8 September 09

Bra Myths & Bra Facts

I recently read an article called “Why a new bra could change your life” I read the title and thought “I totally agree!” so I was eager to read on.
It was THE most over the top article I have read in my life listen these absurd statements.

• “When your bra is too tight around your back, this can restrict the movement of your diaphragm; In turn this squashes your oesophagus, leading to restricted digestion and reflux.”

HOW TIGHT WOULD THAT BRA HAVE TO BE SERIOUSLY?

• The Cure:
“Ditch the restrictive bra and wear a supportive singlet instead,” says Cooper. “This will reduce the band of tension wrapped around your body.”

SURE LET YOUR GIRLS HANG FREE THAT WILL DO WONDERS FOR YOUR POSTURE! NOT TO MENTION THE VISUAL.

• “If you experience pins and needles in your arms or hands, try loosening your bra straps. “Straps that dig in to your shoulder can cut off the nerve supply,”

HOW TIGHT WOULD THE STRAPS HAVE TO BE?

• "An errant underwire poking into your chest is doing more than just irritating you. “Breast tissue can become congested when it’s compressed like this. When toxins can’t drain from your breast, small harmless lumps may form. This doesn’t cause cancer – if you’re used to lumpy breasts, it makes it much harder to detect when something is really wrong.”
I’M SORRY; I’D THINK YOU WOULD KNOW IF THE UNDERWIRE IS WRONG WHEN IT’S DIGGING INTO YOUR FLESH! WOULD YOU REALLY CONTINUE TO WEAR IT?

The Cure:
“Go braless when you can,” says Cooper. “Allowing your breasts to move naturally helps toxins drain.”
PLEASE DO THIS AT NIGHT, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE WITH OUT A BRA ON.

She did have one point I do actually agree on that isn’t totally over the top.

Let me give you the facts!

If you DO NOT wear a supportive bra, your back WILL over compensate for the weight of your breasts causing your to slouch. This in turn will over stretch your muscles and put your back out. It can cause you headaches and neck, back and shoulder problems.

Look in the mirror on your side, if your boobs are still heading south WITH a bra on then you are wearing the wrong size NO MATTER what your size is.
If your bra is ridding up, straps are falling down, you have 4 boobs or your boobs are falling out of the bottom for the love of god GET FITTED!

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  • Heather

    I kind of agree with this article. I myself have a couple of these problems. My ribcage is 25″, but I find when I wear size 28 bras I do get heartburn (acid reflux). I don’t get pins and needles in my hands but my shoulders definitely do feel numb because I have to tighten the straps to get any support (bringing my full bust centered between shoulder and elbow). If I let the straps stay longer to any extent I get neck and back pain. At the same time, you’d think I’m wearing a band size too big if I have to tighten the straps that much. But that is false. I can barely manage to take a deep breath with a 28 on, yet a 30 slides up my back.

    A remedy for fixing bad posture is simply to do back exercises. Whether you’re wearing the correct size or not, as long as your back is strong enough it will support the weight of your chest. (This from a friend’s personal trainer, and I also agree with them) It doesn’t mean you have to be wicked jacked though.

    It’s also good to let your skin breathe and let your muscles and bones relax. Wearing anything tight all day long is going to have it’s side effects, so it is good to go without something so restrictive like the correct size. Women that are overly endowed, and I don’t mean this in any negative way, would do better if they lost weight. Yeah, they’ll need the support since they’re much larger than average. But I bet the rest of them is too. Again, no disrespect. But women should try to maintain a healthy BMI according to their stature.

  • braqueen

    Hi Heather,
    Thank you for your comment! It is amazing what pain breasts cause isn’t it!

    I agree a healthy lifestyle is crucial for everyone male, female, big busted and small busted. Sometimes however some women are just big busted not matter what size they are, I know myself whether I am at my fittest or carrying extra my bust size doesn’t change and I am comfortable with that…now 🙂 But I totally agree you have to have a strong back to support your chest. I find that a good fitting bra encourages you to improve your posture which is a great thing.
    In this case yes women do need to give their breasts time to breathe however a balance is in order here I think. The more we chat I really think it is a bra “shape” thing with you as even if the bra size is perfect if the shape isn’t right for your body then its going to be most uncomfortable. The trouble is most manufacturers use the same pattern, maybe look into French or Italian Lingerie they understand the female form much better I find 🙂

    Thanks for sharing
    Rx

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