Is Your Bra Giving You Headaches, Painful Joints, And Even Tummy Troubles

Research shows that 76 per cent of us are wearing the wrong size bra 

  • The majority of women surveyed said they had never been fitted for a bra

  • Experts say that bad buying habits can have serious health consequences

  • By Mandy Francis for the Daily Mail

    Published: 19:14 EDT, 29 March 2015 | Updated: 05:21 EDT, 30 March 2015

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    Do you suffer from sore shoulders, a stiff neck or perhaps frequent headaches? Maybe upper back pain, indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome is the bane of your life?

    If any of these ailments sounds all too familiar, you may be surprised to hear that the source of your niggling health problems and discomfort could be your bra.

    According to recent research by bra manufacturer Triumph, 76 per cent of us are wearing the wrong size bra, despite being inundated with reminders from the clothing industry to get measured.

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    Research by bra manufacturer Triumph has found that 76 per cent of us are wearing the wrong size bra (picture posed by model)

    Research by bra manufacturer Triumph has found that 76 per cent of us are wearing the wrong size bra (picture posed by model)

    The majority of women they surveyed said they had never been fitted for a bra. Others admitted they had bought the wrong size because they wanted a particular style or colour and their size was out of stock.

    Some even deliberately bought bras in the wrong size in the hope it would boost or minimise their cleavage. But this habit can have some serious health consequences, say experts.

    From straps that slice into your shoulders to loose bra cups, Life & Style examines the surprising health problems of a badly fitted bra . . .

    TOO SMALL

    Physiotherapist Sammy Margo, spokesperson for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, says: ‘I often find a direct link between my female patients’ back, neck and postural problems — and their bras.

    ‘If a bra is too tight, it can create pressure on the nerves, muscles and blood vessels around the shoulders, upper back and rib cage, leading to pain, headaches, and even constant pins and needles in the arms.’

    Wearing a bra that is too small for you can often cause pressure on the nerves, muscles and blood vessels resulting in pain, headaches and even constant pins and needles (picture posed by model) 

    Wearing a bra that is too small for you can often cause pressure on the nerves, muscles and blood vessels resulting in pain, headaches and even constant pins and needles (picture posed by model) 

    Even more seriously, over time, too tight bra straps worn day in and day out can start to squash the acromioclavicular joint — which is at the top of the shoulder — affecting its range of movement and the function of the arm, along with constant pain.

    Several studies have also concluded that bras that are too tight can cause lumps or lesions on the skin. These are caused by the hooks on the back of bras digging into the skin.

    TOO BIG

    But if you thought it was just too small bras that you have to worry about, think again. Bras that are too loose and cups that are too roomy can cause just as many problems.

    ‘Wearing a bra that doesn’t support the breasts efficiently can lead to postural problems, such as rounded or hunched shoulders, as the woman will naturally sit and stand awkwardly to compensate for her unsupportive, ill-fitting bra,’ says Sammy Margo.

    ‘If your cup size is a C or larger, the problems with wearing a loose, unsupportive bra can be even worse.

    ‘Wearing a bra that doesn’t support the breasts efficiently can lead to postural problems, such as rounded or hunched shoulders' says physiotherapist Sammy Margo (picture posed by model)

    ‘Wearing a bra that doesn’t support the breasts efficiently can lead to postural problems, such as rounded or hunched shoulders' says physiotherapist Sammy Margo (picture posed by model)

    ‘Larger, poorly supported breasts will sit on the rib cage, putting pressure on the diaphragm, which can cause you breathing problems.

    ‘The weight of the breasts combined with poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle can even exacerbate digestive problems, such as heartburn and IBS.’

    Consultant plastic surgeon and breast specialist Ash Mosahebi, a spokesperson for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), says: ‘Breasts don’t contain any muscle. They are made up of fat, glands and milk ducts, and are held in position by skin and a network of fine ligaments and connective tissue.

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