For over a century people have known the benefits of carrying weight on head as a way to correct posture. While effects of headweighting were originally intuitive, results are now supported by not one, but two clinical studies.
The impact of headweighting on posture very much depends on the applied mechanism, and how easy it is to use it. To maximize the benefits, any headweighting device should incorporate two fundamental features. One to strengthen related muscles for physical strength of back. Another, perhaps more important feature, is to optimize the righting reflex, known by experts as proprioception. This is body’s subconsciously occurring ability to control spinal alignment.
Evolution of headweighting devices is a long and interesting one, but notably few reached the right balance between the effectiveness of the device and the ease of use to make it appeal to broad public, as shown below.
Brief look at head weighting as a way to correct posture
We are not certain about the exact origins of headweighting as means for posture correction but there is evidence that at etiquette schools Victorian young women in Europe where instructed to carry book on heads to improve posture. Carrying hard objects on head is an effective way to correct slouching but very impractical and debilitating. Just place a book on your head and feel how slightest movement makes it fall.
The first documented record goes as far back as 1912 when John Corker filed a patent for a device called Gravity Helmet:
While Gravity Helmet incorporates the feature to strengthen cervical muscles, the hollow shape, with lower centre of gravity than a whole shape, is not susceptible enough to sliding when the head is tilted.
Later, in 1912, another inventor by the name of A. Hamilton patented a device called Physical Developer. His objective was “…to develop the muscles of the neck, spine and lower limbs by placing the same upon the head and walking about”.
While Physical developer placed on head can correct posture, but one does not want to even imagine the consequences of having those metallic discs fall on body parts.
Later a device simply called Headweight aimed at physical training was patented in 1971:
The weight of lead shots designed in Headweight effectively strengthen neck muscles. But fastened headgears fail to train the reflex system that very much governs spinal alignment. With a stable headgear one can continue to slouch with no corrective consequence for posture. Other devices with similar functions known as Neck Trainer, Fluid Filled Neck Exerciser, or Weight Bearing Headwear were patented later but those also fail to train the righting reflex, or proprioception, that keeps the spine aligned:
These are very effective neck exerciser, but strong muscles alone do not necessarily translate into correct posture.
This Weight Bearing Headwear conceals the weight skullcap under a hat, but again fails to incorporate a mechanism for spinal alignment.
On the other side of spectrum a patent for headgear called Advanced Posture Monitoring Device was filed in in 1994. It is essentially an electronic tilt sensor attached to a hat that sends an audio signal when the spine is out of alignment. The tilt sensor, on the other hand, fail to train the muscles that uphold the body in the new correct position. So, the effect is rather short term.
The evolution of headweighting devices shows how few of them strike the right balance between effectiveness of the device and ease of use. This perhaps explains, at least in part, why these devices are hard to find in the market. Until now.
Posture Crown facilitates both the skeletal strengthening, as well as sensory training for body’s righting reflex. In addition to the weight of the pad that strengthens upper lumbar muscles, the sensation of possible sliding, when posture is out of balance, keeps the spine perfectly balanced, while it allows some movement for ease of use.
Posture Crown aims to become the standard device for broad public to correct posture. This will enrich people’s life by keeping away back and neck pain, and boost confidence. It will also help us become standard device to correct posture easily and effectively. And unlike competitors who rely on electronic systems to remind, or braces to hold the body upright, we do it differently by offering a treatment that both strengthens related muscles, and changes the behaviour of reflexes that govern the posture. This will make our posture solution effective, and long lasting.
From our base in Las Vegas, Nevada, we work with the belief that our simple and effective therapy helps as many people prevent back related pain, boost confidence and a general sense of satisfaction.
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