Can Your Bra Really Be Giving You Headaches?

posted by Ellen K - 

Having a headache is annoying, mostly because you don't know where it's coming from. Did you drink enough water, did you take your allergy meds this morning, are you just anxious with all the commuting traffic? Well here is one you may not have thought of yet, does your bra fit properly?

Did you know that alone, one D-cup breast weighs over 1 pound? That's a pound on your chest that is likely straining your neck and could cause headaches.

Research shows that 80 percent of women across the globe are wearing the incorrect size, often leading to back, shoulder, breast, and neck pain.

And according to Triumph bra-fitting specialist Paula Svoboda, it’s quite possibly the reason women are reaching for the Tylenol.

“If you are wearing the wrong size, the weight of the breast causes stress on the shoulder, which then leads up the neck. It’s important to know what bra size you really are, to ensure that your bra is doing its job and offering the support you need.”

Svoboda suggests you be professionally fitted every six months and consider purchasing new bras every 12 months as “they stretch more than you think and this means you won’t be as supported when the bra was brand new.”

Now you're probably wondering, "Why do women have all the fun, where are men's chronic problems?" Well don't worry men out there because if you wear a tie, STOP! It apparently restricts blood circulation to your brain.

The study, which appeared in the journal Neuroradiology, took place at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Germany with 30 participants, half of whom had the blood flow to their heads observed while wearing a tie, while the other half went tie-free. The squeezes the veins to the head, ultimately reducing circulation by 7.5%. You might not be acutely aware of this, but it's a sizable percentage; enough to make a potentially fatal difference if you already have high blood pressure.

So there you have it, everyone stop wearing bras and ties that are too tight and we all should be just fine.

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