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Bad posture can be the silent culprit of your body’s aches and pains.
With more people working from home, the couch or dining room table has replaced the ergonomic office set up, leaving many of us with new or increased back and neck pain.
Over time, bad posture can lead to chronic muscle pain as our bodies work harder to try to support ourselves. According to the Nebraska Spine Hospital, leaning forward even 30 degrees puts up to 4 times more strain on our spine. Over time, as we continue to slouch, lean or hunch our bodies, the nerves surrounding our spine become constricted, which can be extremely painful for pinched nerves - not to mention the wear and tear on our back’s ligaments and discs.
When we were younger, we might have had a parent or a teacher tell us to “stand up straight” or catch us whenever we would start to slouch at the table. But what do you do when your poor posture starts to feel like normal?
One of the most affordable solutions outside of physical therapy and medical treatment are posture correctors. Amazon offers dozens of posture correctors that allow you to restrengthen your muscles over time by wearing a corrector for just a few hours a day, including the top-rated Back Posture Corrector by Andego.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $30
What is it?
The Back Posture Corrector by Andego is a posture brace that helps promote proper posture and improve muscle strength and memory over time.
Andego’s adjustable corrector is thin enough to be worn under clothes for a few hours each day, with removable pads for under your armpits for added comfort. The durable brace also features a regulated back strap that can be adjusted to help alleviate any pressure from your neck, and allow alter the size fo the harness to fit both men, women and children.
To properly use the harness, follow the directions provided - and wear the harness first for only a few minutes a day, gradually working your way up to 20 minutes a day until eventually you can wear the brace for three hours a day.
What people are saying
The Andego Back Posture Corrector boasts an impressive 4.4 out of 5 star rating based on more than 8,900 customer reviews, and is the best-selling back brace on Amazon. Shoppers have called Andego’s model comfortable to wear and have noted improvements in their posture over time.
“I found the harness comfortable, a bit awkward at first as it's not something I'm used to but it was ok. It does help keep your posture and I was happy to wear it. So far it has helped but I wear it at least once a week to keep reminding my body. I find it that it works like Muscle Memory. You have to train your body to remember to keep the right posture..,” one customer wrote. “Once I started using I sometimes got a bit of back aches as my body starts to get used to being in the right posture more often, until you get to the point that it's more comfortable to be sitting in the right posture than the wrong one. Great Product.”
Most shopper reviews reiterate how important it is not to wear the brace for too long, and to give yourself time to correct years of bad posture.
“I needed posture corrector so bad as I suffer from some serious scoliosis and sits a lot during office hours,” another added. “I suffer from severe back pain that keeps me from straighten up to normal sitting position. This posture brace helps me do so with no hustle and the pain is much relieved.”
If you suffer from serious back and neck pain, it’s always best to consult a medical professional and devise a treatment plan together. Ask them about potential posture correctors before you purchase a brace online to prevent further injury. However, if you’re someone who notices a little discomfort while working, or have noticed a change in your posture, a posture corrector is an affordable, easy solution to retrain your body and hopefully prevent future pains from developing.
It all comes down to cost versus benefit. For only $30, wearing the Andego posture corrector for as little as 10 minutes a day isn’t a steep investment. Andego does offer a full money back guarantee for up to 30 days, no questions asked.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.