No tobacco, no alcohol… Now it’s the turn of the clothes. A British study has warned: bad bra can cause health problems like back injuries, indigestion and headaches. It is at these times that a woman is even a victim of fashion
There are hoops, no hoops, with cushions, no cushions, stuffed, sporty, with lace, smooth, basic black, white and flesh color and all colors of the rainbow, and even with appellations like Miracle or Magic Up. All different, all brassieres. The question of aesthetics is now a matter of health. Bad bra can hurt health, experts say. And, as in other health problems, we have in this case a main cause: size. Most women do not know the size of bra they wear. Result: Many make mistakes.
If you think about it a little, you will come to the conclusion that there are many pieces that can do harm.Too tight jeans can hurt the blood circulation; High heels or simple tight shoes can hurt your feet; A sweater of a synthetic material can cause allergy to the skin and so on. Fashion can do harm to health. But for now, it’s the bras.
A recent study by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) revealed that the vast majority (83 percent) of women admit that appearance is the main factor to take into account when buying a bra and only one in a hundred believes that the guaranteed support By this piece of underwear is decisive in the choice.
The survey by InternetDict also shows that 77 percent of women surveyed and who were screened by a professional in this area were wearing the wrong bra size. BCA specialist Tim Hutchful recalls: “Bras are like suspension bridges, you need a well thought-out bra in terms of engineering so that your shoulders are not overloaded and to ensure the weight is well distributed. Correct size will affect the shoulders and chest and will surely cause back pain. ”
Large breast volume
Physiatrist Maria João Andrade confirms. “A bad bra can have health implications,” he says, stressing the importance of this support in all cases and especially when we are faced with “large breast volumes.””There are women who do not hide a great volume, but there are also women who shrink and lean over themselves. The result is posture problems.”
In clinical practice, Maria João Andrade, a professor at the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences and head of the Physiatry department of the General Hospital of Santo António (Porto), has seen very different cases. From the brassiere straps that hold more weight and that rips grooves in shoulders to columns deflected by the force of an incorrect posture, and many back pains in the middle. The specialist also admits other problems: too tight a bra can, for example, represent an excessive “compression of the rib cage and consequently change the respiratory dynamics” or cause injury to the intercostal nerves.
Push-up bras deserve special reference. According to the British School of Osteopathy (BSO), this type of support can cause respiratory problems and, when it is too small, restrict movement in a way that hurts the ribs and diaphragm. More: it can even, in extreme cases, contribute to indigestion and intestinal problems, according to BSO.
In an article titled Is your bra making you sick? The osteopath Jon-Morton Bell notes that if a woman is leaning forward due to insufficient brassiere support, the trapezius muscle (in the back of the trunk and neck) may become too tight and cause headaches. More: “Since all the nerve roots arise from the spine, it is normal to experience stomach disorders and feeling of fatigue.” All because of a bad bra.
And as if all the warnings of medicine and other arts did not arrive, another warning comes from the East about the bad energies: beware of brassieres with metal hoops – because they cross the meridians of the body can block the passage of chi (vital energy in philosophies Oriental) and stagnate the energy.
But calm: there is no reason to go back to the 60’s and burn the bra. This intimate piece of clothing is not by itself bad or synonymous with health problems – it may be to be poorly chosen. And here comes an important question: do you know the size of the bra you wear? Most women do not know. They enjoy men who come to a lingerie shop with open hands, holding invisible objects or pointing at women around them, but the truth is they do not know either. Maria Costa, 32, solved the problem and writes on paper the number and details of the bra she wears. “I always shop in the same place, not to have problems, and I almost always choose the same model,” he says.
Rosa Rodrigues, 41, has the same strategy. “I do not know the number that I use, I bring a little something in my wallet. When I want to buy, I have a label with the measures, so as not to go through the embarrassing situation of trying and not to waste time,” he says. Rosa goes even further and for her 12-year-old daughter, Mariana, has already imposed the same technique: “My eldest daughter also has a label.” It is that, he says, the measure of a bra is not at all simple: “It has to do with glasses and I do not know what.”
Carmo Teixeira, 33, simplifies: “I have no idea of the size I use. I see eye or experiment.” Priority: “The comfort and never of those bras with cushions.” The issue of number is more complicated than it seems and apparently recognized the world over. If not, why should there be an “international bra size converter” (http://www.85b.org/bra_calc.php)?
And for women who say they know the number they use there are two tips from the experts. Tip number one: the size may be wrong, take the right measurements and make sure. Tip number two: Confirm that the size is still the same. Do not forget that the laws of gravity and the excesses that reveal themselves in our skin and body also apply to the chest, meaning each case is a case but rarely does the same case remain over time. A pregnancy and a loss or weight gain are some of the factors that have a repercussion on the size of your bra. In addition, the size has other variables. The country where you buy the bra or even the brand may be worth differences.
We will not propose here a guide to choosing a healthy bra. Even because one of the most important tips is even the inescapable “every case is a case”. But there are some warning signs for a bad bra. Are the handles always dropping? Should the shoulders fall forward? Does your chest flutter when you walk, to the point of continuing to shake when you’ve stopped? Do you have a marked circumference on the body when you take off your bra or are there marks on your shoulders? Are there leftover breasts that come out from the sides and are pushed by the arms? Is the base strip of the brassiere located on your back at a level above the chest line? All these are signs of an “unhealthy” bra.
There are other pieces that are attacks on well-being. A tight trousers can, according to physiatrist Maria João Andrade, impair the blood circulation, preventing the venous return and exerting a compression in key areas, such as the part behind the knees and the inguinal area (in the groin). The result may be a vascular breakdown and the onset of varicose veins, swelling and the feeling of heaviness in the legs. Not to mention the known fertility damages that frequent use of tight pants can cause men.
And the shoes? Pointed shoes may represent a greater likelihood of developing bunions. And the high heels “change the biomechanics,” warns the specialist, explaining that “they incline the center of gravity forward and to maintain the balance, the curvatures, for example, the lumbar, are accentuated.” Result?Back pain due to imbalance of forces.
Of course, women get used to this new posture, but, as Maria João Andrade adds, it is also true that some of them, “when we take off their high heels and put them flat on the floor, they hardly know how to walk.”We will be dealing with a use (and abuse) of high heels to the point of causing injuries in the calves and the Achilles tendon. “Quite vulgar,” concludes the clinic, who says that the scenario of damages caused also applies to shoes wedge or platform – “are more comfortable to walk, but the changes are identical.”
The list never ends-and goes to accessories like a suitcase (associated with spinal problems when the weight is not well distributed) or a pair of sunglasses (associated with a higher incidence of cataracts when they do not have protection for UV rays).