Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post but I was gifted the Active Posture 2.0 shirt to try. All thoughts and opinions are my own and this review has not been influenced by the company.
Active Posture Clothing: Review
I was recently contacted by a company called Active Posture – they had read my blog and thought that myself and my readers might benefit from trying their Active Posture 2.0 shirt. Personally, I had never heard of posture clothing but according to their website, posture clothing activates muscle memory, which can help to achieve an improved, upright posture over time.
Initially, I was a little dubious of this for my own personal situation. Because I have had scoliosis surgery, my posture is already “straight”, as in I can’t really slouch, so I was curious as to how this product would benefit me.
However, as I read on I became intrigued. Apparently, the Active Posture shirt has been scientifically proven to reduce pain, improve spinal alignment, increase core activation, and reduce wear and tear on the body. Their website says it activates and stimulates inhibited muscles and decreases tension in over strained muscles, which sounds perfect for those of us with scoliosis.
So I decided to give it a try. As I do a lot of running, I thought it might help support my back as the website says the shirt can be good for helping with posture and minimising risk of injury when training.
The shirt I tried was the Active Posture Shirt 2.0 in blue. The full range of Active Posture shirts can be found on their website.
When the shirt arrived I thought it looked really smart. The packaging was really nice and the shirt itself looked and felt like it was very good quality.
It’s made from nylon, spandex and polyester and moisture wicking (this means that it draws moisture away from the body), which means it’s perfect to wear when working out.
How does it work?
The Posture Shirt features a unique patented NeuroBand technology – this activates and stimulates muscles in the back and shoulder, which can help in improving posture. The Posture Shirt is approved as a medical device in CE class 93/42/EEC as well as by the FDA, guaranteeing that this product is effective, tested and safe to use.
What did I think?
So far, I have worn the shirt when running, during a few exercise classes and when sitting down at home.
When you first put it on, it feels very tight – so it takes a bit of getting used to. However, apparently it needs to be tight for it to work. It’s very important to choose the correct size, and they have a size guide on their website to ensure this.
A positive though was that it really did feel like the shirt supported my lower back when I was running. I do get quite a lot of lower back pain from my scoliosis, and the shirt felt a bit like when I wore my brace after surgery, in the sense that it gave me some good support and it did reduce my pain fairly instantly.
To get the full effects, you are supposed to wear the shirt every day which I admit I haven’t done. I have been wearing it sporadically so far but when I have worn it, my lower back definitely feels more supported.
According to the website, the shirts should be worn for 30-60 minutes every day or every other day during the first week. As your posture gradually changes and your muscles start to respond, you can slowly increase the duration.
I’m going to have a go with wearing it when sitting down at home and also at work (as I sit at a desk all day) to see if it helps and I will write a follow up post with how I get on with this. I really do think if you wear it regularly, if you suffer with scoliosis or any type of back or shoulder pain, that it could benefit in supporting your back and reducing pain as I have noticed results fairly instantly when I have put it on.
Would I recommend the Active Posture shirt?
It’s early days for me and I’d like to use it more regularly but the early signs are positive. I’m going to continue to wear it at home, at work and when working out and I’m very interested in what results this will bring. Apparently, the most noticeable changes will be achieved after it has been worn over a period of approximately 60 to 90 days. I’d never heard of anything like this before but I guess for someone like me, with scoliosis who runs and works out a lot, a product like this is perfect.
If you are interested in giving it a try yourself, they have a 30 days return policy, so you could try it risk free, and if you don’t notice a difference you can send it back and get your money back.
I also have voucher code, if you use louise10 you will get 10% off.
For more information on the product and how it works visit the Active Posture FAQ page.
Have you ever tried anything like this before? If so what were your experiences? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Disclaimer: Please note if you have severe disabilities, injuries or have recently had surgery, I would recommend checking with your Dr or specialist before using the Active Posture clothing. Also Active Posture recommend children and adolescents under the age of 16 refrain from using posture clothing without consulting their physician or physiotherapist.
I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.