PosturePals® are your personal Posture Coach!
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What are PosturePals?
PosturePals are adhesive spinal supports designed by a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist to help manage your spinal alignment or posture, allowing you to move better, feel better and look better.
PosturePals work in three ways:1. RESTRICTION:
The supports are designed to prevent you from adopting poor postures by maintaining the spine at or near its neutral (unloaded) position.2. RECOGNITION:
Although backs are made to bend you may find that you are habitually adopting poor postures or feel that slouched or flexed postures are a problem. PosturePals will help draw your attention to the positions or activities that take your spine out of the neutral posture (there will be more than you expect). You can then modify your activities accordingly. You might need to change your desk set up, your car seat position or the position in which you sleep. There will be no more bending to tie up shoelaces and no slouching in the comfy lounge chair.3. RE-EDUCATION:
By force of habit slouching feels normal or comfortable while correct sitting feels abnormal or awkward. PosturePals help to correct this anomaly. PosturePals possess elastic characteristics. Therefore, whenever you move away from a good posture, PosturePals exert a gentle correcting force that prompts you to actively improve your posture. Actively correcting means that you use your own muscles, which may help to improve strength and endurance. Through repetition and constant correction, you will start to learn a new posture, just as you might learn a new golf swing through practicing hundreds of times.
PosturePals are not meant to hold you rigidly in the upright position. They rely on you responding to the feedback that they provide by correcting your position whenever you feel them start to stretch. The aim is to stay in a good position, one in which you feel little or no stretch from the device.
Choose your PosturePal
There are two PosturePals products to choose from:
1. Posturepals® Thoracic
Thoracic = Upper Back
This device is designed to encourage correct spinal alignment with a focus on reducing ‘round shoulders’ and ‘poked chin’ postures.
The lumbar device also helps in this regard and can be of particular benefit to those who require more arm movement or who find that the large surface area of the Thoracic PosturePals® causes itching.
If the curve in the lower back is corrected it is very difficult to slump through the shoulders. Generally if you stay upright in one part of the spine, the remainder follows.
PosturePals® exert a gentle force that encourages you to return to a neutral spinal position.
Posturepals® Thoracic comes in 2 different sizes:
- Posturepals® Thoracic Original
- Posturepals® Thoracic Small
PosturePals® Thoracic Small is used in exactly the same way as the PosturePals® Thoracic Original but is designed for people with smaller frames. The device measures 30cm across at the shoulders and 25cm high.This is compared to 36cm wide and 30cm high for the PosturePals Thoracic Original.
Please remember that you must allow an additional centimeter or two in width across your shoulders to accommodate the stretch that is applied to the PosturePals support during application.
To decide your size: Small = small frame Original = Regular to XXL frame (most people)
2. Posturepals® Lumbar
Lumbar = Lower Back
This device is designed to encourage a neutral spinal alignment for the lower back and may help to reduce ‘slouching’ or ‘slumped sitting’ postures.
PosturePals® exert a gentle force that encourages you to return to a neutral spinal position. This can be useful not only for maintaining a correct sitting posture but also for re-educating your lifting technique, golf swing or any other activity where your spine should stay straight. They can also be used at home or in the workplace to draw your attention to activities that require sustained or repeated bending. You can then modify your technique or workstation set-up accordingly.
How to apply PosturePals
Step 1: For best adhesion and ease of removal, clean and dry area and remove hair. Have the wearer stand tall. Turns arms out as far as is comfortable. Gently draw shoulder blades together
Step 2: Carefully peel off backing from PosturePal®. Place the centre of the X (1) on the spine, level with the bottom of the shoulder blades.
Step 3: Apply gentle tension to the arm (2) of the brace and then stick down. If the PosturePals support is too long, carefully trim around the ends with a pair of scissors. The upper ends of the arms 2 and 3 should finish on the shoulder blade.
Step 4: Stick the grip disk (6) to the skin's surface over the shoulder blade ensuring that there is no tension or traction on the grip disk. That is, the grip disk should remain circular and not be stretched into an oval shape. Tension on the grip disk ca result in traction blisters of the skin.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining (3 (4) (5) of the brace.Press down firmly and carefully rub the back of the device to ensure optimal adhesion.
NB: The PosturePals support is a SINGLE USE device. It cannot be repositioned or re-used once applied.
- Do not use if you have frail skin or a known sensitivity to sticking plasters or strapping tape.
- PosturePals can generally remain in place for 4-5 days. If you are experiencing any itching, burning or irritation to the device, remove immediately and seek medical advice if necessary.
- If you have spinal stenosis, moderate to severe scoliosis or are unsure if this device is appropriate for you, please consult with your healthcare practitioner prior to use.