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Breast Size and Upper Back Pain…What’s the Solution? 0

Large breasts can place excess weight on the chest. Without enough support from the surrounding muscles and the rest of the body, the weight of the breasts can cause severe pain, making it difficult to maintain good posture and in some cases leading to spinal deformity. Many large breasted women are self conscious about their breasts, which makes them hunch forward to hide their chest, which increases the pain intensity.

Women with large breasts not only suffer from severe pain in their necks and backs, but also from bra straps that dig into their skin, making them unable to engage in many day to day activities.

Back Pain Caused by Large Breasts | FinallyBra

Many researches indicate that large breasts can cause a chain-reaction of painful indicators, as the human body tries to balance an abnormal position by shifting the curvature of the spinal cord.

How Can You Ease the Pain

If you are suffering from back or neck pain caused by outsized breasts, there are many options available, from changing your lifestyle to medical treatment and physical therapy. Here is some thing that might be useful:

Choosing the Right Supportive Bra

  • Push up bras are more supportive as compared to normal bras, due to additional padding in the cups. This characteristic makes push up bras very useful for women who have bigger breasts and can use some added support. It is a very common misconception among women that push up bras are only for small breasts. The reality is that push up bras can showcase a big chest in the best possible way, and because of added support they can help women who suffer from back and neck pain.
  • If you have issues with back pain and want comfort plus good support, a good back support bra would be perfect option for you. It helps you to maintain a good posture and minimizes back pain in most of the cases. A back support bra can even help with troubles in your spinal discs.
  • Sports bras are very effective when it comes to relieving back, neck and shoulder pain during running and other workouts. No matter what size you are, it is essential to wear a proper sports bra during exercise because it distributes the breasts weight among back, neck and shoulders. To find the perfect size it is necessary to make sure that the bra doesn't cause breathing issues and not hurt the underarm area.
  • If your breast size is very large, invest in a custom made bra which is specially designed for your body. Custom bras are pretty helpful when it comes to women with narrow backs.

Outsmarting Back Pain Through Physical Therapy

Physical therapy and workout with a professional trainer can improve your posture and encourage weight loss, which eventually helps with back and neck pain.

  • Your spine is mostly supported by neck, back, shoulder and chest muscles and by strengthening them you can minimize neck and upper back pain issues. Most physical therapists recommend Isometric exercises, these are exercises where you push against some resistance without flexing or extending your muscles.
  • Aerobic workouts are also an essential part of any plan to prevent back pain. These are series of exercises that help enhance blood flow in your body especially your spinal disks.
  • Other useful back exercises include shoulder roll, butterfly, Arm slides and thoracic extension.

Medical Treatment and Surgery

  • Taking a painkiller for occasional back pain is fine but avoid strong medication for longer periods of time.
  • Breast reduction surgery is the only permanent way to get rid of severe upper back pain and it is often recommended to women with large breasts size. A research published by American society of plastic surgeons found that more than 90 percent of women subjects were satisfied with their breast reduction surgery.

If you are suffering from back and neck pain because of large breasts, consult with your doctor and devise a plan that will be effective for you.

Wireless Bra Or Bralette For A Sick Day 0

Picking a right bra for a sick day is a tough choice. None of the bras look appealing, but you can't very well forego one. As far as you know, there are laws regarding public decency that need to be followed, and your breasts don't need a criminal record.

What's the best type of bra for a sick day? Thankfully, there's more than one.

The Wireless Bra

This may very well be everyone's favorite bra in general. It's so comfy and isn't constrictive like most other bras. Sports bras may seem like a good option, but they squash your breasts into such little space that you're lucky you don't shrink a couple cup sizes after wearing one. Your breasts weren't meant to be squished – it's why you hate mammograms so much.

wireless bra | FinallyBra

Wireless bras come in a wide selection of sizes, so bigger-breasted gals don't have to worry about being left out in the cold. These bras provide just the right amount of support to avoid back pain while you're sleeping a cold off at home, and they're not too bad for a short work day at the office. Being under the weather doesn't have to mean being under-supported. Premium quality wireless bra can provide just as much support as a wired one, and lighter colors are perfect for thinner clothing that will keep you from sweating too much when you have a fever.

The Bralette

This bra isn't as dainty as the name would have you believe. In fact, it may just beat the wireless bra for “Most Comfortable Bra Ever.” Bralettes don't have your typical cup formations with hard underwire, but they aren't tight and constrictive like sports bras are. Bralettes are the perfect middle man, and if you're staying at home on a sick day, they're your best friend.

