What is the best Posture Corrector? How do you get them on?

Posted by lotsofpain @lotsofpain, Jun 28 6:50pm

I am looking for a brace that I can wear from time to time to pull my shoulders back and down to take pressure of my neck and upper back. It's obviously not a a solution to my poor posture just a helping and I've had one before but it hurts under the armpits. Does anyone know of 1. My physio sometimes uses adhesive tape to achieve the same result up because of where it is placed to be effective it is very hard to reach by yourself to remove so you need help

This would be a good question for your physiotherapist, who knows your body, posture and physical issues to choose a correct brace in the proper size.
Sue

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Can anybody advise about the difficulties I am having putting this brace on I seem to keep getting the straps tangled or possibly upside down

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@lotsofpain

Can anybody advise about the difficulties I am having putting this brace on I seem to keep getting the straps tangled or possibly upside down

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@lotsofpain This looks like a torture device! Giggle. Would you mind retaking the photo of the instructions so that we can get a better look? The photo is a bit blurry so it’s difficult to tell about the adjustments.

Also, if you’d add a photo of the actual brace lying on a table or bed, with the front closure opened up so that we can see how it should close…what the mechanics are for closing.

Basically it looks like you’ll open the front closure and open the brace. Then place the straps over your shoulders like a backpack. With that complete, reach around the back, bring the two loose ends to the front and close the Velcro around your waist.
The photo I can’t make out is what she is pulling. I think they may be tightening straps that are adjusted after the belt portion is secured around the waist. If that’s the case, you should only have to adjust them the first time you wear this. Then after that, open the Velcro closure at the waist and slip off or on.

Does that sound reasonable? I think a better photo will help.

In the meantime I found this video online. It’s the closest one I could find to your brace. It’s long but around the 4:35 minute mark, the man actually puts on the brace. (There are commercials at the beginning that you’ll be able to skip when prompted).
https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=yfp-t&ei=UTF-8&p=Avidda+Posture+Corrector+How+to+use+video#id=42&vid=779c3c311083f4ac73d9cd088dc44eb2&action=view

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@lotsofpain

Can anybody advise about the difficulties I am having putting this brace on I seem to keep getting the straps tangled or possibly upside down

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@lotsofpain This looks like a torture device! Giggle. Would you mind retaking the photo of the instructions so that we can get a better look? The photo is a bit blurry so it’s difficult to tell about the adjustments.

Also, if you’d add a photo of the actual brace lying on a table or bed, with the front closure opened up so that we can see how it should close…what the mechanics are for closing.

Basically it looks like you’ll open the front closure and open the brace. Then place the straps over your shoulders like a backpack. With that complete, reach around the back, bring the two loose ends to the front and close the Velcro around your waist.
The photo I can’t make out is what she is pulling. I think they may be tightening straps that are adjusted after the belt portion is secured around the waist. If that’s the case, you should only have to adjust them the first time you wear this. Then after that, open the Velcro closure at the waist and slip off or on.

Does that sound reasonable? I think a better photo will help.

In the meantime I found this video online. It’s the closest one I could find to your brace. It’s long but around the 4:35 minute mark, the man actually puts on the brace. (There are commercials at the beginning that you’ll be able to skip when prompted).
https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=yfp-t&ei=UTF-8&p=Avidda+Posture+Corrector+How+to+use+video#id=42&vid=779c3c311083f4ac73d9cd088dc44eb2&action=view

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that link seems to go to lots of videos i canot find the one you talking about which is the same company for what i have

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@lotsofpain

that link seems to go to lots of videos i canot find the one you talking about which is the same company for what i have

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@lotsofpain Oh darn it, I thought that might happen. Ok, it’s the video with the title: ZSZBACE Back Brace Review. It’s not the same brand as yours, but after looking at the photos you sent, it will work the same way.
**this is the same link as before but look for the ZSZBACE it has Green lettering in the title**
https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=yfp-t&ei=UTF-8&p=Avidda+Posture+Corrector+How+to+use+video#id=42&vid=779c3c311083f4ac73d9cd088dc44eb2&action=view
Ok, your photos were very helpful!! The way you have it lying on the bed is the perfect place to start. It is in the correct orientation to wear. You are looking at the inside of the brace. The way you can tell in the future is the little tag on the left belt portion looks like it will be the inside.

