Originally Posted by QuantumJumping
Poorly fitted bras *may* disrupt/ impede normal lymph functions. 85% of women are in the wrong bra size, which causes the underwire to hit the wrong spot, putting strain on the breast tissue (instead of sitting properly *behind* the breast tissue, significantly reducing breast stress). Increased pressure/stress, immediately before the lymph tissue *may* reduce the efficacy of the lymph system; however, it is (IMO) alarmist to run about telling women bras [period] impede lymph flow.
ETA (from the article linked)
"Also, just for an interesting experiment, the next time you walk down the street, notice visually how constricting bras are. On many women you can actually see "dents" around the sides of their chests where there bras are, even in something as opaque as a black t-shirt.
A physical therapist friend of mine, after reading Dressed to Kill, said that she was amazed at what she saw in her practice at a local medical clinic. She noticed how many women have red creases and grooves on the their bodies caused by their bras. Singer and Grismajer also suggest that you simply stop wearing one for two weeks and see how you feel."
And EVERYTHING listed in those two paragraphs are examples of incorrect bra sizing. The author also states
"Every subtle bounce of the breast while moving, walking, running, etc. gently massages the breast and increases lymphatic flow and thus cleans the breast of toxins and wastes that arise from cellular metabolism. "
Seriously? Motion studies have been done showing that the average woman's breast tissue moves a full 8 INCHES while running (when improperly supported). For many women, there is no "subtlety" to the bounce.
The message doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors ad massage therapists should be sending women is that they deserve perfectly fitting lingerie, instead of the uncomfortable crap most women settle for.