Will The BackEmbrace Fix My Terrible Work-From-Home Posture?

Bella Gerard
Will The BackEmbrace Fix My Terrible Work-From-Home Posture?
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This week marks my one-year anniversary of bad posture brought on by working from home. Yay me! Seriously, though—working from my bed or couch and spending early mornings and late nights hunched over a laptop instead of the massive monitor at my office desk is definitely taking a toll on my neck, back and shoulders. I’m practically C-shaped! Because of this, I’ve been on a mission to find little things to help correct the way I hold myself while sitting all day, and I’m hoping the BackEmbrace
will be the one to really improve my posture long-term.

So far, I’ve tried everything from a buzzer that vibrates whenever I slouch to sitting on a balance disc and working only from my desk, but while some of my discoveries have been helpful in the short-term, I haven’t been able to kick my habit of hunching over for good. That’s why I was so eager to try the BackEmbrace when I first came across it on Amazon; unlike a lot of things I’d been recommended, it seemed fairly straightforward instead of gimmicky. I had high hopes it could be simple enough to actually work.

When I first got my BackEmbrace, I was a little nervous to put it on. It’s basically a velcro-closure harness, and I was worried my Postmate or someone delivering a package would see me answer the door and think I was into some weird velcro bondage. Fortunately, you can wear it underneath your clothes or over them, so I did the former when I knew I’d be seen and the latter when I was home alone all day. I’m a petite size 10 and I opted for the size M/L, which I felt was a great fit. Still, I’ll skip the embarrassing photo of myself in it and use one of the models instead.

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Overall, the point of this brace is to gently pull on slouching shoulders to encourage proper alignment, without leaving you sore or causing any additional discomfort. I definitely noticed the brace while I was wearing it, but I wasn’t irritated by it at all. It was basically a constant reminder to sit up straight, so it definitely relieved a lot of tension after just a few hours of wear.

I don’t know if I could keep it on for a full 10-hour work day (You guys only work eight hours???) but lately, I like to either start my day with it on and then take it off in the evening or go without in the morning and put it on when I catch myself hunched over while sorting through emails.

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I’m not going to claim that the BackEmbrace
is a miracle-worker, but I’ve recommended it to several friends who have complained to me about posture and neck tension brought on by their work-from-home setups. Personally, I find it to be an effective reminder not to hunch over when I’m deep in work mode, but not one that leaves me uncomfortable or irritated. Yes, it looks a little silly on, but wearing it under your clothing is a quick fix, although I do find it more comfortable for long periods of time when worn over a tee.

Given that we’ve all been working from home for a full year now, it’s safe to say we have another six months minimum (probably more!) before office life resumes, so if you’ve got a slouching or hunching problem you need to improve upon, I definitely recommend giving the BackEmbrace a go. Soon enough, you’ll be showing off that good posture in all your team Zoom meetings!

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