bracing to stabilize a joint/ muscle complex, those muscles will atrophy as well as lose local mechanoreceptive and proprioceptive afferents ^6. Strength, endurance, neurological education, mechanoreceptive and proprioceptive learning, all require active input and signals from our muscles, joints, and brains. I am not saying do not invest in one if that is where your budget lies. What I am saying is… put it on, get a sense of where you are supposed to be, take it off, then work to mimic that position. This will learn your body moreover than wearing it all day and losing the strength to do so after you take the strap off.
Posture, within the exercise, is only one leg to the stool of ‘great’ posture. Chiropractic adjustments to induce motion and break-up scar tissue in your joint complex, as well as mechanical traction to reshape your spine back into your body’s ideal congruency is also recommended for long-term correction.
Here is the good news…you’re in the right place! Schedule a consult with our Doctors today to discuss the best path forward for you. Come, join the movement!
- Knoblich, G., Thornton, I. M., Grosjean, M., & Shiffrar, M. (Eds.). (2006). Advances in visual cognition. Human body perception from the inside out: Advances in visual cognition. Oxford University Press.
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- Ghitani, Nima et al. “Specialized Mechanosensory Nociceptors Mediating Rapid Responses to Hair Pull.” Neuron 95,4 (2017): 944-954.e4. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2017.07.024
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