Bralettes require little effort to adjust, but you can lengthen or shorten the straps of most. The space for your breasts can also be given a little leeway. A lot of bralettes don't come in cup sizes, but rather in regular sizes like small, medium, large and XL. It takes the fuss out of finding your cup size among the sprawl of selections.

Bralette | FinallyBra

Other Options 

You can also try T-shirt bras for a comfortable fit, or you can go the cami bra route. Cami bras have a broader coverage for your breasts, so there's really no need to ensure they're particularly perky. You'll get enough support to keep body aches away while letting your breasts hang free (so to speak).

 

Reasons Why Women Wear Bras Apart From Fashion 0

Not every woman chooses to wear bras.  Even those who do wear ones most likely have a lot of complaints and would want to take them off even before reaching home. The bra fitting is tricky and, with an ill fitting bra, the wearer is forced to keep on shifting, pulling, and adjusting it. It seems that bras do not offer any good benefit to us except for fashion and appearance, right?

Reasons Why Women Wear Bras Apart From Fashion

Bras were created because they have a purpose to serve. When we’re still young, our busts are also young and perky. As we age, the girls begin to sag.  Do you know why?  It’s because the pull of gravity is taking its toll.  Our breasts are upheld by the internal scaffolding, the ligaments, and the skin covering the breast tissue. Over time, these natural supports lose their strength. However, gravity is not the only cause of breast sagging: there is also the weight of the breast tissue. So, what was once up, should naturally come down.

We need the support of a bra to counteract the pull of gravity. Granted, we cannot stop our breasts from sagging due to the weight and the gravitational pull, but the process can be delayed.  Just always remember to wear a bra regularly. We don't mean you wear one round the clock, even when you’re sleeping.  It may not help if you sleep with a bra on (there has been different opinions regarding to this). Gravity pulls only when you’re up and about. When you are sleeping, it goes away. Breasts that are supported early on will not droop fast and it does not matter what your cup size may be.

We need to wear bras also for health reasons.  Wearing a bra helps prevent back pain and spine issues, and also correct the posture. Especially for the well endowed women, the front bumpers can take a toll on the back, and this may cause pain and discomfort as we move about. The right bras can even things out and promote comfort.  We need the support that bras can provide when working out, in fact, even when just walking.  Honestly, we can move jiggle free, because the bras counteract the discomfort, soreness and damage to breast tissues.

We can get the most benefits from wearing a bra if we only have the proper fit.  If we experience ill fitting straps, poking under wires, bulky bands, etc, it is certain that we are among those 85 per cent of women who are wearing the wrong size bras.  If we submit ourselves to professional bra fitting, we are doing ourselves and our breasts a very good favor.

So women wear bras more for health and practicality and less about looking like a lingerie model.  Bras provide support and comfort, improve posture, and prevent health conditions. Unsupported breasts get stretched out of shape, which all of us would not want to happen. As a result, let us all wear bras.

Immediate Actions Needed to Correct the Bra Mistakes You’re Probably Making 0

Bras are a necessity for women, except for those few who choose not to wear them. But they also seem to pose the most problems. 

First, shopping for bras and finding the most fitting ones are not what most women would always love to do. Secondly maintaining them is also a chore as you have to follow the caring instructions, such as hand washing, air drying, and storing them properly inside drawers. Most of all, wearing them and making them look right under clothes seem like next to impossible.

Bra Mistakes | FinallyBra

What do you think cause these problems?  Is it the style and design, or the size of a bra, or the kind of materials used?  Or, is it the women who are to be blamed?

Maybe we should look into where we make the mistake before we can resolve these bra problems. I list down some of these common mistakes made by many women when shopping for their bras and how to correct them.

Wearing the wrong size bra is done by a majority of women around the world. For them bra shopping is very tiresome and aggravating, so they find it easier to settle for one even if it does not exactly fit, rather than try finding a bra that fits perfectly. Some signs that you are wearing the wrong fitted bra include boobs spilling out of the cup, band riding up your back, straps falling off or cutting into your shoulders, or the appearance of bra-line-bulge. When trying on a bra, look at your self in the mirror. If you find any of these signs, you are certainly wearing a wrong size bra.

Making cup size the basis of choosing a bra size is a big mistake. Find your band size first, and finding the cup size should follow. Your cup may be a D with one band size and an E with another. Cup sizes are not standard; they are correlated with band sizes. So bear this in mind when shopping for your bra.

Fastening on the innermost hooks of the bra that you’re trying on is a wrong that can be corrected by going according to the outermost set of hooks first. Use the tightest hooks only when your bra stretches out over time.

Wearing one bra style with every outfit should be stopped.  You wear different bra styles according to the requirements of the styles of dresses that you wear. Before going out of the house, try different bras for your outfit.

