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Can a BetterBack Device Improve Posture and Relieve Back Pain?

Published May 14, 2021
| Written By SpineNation Editorial Staff   | Medically Reviewed by Allen Conrad, BS,DC,CSCS
Eighty percent (80%) of the population will suffer from back pain within their lifetime. Sitting, or slouching, in front of computer screens for hours at a time and poor posture are often the leading causes of back pain. In the end, you can be left with strained muscles and persistent pain ranging from mild to severe. BetterBack, a lightweight and ergonomic back support device that debuted on Shark Tank, could spell relief in minutes a day. According to its website, “Wearing it for just 15 minutes a day can retrain your body’s default posture, so when you stand or sit without BetterBack, your posture is greatly improved.”

What is BetterBack?

BetterBack is a product that straightens your posture while sitting. Comprising a padded lower back support that you wrap around your abdomen and a pair of padded straps that fit around the knees, BetterBack creates tension that allows your core to engage and thus restores your spine’s natural curvature while supporting your lumbar spine as you sit.

How does poor posture affect your body?

While good posture comes with a variety of benefits, the opposite is true as well: poor posture can have several negative effects on you.

These include:
  • Poor circulation
  • Urinary incontinence (because of weakened pelvic muscles)
  • Constipation
  • Upper and lower back pain ( )
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Jaw pain and headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Joint degeneration
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Fatigue
  • Breathing difficulty

How does sitting affect your body?

Research shows that sitting for long periods is detrimental to health. Our bodies are not made for sitting continuously. Too much sitting can reduce lifespan, having the same risk as obesity and smoking does.

Sitting increases the incidence of
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Increased body fat, especially around the abdomen
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Mental health issues

While there is no escaping from sitting, taking steps to correct your posture can be the first step to eliminating prolonged chronic back pain in the long run.

What BetterBack does for your back and spine?

BetterBack corrects your posture by putting your knees and back in alignment. When your knees are at right angles to your body, your posture improves.

How does it work?

When you wear the device, it forces you to sit with your knees straight and your feet flat on the floor. Your back will automatically straighten out thanks to the pressure of the padded support. You can adjust the straps to your size and comfort level.

BetterBack comes in three device models:
  • BetterBack – the basic model is lightweight and portable, easy to use, and makes every chair ergonomically sound.
  • BetterBack Luxe - this model uses NASA-engineered memory foam for excellent support.
  • BetterBack Therapy – has the same NASA-grade memory foam along with a Healing Pearl Therapy Pack for heating and cooling for greater pain relief.

Posture-related concerns BetterBack may resolve

As poor posture results in back pain and other aches and pain, BetterBack may help:

Where can you Purchase Better Back?

You can buy Better Back from its website and on Amazon. The company offers a 60-day trial as well. If you can ease your back pain and get better posture BetterBack may be a device worth exploring.
Updated: June 5, 2021

Information provided within this article is for educational purposes and is not a substitute for medical advice. Those seeking specific medical advice should consult his or her doctor or surgeon. If you need to consult with a specialist, you may be able find a health care provider in our Specialist Finder. SpineNation does not endorse treatments, procedures, products or physicians.

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Dr. Allen Conrad, BS,DC,CSCS is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).