I鈥檝e spent the last decade trying practically everything I can to fix my chronic neck pain. Chiropractor visits, acupuncture stabbings, daily yoga, massages and 鈥 thanks to my sister 鈥 I even have one of those weird acupressure mats.

But I say almost because I do one thing very wrong. I鈥檓 a professional writer and spend the majority of my day staring at my computer and phone way too much. I don鈥檛 use a stand-up desk, and any chance I get, I slouch.

I鈥檓 probably the best candidate for posture-correcting tech wearables, but I鈥檒l admit I was more than skeptical when I stared at the Upright box that arrived at my door. I didn鈥檛 see how this little UFO-looking thing could finally get me to sit up straight and, even more immediately, how it would actually stick to my back long enough to do it. But I downloaded the app on my phone, and within a few minutes of simple instructions, I had my account set up and was ready to start my rehabilitation.



When I dug into my Upright kit and found the Velcro strips and alcohol wipes, I started feeling like I鈥檇 opened up a physical therapist鈥檚 office on my desk, and that actually made me start taking it a bit more seriously. I followed the directions on how to properly adhere it to my spine and stuck it on. I held my breath, waiting for it to fall off with the slightest movement, but it was surprisingly secure.

It calibrated my straight versus slouched positions and started my five minute training. After about three though, I felt a little vibration from it and noticed the red sad face light up on my phone screen. I straightened myself out of my creeping-turtle stance and it stopped buzzing. The green happy face lit up again, and I managed not to disappoint the faces the rest of the time.

Muscle response: I didn鈥檛 feel any soreness or strain, and didn鈥檛 really expect to 鈥 still skeptical.



I live in Cambodia, and we鈥檙e experiencing the hottest temperatures in decades, so it took some major cooling off and standing in front of a fan to get the adhesive to stick. Once I got it situated, I did the second day of five-minute training without even really thinking about it. Again, the heat was really stealing my attention.

Muscle response: I noticed just a slight amount of soreness in my upper back from the first day, which I didn鈥檛 know if I should be proud鈥 or ashamed of.


The training gradually increases every couple of days, so I jumped to a 10-minute session this morning. I was nervous. As someone who is pretty physically fit, I was surprised to start struggling around seven minutes. I couldn鈥檛 get it to stop buzzing at me, which really disrupted my focus. I had to stop my work and recalibrate to adjust for my tired back. The other downside was that I began dreading taking it off, because that adhesive doesn鈥檛 mess around 鈥 ouch!

Muscle response: My upper back and shoulder blades were screaming by the end, but I noticed something else. My neck and jaw didn鈥檛 hurt as much as they usually do. I also started noticing a need to stand upright throughout the rest of my day, which made me aware of how much I slouch, even when I鈥檓 not on the computer.



This was the turning point day for me. I attached my little buddy to my back and did the entire 10 minutes like it wasn鈥檛 a thing. I got a few red frowny faces with the buzz, but I tweaked my posture slightly and continued working. I realized that all the massages in the world weren鈥檛 going to fix my neck problems, because I lacked the upper back strength to keep it aligned. I was also amazed that it only took four days to make me a believer, but I definitely was.

Muscle response: My neck and shoulder muscles really started to loosen up. I noticed a huge difference in not just my level of comfort with sitting, but also standing and walking. Even my yoga practice started showing results, with more neck mobility and upper body strength.



I started my last day of this experiment already knowing I鈥檇 continue the entire 21-day Upright training period. The change I felt in the 15-minute session this day compared to Monday鈥檚 definitely forced me to put my skepticism away. I felt my thighs, lower abs and upper back working together to support my head much more efficiently. Even though I was admittedly sore, I decided this short-term soreness was worth enduring so that I could finally solve my long-term neck pain. I also realized I definitely needed a raised monitor, and to actually get up every so often to stretch.

Muscle response: I still can鈥檛 get over how incorrectly I was using my muscles to support myself while sitting. The level of soreness is starting to subside, and I鈥檓 noticing more strength. My neck muscles don鈥檛 feel like rocks anymore, and I鈥檓 finding comfortable sleeping positions more easily. To say I鈥檓 a big fan is a drastic understatement.

What would it take for you to fix your posture? Let us know @BritandCo and check out the wearable yourself at uprightpose.com.

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