If you are ever told that you might need a back straightener brace, there are likely to be a number of questions that you will have. You might wonder where the best places to find these might be, and you might also wonder what the best styles are. In addition, you might also need to consider how to size correctly. There are other features that you might want to consider as well.
The Best Style for Your Brace
If you are wearing to improve your posture, your best choice is one that fits over your shoulders and then crosses in the back. That design will allow your shoulders to be pulled back, your chest forward and you’ll be much straighter. Another design, one that is a little less constrictive, might be satisfactory for someone who has some mild posture issues, but not for someone who has a real need for correction.
Choosing the Right Size
A product that is too small for you will not only constrict and pinch but may also do damage to the back and shoulder area. It can also put too much strain on the neck as well. That all can add up to accumulated pain and strain and may exacerbate other conditions such as migraines or cluster headaches. One that is too large, on the other hand, will not do anything for you and may just add bulk to your clothing. When it is first put on, it should feel a little snug but not tight.
There are some that are sized by using your shirt or blouse size, while others rely on a sizing range that is translated into the correct size of the brace. If you are asked to wear a medically designed version, the doctor’s office staff will measure and fit you so that it is the correct size.
Keep in mind that some people’s size can fluctuate from month to month or during certain times of the month. For proper fit, they should be able to be adjusted as needed. However, if there is a gain or loss of more than 10 to 20 pounds, a whole new one might become necessary.
Other Features You Should Consider
They should be washable because it is worn next to the body, making it susceptible to staining and smells. Many people opt to have more than one so that they can rotate them – wearing one while the other is being washed, for instance. Another thing that you should consider is how it fastens. One that is complicated or attaches at the rear, for instance, can be difficult to wear and may be impossible especially for a person who lives alone. The back straightener brace should be easy to wear and breathable because it will do you no good if it stays in your drawer all of the time.