Posture Brace for Women – We Discuss Some Popular Options
Perhaps you’ve had a painful back, or maybe you want to improve your posture to help self-confidence, either way, one of the options that you have is a posture brace for women. Before you jump into looking at current products, you need to be clear about your goals.
Why Are You Considering a Posture Brace?
1. Back pain
If your back hurts, life can be miserable so obviously people look for solutions. If this is the case, it is very important that you work out why you are suffering back pain.
Your back is a complex part of natural art and there are many possibilities for why it may hurt. In general terms, you may have an injury, a pre-existing condition, or pain caused by poor posture. To keep things simple, we will discuss the options you have from the perspective of using a posture brace for women targeted at the two main spinal regions.
The upper back includes your neck and shoulders. Two of the most popular posture correctors are :
Cincher Women’s Posture Back Brace
Link to other reviews of the Cincher
EquiFit ShouldersBack Lite
The lower back is called your “lumbar” region and pain can often extend below the hips and even down your leg if the sciatic nerve is affected. The type of posture braces used here are somewhat different from those that work with your upper back. We discuss two common products which each have merits. ( Note: a posture brace for women is the same as a posture brace for men when solving lumbar pain.)
Mueller Lumbar Back Brace
BackJoy Posture Corrector
2. Your appearance
There is no doubt that a healthy, confident posture contributes to self-confidence. In fact there is some fascinating research which explains the non-verbal cues and messages that your posture projects to the world.
Leonisa Back Support Control Tank
This popular posture corrector provides both back support and has a flattening and firming effect on your general posture. The Leonisa range is not designed to correct serious back problems but can be useful for a light level of back support. These are appearance, rather than medical products. Obviously, this range is a specific posture brace for women.
3. To Prevent Future Back problems
The best product that we have reviewed for this purpose is the LUMO Lift. It is a small electronic device that you wear on your upper body. The Lift gives you a gentle buzz if you slouch. It also logs your posture over time and you can set yourself goals to achieve using the built in software. You can read our full review here.
There are good (and some great) products specifically made as a posture brace for women. There are also many that are ineffective. The products that we have discussed here are generally the best of their type. It is also important to point out that a healthy back relies on a combination of muscle tone and flexibility. The posture braces role is to help you achieve this, while maintaining proper alignment. You can read a post we wrote on that subject here. Please feel free to discuss this post and add your own suggestions.
My wife, who is 77, needs a posture support that will help to relieve strain on her back and stomach due to curvature of the spine. Exercise is not really an option. Any suggestions as to the best type of support?
I am a bit reluctant to suggest a particular product based on your description. Is your wife’s problem primarily her lower back?
Hi Dave, thanks for your reply, I wasn’t sure you would get my email as i’m 80 and only recently started on this Internet malarkey, but you did, hope you get this one also! No, not the lower back, a bit higher sort of between the shoulder blades. She had a fall 10 years ago in Malta and broke the 10th.vertebrae. She was put in what i think was called a kendal brace-a sort of metal contraption, but on returning to uk was told to remove it as it would make the muscles weak. She just needs something to help to hold her up to relieve the constant strain on her back and stomack
Always good to learn new things – my Dad is 85, partially sighted and keeps in touch with the world through his computer. I hope that I am as flexible in my thinking at your age!
Firstly, I am not a medical professional so take any advice with a grain of salt – I highly recommend you and your wife talking this issue over with a doctor or physical therapist. However, there are some bracing products that may give your wife some relief. The trade-off between a rigid brace and muscle weakness is always a dilemma.
Given that your wife is not realistically going to strengthen the region through exercise (our preferred solution), I suggest you consider:
Cincher Back Brace
Hope this is helpful.
Hi Dave, thanks very much for your helpful comments. My wife and I will sit down and seriously consider your suggestions. Keep up the good work!
I am a 62 yr old female with what I believe is a Dawagers hump at the base of my neck. I think a posture corrector may help ease the discomfort and improve my posture.
Could you recommend a suitable one for my needs, please?
Firstly, I am not a medical professional and if you are suffering pain perhaps you should talk to one. That said, there are products that will help you improve your posture. The biggest hurdle is that it has taken time for you to develop the posture you have, and it will take time to improve it! As a first step I recommend that you look at how you are sitting (Sitting Damaged Posture). My next suggestion is that you consider a posture reminder such as the Lumo Lift – this small device will remind you to straighten up.
Let us know how you get on.