Describe the pain. "OK, there is the odd dull ache and maybe some numbness while tingling and an occasional shooting pain which is way worse in the morning when I am laying in bed." Is that even possible to have that many sensations? Suffering from sciatic pain is all too common for ladies with large breasts. I am a klutz but do not remember falling. There is a foam roller in my closet that I use - ok - I don't, but I know how to. My doctor shrugged it off and offered a prescription pain medication. My yoga teacher offered multiple homeopathic remedies for inflammation and a great acupuncturist. My mom offered me up the advice to lose some weight (thanks mom).
We are not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association
, Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country.
Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives.
Three years and countless hours of research later, here are a few tips that worked for me.
We sit...a lot. We sit in a car on the way to work to go sit in an uncomfortable chair bent forward over a computer or to sit in meetings Sitting has been compared to smoking for how bad it can be for our bodies! Plus if you are busty, it is like wearing weights all day on your chest. I started to pay attention and reminded myself to focus more on my posture throughout my day. When thinking about how I sit, it’s only natural to look down to those things that weigh me down in the front too (hello girls). And does anyone else feel like their underwire bra is working against you, digging in? It is!! I wanted a bra that would pull the weight from the back.
I was excited to dive into new research when this new year started so I could buy something that could help me relieve this pain. While thinking about buying a new bra, I had to think about why I had such a hatred for regular bras and needed to find the opposite of that. I hate the lines bras leave, I hate the uncomfortable underwire, and that they stretch or get worn out fairly easily. Bloom Bras understands that struggle and focuses on making these problems go away, which is remarkable.
Posture related to success?
When doing my research, I stumbled across information that peaked my interest. I’m always looking for ways to improve upon my professionalism to maximize my success- which most of us are- especially in this new year. I came across this compelling article written in 2015, published by Fast Company, about the correlation between good posture and its impact on success.
Being a student, I need all the productivity and focus I can get. Focusing on material or work matters, when feeling a constant pain, has proven difficult. My posture was something I have improved little by little, by just making it a habit. We can all do it together! It’s just a matter of forming healthier habits, as I mentioned in my previous blog, one of my 2019 goals. I just added “adjusting posture” to the list!
Who thought posture could be so life changing?
Adjusting my posture has been the smallest, but most significant part of my life in 2020. I hope further research on how to adjust your posture will yield the same results for you all suffering with me. I feel your pain
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at this article published by the American Chiropractic Association for reference and more credible information about posture. If you find further research that’s relevant, please reach out! We want to hear you.