It is widely acknowledged that a bra that does not give sufficient
support will cause the trapezius muscle to tighten to take the
weight of the breast. This muscle connects the neck to the shoulder
and, if constantly strained, can cause neck, back and shoulder
pain. Strain on the muscles of the upper body anatomically-incompatible
bras can also lead to Carpal Tunnel syndrome and pins and needles
in the arms.
This is more of a problem if the woman has larger, heavier breasts.
The cause of strain on the trapezius muscle is often a bra that
rides up at the back.
Traditional bras were designed to fit the solid body of a fashion
dummy – they were not designed on the moving tissue of a
real body. Because of this, they move around – until they
find something solid to “latch” onto. As many women
know, this is often the shoulder blades.
Tightening the shoulder straps of a bra that does this does not
cure the problem. The bra continues to rise up at the back and
more and more strain is put on the shoulders.
This also puts pressure on the vertebrae at the top of the back
and the bottom of the neck (vertebrae C6 and C7). This pressure
can cause a thick dull headache or even a migraine-type pain across
the forehead and above the eyes.
Recent research has shown that removing breast weight from the
shoulders results in a dramatic relief of symptoms. For more information,
please see Ryan and
British School of Osteopathy. You may also be interested in
reading Lynn’s story or Caroline’s
Bra-Doctor’s bras are designed to be anatomically compatible.
Designed to work with the moving tissue of a real body, they fasten
further down the back, remaining low under the rib cage.
The weight of the breasts is taken off the shoulders and distributed
across the back, and the spine is put back in alignment.
"I am no longer suffering the same amount
of backache (I can feel my posture improving) and neither do I
get "pins and needles" in my hands as often - after
"The pain I used to experience in the middle
of my back has virtually gone. Incredible!"