Keeping your bra for a year or more is not advisable.  You should stock up, so you have more to rotate. Even if you take good care of them, bras stretch out and most likely will fail in their duty of supporting your girls. Having more pieces in your drawer will prolong their lives.

To conclude, try to put some time and effort for your bra fitting and styles, as you do for clothes or jewelry fashion.  A correct bra choice will make you radiant from inside out. 

Why Do Your Bra Straps Slip? 0

Women with narrow or sloping shoulders are most likely to experience bra straps slipping.  However, these are not the only reasons for this problem.  We maintain that straps falling off women’s shoulders can also be the result of poorly fitting bras. Here are several other reasons why your bra straps keep on slipping and how to resolve the issue.

Cup Size Is Too Big

This can mean two things:  (1) you are not properly fitted when you bought the bra so the cups are not filled enough with breast tissue and do not apply tension on the straps, and (2) as you age, you lose the volume on the top of your breasts, creating an empty space on the cups. If the bra cups are not filled enough to apply tension on the straps, the latter will naturally fall off your shoulders. You need to go one cup size smaller and scoop your breast tissue into the cups to be sure that they are filled properly.

Why Do Your Bra Straps Slip | FinallyBra

The Straps Are Very Loose

Bra straps can be, and should be adjusted. They need to be tight enough to provide the required 10% support to the breasts’ weight. (The other 90% should come from the bra band). If the straps cannot provide this 10% support, they tend to fall off. They should, however, not be too tight to prevent the bra band from getting pulled upward.

The Bra Back Is Not Properly Positioned When Worn

This happens when you forget to check whether you’ve worn your bra the right way and everything is in proper place. This is an important factor for comfort during your entire day. After you’ve worn the bra, reach back and pull the bra back down to make sure that it is placed correctly.

The Bra Back Is Expanded

The straps will be farther apart when your band is too large.  According to a lot of survey, a common mistake women make for bra fitting is wearing a bigger band and smaller cup sizes.  The bigger band size than necessary contributes to straps falling off your shoulders.  Obviously, the cure is that you adjust the size of your bra – go up in size of the cup and down in size of the band.  This will make a good fit and prevent strap slippage. 

The Bra Style Is Not Right for You

Every woman’s body is different, so not every style will fit you or the dress that you wear. The square-shouldered women can have the wide-set straps in bras, while those with narrow or sloping shoulders should consider carefully the placement of straps on the bras that they buy. Knowing your body style and the bra styles that fit you will help a lot.

The bottom line here is that a properly fitted bra is very important, for your comfort and for prevention of straps slipping. If you haven’t had your bra size measured yet, maybe it is time to do so to find the size and style of bras that support and don't fall off your shoulders.

The Right Bras for Curvature of the Spine, Scoliosis 1

Curvature of the spine is a form of Scoliosis. There can also be symptoms of pain and other complications. This condition can be mild and can also be serious. Scoliosis cannot be cured by exercise and good posture. However for mild and moderate spinal curvature, you can feel and look better with exercise and wearing the right style and properly fitting bra. Finding the right bra is a common problem for women suffering from curvature of the spine.  It seems that regular bras from stores never fit right, so it becomes very difficult to find something that you can wear the whole day and still feel comfortable.

Scoliosis | FinallyBra

Bra straps falling off from shoulders is an issue to women with spinal curvature, because one shoulder tends to be lower than the other. The solution to this is buying a bra that has U back design or racer back straps. It does not necessarily have to be a sports bra, but the back of the straps of these bras look like a letter “U” or “Y”.  Even if your right shoulder is one to two inches lower than your left, the straps won’t fall off. They are easy to find in almost every specialty stores. 

If you can’t find the type of bras mentioned in the above, then perhaps you should buy a bra with straps that are sewn close to each other.  If this and all else fails, you can try looking for a small strap that will hold the two bra straps together when attached. This small strap should run parallel to the back straps of your bra, so they won’t fall off. 

Another issue faced by women with spinal curvature is when the band rides up their backs.  If you are one of these women, don’t worry, because it takes only the right bra type to solve your problem. Get a bra that offers maximum support, not only at the front, but also at the back.  The wide back bands will keep your back straight and your head high.  Such features can be found in posture bras and long line bras.  The posture bras will control your posture.  The long line bras go down to your waist and provide support and comfort to your back.  They will stay in place even if they are worn for a long period of time.

Do you suffer from curvature of the spine or scoliosis?  Don’t fret; it’s not the end of the world.  All you need is to wear the right bra style and size.  The right bras perfect or even correct your spinal curvature and make you feel and look better, although they might be a bit more expensive than regular bra items. But they fit you right, don’t fall off your shoulders or ride up your hump.