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People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis are faced with different problems in many areas of life – including wearing a bra. For these groups of people, not only is wearing itself, but above all opening and closing a bra to an often almost impossible challenge.
Most of them simply choose the wrong bra without even realizing it. For this reason, we have listed a few tips below that will allow you to wear a bra even with rheumatoid arthritis without making your life unnecessarily difficult.
In many cases, it is just another brand, a wider waistband, or a gripper closure that provides help.
1. What to do in case of pain while wearing?
Many people who suffer from arthritis Often report that a bra makes their rib pain worse, because it puts additional pressure on the area.
But also chest pain as well as the shoulders can be reinforced by wearing a bra. Often it is enough a little change to the model to make you feel better.
If you have problems with your neck or shoulders, it can be helpful to use a model with wider straps. If there is pain in the ribs, the bra should not be closed too tightly or simply continued at the back. Also a Bra without metal bra can be the answer in pain.
2. Reach for the sports bra
The right sports bra offers you enough support and is also a lot more comfortable than a traditional bra. Accordingly, it is also suitable for wearing during sports and physiotherapy.
Because these models are complete free of metal brackets and surround the back and chest with more material. This prevents pressure on certain areas, which means that many women experience less pain.
You can also use a so-called compression bra. This is similar to the look of a sports bra, however, provides additional breast support. These are almost like compression stockings that can relieve leg pain without becoming uncomfortable. Mostly this will achieved by additional padding in the bra.
3. It is also possible without a bra
However, you should generally never feel compelled to use a bra at all. Especially women who have a smaller bust size often do not need a bra, even for their well-being.
So if you do do not need additional support and feel completely comfortable even without a bra, you should consider not wearing one in the future.
There is also many different alternatives, where your breasts are not so exposed, without you necessarily having to reach for a bra. They will be quick too get used to the new feeling of more “freedom”. To get in, you can first try to do without a bra for a few days.
4. Try shapewear
So-called shapewear or compression shirts can be a suitable aid and alternative for a bra for many women. The advantage of this garment is that it performs many different functions.
Some women are already using shapewear in the form of underwear or tights. But also shirts with the same function can offer you a slim stature and additional support for your breasts.
Today, shapewear is also available in many different designs, colors and materials. Often they look the same an ordinary undershirt or shirt, so you will hardly notice a difference to normal clothes. Depending on the model, the shapewear can also support your back and neck.
5. The right fit is crucial
Many women complain that they can’t find a bra that fits comfortably. This does not only affect women who suffer from arthritis.
Almost 80% of all women find their bra uncomfortable. Often this is simply because they are the wrong size. Especially if you buy your bra in an ordinary shop, Most women are just looking for a model that “fits”.
It is better to go to a specialty shop that offers an additional service to determine your exact bra size. The staff will measure your breasts and chest circumference and tell you exactly which waist and cup size is right for you.
6. Specially tailored bra
However, there are also some women whose bodies or breasts are simply not up to standard. In such a case, a bra that is tailored to the body can be helpful.
Similar to tailor-made clothing, you can have one or more bras made to measure. Such a model is usually not much more expensive, than an ordinary good bra and also promises ideal wearing comfort.
The right bra can also be used for general pain, that are caused by arthritis. You also have the option of purchasing both an ordinary and a sports bra that is specially adapted to your body shape and bust size.
7. It has to be the right brand
Many women report special bras and certain brands that they simply love. It is true that there are companies that make bras in a new way, in an unconventional design or in a special material, which is almost unique.
In such a case, you could, for example, do an extensive product comparison before buying and get away from online recessions get inspiration from other women.
Bras from abroad can often help, for example, where there is a different standard that offers you more comfort. Remember that you are not alone. There are many women who have taken years to find the right bra for themselves.
8. If there are problems with the closure
Another problem that women with arthritis often have is that it is difficult for them to get their bra clasp closed. Also for all other women, the closure of a bra is often one of the most nerve-wracking things with this garment.
Basically, however, it only takes a few tricks to help yourself. For example, you could choose a model with the fastener at the front.
This means you don’t have to reach back to open and close the bra. Then there are sports bras that work completely without a closure. Another option is to put the bra on with the fastener to the front and then pull it on to turn backwards.
9. Bralettes are more convenient
Bralettes are bra-like garments made from a particularly light and soft fabric. Just like bras, they serve to cover the breasts.
They also have a similar shape, but are not as close to the body and therefore offer more freedom and less pain.
They are also available in many different designs and designs so that they can also be worn as a top. Many women who suffer from arthritis, often use bralettes as an alternative. Another advantage is that they are not only suitable for women with a small bust size, because they are available with different cup sizes.
10. Where exactly is the problem?
At the end of the day, it is important that you identify the problem with your bra accurately. In many cases, that your problem is not similar to that of other women.
Maybe it’s the clasp, the strap, or a combination of several things that are causing you problems. It is also possible that you have other diseases, related to arthritis.
It is helpful to make a list of exactly what problems you have with your bra or what restrictions you have regarding pain during movement. The more precisely you identify the problem, the faster you will find a bra that suits you.