WHY PUREPOSTURE IS SUPERIOR TO OTHER DEVICES
We've tried them all. We own them all. They primarily work on stretching muscles and are not effective to align the spine. Some shouldn't be used if you have medical conditions.
We attached tennis and lacrosse balls to our board for stabilization. They were uncomfortable but did work to ease muscle knots. Unfortunately, there was no lasting power and within a few minutes the knots returned.
We love large swiss balls. Super for exercising and stretching.
Balls, regardless of their size, do not align the spine.
Initially, inversion tables feel pretty good in lengthening the back. But many people SHOULD NOT use inversion tables if they have high blood pressure, circulation problems, hernias, detatched retinas, glaucoma or take blood thinners. They are a no-go if you have inner ear problems, vertigo, and should not be used if your are pregnant. People who are over weight have difficulty with them. They can cause damage to the neck, ankles, knees and hips.
For us, inversion tables carry too much risk to use in our clinic or with our patients.
They may lengthen the back but do not align the spine in rotation, lateral flexion or flexion .
BACK ARCH SUPPORTS
These devices are muscle stretchers, primarily the front of the body, the abdominals.
We found them to feel pretty good temporarily, but do not fix crookedness. For many people, the arch is too high putting too much pressure on neck and the hips.
Back arch supports do not align the spine.
Should only be used on the upper back and do help working out muscle tension. They are really helpful on tight IT bands. They SHOULD NOT be used for the low back as they can really hurt the lumbar spine.
Foam rollers do not align the spine.
These supports pull the shoulders back and work well to stabilize a shoulder if it is injured.
There are two problems with these "posture correctors". They are uncomfortable on the front of the shoulders and can irratate the skin without using a tee shirt underneath.
More important though, they can cause inflammation to the axilla lymph nodes (in the arm pits) and continuous pressure can cause the lymph nodes to become swollen and tender. This is not good.
The other problem with bracing like this is you are relying on an external force to keep your shoulders back, not your own body. It temporarily gives your the impression of good posture. Your shoulders instantly return to their slouched position when you take it off.
Shoulder harnesses do not align the spine.
ELECTRONIC POSTURE REMINDERS
Recently introduced to the market are electronic posture reminders. In a nutshell, you either adhere a device to your back, or to your label, and each time you slouch forward they vibrate as a means to retrain your body to sit or stand more upright. Fantastic idea!
The problem is, they do not "fix" your posture. You can have terrible posture and if you extend yourself back, youre all set.
Once your posture has been improved, your spine aligned, THEN these devices make sense. Retrain your body to sit or stand upright.
Because of the unique design of PurePosture where specific vertebra are on top of the risers, while others are off and free of the risers, it lengthen the spinal ligaments which allow for the spinal joints to glide and move into correct position.
Our design, with a space in between the risers to accommadate the spinous processes of each vertebra, will level out any rotation, flexion or lateral flexion of individual vertebra.
This is what aligns the spine. Each vertebra is gently moved into it's correct position.
How many of these do you own or have you tried?