Bras and Back Pain – Separating Fact From Fiction

Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi

Bra Back Pain

There are so many factors can contribute to back pain that is stands to reason that some women may feel like their bra, or lack thereof, could be causing their spine pain. Can bras really cause or help alleviate back pain? We help separate fact from fiction on the subject in today’s blog.

Myth 1 – A Poorly Fitted Bra Can Cause Back Pain

While a poorly fitted bra can be uncomfortable, medical experts do not believe they contribute to back pain. They may cause surface level indentations or marks, but they aren’t going to cause your spinal column to shift or a disc to pop out of place. You will feel more comfortable in a better-fitting bra, but one that isn’t perfect won’t throw your back out of whack.

Myth 2 – A Good Bra Can Improve Your Posture

Good posture is very important in helping to prevent back pain, but a bra isn’t going to naturally shift your posture into the right position. Take mental notes of your posture and strive to keep your head positioned above your shoulders while you’re working or sitting, as these self-assessments of your posture will do a lot more for your spine than a well-fitting bra.

Myth 3 – There’s Little You Can Do For Breast-Related Back Pain

Women with very large breasts, which is a medical condition known as breast hypertrophy, may suffer some spine discomfort as a result of the condition. However, that doesn’t mean you just have to live with the pain and discomfort. A number of women find back pain relief by participating in core strengthening exercises, spinal stretching routines, and back or shoulder strength training exercises. These can help strengthen the spine’s support system and allow it to bear more stress, which can help prevent discomfort. Some others find relief from controlled-movement activities like yoga or Pilates, so try to find a method that works best for you.

For women who fail to find relief from exercise or conservative care techniques, breast reduction surgery may be a viable option. We can explain how that may affect your back issues and answer any questions you might have that we’re qualified to answer. For answers to your back pain questions, reach out to Dr. Sinicropi and his team today.


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