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Whether we’re hunched over a desk or hulking heavy shopping bags, few of us are strangers to back pain.
The garment contains compression panels that are designed to pull the body back into a correct, more supportive posture.
The red arrows show how the panels work on the body to pull it into a correct alignment and reduce pain caused by poor posture
Experts say back pain is caused by having weak abdominal muscles, which are meant to hold us up straight when sitting and standing.
But if these are weak, we tend to slump and overstretch the muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs in the back, which causes pain.
The new T-shirt works like a back brace, to keep the shoulders from sloping forwards and the spine in the correct alignment.
This takes pressure off the muscles that connect the neck to the shoulder, which can become tense and the source of much upper back pain.
The manufacturer, Pelham & Strutt, claims that improving the posture of the upper back also has a beneficial knock-on effect on the lower back.
The tight-fitting top also has the added benefit of slimming the silhouette, by holding in lumps and bumps.
Comfortable? The T-shirt is ribbed with curves that are supposed to support the diagonal pull of muscles
It was designed over two years with guidance from Judith Pitt-Brooke, an independent chartered physiotherapist based in Loughborough, who is convinced that it works.
She told john wick shirt Mail Online: ‘I’m always quite sceptical about “miracle cures” but I did find the T-shirt made a noticeable difference both to myself and clients who trialled it,’ she said.
The 52-year-old was first approached by the company to give her opinion about a postural T-shirt they had sourced from abroad.
‘So they came back to me and said “Ok then, what would you change?”‘
Ms Pitt-Brooke advised the company on the human anatomy and where the panels or ‘tension tabs’ should be placed to pull the body into an aligned position.
‘It is all made from the same fabric but the tabs running through it are thinner and tighter woven,’ she explained.
‘There are also curves in the ribbing of the garment that creates diagonal pulls.This is important as many muscles (such as the rhomboids between the shoulders) are diagonally orientated.’
Ms Pitt-Brooke, who does not have any financial interest in the company, added: ‘The T-shirt is pulling the shoulders back and down along the lines of the body’s own anatomy.
‘The tabs in the lower part of the T-shirt are there to trigger the abdominal muscles into working harder. It draws from the front around to the back. The compression effect pulls the body back and also makes you think more about your posture.’
The physiotherapist tested the new design on 14 patients passing through her physio clinic in Loughborough.
‘They were a mix of recreational gym goers, factory workers and professional athletes,’ she said.
‘I asked each person to rate the T-shirt for comfort, posture improvement, what it was like wearing it at work and during training and if they would continue to wear it.’
She found that comfort and postural improvement both received an average four marks out of five. Those at work were happier with the product recording 4.3/5 compared to 3.8/5 for those wearing it during training. They gave an average 4.2/5 for likelihood of wearing it again.
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