Posture Bras Help Improve Your Posture

Published: 25th September 2009
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Posture bras can significantly help improve your posture - if you are willing to do a little extra work yourself. It is important to note that a posture bra alone will not magically fix your back pain or posture. However, it will provide superior upper back support and help remind you to correct your posture. In conjunction with a few simple muscle exercises, a posture bra can help improve your posture significantly.

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.

How can a posture bra actually help your postural alignment? The design causes the bra to pull your shoulders in - this serves as a reminder for you to keep your shoulders in and to also sit up straight. Yes, there is some work for you to do! Activate your muscles in the neck, back, and shoulders to keep you posture aligned - head level, shoulders back, lower back straight. The posture bra lends great support but cannot do all the work - it is the trigger that reminds you to engage the correct muscles.

If you already have fairly poor posture, you should use a posture bra and combine it with the relevant neck and back postural exercises. The posture bra will provide excellent support so that you can strengthen these muscles up slowly.

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.

To summarize, if you have the right expectations and are willing to help your muscles get stronger, a posture bra will 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 read other articles such as Posture Bras FAQ.

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