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

Posted by lotsofpain @lotsofpain, Jun 28, 2021

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

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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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@sueinmn

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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we are trying the one on the left as this as it seems to reduce pain but if it caisesw me to overwork my trapezius then the one n the right

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@lotsofpain I too have been trying to find a good posture corrector. I did purchase one from Amazon but it hurt my underarm area so I returned it. I want one strictly to help with my posture which has gotten worse and worse. I am not experiencing any pain. I do some exercise videos meant to help with posture but so far have not seen any results. Perhaps my posture is too far gone for those to help me.

It looks as if you are getting some good help from a physiotherapist though. Do you need to return weekly to get the taping re-done?
JK

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These people say their brace does not hurt under the arms but i started this thread by saying i found it hard to put on the one time i got it on they were right it does not hurt under the arms avidda posture corrector on amazon. The taping lasts about 4 days and its then wise to allow the skin to breathe for a few days so while i am seeing the physio weekly that works when i am not my wife applies it, Because of where it is ideally you need someone to assist in removing it. Let me know if you need any further information

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