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Back Pain Alleviation and Posture Correction For Bigger Chests

"OK, so 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. Trust me, you are not alone.  And as much as I try to correct my posture, I have extra weight pulling me forward. 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). 
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.

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 and come home to sit down to relax at night. 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 is 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!!(Shameless for plug for underwire-free bras like the Bloom Bra). I wanted a bra that would pull the weight from front and take it to the back giving me some relief.  I encourage you to get up throughout the day and take a walk, even if it is across the room and back.  

Posture related to success?

When doing my research, I stumbled across information that peaked my interest. r. I came across this compelling article written in 2015, published by Fast Company about the correlation between good posture and its impact on success.

3 Surprising Ways Your Posture Impacts Your Success

 

Often we hear how the mind is more powerful than the body- which may be true. We usually don't discuss the flip of that- how the body can heavily influence the mind. Instagram stars talk about power poses. These poses are designed to have the physical body take up space, upright, in attempt to trigger a feeling of power and confidence. Not only will better posture increase your confidence, it may prevent future back pain. This allows us to work with a clearer mind not focused on pain, in turn, making us more productive.  You heard me.  Go ahead and strike a power pose and tell everyone it is for work. 
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. 

Who thought posture could be so life changing?

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. Start here 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.