Thursday, October 28

Plus Size Chest and Back Pain: Four Actions to Reduce Disadvantages


Despite the stereotypes that society has marked for the female physique, having a large breast is not, most of the time, something healthy. A large breast size can become a source of discomfort and problems not only physical, but also psychological.

The problems of having a large breast

Women with a large breast size often have difficulties in their day to day to practice physical exercise. Problems related to the skeletal system may also appear, resulting in neck strain, headache, shoulder, chest, and back pain. And is that the simple weight of the breasts, together with poor posture, can be enough to cause these problems, which can sometimes lead to chronic pain.

According to an article published in Nature, these pains also lead to headaches and deterioration of the range of movement and, even, eczema problems may appear at the level of the submammary groove or hyperpigmentation of the skin due to friction with the bra, as well as alteration of the center of gravity that can cause neurological alterations due to the tension of the nerves , which ends in numbness of arms and hands.

When it comes to talking about breast size and bras, we must refer to two terms: the size and the cup. The size is the number (75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100…) and refers to the measurement of the chest contour.

The cup is shown in letters, from the smallest to the largest (A, B, C, D, E, F) and refer to the volume of the breast (the most common in Spain are A, B and C ). The cup ensures that a bra does not damage the breasts and defines the appearance and size of the breasts.

A investigation shows that women with a size D or larger breast cup (from smallest cup A, smallest cup B, C, D, E, and F, these three of the largest that can be found) tend to have greater curvatures of the spine and they tend to adopt incorrect postures, which in turn translate into pain.

These problems tend to be accentuated over the years and, if nothing is done to correct poor posture, problems such as disc wear may appear.

How to reduce back pain

Options for back pain relief range from lifestyle changes to more radical options like surgery. To start with, we can consider:

  1. A suitable bra sizeWearing the right bra is one of the main ways to minimize problems. According to a study conducted on breast size, height, and back pain in young women, 80% of the participants wore the wrong size, of which 70% wore bras that were too small. A good bra helps distribute and support weight, especially in women with narrow backs.
  2. Physical therapy and exercise to strengthen stability– Working with a specialist can help improve posture. Having strong core muscles allows, not only to counteract the stooping that usually occurs in these cases, but also to combat back pain and facilitate daily activities. Giving better support to this area reduces overall pain. Swimming is the most advisable sport to strengthen the back area.
  3. Keep a Healthy weight– Breast enlargement often occurs in countries where obesity is also a problem. And it is that the female breast is, to a large extent, fatty tissue and glands. Therefore, in addition to genetic factors, its size is also related to its fat content.
  4. Breast reduction surgery– Although it is the last option, it may be the only way to solve the problem permanently for some cases. According to an investigation by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, before the surgery half of a total of 179 women with size D breasts had almost constant low back pain or pain in the neck, shoulders or lower back. After surgery, only 10% had these problems.

According to the survey “The reality of Aesthetic Surgery in Spain 2017-2018”, of the Spanish Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SECPRE), the breast reduction has been one of the interventions that has experienced a greater increase since the previous survey, and back pain the main reason why women have undergone this reduction.

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