Sometimes, the best solution to a problem doesn’t require Bluetooth, batteries or bytes but rather, plain old physics.
That’s the case with the Verti Back Harness, a simple strap-based contraption that promises better posture and less lower back pain. I tried it out for a few weeks to see if it makes good on its promises.
First, a look at how it works.
Verti Back provides lumbar support and corrects your posture. Regular usage for even as little as 20 minutes daily will self-train the body into eventually developing good sitting habits so that your posture remains straight even when not using Verti Back.
What makes Verti Back different from competing brands is that it has been designed to maximize effectiveness rather than portability. So while Verti Back does not fold up into a small tight carry-case, it is built with thicker material with additional padding — and that means better support and comfort.
After the loops are in place and the pad is positioned where you need it, you tug on the sides of the straps to cinch the whole thing up. Then, if you like, you can clip the straps on each leg together which puts you into even better alignment.
While that might all sound complicated, I was all strapped up in about five minutes of checking out the device — without needing to look at instructions.
When I first pulled those straps, I had an almost instant reaction: “Oh!” I thought. “This really works.”
When you pull those straps, your knees become anchors for the device and the pad gets pulled forward. The effect is like having a giant hand press into your lower back to get you to sit up straight.
As someone who spends way too much time slouching in front of a computer screen, having such an immediate and easy way to correct my posture was wonderful.
I also tend to sit all twisted up like a pretzel — not with both feet on the floor like every infographic about proper desk mechanics shows you. The Verti Back harness fixed that too. Once I clipped the straps together, my legs came into parallel alignment and there really was no other way to sit but with my feet flat.
In a few days, I started to crave using the harness. The low back support really feels that good.
The Verti Back company says you should use the harness for about 20 minutes per day and you will eventually improve your overall posture. I’m not quite sure that’s true, as I definitely found myself assuming my neanderthal slump when not in the harness but, at least while using it, it made me look like I had grown up in a family that slapped you on the back of the head if you weren’t sitting up straight.
It also didn’t really provide lasting pain relief. While I definitely noticed my low back pain fading while wearing it, the next day, the pain returned like a superhero in a Marvel film. Still, any relief is welcome relief for this blogger who sits at a desk all day.
The one complaint I have with the device is that it did eventually start hurting my knees. I liked the pressure on my low back so much that I may just have had it cinched too tight. I tried moving the straps below my knees on to my shins; that helped a bit, but I found that the angle wasn’t as good. So I will be sticking to using my knees and just getting in and out of the harness throughout the day when they start to get a bit sore. The knee discomfort always faded as soon as I took off the harness.
If you’re interested in others’ experience with the Verti Back, there are over 40 customer reviews at Amazon.
If you have experience with the Verti Back or another posture product, let me know in the comments below.
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