I'll admit that I haven't been to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist in years. I carry a pretty massive purse full of my laptop, at least one book and all kinds of snacks every single day, and I slouch when I sit at my desk. Basically, my back is all kinds of messed up, and I hope one of these little gadgets can help.
There are a few different posture trainers on the market, but some of the best known ones are sold under the Upright label. These devices can supposedly help you perfect your posture by letting you know when (and for how long) you slouch. I've been eyeing them for a while, and I have to say that I'm curious to try one out.
They have a few different models available, including the Upright Go 2. Make sure you install the free app from either the App Store or Google Play and then sync it with your device. Once that's all set up, you can use your new gadget and start tracking your daily progress as you work toward a healthier spine.
All you have to do is place the device on your back, using one of their hypoallergenic adhesive strips (or the necklace that's available for some models). The strips are made from medical-grade silicone and won't leave marks on your skin. The entire Upright device should hide under most clothes (especially things you'd wear around the office), and you'll get three to 10 uses from every adhesive. Plus, you can order more online.
Then, you can use the app to train yourself and track your progress. You can set it so the device vibrates whenever you slouch, or you can simply monitor how your body moves throughout the day.
You can occasionally find their devices for sale on Amazon Canada, or you can shop directly through the Upright website. They don't have a Canadian site, so you'll probably want to shop the American one in USD. They do ship Internationally, though, and applicable shipping fees will be calculated at checkout.
Oh, and if you see the banner at the top of their homepage, click on it! You should be redirected to a form where you can enter your email address to receive 10% off your order – so why not take it?
Do posture correctors really work?
There are honestly so many tools and reviews out there that I'd say it depends on who you ask. In general, braces can counteract the tendency to round your shoulders and hunch over – but they can be bulky as all heck. One of the most attractive things about Upright's products is that they're small and nearly undetectable, especially if you wear them with high-collared shirts. I haven't specifically tried any of them out for myself, but most verdicts I've seen are positive, and plenty of writers swear these things actually helped.
What is the best posture corrector?
Again, this you can chalk this one up to personal preference, but I can tell you that Upright is easily one of the best-known names in the business. Most of the "top 10" lists I've seen only focus on braces, but those are an option if you're looking for something for affordable, like this Back Posture Corrector for $23.99. Just note this is a sale price, and it usually sells for $28.99 and may revert back to the original cost soon.
How do Upright devices stay on your back?
Upright posture trainers use an adhesive to stick directly to your back. It's honestly that simple. You can wear it while sitting, standing or walking, and you shouldn't have to worry about it falling off. If you don't like the sound of that, though, the Upright Necklace can help you wear your device without any stickers needed.