So…I decided this month to follow up on postural awareness from the past two month’s newsletter articles. Yes, there is a theme here, and I promise I wasn’t going to write about posture again, but a couple of things interested me and I wanted to follow through with them.
Now, some of you may think this is going to sound like a commercial, but I assure it is not. I have been talking to my patients the past few months a lot about posture, and have come across a couple of different devices that I really like, and want to share with you (I should probably get some royalties from this article now that I think more about it as I am writing it, haha).
The first device I actually just ordered for my oldest stepson, is a postural awareness brace to wear across the upper back, by Primate Movement. The website is www.primatemovement.com. The device cost about $30.00, and I have seen a few different versions of this on Amazon as well, for those of you that have 2 Day Prime ;). I actually just ordered one for myself to wear around the house as well. It is best to wear over a tee-shirt to make sure no chafing occurs around the under arms. There are Velcro straps that tighten in the front to help synch the shoulders into a better place, more posterior and inferior, or back and down for those of you trying to visualize what the brace does. Some people have a lot of difficulty remembering on their own to be more aware of posture, so I am trying to come up with some other ideas to help them, or aid them. I personally will most likely not wear it at the office because I move around too much, but those of you sitting at a desk all day; I would most definitely recommend this device. The brace is not large at all, but if wearing it in the office, it will draw some attention. I am not one of those people that is affected by that, but some people are, so with that is mind, I do have another option as well.
The second piece of equipment I also recommend is the Lumo. The website is www.lumobodytech.com. The product is actually called the “Lumo Lift”. The Lumo Lift is a little postural coach basically. It also tracks activity and works with a free app to help one be more aware of their posture most of the day. This device is small and lightweight. It is an easy wearable solution, and not too flashy in the office. It is a bit more expensive being just shy of $100, but could be well worth the while in regards to aiding in one’s posture and wellbeing. The Lumo is worn near the clavicle (collarbone), and the device vibrates every time one slouches. The sensors on the device can track one’s posture throughout the day, and even activity levels. Being this device is a bit pricey, I am thinking this could be a device best used for the parents, and make the children the other more noticeable brace. Just a thought!
Well, I hope this has been helpful to all of you. As I find more interesting ways, ideas, and devices to help aid in better health and overall well-being, I will be sure to share them with you all. If any of you have any questions about these two products, feel free to email me at, firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is to a happier and healthy August and rest of the summer, Cheers