Do posture braces improve neck and shoulder pain or a gimmick?
Good posture is the correct alignment of the bones and joints in your body where muscles and ligaments are not under stress. It is the way you sit, stand, and lie down for a longer duration. Your backbones may be strong and flexible, which can adapt to any movement, but if poorly positioned for a more extended period, it may acquire new body shape and alignment, resulting in bad posture.
Bad postures such as forward stooped posture with drooping shoulders, slouched posture and tilted head to one side as holding a phone between neck and shoulder may put stress to the muscles and ligaments, slowly weakening the structures and causing pain in your neck and shoulders. You may not be aware of what causes pain in your neck and shoulders; it is due to the wrong position that you are used to in your occupation and daily activities.
It is important to correct and improve bad posture. It may lead to malalignment of structures in your body where bones and joints may become tilted with slack muscles and ligaments, resulting in pain, deformity, and limited movements in your neck and shoulders.
The use of posture braces may help reduce neck and shoulder pain. It is comfortable with a softer paddings and shoulder straps that help hold your neck and shoulders in a neutral position and reduces stress on the muscles and ligaments. Correcting your bad posture with the braces and improving your way of sitting straight may allow the joints to re-align and help surrounding structures to restore its function.
However, the effectiveness of posture braces may decrease with the length of use. It may further begin to weaken the joints and muscles, causing more considerable pain and loss of movement in your neck and shoulders.
Therefore, posture braces, in combination with physiotherapy, are considered the best treatment for the postural related neck and shoulder pain. The brace may allow the structures to rest and heal. On the other side, physiotherapy help prevents stiffening of the joints and weakening of the muscles. The neck and shoulder exercises help maintain joint range of motion, muscle strength, and its function.
Posture braces may help support, protect, and correct your bad neck and shoulder postures depending upon your dedication to using and following up physiotherapy.