Why You Can’t Wait to Take That Bra Off
If you’re like most women, you rip that bra off the moment you walk in your door. Straps falling off, underwires that dig in, shoulder pain, back pain, breast pain – all too familiar. Many of us know our bra is there throughout the day, and not for good reasons.
There are many poorly designed bras on the market. Most women have learned to accept that bras are uncomfortable. Women, you’ve been misled.
I recently spoke with a local bra fitting consultant, Lisa Cecchettini from BraLaLa. She has good news to share. Bra discomfort and bra pain come from improper size and style choice. Changing your bra may be the only treatment you need.
Bra Pain and Discomfort Are Not Inevitable
Let’s be honest – pain and discomfort make our lives harder. Chronic issues put us in a bad mood. They add to our stress, and have negative impacts on our work and our relationships. Bad bras also create medical issues. So many women suffer with chronic neck and shoulder issues that physicians often suggest better fitting bras.
Pain and numbness across the back of your neck and shoulders is never okay. Neither is a sense of burning pain behind your chest strap. Pain is not normal. Pain needs to be addressed.
Are You Wearing the Wrong Bra?
A 2008 study found that 80% of women were wearing the wrong size bra. Unless you are in the lucky 20%, you probably are wearing the wrong bra. The bra pain and discomfort you feel are the clues that will help you find a better fitting bra.
10 Signs You Are Wearing the Wrong Bra:
- Your straps keep falling down off your shoulders. If a bra fits correctly you should only be able to pull the straps about a half-inch to one inch above your shoulder.
- You have spillover at the top, sides or bottom of your cups. Your whole breast should fit comfortably in each cup.
- The chest band rides up your back. Your bra should be snug, so that it hugs your torso and rests parallel to the floor.
- You have indents across your shoulders from your bra straps. Your bra isn’t supportive enough, and your straps are taking up the slack and digging into your shoulders.
- Your cups are wrinkly or baggy. Your cup is too big.
- You are using the last hook of your chest strap. You should purchase a bra with the chest band on the middle hook to allow for stretching over time.
- The underwire is digging into your breast. You need a larger cup size.
- The center of your chest band lifts away from your chest between your breasts. The center gore (the part of the bra in-between the cups) should rest against your body without gapping.
- You have back fat. It’s not back fat, it means your band is too tight or improperly fit and it’s digging into your skin.
- You have different sized breasts. Lisa says the solution is simple: “We fit the correct style of bra and always fit the larger breast. If there’s an extreme difference, we create bra inserts to backfill for the smaller breast.”
- You have neck, back, or shoulder pain. Ok we lied, it’s 11. Your body is talking to you. You need to listen. You may not have the right fitting bra.
Schedule an appointment with a bra fit specialist in your area if you have any of the issues above. If you are local to the Santa Cruz area, I recommend local bra fitting consultant, Lisa Cecchettini from BraLaLa. She is located inside Bridal Veil Fashions. Lisa is also certified to help with post surgical bra fitting for mastectomy and reductions.
Self-Care Means Getting the Right Bra
Self-care means adding beneficial things to your life, and eliminating things that are detrimental. Maybe you never thought of adding, “Get sized for a bra,” to your list of beneficial activities. But if less pain, more wellness, is your goal, bra sizing should be on your self-care list.