Bravo - an osteopath's guide to choosing a bra for comfort and posture
By West Norwood Therapies Team, Nov 16 2016 11:00AM
Our osteopath and yoga teacher, Yinka Fabusuyi, explains the importance of choosing a good bra and some care tips to maximise their efficacy and life span
If you choose to wear a bra the right fit may make a huge difference to comfort and possibly posture. A good fit can make all the difference in the world to a painful mid or upper back, pain across the top of the shoulders or sore ribs. If you notice your bra strap digs into your shoulders or is leaving a deep mark, the fit may be wrong, larger breasts are heavier and may require more support and so a wider strap may be necessary. It is not unusual for your bra size to change if you lose or gain any weight, and also consider a new bra if you have just come to the end of breast feeding. Post birth and feeding breast tissue may require a different style of bra and your width fitting may have increased due to changes in the rib cage following pregnancy. The correct fit is paramount, and I think the only way to achieve this is to go and be fitted. Once you have the perfect bra, look after it. Here are some basic pointers:
1. If possible hand wash your bra. Alternatively and possibly more realistically use a delicate machine wash cycle.
2. Do not tumble dry your bra, the heat can have a negative effect on the elastic.
3. Get refitted if your clothing size changes.
4. If you use a different bra for the gym, yoga or to run in, and try to wash it as soon as you can after exercise.
5. See your bra as an important part of your wardrobe and invest in a good one.
6. Once you are happy with your bra brand, design and size you can always look for a better deal online.
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