I have seen websites advertising posture clothing and since I live with chronic back pain I was interested in finding out if a shirt could benefit me. ActivePosture® gave me a posture shirt to trial in exchange for an honest review. (Note: this is not an affiliate post – I do not profit from any sales)
Why I wanted to try the ActivePosture® Posture Shirt
I live with chronic back pain due to having scoliosis. I live with lower back pain constantly, and often have neck and shoulder pain. Obviously, I have a structural problem. However, even with scoliosis, there is still room for improving posture.
Bad posture causes pain and very often pain can cause bad posture. It can become a vicious circle. So it is important to try to correct the posture as much as possible. Better posture might not cure the back pain, but it might help.
Knowing how important good posture is, I was interested to read about the ActivePosture® clothing range. I’m not a stranger to back supports and posture correcting items.
I’ve been in full torso plaster-casts, had a plastic brace moulded for me and orthopaedic corsets. They did the job they were meant to do, but they were uncomfortable. I’ve had back supports which didn’t give much support. I’ve also been taped up by physiotherapists. This was many years ago, before kinesio taping became popular, but basically, that’s what my physiotherapist did. The taping felt good…initially. It was supportive and I could feel it pull my muscles into the correct position. However after a very short time, I was in agony. I wanted to get that tape off. Imagine pulling an elastoplast off a small wound. Now imagine pulling tape off your entire back. I needed to soak in a bath and then have someone pull off the tape.
When I read the information about the range of ActivePosture® clothing, I was excited to learn it was based on the kinesio taping method. That appealed to me – the same support and correction, but without the actual tape. Kinesio taping helps to stimulate muscles, improve blood circulation and can help maintain better posture. And as I said earlier, better posture, can mean pain reduction.
What is Posture Clothing?
This is from the ActivePosture® website :
“Posture clothing activates muscle memory to help you achieve an improved, upright posture.
Posture clothing can be a comfortable and practical solution for problems induced by poor posture, or it can act as a supplement to training, exercise and physical therapy. Your posture has an influence on your physical health and overall well-being, so having aligned posture is beneficial during work, training and in everyday life.”
ActivePosture® sell a range of men and women’s posture clothing in various colours and styles.
ActivePosture® is the only UK distributor of posture clothing developed by the American company AlignMed. AlignMed make the world’s only posture correcting clothing which is registered by the FDA as medical clothing.
The posture clothing range is CE marked as a medical class 1 product, meaning that the shirt meets the essential requirements of all relevant European Medical Device Directives.
About the ActivePosture® Posture Shirt
- Neuroband technology which activates and stimulates specific muscle groups and joints to help improve your posture
- Mesh vented panels on the back
- Anti-microbial protection
- Moisture wicking
Material and Washing
The posture shirt is made from an 80% 20% polyspandex mix.
It can be machine washed on a 30ºC delicate wash cycle, but the company recommends handwashing. Fabric softener must not be used and it cannot be tumble dried.
I have washed my shirt by hand. It dries quickly, and maintains its shape.
The top needs to be tight fitting to help posture.
I am normally a size 12/14 and I chose the medium sized top. I am tall, with a long back, and the top fits well, sitting perfectly on my hips.
Style – Pull on or Zipper Version
My First Impressions of the Posture Shirt
It is a quality product and finished well. The material is lightweight and soft. The zip is completely covered, so it does not touch your skin. There are four hook and eye fasteners at the bottom which you fasten first to make it easier to pull up the zip. It feels tight (as it should), but not uncomfortable and gave a warmth against my skin.
How to Use the ActivePosture® Shirt
A leaflet comes with the posture shirt which explains that you should wear it for only 30 – 60 minutes a day for the first week, then increase the time slowly.
I thought thirty minutes at a time would be too short. However, I was wrong. They say this for a reason. For the first few days, by the end of thirty minutes, I was glad to take it off. My back muscles were starting to ache. The pain stopped whenever I removed the shirt.
This might sound crazy, but I didn’t mind feeling that pain. That ache reminded me of the pain I had when the physiotherapists taped my back. So it meant the the shirt was doing what it was supposed to do. It was pulling my muscles into a better position. Just like anything involving normally unused muscles, building up slowly is the perfect way to use the shirt.
After a few days, I didn’t have that ache at the end of thirty minutes, so I slowly increased the time. I’ve worn it almost every day for the last four weeks and I can wear it for a few hours without any more discomfort than my normal back pain.
Did the posture shirt help me?
I would say it’s a work in progress, but so far, I’m happy.
I like the feeling of support it gives, especially on my lower back.
It is very comfortable. If I slouch, I am aware of wearing it. It’s like a gentle pulling feeling to remind me to put my shoulders back and straighten up.
I know how important good posture is, so I will continue to use it. It can’t correct my scoliosis obviously, but if it can help my posture even just a little bit, it could also help my pain.
The posture shirt is usually priced at £99.95.
Being expensive is the only downside for me. Many chronic pain sufferers can’t work which means that the price is possibly too high for some people. It’s also difficult to make that outlay when they don’t know whether or not the product could help. A point worth noting is that ActivePosture® offers a 30 day money back guarantee, so it gives people enough time to know whether or not it would be helpful. If it’s not, it can be returned. (A prepaid label is included with the posture shirt)
ActivePosture® is kindly giving a 10% discount to any of my readers who make a purchase. If you are interested in buying a posture shirt, please add the discount code DP10 when requested.
(As I stated earlier, this is not an affiliate sales post. I do not profit from sales in any way. I have simply trialled the posture shirt in return for the review)
Overall, I believe this is a quality product which hopefully could help some people. However, if you have a health issue, it’s always advisable to seek medical advice before using any medical product to ensure that it is safe for you.