But let’s call it a jacket instead of a brace. So as it is lying on the bed, pick up the jacket by the shoulders (top of straps) and hold it up in front of you. As you look at it, the white tag on the bottom left will be in your left hand,

Now, let go of the right shoulder (strap) and rotate a little and slip your right arm into the left arm hole. Just like slipping on a jacket. Then reach behind your left side and grab the left belt tab so it’s more in front. Then slip your left arm in the arm hole.

Now you essentially have the jacket on with two loose ends in the front. Pull those together until comfortable and press the Velcro together.

Another analogy would be like slipping on a backpack. You won’t have this upside down if the straps are on top and the belt portion is just that, a belt. Is this helpful?? We’ll get there! I promise. ☺️

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In relieving pressure by taping which bodily adjustment is it best to attempt and why as in pictures

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@lotsofpain

In relieving pressure by taping which bodily adjustment is it best to attempt and why as in pictures

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Pressure taping is actually a specific therapy, done using a special tape, that remains in place for 1-7 days at a time. The technique was first developed around 40 years ago with a product called Kinesio Tape, but there are now several brands available. This is the fancy, colorful tape you see all over professional, elite and weekend athletes. It is also widely used for therapy and support after injury or surgery.

The EXACT reason the technique works is not totally understood, but it is believed that the properly applied tension on the tape pulls the skin and fascia slightly away from the surface blood vessels, improving blood flow. This in turn prevents injury, promotes healing and/or relieves pain. Therapy tape can also be used on an injured joint to support it, with the stretch allowing a certain amount of swelling to take place without impeding blood supply.

These therapies require assessment by a physiotherapist with knowledge of taping to determine which muscles and joints are causing the most pain, which require taping using varying degrees of stretch in the tape (for multiple points there are specific patterns) and in which order. Tape is applied, reaction is assessed after a few days, and it is adjusted until the most benefit is felt. It is difficult to apply this tape by yourself, or even with assistance, without a demonstration and explanation of the how and why for each piece.

I provided this background by way of telling you how to do this is beyond our scope here, to explain to you how to do it yourself. But it may be a very good idea for you to seek someone to help, because it may also be an excellent technique for your thumb. I used it for several years before corrective surgery.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Pressure taping is actually a specific therapy, done using a special tape, that remains in place for 1-7 days at a time. The technique was first developed around 40 years ago with a product called Kinesio Tape, but there are now several brands available. This is the fancy, colorful tape you see all over professional, elite and weekend athletes. It is also widely used for therapy and support after injury or surgery.

The EXACT reason the technique works is not totally understood, but it is believed that the properly applied tension on the tape pulls the skin and fascia slightly away from the surface blood vessels, improving blood flow. This in turn prevents injury, promotes healing and/or relieves pain. Therapy tape can also be used on an injured joint to support it, with the stretch allowing a certain amount of swelling to take place without impeding blood supply.

These therapies require assessment by a physiotherapist with knowledge of taping to determine which muscles and joints are causing the most pain, which require taping using varying degrees of stretch in the tape (for multiple points there are specific patterns) and in which order. Tape is applied, reaction is assessed after a few days, and it is adjusted until the most benefit is felt. It is difficult to apply this tape by yourself, or even with assistance, without a demonstration and explanation of the how and why for each piece.

I provided this background by way of telling you how to do this is beyond our scope here, to explain to you how to do it yourself. But it may be a very good idea for you to seek someone to help, because it may also be an excellent technique for your thumb. I used it for several years before corrective surgery.
Sue

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Thank you I recognise I cannot do it for myself particularly on my shoulders and back and I wanted to inform my physiotherapists tomorrow what pattern would be most effective so I want to tap into other people's experience

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@lotsofpain

Thank you I recognise I cannot do it for myself particularly on my shoulders and back and I wanted to inform my physiotherapists tomorrow what pattern would be most effective so I want to tap into other people's experience

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Your therapists experience and training will allow them to find the best pattern for you, I think you should trust them to decide. It is very individual, and dependent upon your body, and there are dozens of variants. It is also a testing process – sometimes the first, or even second or third effort, need fine tuning to help in your situation.
As you have found, I am sure, there are no "instant cures" in dealing with bodies and pain.
Let me know what they finally recommend.
One tip – if they hit a pattern that works for you, have them take a picture on your cell phone for future reference.
Sue

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