One of the most annoying things about having a headache is not knowing why you have it. Maybe you haven’t been drinking enough water throughout the day. Perhaps your inbox anxiety is sitting in the red zone. It could be that you have a rare and untreatable form of brain cancer (if you’re taking your advice from Google).
Or, it simply may be your bra doesn’t fit properly. Did you know that 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.
What’s more, research shows 78 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.”
After fitting more than 50,000 women during her 17-year career, she’s seen it all in the change rooms.
“I remember asking one customer if she was experiencing upper neck pain and headaches because I could see her bra was two sizes too tight and her muscles looked inflamed. Funnily enough, the woman had been suffering from undiagnosed back and neck pain for years and she couldn’t pinpoint the cause. We fitted her with the correct sized bra and she came back two weeks later to thank me. She hadn’t experienced one headache or neck ache since our fitting.”
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.”
“We all love a beautiful-looking bra, but if it’s not offering the right support, it’s not helping you at all. If you have a larger bust, finding a supportive bra is even more important. Go for styles with thicker straps and a wider band with more hooks. Three band hooks or more will help to keep your bust in line and the thicker straps will provide increased leverage.”
And if it means fewer headaches, it’s certainly worth a shot.
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