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Is your bra causing your back pain?

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Filed Under (Fitness, General) by Rick Kaselj



I am hanging out at a Starbucks in San Diego, just before I head to the TT Summit.

It is going to be a great day. It will start with a great bootcamp workout from Craig Ballantyne, Kate Vidulich and Mike Whitfield.

Then it will be amazing learning from Craig, Kate, Ray Ortiz, Bedros Keuilian, John Romaniello, Adam Bornstein, Jason Ferruggia and Brian Kalakay.

Looking forward to it.

Before I go, I wanted to share a story that happened to me.

About two weeks ago my wife came home from shopping and said, “Dear, I spent $140 on a bra.”

I said, “What?”

My wife’s mid-back has been bothering her for some time. She has been doing anterior chest stretching, upper thoracic extensor work and thoracic mobility work.

All have provided her temporary relief so see decided to see if a new bra would help. She passed on a regular department store bra and went to a specialty bra store where they spent 90 minutes with her and everyone, fitting her with the perfect bra.

She said it was quite the experience but she learned a lot, and they let her know that she was wearing the wrong size and type of bra. I had an opinion that a better fitting bra would help with mid-back pain but I wanted to check the research. I looked in the reduction mammaplasty (breast reduction) area.

There is a lot of research on how it affects posture, patient satisfaction and back pain. There was an article that looked at a group of women that were looking at breast reduction surgery and checked to see if they were wearing properly fitting bras.

Here is the article:

British Journal of Plastic SurgeryGreenbaum AR, Heslop T, Morris J, Dunn KW. (2003). An investigation of the suitability of bra fit in women referred for reduction mammaplasty. Br J Plast Surg. 2003 Apr;56(3):230-6.

They found that the majority did not and they felt if they did have the right fitting bra, it would have a positive effect on their symptoms, which often is a decrease in shoulder pain, mid-back pain and lower back pain.

My wife was nowhere near looking at getting surgery but was looking at what else could help her with her mid-back pain, and a better fitting bra was a piece of the puzzle and only cost $140.

Something to think about or a suggestion you can make to your clients especially when exercise only provides temporary relief. That is it.

Off to the TT Summit.

Rick Kaselj, MS

P.S. – Oh yeah, the new bra has decreased my wife’s mid-back pain.

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