A recent study conducted in Switzerland by a lingerie company called Triumph found that 64% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. It is estimated that 37% of women in the UK have been for a fitting in the previous six months compared to 64% of Italian women!
It may seem trivial but not having a correctly fitted bra can be a real pain in the back for many women. In 2008 the British Chiropractic Association carried out a survey where 47% of women who said they had suffered from back pain and some point in their life, claimed that their breast size was a factor.
In the same survey 77% of those women who got professionally measured discovered they had been wearing the wrong size. Wearing the wrong size effects the biomechanics of your thoracic spine and neck. It can alter your posture and in the long term cause pain and discomfort. According to Tim Hutchful from the British Chiropractic Association “Bras are like suspension bridges, you need a well engineered bra so your shoulders don’t take all of the strain and end up doing all of the work; spreading the load is important. Bras that don’t fit will affect the shoulders and chest and may cause back pain as you get older. It is so important to make sure a bra gives you enough support as possible. The message must be to get properly fitted for a bra and replace old ones when they start to lose their supportive properties ”.
So don’t be shy, head down to your local lingerie department and get measured by someone who knows the difference between their plunge and their balcony! Failing that ask your practitioner at Body Consultancy if they can see any undue stressed being placed on your back by your bra.
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