Whether you are 12 or 82, you will know just how easily back pain can settle in, and some may even know that 70% of all back pain is caused by incorrect posture. The pain will definitely become more severe as you age, and your posture will be more difficult to correct once you pass 50 years of age, but, because they can spend upwards of 14 hours a day in front of a computer screen or behind a desk, even children are now getting to feel excruciating back pain because of incorrect posture. For that reason there are a host of posture braces manufacturers who are using various techniques to help you sit or stand up straight while also dealing with any potential pain. Of course, some of these products are better and some may be more difficult to use, so we decided to test as many as we could find and we came up with the following top 10 best posture braces on the market. Besides the following table where you can find the most significant details for each product we have readied an in depth review for each one, so make sure to scroll past the table and check out what interesting feature each product boasts, and which one may best suit your needs.
1. NMT Lower Back Brace
The NMT Lower Back Brace is one of the simplest back braces on the market, but it is also one of the most efficient ones when it comes to chronic lower back pain. That is because it acts against the pain in 2 ways. For one, it supports the lower back, reliving some of the tension that the muscles must support and encouraging a correct posture. Second, and more importantly, it has a series of magnets hidden within the fabric of the back support. It is made from a thick, latex free fabric, that almost immediately warms up the area the back brace supports, and the magnets create a magnetic field that acts much in the same way as acupuncture needles do, releasing and clearing the energetic pathways in the lower back. The fact that your body’s energies are allowed to flow freely in the back area will further allow you to sit up in a correct posture.
2. Body Rite Posture Pleaser
The Body Rite Posture Pleaser has a more complex design, one that is more commonly recognized as a posture brace. It does not use any magnets and it does not create any excess warmth in the lower back area, but it does promote a better posture in the entire back. It works by gently pulling back on the shoulders while bracing the lower back for support. The result is an almost royal straight posture that comes to feel very natural after just a couple of hours of wearing the Body Rite Posture Pleaser. It is made from a very light fabric that makes the Posture Pleaser almost invisible when worn under your regular clothes. If you are suffering from chronic back pain from incorrect posture it will take a little bit more time to provide relief from pain than the NMT Lower Back Brace, but, as your posture improves, the pain will also disappear.
3. Cincher Women’s Posture Back Brace Support Belt
It is a sad truth that because of the added weight of the breasts women have a more difficult time maintaining a correct posture, so we were very happy to see that Cincher came up with a specially designed Women’s Posture Back Brace Support Belt. It uses the same principle as the Body Rite Posture Pleaser in that it gently pulls back on the shoulders providing a welcomed support for the upper back. However, the genius of the Cincher back brace is that the lower support belt is actually designed to complement the female form. Thus it has an added bonus in that it acts somewhat as a shaping belt too, and because it helps you sit up straight, it also gives you a couple more inches of height and a more feminine and graceful posture too. It is also worth noting that the Cincher Women’s Posture Back Brace Support Belt has received a 4 star rating on Amazon from more than 40 women who have bought it, tried it and found it incredibly useful.
4. FLA Orthopedics Deluxe Clavicle Support
We started off by talking about a lower back brace, so we now need to address those of you who need an upper body back brace. The best of its kind is the FLA Orthopedics Deluxe Clavicle Support. We love it because it was designed to provide support to people who have suffered something as traumatic as a clavicle fractures. It works great in that function, as well as in cases of shoulder instability, fibromyalgia, and shoulder instability. It can also be a great help if you have tendency to slouch, because it gently pulls back the shoulders in the correct posture. It will not do very much for your lower back posture, but the truth is that it is very difficult to bend just from the middle, while your upper body is perfectly straight.
5. Oppo Medical Elastic Posture Aid
The advanced version of the FLA Orthopedic clavicle support is the Oppo Medical Elastic Posture Aid. It uses an extra band of tension that provides support to the lower rib cage and thus perfectly aligns your upper back. It can also be used for medical concerns like clavicle fractures and the rest, but it is also a great use to help you maintain upper body posture. The one big difference between the FLA Orthopedics and the Oppo Medical posture braces is that the first has a one size fits all, adjustable design, while the latter has standard sizes so you cannot share it or give it away except to someone with the same built as you.
6. EquiFit Shouldersback Posture Support Lite
Of course, as some of you are probably are already thinking, having and maintaining the correct posture is not only about back support. It is also about a series of life choices, particularly about choosing an active life style that will promote a healthy muscle tone that will, in turn provide the type of support needed by a good posture. So, for those of you who are already on this path, but who want or need that little bit extra help to maintain a perfect posture, we have the EquiFit Shouldersback Posture Support Lite. It is the perfect support to use while engaging in anything from mixed martial arts or basketball to yoga and tai chi. It is an incredibly light elastic fabric that will help you without becoming cumbersome. Still, this is definitely reserved for active people as it does not provide the level of support a sedentary life style requires.
7. Clavicle Brace and Posture Support by Breg
If you need a posture brace that actually was designed to be used in real medical situations, like a fractured clavicle, than you will need to use the Clavicle Brace and Posture Support by Breg. It has padded foam straps that make it very comfortable to wear, and, since you would need to wear this until the bones fused back together, it is definitely a good thing that they made it so comfortable. It can be adjusted thanks to a moveable D ring, but it also comes in two sizes, small and large. Because of the adjusting ring the small size will actually also fit a medium built person, and the large will also work on extra large cases.
8. EquiFit ShouldersBack Lite
There is a second posture brace solution on the market specially designed for people with an active life style and that is the EquiFit ShouldersBack Lite. It is incredibly light to wear so, obviously, it does not have any serious medical applications. However, it does provide the necessary support for a person with good health but bad posture to be able to train herself to maintain a healthy posture. In fact this would be a perfect solution for practitioners of yoga or aikido, as it was actually designed to help you sit and stand tall. And we find the fact that it earned a 3.4 star rating on Amazon from more than 150 customers very encouraging since, it is a well known fact that the more people rate a product the lower that rating will go.
9. Posturific Brace
If you would like to have the absolute lightest posture brace on the market in , you will need to use the Posturific Brace. However, be warned that the level of physical support is almost null in this case. The good news is that sitting and standing tall is actually what our bodies were designed for so, in many case, you do not actually need the support provided by the brace, and all you need is actually a reminder device. And that is what the Posturific Brace does: it is a gentle reminder not to slouch and it allows you to fully use your muscles in the attempt to stay in a correct posture.
10. Xforce Posture Corrective Brace
Our final product is also one of the more interesting ones in the entire list of the top 10 best posture braces. It looks and works like a medical back brace, but it was actually designed to improve posture and relieve minor back pain caused by slouching. The fact that it follows the design of a medical back brace means it actually pulls you to a correct stance. However, that also means it is somewhat bulky and you will not be able to really hide it behind clothes. So we left it for the last place because the Xforce Posture Corrective Brace can only be worn at home or at the gym.