We are a nation of fashion victims, and too tight bras and supersized bags are causing the biggest damage
16:37 GMT, 24 October 2012
Millions of fashion conscious Britons are injured every year by their clothes: new research has revealed that almost one in two adults suffer aches, pains or injuries from handbags, bras, belts, hats or other items of clothing.
Other ‘dangerous’ attire includes hairbands, sunglasses, thongs and even wallets, which when placed in front pockets can cause numbness in the thigh and groin.
The true extent to which modern fashions
are leaving millions of us black and blue emerged today from data
published by the British Osteopathic Association.
Tight bras can be painful to wear as well as look at: They are a common source of mid back pain, or pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, often accompanied by headaches
Kelston Chorley, Head of Professional Development at the BOA, said: 'Patients are often surprised when it is pointed out to them that their bag, shoes or other items of clothing may be to blame.
'People always want to look up to date and wear the current fashion even if it is not best suited physically to them. They are prepared to ‘suffer and endure to look right.
'Poor fitting bras are a common source of mid back pain, or pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, often accompanied by headaches.
'Women with larger beasts need to ensure that they are well supported with well-adjusted shoulder straps that off load and spread the weight from the back fastener.
'Spending long periods in the car seat with a wallet in the rear pocket will force you to sit off set to the pedals, increasing the chance of a low back condition.
'Having a wallet in your front trouser pocket when driving can give rise to reduced groin circulation and can lead to testicular pain and groin problems.
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Research carried out by the BOA found half of us have experienced some kind of pain from a particular item of clothing.
Many have suffered discomfort in their neck, back or shoulders from regularly carrying a heavy bag, with four in ten women blaming a heavy handbag.
One in five have experienced friction injuries from wearing thongs.
One in ten men have suffered numbness in their groin area as a result of carrying a wallet while wearing jeans that didn’t allow enough room.
And one in five have endured painful ‘jogger’s nipple’ – rubbing or chaffing under their shirt.
On top of that one in eight adults said they’ve experienced headaches from a hat they didn’t realise was too tight.
And one fifth have endured pain from sunglasses causing pressure around their head.
Tight or ill-fitting belts can also be
painful with patients experiencing numbness as well as a burning
sensation along the outside part of their thigh, leading to
hypersensitivity to heat in the shower or bath.
additional weight a heavy bag adds puts is another problem as it can
cause unnecessary pressure on our backs and shoulders which can severely
damage our mobility in the longer term.
Thongs are known to often cause nasty friction burns.
tight hats cause vascular compression and sunglasses which when too
tight can cause neck extension, headaches and neck pain.
BOA also warned ballet pumps are almost as dangerous as high heels,
while flip flops can result in claw toe, toe pain / rigid toes and
Osteopathic Association member Hector Wells said: 'Our clinics see tens
of thousands of people coming in complaining of aches and pains which,
on further examination, are found to originate from their clothing.
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'It might be a surprise to see hats and other commonly worn items causing damage.
'There are the traditional osteopathic things that give back pain, the classic is the ‘wallet back’ when the pelvis sits on the wallet and overtime the back twists.
'ESD (electro static disease) due to man-made fibre clothes giving electric shocks on the contact with desk level furniture, the fat cells of the leg are killed and the leg gets a hollow at the spark point.
'The common “Builders Bum” is associated with jeans, these restrict the pelvis, especially when wet and allow the back to get cold.'