Posture Bras Can Help Improve Posture

Published: 25th September 2009
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If you are looking for ways 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, many posture bras can significantly help improve your posture.

It helps to understand posture bra characteristics and how they are designed. The main distinguishing feature of all posture bras is superior upper back and shoulder support - the bra essentially pulls your shoulders up and back to alleviate pressure. Most posture bras 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 posture 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 posture, the posture bra can serve as an excellent maintenance and preventative device. It is especially effective for people that are in seated positions for extended periods - for example office workers, drivers, etc.

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 contributor on Please visit the site for information about posture bras and to see our frequently asked questions - Posture Bras FAQ.

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