If you’re like most women, you probably catch yourself slouching throughout the day. Whether that’s in front of your computer, texting on your phone, or watching TV. Having larger breasts also puts you at a distinct disadvantage as the weight of your chest pulls you forward and down, adding stress to your spine and triggering back pain.
There’s no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to improving your posture, but countering your slouching tendencies and strengthening your core will make a considerable difference. By improving your postural habits, you can expect to reduce neck, shoulder, and back pain. You'll also see a visible difference with improved posture, adding to a more youthful appearance, projected confidence, and increased energy.
Kinflyte’s patented line of posture correcting sports bras are designed to create self-awareness of your posture through proprioception and by gently drawing your shoulders back. Unlike the restrictiveness of a posture brace, Kinflyte posture sports bras are the best posture bras that promote ease of movement for all-day support and comfort. And unlike traditional bras and sports bras, Kinflyte wide straps don’t dig into your shoulders and neck.
What are examples of poor posture habits?
- Sitting hunched while working (i.e. laptop, computer).
- Bending down to text and play games on your smartphone (or tablet).
- Cradling your phone between the neck and shoulder.
- Lying on your bed, or sprawled on the floor, while reading or doing work.
- Hunched forward while doing repetitive household tasks (i.e. cleaning, laundry, gardening).
- Nursing your baby, you naturally lean forward and down
- Running with a forward head position. Some runners position their arms near their chest in a hunched position.
- Lifting heavy objects in which you're lifting by bending forward.
What happens when you slouch?
Your shoulders move to a forward position and the distance between your shoulder blades increases. Your spine then curves like the letter “C” and your neck and head fall forward and downward.
How poor posture affects your quality of life
Extended periods of slouching can put a major strain on your back, core, and abdominal muscles, which in turn can lead to stiffness, soreness, and fatigue. This can also open up the risk of injury because of the load imbalance on your musculoskeletal system. If you’re experiencing chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain, it’s a good time to assess your posture habits.
In separate 2018 and 2022 published studies in the National Library of Public Medicine, researchers concluded that poor posture and subsequent musculoskeletal symptoms were impacted by the use of gadgets. In many ways, poor posture has become a modern day epidemic that not only affects those of us getting older, but children and teenagers as well. Consider that the average adult spends more than 6 hours sitting daily, while teenagers spend 8 hours sitting daily.
Negative effects of poor posture, include:
- Neck, shoulder, back pain, and stiffness
- Reduced lung capacity, resulting in less optimal breathing
- Increased fatigue and reduced energy
- Tension headaches
- Poor digestion due to increased pressure on the abdomen and bladder
- Physical embodiments - forward head position, rounded shoulders, and curvature of the back
Posture Corrective Sports Bras encourage good posture habits
There’s no such thing as a one and done solution, but wearing a well-fitted posture improving bra can reinforce good posture habits and deter you from continually slouching. The intent of the posture correcting bra is to create greater self-awareness of your body’s alignment and to draw your shoulders back. By decreasing your tendency to slouch, you’ll come to expect a reduction in neck, shoulder, and back pain.
Kinflyte Curve Zip Bra - Eco Jersey (DD+) (model wearing XL)
Kinflyte posture sports bras are ergonomically designed to support your shoulders, back, and bust. The intent of the wide shoulder straps in the posture bra is to eliminate pressure points and more evenly distribute the weight of the breasts. Most of the support comes from the wide underbust band itself.
Kinflyte Rise Bra - Eco Jersey (model wearing 4XL)
When worn regularly, Kinflyte has the best posture bras that can support the following areas:
Reduce the tendency to slouch: Create more self-awareness (proprioception) of your posture throughout the day, as the back panels and straps gently draw your shoulders back. Over time, this promotes improved posture through muscle memory and reduced tendency to slouch.
- Cushioned back support: As a back support bra, targeted compression panels are designed to cushion your shoulders and back. The wide shoulder straps and full back coverage cushion the delicate neck, shoulders, and back area.
Shoulder support stability: Through a wide strap design, the posture bra redistributes weight placed on the shoulders. Consider that traditional bra straps tend to be narrow and for some women can dig into the shoulder blades, causing redness and indentation marks.
Pressure redistribution: From the shoulder straps to the full coverage back support, posture bras more evenly distribute pressure along the shoulders and back. This helps eliminate pain points associated with traditional bras and racerback sports bras.
- Size inclusive fit for different body types: Most posture supportive bras have limited sizing that don’t go beyond XXL (or 3XL in best case scenarios). Kinflyte offers plus size posture bra options that go up to 7XL, and support up to an M cup (US bra sizing).
Posture corrective sports bras are not a quick fix. Even the best posture bras are a tool that should be used in conjunction with reinforcing activities.
- Seek the advice of a medical professional and physical therapist, as every person has individual needs.
- Regularly engage in stretching, flexibility, and strength training exercises.
- Take regular breaks from sedentary activities.
- Use ergonomically designed tools and furniture to optimize your sitting posture.
Kinflyte products are not a medical device. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. You should always consult your professional medical doctor for advice, diagnosis, and treatment.