10 Health Reasons to Wear the Proper Bra
#1 Pain. It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience breast pain when exercising. Insufficient support leads to chronic back, shoulder and neck pain and headaches. It is not linked to the size of a woman’s breasts.*1
#2 Breathing. Ill-fitted bras can restrict the rib cage and put pressure on muscles, which can cause breathing problems.*2
#3 Sagging. Your bust has no muscle. Breasts are held up by fragile ligaments that attach breast tissue to muscles. Over time, unsupported ligaments will be stretched and weakened; causing sagging that cannot be reversed.
#4 Posture. Unsupported breasts cause slouching and inwardly rounded shoulders that will stretch out your rhomboids and also lead to tight pectorals.
#5 Circulation. Problems can develop when the pectoral muscles in the chest are compressed, affecting the neurovascular bundle of nerves to the arms causing a pins and needles sensation.*3
#6 Skin. Chaffing, rashes, and yeast infections may occur when the skin is irritated by too tight or too loose fitting bras.
#7 Breast tissue migration. With an incorrect fit, the breast tissue can be displaced by the ill-fitting bra to other areas, such as under the armpits, sternum, and even the back.
#8 Marks and grooves. Deep red marks and shoulder grooves can be indications of permanently damage to the shoulder tissue.
#9 Lymphatic System. Without proper support, lymphatic drainage is impeded, which interferes with cellular health.
#10 Digestion. A tight bra can obstruct the flow of the digestive system causing indigestion and can be linked to other digestive issues such as heartburn and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).*4
[1 University of Portsmouth, 2007]
[2 According to The British School of Osteopathy, ]
[3 “Evaluation of professional bra fitting criteria for bra selection and fitting in the UK” Ergonomics March 2012]
[4 Study according to Sports Medicine Australia and the Breast Research Australia]