Back in the day, shapewear was used only for smoothing and reshaping your body, smoothing out your curves, and creating a more flattering silhouette. But in recent years, it has become so much more than that - it is now also a tool to help you improve posture and reduce back pain, especially for those who spend a lot of time sitting down.
Read below to see all the benefits of shapewear for posture and back pain, the most adequate types of shapewear, and how to wear it correctly.
Understanding Posture and Back Pain
When you have good posture, you are less likely to experience pain in your neck, shoulders, and back. For those working at an office or leading a relatively sedentary lifestyle, it is harder to maintain a good posture, and so slowly, over time, we develop a bad posture and, consequently, back and neck pain.
Why Does a Bad Posture Inflict Pain? A bad posture puts stress on muscles, tissues, joints, and the discs in the spine, ultimately leading to stiffness, weakness, and even nerve problems.
How Shapewear Can Help
Shapewear can contribute to improved posture by offering support to your back and shoulders. It aids in maintaining proper spinal alignment, which in turn can alleviate pain and enhance your overall health.
Choosing the Right Shapewear
To get the best chance at improving your posture and reducing back pain with shapewear, you’ll need to choose the right type and size. Shapewear is meant to be snug but never overly tight or uncomfortable. Here are some times to help you pick the right shapewear:
- Adaptable to Your Body Type: There are countless types of shapewear to choose from, such as waist trainers, camis, torsettes, and more, so be sure to look through all your options and pick the one that suits you best.
- Breathable Fabric: This feature is important as it will allow you to wear it for long periods of time, without feeling discomfort or sweating like you’re at a sauna.
Comfortable: Choose shapewear that allows you to move freely and doesn’t impact your breathing in any way - remember, shapewear is meant to be snug, but never too tight or uncomfortable.
Our Top Suggestions
Shapermint Essentials Smooth Waist Trainer
This waist trainer is made from breathable, comfortable fabric, and has flex boning to help with your posture.
Maidenform® Easy-Up® Strapless Body Briefer
This strapless body briefer features 360º shaping technology and provides sturdy control, to keep everything in place and prevent your back from slacking.
Curveez® Essential Square Neck Control Tank
This is a great option to help you maintain a good posture, as its design features a tummy, waist, and back shaper, meaning you're back will be comfortably held in the correct position.
Maidenform® Flexees Cool Comfort™ Open Bust Torsette
The Maidenform Torsette was developed to smooth and control the mid-section, making it a great option for your posture. Plus it features wide shoulder straps to keep your shoulders back.
Truekind® Everyday Comfort Straps Wireless Shaping Bra
If you have larger breasts, then you know how your boob weight can impact your posture, which is why the Truekind® Everyday Comfort Straps Wireless Shaping Bra is a great option - not only does it provide comfort to wear 24/7, but it also features adjustable straps, so you can lift your breasts to a position where it doesn’t put pressure on your spine and should.
How to Correctly Wear Shapewear
Once you have chosen the right shapewear, it is important to wear it correctly. Here are a few tips for wearing shapewear comfortably and effectively:
Feel free to contact us if you need any help picking the best shapewear for you or if you need help with picking the right size.