If you are looking to improve your posture, it may be time to consider trying a good postural or support bra. Let’s be clear, simply wearing a support bra will not magically fix your posture or back pain. What it will do, however, is provide very good back support and “remind” you to self-correct your alignment. Combined with some simple habits, this type of bra can significantly help improve your posture.
First, it helps to understand the specific bra characteristics and how they are designed. The main distinguishing feature of these bras is superior upper back and shoulder support – the bra essentially pulls your shoulders up and back to alleviate pressure. Most of them are constructed with reinforced bands then designed to criss-cross in the back. They will not have underwires because of this design. Some of the longline designed bras will also have back and body support panels for additional support. Others have a pullover athletic design.
So how does this type of bra actually help you improve your posture? Because of the unique pulling sensation, it serves as a constant reminder to pull your shoulders in and sit straight. Here is the caveat – you actually have engage your muscles and get back to full alignment – head aligned, shoulders pulled back, lower back straightened. The posture bra cannot do everything, but it is the trigger that reminds you to finish the job.
For those of you with very poor postural alignment, the correct way to use a posture bra is to combine it with the appropriate neck and back postural exercises. This type of bra will provide great support so that you can build these muscles up slowly over time.
If you already have decent postural alignment, this type of support bra is an excellent maintenance and preventative measure. It is especially effective for women that are seated most of the day.
In summary, if you have the right expectations, a postural support bra can help improve and maintain your posture significantly.
Elena West is a writer and posture advocate for PostureBra.net. Visit the site and learn How to Choose a Posture Bra