It’s been reported that up to 85 per cent of women wear the wrong size of bra and this common mistake could result in a number of health problems.
Getting a supportive bra is key to avoid sagging breasts and back pain but one physiotherapist has now claimed that it could also cause one less obvious problem… headaches.
Tim Allardyce from Surrey Physio explained that stress on the neck muscles leave you much more likely to be reaching for the paracetamol.
“A poorly fitting bra offers a lack of support to the cleavage, which then means the neck and upper back muscles are having to work harder to support the weight of the breasts,” he said.
“As soon as the neck muscles become overworked, you are far more likely to get headaches (known as cervicogenic headaches, or neck in origin headaches).”
So what should you look out for when trying on a bra?
First off, make sure to take your measurements before you shop. Stand up straight and place a tape measure around your body under your breasts. If you end up with an even number, add four but if you get an odd number, add five. This is your band size.
Next, take the tape and place it around your body at the fullest part of your breasts (at the nipple), making sure that is isn’t dipping down at the back.
Subtract one from the other and this will give you your cup size. If it is less than one inch, that would be an AA cup, while more than one would be A, two more would be B, three more would be C, four would be D, five is DD, six is E and so on.
When on the body, the strap of the bra should be flat across your back and allow you to place one to two fingers underneath. The gore (between the cups) should fit flat against the body and the shoulder straps should not slip or pinch.
Here are some of our most popular supportive bras and with free delivery and returns, you can make sure to find the perfect fit!
This two-pack includes a black and nude bra so you have a comfortable option that will work with all outfits.
You don’t need to forgo style to get support. This design from Freya is perfect for date night but the thicker straps and higher underarm wire will ensure that your best assets are protected.
A lot of women find an underwire uncomfortable so if you’d prefer a non-wired version, this one comes highly recommended.
This cotton bra is so comfortable and offers unrivalled support.