Monday 30 May 2016

Women’s Health Expert Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Breast Pain and Exercise

Marla Ahlgrimm
Young women develop breasts due to hormones produced during puberty, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But, does the emergence of this symbol of womanhood have to mean the end of physical activity? In the following brief Q&A, Ahlgrimm touches on the topic of why women tend to skip exercise and how to combat potential damage.

Q: Does exercise damage breast tissue?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It can, if a woman does not wear the right kind of supportive bra during times of rigorous physical activity. About half of America’s adults (those aged 12 to 21) aren’t getting enough exercise. While some of this can be attributed to the dawn of the digital age, many girls in this category simply experience pain when they jump or run, so they forgo fitness altogether.

Q: What is the “right” kind of bra?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A properly fitted bra made of comfortable material that supports the breasts without constricting movement is key. Unfortunately, upwards of 90% of all women do not wear the right size bra. The only real way to determine true bra size is to be fitted at a specialty shop that focuses exclusively on women’s undergarments.

Q: Should a bra’s support come from the underband or the straps?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The underband! The majority of support should happen below the actual breasts. Cups should neither dimple nor allow the tissue to bulge and the shoulder straps should feel comfortable without digging into the skin. A good rule of thumb is that if the breasts feel like they are falling out or if the bra is so tight that it restricts breathing, it isn’t the right fit.

Q: What are the benefits of wearing a properly fitted bra?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A good bra can help reduce pain and keep the breasts up where they belong – longer. And, there is nothing more empowering than feeling comfortable and in control.


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