Hidden Threats To Health With An Improperly Selected Bra 2020

Recently, the West has been widely debating the possible connection between wearing too tight bras and the occurrence of breast cancer. There is also an opinion that a properly selected bra can become a therapeutic tool for the prevention and even treatment of back diseases in women with very large breasts. Is it so? Our colleagues from Anita’s head office in Germany asked Dr. Hans-Ulrich Krueger, Head Physician of the Department of Internal Medicine and Oncology, Bavarian Rehabilitation Center in Freyung (Germany) for clarification. Mr. Kruger, tell me which women should, first of all, ensure that the bra is matched correctly?

G. Kruger: What do women pay attention to when buying underwear? On a fashionable design, on how it will be combined with other underwear. But few people are interested in what effect it has on health.

Orthopedists warn: bras are responsible for the health of our shoulder girdle. Their straps are located just in the area of ​​the free edge of the trapezius muscle and clavicle and exert significant pressure on the entire shoulder joint and cervical spine. This can lead to bursitis, tendonitis, or displacement of the cervical spine.

what is the relation between health and bra?

A consequence of the chronic load on this area may be the joint wear of the above sections of the neck and spine, arthrosis may develop. But most often there are short-term complaints, the cause of which may be a bra; pressing on particularly sensitive orthopedic trigger points (see Fig. 1), also known as typical pain points in rheumatic diseases.

If a woman complains of pain in the shoulder girdle and in the cervical spine, as well as chronic headaches, you need to pay attention to whether she wears the right bra.

And vice versa – a properly selected bra can become an effective therapeutic tool in the prevention of complaints of back pain and static damage in women with very large breasts (macromastia). In combination with regular gymnastics, a proper bra can reduce complaints and slow down the development of long-term chronic diseases.

The following systems can be damaged due to improperly selected bras: the lymphatic system (marked in green on the right chest with lymph nodes), orthopedic trigger points (marked in red on the upper half of the body, rear, and front right), meridians with acupuncture points (marked in blue on the upper body, rear and left front).

Is there a relationship between wearing a tight bra and breast cancer?

G. Kruger: So far, much has been said about this in the United States, but not in Europe. Among the possible causes are impaired lymphatic flow, which affects the functions of the immune system and the outflow of waste products from the metabolic system, chronic breast overheating, the effect of melatonin metabolism, textile poisons (such as softener for elastic fibers), dyes that can penetrate the body in the chest area especially easily, as well as the violation of the movement of the energy of the Qi body along the meridians (paths of energy moving through the body) according to the teachings of traditional Chinese medicine.

improper bra can affect your healthHowever, there is still no unequivocal scientific evidence of this dependence. You need to be on your guard if a woman has very large breasts or in her life, there are risk factors for breast cancer, such as a genetic predisposition, hormonal factors (such as the early onset of menstruation, late cessation of menstruation, early first birth, childlessness, contraceptive use drugs, and hormonal drugs during menopause), overweight, malnutrition, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcoholism.

However, there is still no unequivocal scientific evidence of this dependence. You need to be on your guard if a woman has very large breasts or in her life, there are risk factors for breast cancer, such as a genetic predisposition, hormonal factors (such as the early onset of menstruation, late cessation of menstruation, early first birth, childlessness, contraceptive use drugs, and hormonal drugs during menopause), overweight, malnutrition, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcoholism.

What should a bra look and what qualities should a bra have in order not to harm health?

G. Kruger: Straps and tape under the chest should be elastic. They must be designs so as not to squeeze out the lymphatic currents, trigger points and meridians. The bra should be pleasant to the body, sit perfectly on the figure, not have textile poisons in its composition, and allow air and heat to pass through well.

I would recommend paying attention to the underwear of such manufacturers who have extensive experience in the production of functional medical bras. In special salons, you can get qualified individual advice. Even if a woman (so far) has no health problems, where she will be able to purchase a high-quality bra. That will increase her well-being and prevent health problems. Well, if a woman has one of the risk factors, for example very large or sagging breasts, overweight, complaints of pain in the back, shoulder girdle or cervical spine, chronic headaches, skin diseases, sweating or feeling sick during menopause, she should pay special attention to the selection of linen and purchase it only in specialized stores.

Problem: “Dents” on the shoulders can occur due to narrow bumping straps.

An inappropriate, poorly fitting underwired bra can trigger the formation of ugly, often painful, marks on the skin.

Solution: Bras with padded, unloading straps on the lining provide optimal wearing comfort and relieve shoulder and neck area.

If there are bones in the bra, they should bend around the entire chest, especially on the sides, and should not be located on top of the chest. To prevent pressure, the bones should be hidden in a soft shell of fabric. This Lace Rose bra and this Clara by Anita grace in all respects comply with the recommendations of Dr. Kruger.

Pay attention when buying a bra!

If you choose a bra with all of the qualities listed below. You will be ensured wearing comfort and protection against the risk of damage to health.

  • Wide straps on the lining
  • High armhole in the armpits
  • Elastic high neckline
  • Fabric that supports and shapes the chest well
  • Wide ribbon under the chest
  • The high bar between the cups
  • Special ergonomic bones that follow the contours of the body.

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