Hands On Health

Dr. Maria Coffman, D.O.

Osteopathic Physician
Hands On Health · Columbia, MO

Bras, Shapers, and Hose! What’s really happening?

Many ladies have arrived in the office with ill-fitting undergarments. Tight-fitting undergarments, such as bras, shapers, and hosiery actually defeat our best intentions for a healthy body and figure!

We have all heard the recommendation, “Breathe!” Optimal breathing is vital to our health for both oxygenation and waste-toxin removal.

Here is how it affects us:

With tight clothing, the ribs and abdomen are not able to expand properly. This decreases oxygenation and the flow of lymph back into circulation. Oxygen is required for fat to be utilized and “burned-off,” and our lymph is the fluid that removes waste from the tissues. Restraining clothing (shapers) decreases both our quantity of oxygen and the capability to carry it to tissue. The body will actually retain fluid and a layer of fat in response.

Snug bra-bands and underwires produce long-term deformities of the ribs. Women frequently have a flare of the ribs just below the bra in the front. The chest wall itself can become compressed and does not expand with the breath.

Tight stockings, pantyhose, or elastic socks play a role in the tension and deformity of the foot even if the shoe has reasonable shape. Modern day binding of the feet has occurred!

See “A Better Fit” for recommendations in fitting undergarments, camisoles, and hosiery.