A neck corset (sometimes called throat corset or neck lacer) is a special type of corset which is worn fitted around the neck instead of around the waist as with an ordinary corset. It is designed to restrict head movement.
Stays incorporated in a neck corset are specially made shorter ones, used to support the weight of the head on the shoulders, while its corset structure helps in maintaining posture by keeping the chin high and the neck extended. It is often combined with a traditional corset in order to achieve better posture.
Neck corsets usually have back lacing, and some can have front lacing such as neck corset used for advertising Vichy's product called NeOVADIOL; however, some of them are secured by ribbon or zipper.
Neck corsets are worn by both men and women and they are mostly used in BDSM and goth subcultures. Some of them can be worn in a decorative fashion or as a form of fetish clothing. Others can be worn to restrict head movement, in which case they can be considered as a variant of a posture collar. Usually it is not used to compress the neck in the way that a normal corset compresses the waist, except in breathplay.
Although a neck corset restricts head movement, it is usually not used for medical purposes like a cervical collar.
As with anything that may put significant pressure on the windpipe at the front of the neck, there is some risk of asphyxiation. Anyone wearing a tight neck corset must therefore be monitored carefully.
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