Posture collars are thick collars that cover all or most of the neck, named because they force the wearer to hold the head up and the neck straight. They are commonly used for play scenes within the bondage community and are found at many fetish stores and shows. Posture collars do not usually cause any harm, but they do carry potential risks and problems that people using these types of collars should be aware of and take care to prevent.
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Posture collars can cause skin irritation if they are worn for long periods, are dirty or do not fit properly. Most posture collars are heavy and leather often causes the skin to sweat. If the collar is loose, it may rub against the skin causing a sweat rash or general skin irritation. Leather must be kept clean to prevent skin irritation. Wipe any traces of sweat from the inside of the collar after each use and keep it clean with saddle soap. Leather stiffens when wet, so avoid excess moisture to keep the collar supple. Typically, you should not wear a posture collar for more than a few hours at a time, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Some individuals are particularly sensitive to objects around their necks. Posture collars should be somewhat snug to prevent slipping, but never so tight that they press on the sides of the neck or throat. You should be able to slip two fingers under the collar comfortably to prevent breathing problems. Even if you do not feel short of breath, a collar that presses on the throat can damage the windpipe over time. Keeping the time you wear a posture collar to a minimum can also help prevent breathing problems. If you are especially sensitive to objects around your neck or feel claustrophobic while wearing a posture collar, consider a smaller collar in a different style to prevent problems.
Since posture collars restrict movement of the head and force the neck into a straight position, some people experience muscle stiffness or soreness during or after use. If you have a spinal or neck condition, do not wear a posture collar as it may make the problem worse. Making sure your neck muscles are loose and relaxed prior to wearing the collar can help prevent muscle problems. Slowly twisting and stretching your neck after wearing the collar can also help. Always remove a posture collar if it becomes uncomfortable or you experience neck pain.
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