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CURSE OF THE BRA STRAP

A patient came to Therapyroom1 complaining of severe shoulder pain. When she lifted her arms she felt tightness at the top of the shoulders and along the medial deltoid ligament so much so that the pain was having an extremely negative effect on her life. This patient stated that she was suffering from regular headaches possibly because of shoulder pain.

photo of woman with grooves in shoulder caused by bra strapOur examination was a short one in that we took a photo of the back of the patient and noticed that the bra shoulder strap cut deeply into the top of the shoulder. Closer examination saw that the deltoids and supraspinatus muscle we being cut off by the strap. We asked the patient what her bra size was and told that she was 40H.

The problem that she patient had was that because she had large breasts the shoulder straps pulled on the top of her shoulder and every time that she tried to move her arms the straps resisted shoulder movement.

The solution was simply really, we asked her to when at home wear a sarong or scarf bra to remove shoulder restriction. For work we advised a sports bra. The result 3 months later was that this patient no longer has shoulder pain, headaches or back pain in the rhomboids area of her back.

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