from pa nurses enewsletter:
stiff neck, aching back? think it's stress? could be your bra!
national survey reveals that six in 10 women say their bras cause back, shoulder or neck pain
tugging, itching and pulling your bra may be more than a signal for discomfort but the onset of back pain. approximately three in five (59%) u.s. women who wear a bra say it causes back, shoulder or neck pain, according to a national survey released today. the survey, conducted by harris interactive®, was commissioned by the north american spine society (nass) and maidenform, inc. which are teaming up on an educational campaign to help women select a bra that fits correctly and avoid back pain.
while the vast majority of women who wear a bra strongly or somewhat agree that comfort is their most important consideration when choosing a bra (87%) about three in five (59%) agree that their bra never seems to fit them quite right, and about two in five (41%) agree their bra does not provide the support they need.the survey revealed that women who experience back, shoulder or neck pain attributed to their bra are most likely to cite the straps (62%) as the main culprit. forty four percent cite the bra's band around the ribcage and 25% attribute the under wire as the bra part that makes them the most uncomfortable.
as a result, more than half (53%) of women whose bras cause them pain have tried to solve the issue by purchasing a new bra, and about two in five (41%) have loosened the straps while wearing their bra. only 12% of wearers have sought professional advice on how to find a better fitting bra. attitudes about bra fit and function vary by generation.
compared to their older counterparts, younger women are more likely to agree that their bra never seems to fit exactly right (71% women 18-34 vs. 49% women 55+) and that their breasts often bounce when they walk (53% women 18-34 vs. 29% women 55+). younger women also shared that the shoulder straps of their bra always fall off (47% women 18-34 vs. 25% women 55+).
for guidelines on how to determine whether you are wearing the correct bra size, log-on to www.maidenform.com