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    baymom is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    Default Any experience with a posture corrector?

    I feel like there was a post about this years ago but can't find it. I'm thinking about getting a posture corrector for DS (age 13) and wanted to get feedback from those of you who have any experience with one. I was considering buying something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Andego-Back-P...rector+for+men

    If you or your child have used one, did you think it helped? How long did you wear it per day? Which model did you buy? For reference, DS is 5'11 and 120ish pounds--very lean for his height. He is interested in wearing one to help his posture, but wants to make sure it's not obvious and also that it is comfortable. Thanks in advance for any feedback!

    ETA: The main issue we are looking to work on is slouching.

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    I have horrible posture. I went to the doctor and she sent me to PT for it. The PT said there is no aide to help correct it, that instead I had to strengthen muscles or loosen tight ones up. She gave me exercises and they worked while I did them. Then I stopped and now I slouch just as bad as before.

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    I would spend the money on seeing a physical therapist or even a trainer to develop stronger core muscles and analyze the reason for his poor posture. That woukd positively impact his life and possibly prevent further injuries etc, rather than using an external aid, which may not help in the end.

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    I’ve always had horrible slouching. I also have a really weak core. Once, when my regular masseuse was unavailable, I needed up with someone who specializes in integrative bodywork. She looked me up and down, and said she wanted to work on some things she had noticed. Anyway, her work was really impactful. She helped me realize that I had been holding my arms in my sockets wrong. Once I twisted them around, the correct posture became much more easy to achieve.

    So, I also recommend seeing a PT, or someone similar.

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    Default Any experience with a posture corrector?

    I need help with DS who rounds his shoulders and has slight kyphosis according to Dr - he gets X-rays to check on it. Itís not due to weak core or muscles. He does gymnastics and is very strong. I need to take him back to specialist to get advice


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    OP here. Thanks for the responses. I'll chat with his physician at his upcoming annual exam before buying anything. I really doubt that it's a weak core in DS's case since he trains so much for soccer (90minutes/day 4 times a week plus weekend games) and actually has ab definition. It's possible, though. He's really into planking and doing push-ups each night, so I assumed that his chest/core are strong and it was just a bad habit to slouch. Definitely something to discuss with his physician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baymom View Post
    OP here. Thanks for the responses. I'll chat with his physician at his upcoming annual exam before buying anything. I really doubt that it's a weak core in DS's case since he trains so much for soccer (90minutes/day 4 times a week plus weekend games) and actually has ab definition. It's possible, though. He's really into planking and doing push-ups each night, so I assumed that his chest/core are strong and it was just a bad habit to slouch. Definitely something to discuss with his physician.
    I have extremely strong abs, so most of my core is strong. However, it was my lower back muscles that needed worked on because my abs were so much stronger and pulling me forward. Some of my hip muscles are also tights which pulled me over as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSWR0319 View Post
    I have extremely strong abs, so most of my core is strong. However, it was my lower back muscles that needed worked on because my abs were so much stronger and pulling me forward. Some of my hip muscles are also tights which pulled me over as well.
    Yes, the ďcoreĒ is not just the abdominals. Not only that, there are the deep abdominals that may need isolated work to strengthen that are not isolated with planks, sit ups, etc. Iíve got to do exercises for my back to strengthen my deep abdominals that I have never seen done in a gym and honestly look very wimpy. Given the additional information that he is a very active athlete I think itís even more important he goes to a physical therapist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogmom View Post
    Yes, the ďcoreĒ is not just the abdominals. Not only that, there are the deep abdominals that may need isolated work to strengthen that are not isolated with planks, sit ups, etc. Iíve got to do exercises for my back to strengthen my deep abdominals that I have never seen done in a gym and honestly look very wimpy. Given the additional information that he is a very active athlete I think itís even more important he goes to a physical therapist.
    I agree! Often athletes have certain muscle systems that are highly overdeveloped in comparison to their opposite muscle systems, and it throws the body out of whack and can cause injury and problems later on. I had that situation, and it affected my knees and lower back. The best consultation will be from a PT or bodywork specialist. I wouldnít get an external device. It may fix the problem cosmetically, but it wonít solve the muscle imbalance, which is important for his avoiding potential physical problems as an adult.


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    If you can find one, a great chiro/massage therapist is also invaluable for any athlete, we have one here who is amazing with kids and their injuries.

    I agree with everyone, see a physical therapist first and then see what they recommend.

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